McConnell, Rooney Headline 2018 All-CAA Baseball Team

McConnell, Rooney Headline 2018 All-CAA Baseball Team


RICHMOND, Va. (May 22, 2018) –  Northeastern junior outfielder Charlie McConnell was selected as the 2018 CAA baseball Player of the Year, while Hofstra junior left-hander John Rooney received CAA Pitcher of the Year accolades as the conference announced its post-season award winners on Tuesday.
 
Other top honors went to Northeastern freshman infielder Ian Fair and Delaware freshman pitcher Billy Sullivan IV as the CAA Co- Rookies of the Year, Charleston junior second baseman Dupree Hart as CAA Defensive Player of the Year and Northeastern’s Mike Glavine as CAA Coach of the Year.
 
McConnell became Northeastern’s first CAA Player of the Year after serving as the catalyst at the top of the Huskies’ lineup. The Huskies’ oufielder recorded a league-high 73 hits and ranked second in the conference with a .353 batting average.  He was also second in the league in triples (5), sixth in runs scored (42) and sixth in on base percentage (.432). McConnell excelled on the base paths, ranking third in the nation this season with a program-record 34 stolen bases.

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Rooney is Hofstra’s first CAA Pitcher of the Year honoree after a dominant season on the mound. The Pride left-hander posted an 8-1 record and currently leads the nation with a 1.01 ERA. He surrendered only 45 hits in 89.0 innings and held opponents to a .157 batting average. Rooney was second in the CAA with 99 strikeouts, issued only 22 walks and picked off 16 base runners. He recorded two shutouts and had a stretch of 49.1 innings where he didn’t allow an earned run.

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Fair ranked eighth in the CAA with a .331 batting average, a figure that led all CAA freshmen. The Huskies’ infielder closed the regular season by reaching base in 35 consecutive games. He also contributed eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 25 RBI’s. Fair is Northeastern’s first Rookie of the Year winner since 2012.

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Sullivan went 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA while making 13 starts for the Blue Hens. The right-hander was tied for fourth in the CAA with 84 strikeouts in just 65.2 innings, and he ranked second nationally among all freshmen with 11.59 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents batted just .206 against him. Sullivan is Delaware’s first CAA Rookie of the Year since 2006.

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Hart was stellar at second base for the Cougars, committing only three errors in 256 chances defensively for a .988 fielding percentage. The junior ranked fourth in the CAA with 147 assists. He played a key role for a Charleston squad that led the CAA and ranked 18th nationally in fielding percentage (.979) and was second in the conference with 42 double plays. Hart also excelled offensively, batting .332 with 14 doubles and 39 runs scored.

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Glavine received CAA Coach of the Year honors for the second straight season after guiding Northeastern to back-to-back CAA regular-season titles with a 17-6 mark. The Huskies won six of their eight conference series, including four series sweeps. The Huskies also set a new program record for overall victories with 33, despite playing 32 of their 50 contests away from home.

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Five teams had multiple players on the All-CAA first team. NU’s McConnell was joined by junior third baseman Ryan Solomon (.245, 7 HR, 27 RBI’s) and sophomore pitcher Sean Mellen (10-1, 1.60 ERA, 75 K’s). UNCW had three first-team honorees with junior catcher Ryan Jeffers (.324, 14 HR, 46 RBI’s), senior first baseman Mason Berne (.353, 12 HR, 51 RBI’s), and junior relief pitcher Clark Cota (3-0, 13 saves, 1.59 ERA). Hofstra also had three honorees as Rooney was accompanied by senior outfielder/pitcher Teddy Cillis (.242, 5 HR, 15 RBI’s/2-3, 3.27 ERA) and junior designated hitter Vito Friscia (.352, 6 HR, 30 RBI’s).
 
Charleston’s Hart was joined by senior outfielder Luke Morgan (.325, 6 HR, 27 RBI’s), while Elon had a pair of repeat selections on the first team with junior shortstop Ryne Ogren (.350, 3 HR, 52 RBI’s) and sophomore pitcher Kyle Brnovich (8-2, 1.68 ERA, 141 K’s). Rounding out the first team was Delaware junior outfielder Kyle Baker (.349, 2 HR, 37 RBI’s).
 
The 2018 CAA Baseball Championship gets underway on Wednesday from James Madison’s Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va.  Six teams will battle for the league title and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament in the double-elimination event.
 
