Benson went 10-0 with a 1.75 ERA, six complete games and two shutouts. He also ranks among the national leaders in strikeouts with 83 in 72 innings.
Below are some other local students who recently received awards for college athletic performances:
* Lutherville resident Jen Bass, a junior attackman for Cornell University's women's lacrosse team, was recently named a Brine/Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association North Regional first-team All-American.
Bass, a psychology major, scored a school-record 46 goals, breaking the old mark of 39 set by Meg Brantley in 1986. She also had two assists, giving her a team-high 48 points -- the third-highest in Cornell history and sixth in the Ivy League this season.
In three seasons, she has 80 goals and nine assists, ranking her ninth on the school's all-time point-leader list with 89.
* Fallston graduate Todd Hyer, a junior defenseman for Gettysburg College's men's lacrosse team, was named second-team All-Centennial Conference.
Hyer played a key role in helping the Bullets secure the inaugural Centennial Conference title.
* Dartmouth defenseman Andy Thut, a 1991 graduate of Gilman, received honorable mention on the All-New England team after helping lead the Big Green to a 10-4 record, its best season since 1949.
The 6-foot-4 junior was named "Freshman of the Year" by his teammates two seasons ago. He will be co-captain of next year's team.
* Sophomore attackman Jill Altshuler (Catonsville) was one of three Lehigh University players selected to the Brine/IWLCA Regional All-American team.
Altshuler, a second-team pick, scored 33 goals and had 13 assists in only nine games, giving her the nation's second best points-per-game average (5.1).
Lehigh finished the season 9-7 overall and captured its first Patriot League title.
* Jimmy Walls (Boys' Latin) helped lead Hartwick College to an 8-5 record.
Walls led the Warriors in ground balls (63), including six in his team's 14-7 win over Oswego for the Empire Athletic Association Conference title.
Other college news
Chris Harrison (Fallston), a 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker, has decided to continue his football career at Cornell.
"Chris has shown outstanding athletic ability during his high school career and we're pleased that he is going to continue his education at Cornell," said coach Jim Hofher, who has the best Ivy League winning percentage (.607) of any Cornell coach.
* Tara O'Neal (Bel Air), a junior second baseman, helped the Moravian College softball team to a 23-8 record, tying a school mark for wins in a season.
O'Neal, a mathematics major who also plays volleyball for Moravian, appeared in 10 games for the Greyhounds.