May 5, 2009
2009 Baseball All-Patriot League Teams
Center Valley, Pa. - Regular-season co-champions Army and Bucknell shared the lead again with eight selections each to the 2009 Patriot League Baseball All-League team, announced on Tuesday and voted on by the League's six head coaches. Army set a record with seven First-Team All-Patriot League picks, and had sophomore Ben Koenigsfeld become the first student-athlete in Patriot League Baseball history to earn a First-Team honor at two different positions in the same season.
The seven First-Team picks tops the previous mark of six held by Lafayette (1992) and Bucknell (1996). Koenigsfeld was picked as a First-Team starting pitcher and outfielder.
Bucknell had three First-Team choices among its eight All-Patriot League honorees. Holy Cross and Lafayette each had three All-Patriot League picks, with the Crusaders notching one First-Team honoree. Navy and Lehigh each recorded two All-Patriot League selections, with one on the First Team and one on the Second Team.
Koenigsfeld earned the dual First-Team All-League nods with an outstanding performance on the mound and at the plate in 2009. He went 7-3 with a 5.51 earned run average for the season, including a 5-0 Patriot League mark with a 4.24 ERA in League play. He tied for the Patriot League lead with seven victories and four complete games, and also paced the League in overall innings pitched (63.2) and opponents batting average (.255). At the plate, Koenigsfeld aided Army's explosive offense by batting .351 with five home runs, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored for the year. Koenigsfeld was named a Second-Team selection as a starting pitcher last year.
Three pitchers join Koenigsfeld in the First-Team All-Patriot League rotation, with Bucknell senior Chris Yamaguchi earning the other starting spot and Army senior Tyler Anderegg and Navy sophomore Luke Roberts sharing the First-Team relief pitcher title. Yamaguchi tied Koenigsfeld for the League lead in victories with a 7-1 record, and also paced the League with a 3.53 ERA for the year while allowing only nine walks in 58.2 innings. Anderegg was 5-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 20 appearances, which tied for second in the Patriot League. Roberts pitched to a miniscule 1.00 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 27 innings, while finishing with a 2-0 record for the year.
The First-Team lineup includes four players batting over .400 for the season, including three in the infield. Army claimed three of the infield positions, with sophomore first baseman Kevin McKague, freshman second baseman Zach Price and sophomore shortstop Clint Moore all representing the Black Knights as First-Team choices. The Patriot League's leading hitter, Holy Cross junior third baseman Matt Perry, completed the four players across the diamond. Moore is only repeat First-Team All-Patriot League selection, while McKague was a Second-Team All-League choice in 2008.
McKague is second in the Patriot League with a .418 batting average for the year, while belting five home runs with 36 RBI and 38 runs scored. He was named Patriot League Player of the Week on April 13 after an outstanding series against Navy. Price led all Patriot League freshmen with a .359 batting average, while placing second in the League in runs scored (47) and tied for first in walks (31). Moore ended the season with a flourish, earning Patriot League Player of the Week honors on Monday after belting three home runs in a weekend series against NJIT. He moved up to third in the Patriot League with a .410 batting average, and places first in the League in runs (49), RBI (58) and slugging percentage (.771) while sharing the League lead in total bases (111) and triples (five). He places second in on-base percentage (.497) and tied for third in home runs (nine). Perry leads the Patriot League in batting average (.439), hits (75) and on-base percentage (.505), while tying Moore for first with 111 total bases. He was third in the League in slugging percentage (.649) while finishing the year with seven home runs, 36 RBI and 42 runs scored. Perry also led all players with a .486 batting average in Patriot League games, and earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors on April 6.
Bucknell junior B.J. LaRosa is the First-Team selection at catcher after hitting .316 with 22 RBI and 24 runs scored in 2009.
In addition to Koenigsfeld, Bucknell junior Andrew Brouse and Lehigh sophomore Andy Russell occupy the First-Team outfield. Brouse tied for the Patriot League lead in home runs (10) and triples (five), placed second in the League with 56 RBI and a .665 slugging percentage, and third in the League with 109 total bases. Brouse also recorded a .348 batting average and 40 runs scored, and was named Patriot League Player of the Week on March 16. Russell also batted .348, belting seven home runs with 38 RBI and 35 runs scored for the Mountain Hawks. He tied for the Patriot League lead with 31 walks and was fifth in the League in both on-base and slugging percentage.
Army sophomore designated hitter Joey Henshaw completes the First-Team lineup. Henshaw is the fourth Patriot League batting over .400 for the year, with a .406 batting average to go with nine home runs and 54 RBI on 67 hits. Henshaw is in the top four in the Patriot League in each of those categories, and also placed fourth with a .642 slugging percentage and in the top six in total bases and on-base percentage.
With their batting marks over .400 this season, Moore, McKague and Henshaw are all currently among the top 10 in Patriot League annals in career batting average.
