St. Thomas Aquinas Baseball Selected to Repeat as Champions

St. Thomas Aquinas Baseball Selected to Repeat as Champions

Central Islip, N.Y. – After winning their first ever East Coast Conference Championship in 2013, St. Thomas Aquinas has been selected as the favorite for 2014 by the conference's coaches in the ECC Baseball Preseason Poll. Junior infielder Stanley Susana (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) of St. Thomas Aquinas is the Preseason Player of the Year, while senior, Tyler Badamo (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) from Dowling, is the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Spartans, who earned five of seven first place votes for 45 points, are coming off a record-setting season. St. Thomas Aquinas' 2013 campaign included a school-record 39 wins and the first ECC title and NCAA Tournament berth in program history. This season looks to be a promising one for the Spartans as well, as they return eight All-Conference honorees from last year's squad.

Dowling, conference champions in 2011 and 2012, received two first place votes to finish second in the poll with 40 points.  ECC runner-up for the past three seasons, Bridgeport rounds out the top-three with 33 points.  

Susana, a two-time All-Conference selection and former ECC Rookie of the Year, has been selected as the Preseason Player of the Year. Last season, Susana was a terror to opposing pitchers both at the plate and on the base paths. He finished fourth in the ECC with a .367 batting average and led the conference with six triples, six sacrifice flies, 27 steals, and 55 runs scored. His doubles (12), RBI (49), total bases (100), on-base percentage (.426), and slugging percentage (.503) all ranked in the top-five in the conference as well.

Badamo earns the Preseason Pitcher of the Year award for the second consecutive season after proving the conference's coaches prophetic by winning the postseason Pitcher of the Year award in 2013.  Badamo paced the conference with seven wins and 95 strikeouts, and also ranked among the conference leaders with four complete games, one shutout, 83.0 innings pitched, and a 2.60 earned run average.

2014 East Coast Conference Preseason Poll

School Pts.       2013 Record
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (5)       45 39-14 (19-5 ECC)
2. Dowling (2) 40 22-21-1 (15-9 ECC)
3. Bridgeport 34 22-26 (13-11 ECC)
4. Molloy 30 24-27 (14-10 ECC)
5. LIU Post 20 16-29 (8-16 ECC)
6. Queens 15 15-27 (10-14 ECC)
7. Mercy 12 8-37-1 (5-19 ECC)

( ) - first place votes
Preseason Player of the Year: Stanley Susana, Jr., IF, St. Thomas Aquinas
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Badamo, Sr., Dowling