June 10, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Rookie of the Year, Tyler Barnette of Charlotte, along with Fordham’s Chris Pike, Tim Swatek and Jonathan Reich were named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger Louisville Slugger / Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American Team, as announced this week.
Barnette, the 15th 49er in program history to earn the honor, was second on the Charlotte squad with nine victories (9-2) and ended his season with a 2.29 earned run average after 90.1 innings. He finished third on the team with 56 strikeouts in his first collegiate season. He tossed one complete game in his inaugural campaign and was part of two of Charlotte's 11 shutouts in 2011, a top-five total in college baseball this season.
Only twice this season did Barnette give up more hits than innings pitched, finishing with 18 fewer hits (72) than innings this season. He allowed the second-lowest slugging percentage against (.292) on the team and the third-lowest batting average against (.224) in 2011. He had the fewest wild pitches and balks among Charlotte's regular four starters.
Pike picks up his third postseason honor of 2011. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, as well as Honorable Mention All-Atlantic 10. After beginning the season as a reliever, Pike developed into one of the top young starting pitchers in the Atlantic 10. He ended the year with an 8-1 record, leading the team in wins, to go along with a 2.41 ERA, a team-high 70 strikeouts, three complete games, and three saves. He was a three-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week selection, making him the first Ram to win three rookie awards in baseball since Riordan in 2005.
Swatek also picks up his third postseason honor, as he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, as well as Second Team All-Atlantic 10 as a relief pitcher. Swatek was a dual threat for the Rams at the plate and on the hill. As a reliever, he led the team with a 1.85 ERA, which ranks 13th on the Fordham single season list, to go with six saves in 17 appearances. He posted a 2-1 record and 28 strikeouts in 34.0 innings pitched, while allowing a .198 opponent batting average. He is the first Fordham freshman since Gary Kaible in 2001 to lead the team in ERA with an average below 2.00. Swatek was even better in conference play, posting a 1.04 ERA, three saves, and 12 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched.
At the plate, Swatek had a productive freshman campaign, hitting .273 with seven doubles, 18 RBI, and seven stolen bases. In league play, he was one of three Fordham hitters over the .300 mark at .308, posting eight RBI, four stolen bases, and a pair of doubles.
Reich garners his first major accolade, after a steady season in the bullpen, where he did not allow an earned run until the start of May. He appeared in 15 games as a freshman, all in relief, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.10 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 25.2 innings of work. He walked only five batters on the year and held opponents to a .216 batting average. In Atlantic 10 play, he made four appearances, going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a .176 opponent batting average.