Seven ECC Baseball Student-Athletes Earn NCBWA All-Region Honors; Muscat Selected Coach of the Year

Seven ECC Baseball Student-Athletes Earn NCBWA All-Region Honors; Muscat Selected Coach of the Year

Bridgeport, Conn. – Seven East Coast Conference baseball standouts have been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-East Region Team. St. Thomas Aquinas head coach, Scott Muscat, also earned the writer’s vote as the region Coach of the Year.

Three ECC players made the First Team, all of which came from St. Thomas Aquinas. Frank Salerno, Stanley Susana, and Matt Marotta, who also earned major All-Conference awards from the ECC, were First Team selections.

Salerno, the ECC Player of the Year, compiled 72 hits to post a .364 batting average, good for second in the conference. Salerno also ranked third in the conference in on-base percentage at .442 and was a terror on the base paths once he reached, compiling an ECC leading 40 stolen bases and 56 runs.

Marotta, the ECC Pitcher of the Year, wrapped up his career with an 8-2 record with a 1.95 earned run average. In 78.1 innings, batters hit only .181 against him. Marotta also picked up two saves on the year.

Susana, the ECC Rookie of the Year, finished in the top-ten in the conference in almost every offensive category. He led the league with nine triples and 98 total bases, while also coming in among the leaders in batting average (.363), hits (66), runs (28), homeruns (3), RBI (30), and slugging percentage (.538).

Second Team selections include Andrew Abreu and Joe Candela of Dowling College, Mike Russo from St. Thomas Aquinas, and Bo Budkevics of C.W. Post.

Scott Muscat takes home the regional Coach of the Year honor after also capturing the same award from the ECC. He led the Spartans to a program record 34 wins and the ECC Regular Season title.

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