2018 ALL-CAA BASEBALL TEAM
(selected by CAA Head Baseball Coaches)
 

FIRST TEAM

Player, School                                         Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School
Ryan Jeffers, UNCW                                 C            Jr.        Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson
Mason Berne, UNCW                               1B         Sr.       Southport, N.C./Topsail
Dupree Hart, Charleston                           2B         Jr.        Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern
Ryne Ogren, Elon                                     SS          Jr.        Devon, Pa./Conestoga
Ryan Solomon, Northeastern                   3B         Jr.        Southborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional
Kyle Baker, Delaware                               OF         Jr.        Hockessin, Del./Wilmington Charter
Charlie McConnell, Northeastern              OF         Jr.        Reading, Mass./Belmont Hill School
Luke Morgan, Charleston                         OF         Sr.       New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West
Teddy Cillis, Hofstra                                UT         Sr.       Latham, N.Y./Blair Academy
Vito Friscia, Hofstra                                DH         Jr.        Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central
Kyle Brnovich, Elon                                SP          So.       Milton, Ga./Kings Ridge Christian
Sean Mellen, Northeastern                   SP          So.       Norwood, Mass./Norwood
John Rooney, Hofstra                            SP          Jr.        Melrose, N.Y./Hoosic Valley
Clark Cota, UNCW                                  RP         Jr.        Hampstead, N.C./Topsail
 
2018 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Charlie McConnell, OF, Northeastern
2018 CAA PITCHER OF THE YEAR: John Rooney, LHP, Hofstra
2018 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Dupree Hart, 2B, Charleston
2018 CAA CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:  Ian Fair, INF, Northeastern and Billy Sullivan IV, RHP, Delaware
2018 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR:  Mike Glavine, Northeastern
 
SECOND TEAM
Player, School                                      Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School
Danny Wondrack, Charleston               C            Jr.        Wall, N.J./Wall
Jake Farrell, Northeastern                    1B         Jr.        Westwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers
Cam Devanney, Elon                             2B         So.       Amherst, N.H./Central Catholic
Richie Palacios, Towson                       SS          Jr.        Brooklyn, N.Y./Berkely Carroll School
Cole Weiss, UNCW                               3B         So.       Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor
Bradley Dixon, Charleston                   OF         Jr.        Greenwood, S.C./Emerald
Zach Evers, Elon                                   OF         Sr.       Arlington, Tenn./Arlington
Mason Koppens, Northeastern             OF         Sr.       Metairie, La./Salisbury
Ian Fair, Northeastern                            UT         Fr.       Walpole, Mass./Walpole
Garrett Stonehouse, Elon                      DH         So.       Westport, Conn./Avon Old Farms
George Kirby, Elon                                 SP          So.       Rye, N.Y./Rye
Evan Sisk, Charleston                           SP          Jr.        Chester, S.C./Lewisville
Carter Love, Charleston                        RP         Sr.       Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell
 
THIRD TEAM
Player, School                                      Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School
Hunter Smith, William & Mary                C            Jr.        Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell
Nick Patten, Delaware                           1B         Jr.        Butler, Pa./IMG Academy
Fox Semones, James Madison              2B         So.       Woodbridge, Va./Hylton
Max Burt, Northeastern                         SS          Sr.       North Andover, Mass./St. John’s Prep
Joe Satterfield, Elon                               3B         So.       Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann
Kevin Mohollen, Delaware                     OF         Jr.        Rose Valley, Pa./Strath-Haven
Calvin Scott, Delaware                          OF         Sr.       Newark, Del./St. Mark’s
Adam Sisk, James Madison                  OF         Sr.       Fairfax, Va./Robinson
Logan McRae, Charleston                    UT         Jr.        Florence, S.C./West Florence
Tyler Brown, Northeastern                    SP          Jr.        Hudson, N.H./Alvirne
Billy Sullivan IV, Delaware                      SP          Fr.       New Castle, Del./St. Mark’s
Andrew Misiaszek, Northeastern           RP         Jr.        Oceanside, N.Y./South Side
 

CAA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Player, School                                      Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School
Ian Fair, Northeastern                           UT         Fr.       Walpole, Mass./Walpole
Gage Herring, UNCW                            P            Fr.       Newton Grove, N.C./Hobbton
Jordan Hutchins, Delaware                   IF           Fr.       Dover, Del./Dover
Greg Jones, UNCW                                IF           Fr.       Cary, N.C./Cary
Josh Jones, James Madison                 SS          Fr.       Charlotte Courthouse, Va./Randolph-Henry
Michael Morgan, James Madison          C/IF       Fr.       Springfield, Va./Paul VI
Landon Roupp, UNCW                            P            Fr.       Rocky Mount, N.C./Faith Christian
Nick Stewart, James Madison                P            Fr.       Ashburn, Va./Rock Ridge
Billy Sullivan IV, Delaware                      P            Fr.       New Castle, Del./St. Mark’s
Jared Wetherbee, Elon                          P            Fr        Fiskdale, Mass./Avon Old Farms