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.