May 7, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After winning its first Patriot League Baseball regular-season title and claiming the No. 1 seed in the upcoming League Tournament, Holy Cross cleaned up in the sport's awards voting Tuesday when three Crusaders claimed individual honors and seven were named to the All-Patriot League Team.
Holy Cross senior first baseman Jordan Enos was named the Patriot League Player of the Year, senior reliever John Colella claimed the Pitcher of the Year honor and Greg DiCenzo was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year. Enos also added the Patriot League Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Tuesday.
The remaining major award, the Patriot League Rookie of the Year honor, went to Bucknell freshman starting pitcher Andrew Andreychik.
The Crusaders placed a League-high seven players on the All-Patriot League squad, and also led the way with five on the first team. Navy and Army each placed five players on the squad, with three on the first team for the Mids and a pair for the Black Knights. Lehigh had four All-Patriot League selections, while Bucknell notched three and Lafayette had a pair.
The major awards and All-Patriot League honors were voted on by Patriot League head coaches, who could not select their own student-athletes or themselves.
Enos was the top hitter on the best offense in the Patriot League, finishing tied for first in the League in doubles (18) and in the top five in batting average (.339), slugging percentage (.482), hits (57), RBIs (32) and total bases (81). He helped Holy Cross lead the Patriot League with a .293 batting average and 297 runs for the season. Enos batted .333 during Patriot League games with a home run, 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored as the Crusaders hit .312 on their way to a 15-5 record. In addition to his Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, Enos was named a first-team All-Patriot League selection and Academic All-Patriot League selection on Tuesday. He is the fourth Crusader to be named Patriot League Player of the Year, and first since Matt Perry in 2009.
Colella was dominant out of the bullpen in Patriot League play for the Crusaders, going 2-0 with a League-best 0.86 ERA and six saves in 10 appearances. He allowed only two earned runs in 21.0 innings pitched during League play, giving up just 14 hits and nine walks in that span with 24 strikeouts. He held League opponents to a .192 batting average, and did not give up a home run or triple while allowing just one double in League action. He played a key role in the Crusaders putting up a 7-1 record in Patriot League games decided by one or two runs. For the season, Colella went 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 21 appearances, including two starts. He allowed five extra-base hits all year, and just one home run. Colella stands second in Patriot League history with 26 career saves and 77 relief appearances, both just one away from the League records. Colella becomes the first reliever to win the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year award, and the second Crusader after Matt Shapiro claimed the honor in 2008.
DiCenzo has led the Crusaders to a run of success since taking over as the coach in 2008. He directed his team to the Patriot League Tournament for the fifth time in his six seasons this year, and the Crusaders have advanced to the Patriot League Championship series in two of the last three seasons. Holy Cross put up its best performance this year, winning the regular-season title and finishing with the school's best Patriot League record at 15-5. Holy Cross had a balanced attack in League action with a .312 batting average and 4.10 earned run average, and finished 7-1 in games decided by two runs or less. The Crusaders did not lose any of their five Patriot League series as they swept Lehigh, won three of four from Army, Bucknell and Lafayette and split their four-game set with Navy. It is the fourth Patriot League Coach of the Year award for a Holy Cross manager, and second for DiCenzo who claimed the honor in his first season in 2008.
Andreychik came up big for the Bison in Patriot League play to help lead the team to the Patriot League Tournament. He went 3-2 with a 4.22 ERA in his five League starts, which included a nine-inning complete game. Andreychik pitched 32.0 innings in League play, allowing 15 earned runs on 32 hits and eight walks with 18 strikeouts. Andreychik went 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 11 appearances, including seven starts, for the season. He is Bucknell's third Rookie of the Year, and first since Ben Yoder in 2007. Andreychik is also the first pitcher to win the award since Army's Cole White in 2005.
The first-team All-Patriot League starting pitchers could face off this weekend, as Army senior Chris Rowley and Navy sophomore Stephen Moore each had stellar years to lead their teams to the postseason. Rowley led the Patriot League in overall ERA (2.60) and strikeouts (63) while tying for the top mark in wins (7) for the year, and went 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA in League starts. Moore finished 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 45 strikeouts for the season, and had the top ERA among starting pitchers in League games by going 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 24 strikeouts in five League starts.