Thirteen players earned Second-Team All-Patriot League recognition, with an extra honoree at starting pitcher and in the outfield due to ties, and no relief pitcher because of the tie for the First-Team spot. Bucknell sophomore Trey Frahler, Holy Cross senior Dan Seip and Lafayette sophomore Corey Shea comprised the Second-Team All-Patriot League starting rotation. Frahler was 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA for the year, and led all players with a 2.84 ERA while going 4-0 in Patriot League games. Seip was 3-3 with a 5.10 ERA in nine starts for the Crusaders. Shea finished second in the Patriot League in ERA in both overall (4.14) and Patriot League (3.98) games. He had a 4-2 record for the year, and a 2-0 Patriot League mark that included a nine-inning complete-game shutout of Lehigh on April 12. Frahler and Shea each earned a Patriot League Pitcher of the Week award.
Navy junior Steven Soares is behind the plate as the Second-Team All-Patriot League catcher. Soares batted .309 with seven home runs, 23 RBI and 21 runs scored for the year.
The Second-Team All-Patriot League infield also includes Bucknell sophomore first baseman Doug Shribman, Lehigh senior second baseman Geoff Campbell, Lafayette senior shortstop Dan Bierce and Bucknell junior third baseman Ben Yoder. Shribman batted .353 with five home runs, 37 RBI and 29 runs scored for the season. Campbell went .342 with three home runs, 17 RBI and 21 runs scored. Bierce and Yoder each earn Second-Team All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season. Bierce started the year by winning the first two Patriot League Player of the Week honors, and finished fifth with a .383 batting average to go with five home runs, 40 RBI and 39 runs scored. Bierce led the Patriot League with 21 stolen bases, successfully converting all of his attempts, and also paced the League with 18 doubles. Yoder batted .318 with seven home runs, 33 RBI and 33 runs scored for the Bison. He earns a Second-Team nod at third base after making it as a second baseman last year.
The four players on the Second-Team All-Patriot League outfield are: Holy Cross senior Billy Cupelo, Army senior Kyle Fleming, Bucknell senior Dane Grandizio and Lafayette junior Matt Hall. Cupelo is batting .305 with a home run and 17 RBI for the Crusaders. Fleming has a .310 batting average with five home runs and 33 RBI for the Black Knights. Grandizio is the only All-League honoree to be named to the squad for the third time, earning a Second-Team nod in the outfield for the third year in a row. He batted .269 with two home runs, 25 RBI and 35 runs scored for the year. Hall went .285 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 29 runs scored for the Leopards.
Bucknell senior Andrew Loucks completes the All-Patriot League team as the Second-Team designated hitter. Loucks hit .368 with two home runs, 16 RBI and 19 runs scored for the season.
Sophomores comprised 10 of the 26 All-Patriot League spots, including seven of the 13 First-Team positions.
The 2009 Patriot League Baseball major awards (Player, Pitcher, Rookie and Coach of the Year) will be announced on Wednesday morning, with the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor out later that afternoon.
The season continues with the Patriot League Tournament beginning with the semifinal round on Saturday. No. 4 Lafayette visits No. 1 Bucknell in one matchup, while No. 3 Holy Cross is at No. 2 Army in the other series. Both semifinal matchups are best-of-three series that include a doubleheader on Saturday and single game, if necessary, on Sunday. The winners of the semifinals will advance to the best-of-three Patriot League Championship series at the site of the higher seed on May 16-17.
2009 All-Patriot League Baseball Teams
Name, School, Pos., Yr.
Ben Koenigsfeld, Army, SP, So.
Chris Yamaguchi, Bucknell, SP, Sr.
Tyler Anderegg, Army, RP, Sr.
Luke Roberts, Navy, RP, So.
B.J. LaRosa, Bucknell, C, Jr.
Kevin McKague, Army, 1B, So.
Zach Price, Army, 2B, Fr.
Clint Moore, Army, SS, So.
Matt Perry, Holy Cross, 3B, Jr.
Andrew Brouse, Bucknell, OF, Jr.
Ben Koenigsfeld, Army, OF, So.
Andy Russell, Lehigh, OF, So.
Joey Henshaw, Army, DH, So.
Name, School, Pos., Yr.
Trey Frahler, Bucknell, SP, So.
Dan Seip, Holy Cross, SP, Sr.
Corey Shea, Lafayette, SP, So.
Steven Soares, Navy, C, Jr.
Doug Shribman, Bucknell, 1B, So.
Geoff Campbell, Lehigh, 2B, Sr.
Dan Bierce, Lafayette, SS, Sr.
Ben Yoder, Bucknell, 3B, Jr.
Billy Cupelo, Holy Cross, OF, Sr.
Kyle Fleming, Army, OF, Sr.
Dane Grandizio, Bucknell, OF, Sr.
Matt Hall, Lafayette, OF, Jr.
Andrew Loucks, Bucknell, DH, Sr.
* - 13 players due to ties in the voting
$ - 13 players due to ties in the voting