2009 Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-East Region Teams Announced

2009 Daktronics NCAA Division II Baseball All-East Region Teams Announced

Philadelphia, PA - The East Coast Conference placed five student-athletes on Daktronics Baseball All-East Region Teams, including East Region Pitcher of the Year Gabriel Duran (Dowling).

Duran, the 2009 East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Conference selection, led the Golden Lions pitching staff this year compiling an impressive 8-1 record and a save during the regular season.  The Brooklyn, New York native currently leads the nation in earned runs average (0.66) and hits allowed per nine innings (3.71). Duran has tallied 66 strikeouts and held his opponents to a .126 batting average in 68 innings pitched.  The righthander also threw a no-hitter in his first start of the season against Felician College, striking out 14 batters in the process.

Assumption College senior second baseman Mike Baillargeon has been tabbed the East Region Player of the Year.  Baillargeon, the 2009 Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference selection, helped lead the Greyhounds to the Northeast-10 Tournament Championship game and an at-large berth in the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament after finishing the season second with a 20-9-1 conference record. The Worcester, Massachusetts native ranks among the conference leaders in several offensive categories. Baillargeon ranks first in runs (55), hits (77); home runs (11) and is hitting .379, which is fifth best in the NE-10.   The senior second baseman has driven in 44 runs to go along with a .635 slugging percentage and a .453 on-base percentage.

Rounding out the 2008 Daktronics East Region First Team are Phil Messerian of  Nyack (utility), Michael Munoz  of Dominican (designated hitter),  Kyle Vazquez  and Tom Cote of Franklin Pierce (starting pitchers),  Tom Kahl of  Dominican (starting pitcher), Justin Moore of Dominican (relief pitcher),  Mike Dowd of Franklin Pierce (catcher),  Ryan Geffert of Southern Connecticut State (1B),  Willie Mann of Dominican (3B),  P.J. Rodriguez of Nyack (SS),  Cody Holliday of Wilmington (OF), Jeff Bercume of Merrimack (OF) and T.J. Greig of Molloy (OF).

The second team consists of: Adelphi's Keith Couch (SP) and Ryan Boelson (C); Assumption's Mike Foley (UT) and Tim Dupuis (RP); Caldwell's Ray Keelan (OF) and Buddy Riggs (SP);  Dowling's Colin Barnathan (3B);  Dominican's Brian Craig (SP); Felician's Mickey Zudonyi (2B) and Marco Torres (C); Franklin Pierce's Derek Ingui (DH); Nyack's Cody Levins (1B); Philadelphia's Tyler Mentzer (SS);   St. Michael's  Matt Beaulieu (OF); Southern Connecticut State's Karl Derbacher (OF) and Stonehill's Matt Giusti (SP).

The 2009 Daktronics All-East Region first team includes several that earned major honors from their respective leagues. In addition to Baillargeon (Northeast-10 Player of the Year) and Duran (East Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year), Franklin Pierce pitcher Kyle Vazquez was named the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year and Southern Connecticut State's Ryan Geffert and Franklin Pierce's Mike Dowd were named Northeast-10 Co-Freshmen of the Year.  Wilmington outfielder Cody Holliday was named CACC Player of the Year while Dominican's Tom Kahl and Justin Moore were named CACC Pitcher and Rookie of the Year respectively.  Molloy College outfielder T.J. Greig was named East Coast Conference Player of the Year respectively. 

2009 Daktronics Baseball All-Northeast Region Team
Phil Messerian, Nyack College Junior                     Utility
Michael Munoz, Dominican College        Sophomore DH
Tom Cote, Franklin Pierce University Senior Starting Pitcher
Gabriel Duran, Dowling College         Sophomore Starting Pitcher
Tom Kahl, Dominican College                        Sophomore Starting Pitcher
Kyle Vazquez, Franklin Pierce University              Junior Starting Pitcher
Justin Moore, Dominican College      Freshman Relief Pitcher
Mike Dowd, Franklin Pierce University Freshman Catcher
Ryan Geffert, Southern Conn. State Univ. Freshman First Base
Mike Baillargeon, Assumption College                Senior Second Base
Willie Mann, Dominican College                      Junior Third Base
P.J. Rodriguez, Nyack College          Junior Shortstop
Jeff Bercume, Merrimack College   Senior Outfield
T.J. Greig, Molloy College Junior Outfield
Cody Holliday, Wilmington University              Senior Outfield
Mike Foley, Assumption College Sophomore Utility
Derek Ingui, Franklin Pierce University Sophomore DH
Keith Couch, Adelphi University Sophomore Starting Pitcher
Brian Craig, Dominican College Senior Starting Pitcher
Matt Giusti, Stonehill College Senior Starting Pitcher
Buddy Riggs, Caldwell College Junior Starting Pitcher
Tim Dupuis, Assumption College Junior Relief Pitcher
Ryan Boelson, Adelphi University Senior Catcher
Marco Torres, Felician College Junior Catcher
Cody Levins, Nyack College Senior First Base
Mickey Zudonyi, Felician College Sophomore Second Base
Colin Barnathan, Dowling College Sophomore Third Base
Tyler Mentzer, Philadelphia University Junior Shortstop
Matt Beaulieu, St. Michael's College Junior Outfield
Karl Derbacher, Southern Conn. State Univ. Senior Outfield
Ray Keelan, Caldwell College Junior Outfield

-Released by the Daktronics East Region Committee.