May 21, 2013

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -
Charlotte junior outfielder Jason Seager and Saint Louis sophomore first baseman Mike Vigliariolo have been named the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Co-Players of the Year in voting conducted among the league's head coaches.  Rhode Island right-hander Sean Furney was named Pitcher of the Year, while Richmond's Tanner Stanley was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year.  In that same vote, first-year George Washington skipper Gregg Ritchie was named Coach of the Year. 

Seager is tied for the league lead with 77 hits and has an A-10 best 21 doubles, while also ranking in the top-5 in batting average (.363), slugging percentage (.505), on-base percentage (.457) and  runs scored (44).  Vigliarolo ranks top 10 in the league in average (.335), slugging (.520), hits (74), RBI (38), doubles (16), HR (7) and total bases (115).

Furney fashions a 1.98 ERA that is second-best in the A-10.   The senior is 7-3 overall, including a 5-1 mark against league foes.    He has logged 91.0 innings on the mound, while striking out 71 and walking just 22.    Furney allowed the opposition to hit just .234 against him in 2013 and has allowed just two home runs over his last 157.1 innings.

Joining the quartet on the first-team all-conference squad is Saint Louis' Grant Nelson (C), Alex Kelly, (OF) and Alec Solé (SS); St. Bonaventure's Billy Urban (3B) and Jason Radwan (2B); Richmond's Jacob Mayers, Charlotte's Brock Hudgens (SP) and La Salle's Pat Christensen (RP).

The second-team consisted of Saint Joseph's Brian O'Keefe (C), Anthony Cirillo (SS), Chris Hueth (OF) and Jimmy Yacabonis (RP); Saint Louis' Mike Levine (2B) and Clay Smith (SP); Xavier's Mark Elwell (OF) and Jon Richard (SP); Jeff Roy (OF) of Rhode Island, Jim Risi (1B) of Butler, Dan Klem (3B) of La Salle and Rob McClam (DH) of Massachusetts.

Stanley batted .321 during his first season with the Spiders.  He currently ranks third in A-10 in with 17 doubles.  His 42 runs scored ranks fourth in the league, while his 38 RBI is tied for sixth in the league.    Stanley is joined on the All-Rookie team by Steve Moyers (Rhode Island), Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis), Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis), Brett Lang (Charlotte), Brad Applin (Rhode Island), Joseph Runco (Fordham), Joey Ravert (La Salle), James Bunn (VCU), Daniel Rizzie (Xavier), Nick Weybright (Dayton) and Mike Kseniak (Butler).

The Academic All-Conference, comprised of 12 student-athletes with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) consists of Shane Basen (Charlotte) Alex Alemann (Saint Louis), Pat Christensen (La Salle), Chase Byerly (Butler), Jon Richard (Xavier), Marco Caponi (Butler), Ryan Welling (La Salle), Billy Urban (St. Bonaventure), Mark Elwell, (Xavier) Joey Cujas (VCU), Mike Le Bel (Rhode Island), Brad Elwood (Charlotte).

Ritchie is in his first-year as head coach of his alma-mater.  The Colonials won nine of their last 10 games down the stretch, including a series sweep of La Salle last weekend to clinch the No. 5 seed in the tournament. GW, which won league titles in 1979, 1989, 1992 and 2002, posted 15 league victories - a nine-game improvement from last season.  The Colonials will be making their first A-10 Championship appearance since 2006 when it takes on Xavier on Wednesday.

This year's Championship will feature four games on Wednesday and Thursday, with three scheduled to be played Friday before Saturday's noon championship, with a potential 3:30 p.m. "if necessary" game in the double-elimination format.

Xavier and George Washington will open up the Championship on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., with the  winner advancing to take on Saint Louis Thursday at 10:00 a.m.   Charlotte and Richmond will face off at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by Rhode Island at La Salle at 5:00 p.m.  The losers of game two and game three will meet in Wednesday's nightcap at 8:30 p.m. in an elimination game.