NEAC Announces 2014-15 Baseball All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

NEAC Announces 2014-15 Baseball All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2014-15 Baseball All-Conference selections, with first and second team honors being awarded to the top 24 players as selected by the conference coaches, regardless of position. 

The NEAC has also announced its individual award winners that were selected by the conference coaches.  Penn State Abington senior Tom Ditro (Philadelphia, Pa.) was tabbed as the NEAC Player of the Year after an excellent season for the Nittany Lions.  Ditro led the conference in multiple categories, including runs batted in (41), runs scored (41), doubles (16), at-bats (140) and plate appearances (160), while also being second in both hits (49) and total bases (78) behind a .350 batting average, .413 on-base percentage and .557 slugging percentage.  Within conference play, Ditro also topped the leaderboard in RBIs (17) and runs scored (18) to go along with being second in triples (2) and fourth in hits (19) across 14 NEAC contests.  A two-time NEAC Player of the Week selection this season who also smacked three home runs and drew 15 walks, Ditro was just as strong behind the plate, throwing out a conference-best 17 runners attempting to steal while posting a .962 fielding percentage from the catcher position on the year.  The versatile Ditro also made nine appearances on the mound for the Nittany Lions, recording 28 strikeouts in 32 innings of work en route to being named to the NEAC All-Conference First Team for the second straight season.      

SUNY Polytechnic Institute would sweep the remaining three awards, starting with senior Joseph Redmond (Stone Ridge, N.Y.) being named the NEAC Pitcher of the Year after a terrific season on the hill for the Wildcats.  Redmond was ready whenever his number was called, as he was second in the conference in saves with five while also sharing the league lead in complete-game starts with three, with the latter all resulting in conference wins.  Those totals left him as the only pitcher in the NEAC to win at least three games and have at least two saves on the year.   The right-handed hurler, who also made his second straight appearance on the NEAC All-Conference First Team, posted a 1.55 ERA after giving up just six runs (five earned) on 19 hits in six outings against conference competition, while holding those opponents to a .186 batting average.  A NEAC Pitcher of the Week honoree this season, Redmond also had the third-most strikeouts in the conference with 46 and the fourth-best strikeouts per game average at 8.81 through 13 appearances on the mound. 

The NEAC Rookie of the Year award went to SUNY Poly freshman Joshua Rodriguez (Syracuse, N.Y.) after he also had a fantastic season for the Wildcats.  The shortstop was a force at the plate, leading all rookies with 10 doubles while being sixth in the conference in sacrifice flies with three and seventh in batting average at a .365 clip.  Rodriguez slugged .521 on the year, which was the 10th best mark in the conference, while also posting team-leading totals of 35 hits, 22 RBIs, a home run and a triple to go alongside 21 runs scored, six walks and six stolen bases after appearing in all 30 Wildcat contests.  An ECAC Upstate Rookie of the Week selection during the season, Rodriguez also landed on the NEAC All-Conference First Team.    

SUNY Poly veteran skipper Kevin Edick was chosen by his peers as the NEAC Coach of the Year after another fine season guiding the Wildcats.  Edick led the Wildcats to a share of the regular season conference championship with an 11-3 NEAC record, including eight straight conference wins to close the season that helped clinch the top seed in the upcoming NEAC Tournament.  Many of those came in tight situations, as Edick successfully managed the team through eight NEAC games won by three runs or less and five won by two runs or less.  The Wildcats will now host the four-team conference tournament on its home field, where they will look to return to the championship series for the second straight year.    

The All-Conference selections are as follows:

 

All-Conference First Team

Name Institution Yr. Pos. Hometown

Tom Ditro

Penn State Abington

Sr.

C/P

Philadelphia, Pa.

Jake Burachalk

Keuka College

Sr.

INF

Binghamton, N.Y.

Max German

Penn State Abington

So.

INF

Newtown, Pa.

Joseph Redmond

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

P

Stone Ridge, N.Y.

Nate Long

Lancaster Bible College

Sr.

OF

Jonestown, Pa.

Dan Crozier

Cazenovia College

So.

OF

Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Kyle Hartman

Penn State Berks

Sr.

1B/P

Mohnton, Pa.

Jeff Albright

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

P

New York Mills, N.Y.

Justin Taylor

Lancaster Bible College

So.

SS

Greenville, S.C.

Ryan Hostrander

Penn College

Jr.

P

Williamsport, Pa.

Joshua Rodriguez

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Fr.

SS

Syracuse, N.Y.

Zach Weil

Penn College

Sr.

C

Kutztown, Pa.

All-Conference Second Team

Name Institution Yr. Pos. Hometown

Chris Schad

Cazenovia College

Fr.

P

East Syracuse, N.Y.

Zach Reis

Penn State Berks

So.

P/OF

Womelsdorf, Pa.

Diego Melendez

Penn State Abington

So.

P/INF

Camden, N.J.

Sean Pavlik

Penn State Berks

Fr.

P

Boyertown, Pa.

Chase Magsig

Gallaudet University

Jr.

OF

Hudsonville, Mich.

Dan Hodne

Cazenovia College

Sr.

1B

Oneonta, N.Y.

Joseph O’Rourke

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

OF

Camden, N.Y.

Dylan Gorski

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

C

Whitestown, N.Y.

Fran Caruso

Penn State Abington

Sr.

1B

Philadelphia, Pa.

Justin Strong

Gallaudet University

So.

1B

Charlotte, N.C.

Nick Zipay

Penn State Berks

Jr.

C/OF

Pottstown, Pa.

Aaron Palmer

Penn College

Fr.

P

Hanover, Pa.

 
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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.