Enos headlines the first-team All-Patriot League infield which also includes Navy senior catcher Dave Milanes, Lafayette senior second baseman Kevin Casey, Army sophomore shortstop Alex Jensen and Holy Cross junior third baseman Mike Ahmed. Milanes batted .303 with a home run, 30 RBIs and 32 runs scored for the year, Casey was at .317 with two home runs, 16 RBIs and 35 runs scored, Jensen hit .308 with three home runs, 37 RBIs and 36 runs scored and Ahmed was .287 with four home runs, 26 RBIs and 30 runs scored.
Holy Cross took two of three first-team positions in the outfield as senior Patrick Puentes and sophomore Evan Ocello made the squad along with Navy senior Greg Dupell. Puentes batted .298, led the Patriot League with seven home runs and had 29 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Ocello was second in the Patriot League with a .358 batting average and totaled three home runs, 25 RBIs and a League-high 44 runs scored. Dupell batted .316 with three home runs, a League-best 38 RBIs and 34 runs scored as he made the All-Patriot League Team for the third year in a row at a third different position (1B, 3B). Bucknell junior Corey Furman made it as the designated hitter while batting .304 with a home run, 21 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
The second-team All-Patriot League pitching staff includes a pair of sophomore starters in Holy Cross' Donny Murray (6-3, 4.77 ERA) and Army's Alex Robinett (7-3, 2.72 ERA) as well as Navy senior reliever Joel Rinehart (3-1, 2.83 ERA). The infield includes Lehigh junior catcher Joe Abeln (.311 avg., 28 RBIs), Navy junior first baseman Kash Manzelli (.339 avg, 30 RBIs), Bucknell senior second baseman Travis Clark (.286 avg., 28 runs), Lehigh sophomore shortstop John Elson (.284 avg., 29 RBIs) and Bucknell senior third baseman Carter Bumgardner (.285 avg., 30 RBIs). Because of ties in the voting, the five-player second-team outfield includes Holy Cross junior Brandon Cipolla (.324 avg., 35 runs), Army freshman Jacob Page (.312 avg., 31 RBIs), Lafayette senior Andrew Ruck (.318 avg., 18 RBIs) and Lehigh senior Casey Turner (.337 avg., 40 runs) and sophomore Justin Pacchioli (.366 avg., 31 runs). Army sophomore Mark McCants (.296 avg., 19 RBIs) is the sqaud's designated hitter.
Dupell becomes the first player since 2008 to earn All-Patriot League honors in at least three consecutive seasons and at least three different positions. The last players to pull off the feat were Army's Cole White and Bucknell's Jason Buursma, who both played from 2005-08. Ten other players earned All-Patriot League status for the second time.
The 2013 Patriot League Baseball Tournament begins with the semifinal round this weekend. In best-of-three series, No. 4 Bucknell visits No. 1 Holy Cross and No. 3 Army is at No. 2 Navy. Each series features a doubleheader on Saturday and decisive third game, if necessary, on Sunday and can be seen via Patriot League All-Access. The winners will move on to the Patriot League Baseball Championship series at the site of the highest remaining seed.
2013 All-Patriot League Baseball Team
Player of the Year: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross (Sr., 1B)
Pitcher of the Year: John Colella, Holy Cross (Sr., RP)*
Rookie of the Year: Andrew Andreychik, Bucknell (Fr., SP)
Coach of the Year: Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross*
First-Team All-Patriot League
SP: Stephen Moore, Navy (So.)
SP: Chris Rowley, Army (Sr.)
RP: John Colella, Holy Cross (Sr.)
C: Dave Milanes, Navy (Sr.)
1B: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross (Sr.)
2B: Kevin Casey, Lafayette (Sr.)
SS: Alex Jensen, Army (So.)
3B: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Greg Dupell, Navy (Sr.)
OF: Evan Ocello, Holy Cross (So.)
OF: Patrick Puentes, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DH: Corey Furman, Bucknell (Jr.)
Second-Team All-Patriot League$
SP: Donny Murray, Holy Cross (So.)
SP: Alex Robinett, Army (So.)
RP: Joel Rinehart, Navy (Sr.)
C: Joe Abeln, Lehigh (Jr.)
1B: Kash Manzelli, Navy (Jr.)
2B: Travis Clark, Bucknell (Sr.)
SS: John Elson, Lehigh (So.)
3B: Carter Bumgardner, Bucknell (Sr.)
OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Jacob Page, Army (Fr.)
OF: Justin Pacchioli, Lehigh (So.)
OF: Andrew Ruck, Lafayette (Sr.)
OF: Casey Turner, Lehigh (Sr.)
DH: Mark McCants, Army (So.)
$ - 14 players due to tie in voting
*- Unanimous selection