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Five Wilmington University Baseball Student Athletes Earn NCBWA All-Region Honors

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Bridgeport, Conn.

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Junior Frank Samluk earned his second straight NCBWA Second Team honor as a utility man this season. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Althea Davidson.



Junior Tyler Fries earned his first NCBWA All-Region honor of his career, being named second team reliever this season. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Ellen O'Brien - CACC.



Senior Josh Hampton earned NCBWA Honorable Mention honors for his work at third base this season. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

Heading into the 2014 NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament, five Wilmington University baseball student-athletes were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-East Region Team, led by four members on the Second Team.

Juniors Matt Lopes, Frank Samluk, Jamie Treml, and Tyler Fries were named Second Team honorees while senior Josh Hampton earned Honorable Mention recognized as the teams were announced Thursday afternoon.

Following the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament last weekend, Lopes (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) leads the conference with a .385 batting average to earn his second straight NCBWA All-East Region Second team honor. The junior catcher has seven doubled on the year to go along with 18 RBI, throwing out nine batters attempting to steal as well.

Samluk (Middletown, Del.) also earns his second straight Second Team recognition for NCBWA after playing the infield, outfield, and pitching his way into the utility spot for the second straight year. The junior is hitting .354 after the CACC Tournament, collecting six doubles with 16 RBI, and scoring 26 more runs for the Wildcats. On the mound, he is 6-0 in 11 appearances, earning a 1.77 earned run average with 10 starts on the season. He has struck out a team high 56 batters in 56 innings.

Treml (Newark, Del.) returns to All-Region recognition after missing the most of last year due to an injury. It is the first time of his career being honor on an NCBWA All-East Region Team but earned ABCA honors in 2012. He comes into the East Regional Tournament with an 8-0 record and a 1.12 earned run average, tops in the CACC. In 40 innings of work, the junior has collected 54 strikeouts and only 14 walks.

Fries (Kennett Square, Pa.) earns his first All-Region honor as a junior after leading the CACC with eight saves, picking up two in the CACC Tournament. He comes into the Regional Tournament with a team high 23 appearances, going 2-0 in 23.2 innings of work. He has 33 strikeouts to only five walks, finishing off five shutouts for the Wildcats.

Hampton (West Grove, Pa.) is an Honorable Mention selection as a senior, a year after earning First Team NCBWA recognition last season. The third baseman is second in the CACC with a .383 batting average after a red-hot CACC Tournament that did not factor into the selections. He leads the CACC with 18 doubles and is sixth with 33 RBI on the season. The well-rounded player also leads the team with 101 assists while second on the team with 14 stolen bases.  

Merrimack’s third baseman Frank Crinella was named the 2014 NCBWA East Player of the Year as a sophomore while Dowling’s senior pitcher Tyler Badamo was named the 2014 NCBWA East Pitcher of the Year.

Leading the Southern New Hampshire baseball team to its first NE-10 Tournament Championship and the number one seed in the East Region Tournament, Penmen head coach Scott Loiseau was named the 2014 NCBWA Coach of the Year.

All first team members of the eight regions are now eligible for the NCBWA All-America voting process with the All-American teams being announced later this season.

AGATE:

2014 NCBWA All-East Region Team

First Team:
C – Matt Walsh, Franklin Pierce
1B – Scott DeJong, Felician
2B – Andrew Abreu, Dowling
3B – Frank Crinella, Merrimack
SS – Aaron Brill, Felician
OF – Rich Baerga, St. Thomas Aquinas
OF – Cliff Brantley, Adelphi
OF – Brendan O’Brien, Southern New Hampshire
DH – Richard Mejia, Adelphi
Utility – Brendan Buckley, New Haven
SP – Tyler Badamo, Dowling
SP – Rocco Cundari, Southern Connecticut State
SP – Jerry Vasto, Felician
RP – Benjamin Criscuolo

Second Team:
C – Matt Lopes, Wilmington

1B – Zach Collett, New Haven
2B – Nick Baviello, Southern Connecticut State
3B – Tom Tolan, LIU Post
SS – Stanley Susana, St. Thomas Aquinas
OF – John Cruz, Dowling
OF – John Kennedy, Nyack
OF – Joe Petosa, Felician
DH – Derek Hirsch, St. Thomas Aquinas
Utility – Frank Samluk, Wilmington
SP – Jim Duff, Stonehill
SP – Derrick Sylvester, Southern New Hampshire
SP – Jamie Treml, Wilmington
RP – Tyler Fries, Wilmington

Honorable Mention:
1B – Kenny Kirshner, St. Thomas Aquinas
2B – John Sczepanski, Philadelphia
3B – Josh Hampton, Wilmington
SS – Will Brennan, Bentley
OF – Matt Burn, Southern Connecticut State
OF – Calvin Graves, Franklin Pierce
Utility – JC Brandmaier, Dowling
SP – Don Crook, Post
SP – Connor Gleason, Franklin Pierce
SP – Brian O’Keefe, Bridgeport
RP – CJ Ferrigi, St. Thomas Aquinas

2014 NCBWA East Player of the Year: Frank Crinella, Merrimack
2014 NCBWA East Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Badamo, Dowling
2014 NCBWA Coach of the Year: Scot Losiseau, Southern New Hampshire