Newport News, Va. – Twelve Atlantic 10 Conference standouts were recently named to the 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region Teams.
Saint Louis’ Alec Solé was named Second-Team All-Midwest. Tim Swatek of Fordham and Joel Rosencrance were both tabbed as First-Team All-Northeast. Nine players were named to the All-East squads with Saint Joseph’s Jordan Carter, Collin Forgey, and Brian O'Keefe earning first-team accolades while their teammates Tommy Cunningham and Stefan Kancylarz joined VCU’s Bill Cullen and Vimael Machin on the second-team. Anthony Montefusco of George Mason was a second-team member as well.
Solé was one of the Billikens' top offensive threats in 2014. He led the squad with a .352 batting average. Solé also posted 31 runs scored, eight doubles, a home run and 10 stolen bases. He was named First-Team All-Atlantic 10 for the second consecutive season. Solé was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft. He is currently a member of the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Swatek is Fordham's first ABCA All-Region selection since Chris Walker in 2010. Swatek just wrapped up a brilliant senior campaign, where his was named First Team All-Atlantic 10, after leading the conference in batting average (.392), on-base percentage (.491), and walks (32). He was the first Ram to lead the Atlantic 10 in batting average since Mike Marchiano in 1997. He also finished second in the league in slugging percentage (.548) and stolen bases (22), while being fourth in hits (73). In league play, Swatek posted a league-high .406 batting average to go with 19 runs scored, 16 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.
Rosencrance led the Bonnies in eight different offensive categories, including a .354 batting average with 51 hits in 144 at-bats. The Clarks Summit, Pa. native also posted five homeruns and 13 doubles on the year, while registering a .563 slugging percentage. He also made 11 appearances on the mound and posted 30 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched.
Cullen was named a second team outfielder after leading the Atlantic 10 in RBI with 55. The senior also posted a team-best total in triples (6) and doubles (18). During the season, Cullen set the career triples record at VCU (20) on April 20 against the University of Richmond. The Colonial Heights, Va. native also finished his career within the top ten of six categories at VCU: at-bats (2nd, 881), hits (5th, 279), runs (4th, 190), doubles (2nd, 66), walks (7th, 111) and RBI (9th, 146).
VCU shortstop Vimael Machin joined Cullen on the second team. The San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico native logged 52 RBI after coming into the season with just 57 career RBI. Machin’s 52 RBI put him second in that category in the Atlantic 10 behind Cullen.
Carter was the first Hawk to ever be named the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year and added Big 5 Pitcher of the Year honors as well. Voted to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and the All-Big 5 Team, Carter became the first Hawk to ever reach the 10-win plateau in a single season on his way to a pair of A-10 Pitcher of the Week honors and six Big 5 Pitcher of the Week awards, including five of the final six weeks of the season.
Carter was also honored for his work in the classroom, earning Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area accolades, and on June 7, he was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Forgey was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American this season. He earned Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player of the Year honors and was selected for the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 All-Academic teams as well. For his efforts both on the field and in the classroom, Forgey was voted the Big 5 Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year and the Academic All-Area Performer of the Year.
The Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Teamer, ECAC First Team All-Star, and All-Big 5 honoree became just the fourth student-athlete to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and All-Academic honors in the same season, and is the first Hawk to ever earn the conference’s top individual honor.
O’Keefe garnered his third consecutive All-Big 5 honor this season to go along with Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference, A-10 All-Championship, and ECAC Second Team All-Star accolades. He tied a single-season school record for runs scored with 58, good enough to lead the Atlantic 10 and rank fourth in Division I in runs per game. He also ranked in the top nine in the league in average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, hits, home runs, and RBI en route to a pair of Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Player of the Week awards.
On June 6, O’Keefe was selected in the seventh round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, SJU’s highest draft pick since Jamie Moyer in 1984.
Cunningham was an All-Atlantic 10 First Team honoree, an ECAC Second Team All-Star, and All-Big 5 selection in the designated hitter slot and finished the season among the A-10 leaders in doubles, home runs, and RBI. He also led the Hawks with 13 multi-RBI games and reached base in each of the first 16 games of the season.
Kancylarz was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, the ECAC All-Star Second Team, and the All-Big 5 Team after finishing the season in the top eight in the league in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and walks. He hit four home runs on the season, all in the final month, and ranked second in the league in average and slugging during conference play. He closed the season on a 14-game hitting streak and reached base in the final 26 games of the season.
In addition to his all-region honor, Montefusco earned second team All-Conference honors this season in the programs first year as a member of the Atlantic 10. The redshirt senior led the conference with 78 strikeouts and ranked third with an ERA of 2.15.