NEW HAVEN, CT (May 5, 2009) - Wilmington University senior outfielder Cody Holliday has been selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Year in balloting released Tuesday. Dominican College sophomore Tom Kahl was tabbed Pitcher of the Year, while fellow Charger Justin Moore was the pick for Rookie of the Year. Dominican head coach Rick Giannetti garnered Coach of the Year honors and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia was given the annual Team Sportsmanship Award. The 10 CACC head coaches conducted the voting for the awards.
Holliday, a 6-3 senior outfielder from Havre de Grace, MD, ranks among league leaders in numerous categories. He stands fifth in batting average (.366) and on-base percentage (.455), first in runs batted in (48), total bases (111), hits (68) and doubles (16), second in home runs (7) and runs scored (49), and third in slugging percentage (.597). Holliday helped lead Wilmington to the No. 3 seed for the upcoming CACC Tournament, which the Wildcats will host on May 7-9. Holliday was also a first team All-CACC pick in 2008 in his first season.
Kahl, a 5-11 sophomore right-hander from Bay Shore, NY, tied for the CACC lead in wins with six and had posted the best winning percentage at 6-0. He earned a 2.33 earned-run average, which ranks third among starters in the conference. Furthermore, his 78 strikeouts in 65.2 innings of work led the league and he stands seventh in innings pitched.
Moore, a 6-2 freshman closer from Wantagh, NY, shattered the CACC record for saves in a season with 14 thus far in 2009. The previous record was seven, which was accomplished last season. He also ranks second in Division II in saves. He sports a 1.96 ERA in 19 regular-season appearances and also earned one win on the mound. He allowed just one extra-base hit (a double) this season.
Giannetti, who is in his 20th season guiding the Chargers, led DC to the 2009 CACC Regular-Season Championship with a 22-5 record and a No. l ranking in the East Region with a 35-10 overall mark. The Chargers have compiled a sterling 17-4 record on the road this season. Dominican is the top seed for the upcoming CACC Tournament.
The complete All-Conference team and special award winners are listed below. Repeat first team selections include Holliday, Nyack College 1B Cody Levins, Felician College catcher Marcos Torres, Philadelphia University shortstop Tyler Mentzer and Post University 3B Corey Huffine.
|1B Cody Levins||Nyack||Sr.||McKinney, TX|
|2B Mickey Zudonyi||Felician||So.||Holmdel, NJ|
|SS Tyler Mentzer||Philadelphia||Jr.||Gettysburg, PA|
|3B Corey Huffine||Post||Sr.||Colorado Springs, CO|
|C Marcos Torres||Felician||Jr.||Miami, FL|
|OF Alexi Colon||Dominican||Fr.||Millville, NJ|
|OF Cody Holliday||Wilmington||Sr.||Havre de Grace, MD|
|OF Ray Keelan||Caldwell||Jr.||Barnegat, NJ|
|DH Michael Munoz||Dominican||So.||Bronx, NY|
|UT Phil Messerian||Nyack||Jr.||Fair Lawn, NJ|
|P Danny Conti||Felician||Jr.||Aberdeen, NJ|
|P Brian Craig||Dominican||Sr.||Shenandoah, PA|
|P Tom Kahl||Dominican||So.||Bay Shore, NY|
|P Buddy Riggs||Caldwell||Jr.||Coral Springs, FL|
|RP Justin Moore||Dominican||Fr.||Wantagh, NY|
|1B Jim Conto||Post||Sr.||West Hempstead, NY|
|2B Peter McCauley||USP||Sr.||New Tripoli, PA|
|SS PJ Rodriguez||Nyack||Jr.||Levittown, Puerto Rico|
|3B Adric Saxon||Caldwell||Jr.||Coral Springs, FL|
|C Robert Iglesias||Dominican||So.||Mays Landing, NJ|
|OF Vinnie DiBenedetti||Felician||Sr.||Forked River, NJ|
|OF Dan Ellmer||Philadelphia||Sr.||Trenton, NJ|
|OF Alex Latchum||Chestnut Hill||Fr.||Warrington, PA|
|DH Ricky Maldonado||Bloomfield||Sr.||Lakewood, NJ|
|UT Mark Forbes||USP||Jr.||Hockessin, DE|
|UT Willie Mann||Dominican||Jr.||Patterson, NY|
|P Steve Godowski||Bloomfield||So.||Sayerville, NJ|
|P Joe Harris||Wilmington||So.||Douglassville, PA|
|P Brian Rousseau||Philadelphia||Jr.||Wantagh, NY|
|RP John Walsh||Bloomfield||Jr.||Saddle Brook, NJ|
Honorable Mention: George Kochu, SS, So., Chestnut Hill; Tom Maloney, 1B, Jr., Dominican; Kevin Lauranzon, Sr., 1B, Bloomfield; Mike Libretta, Sr., OF, Felician; Mike Godwin, Fr., P, Wilmington; Jared Farbman, So., P, Philadelphia; Kevin Earlie, Fr., P, Nyack; Alex Del Valle, Jr., SS, Felician; Luke Peyton, Fr., RP, USP
Player of the Year: Cody Holliday, Sr., OF, Wilmington
Pitcher of the Year: Tom Kahl, So., Dominican
Rookie of the Year: Justin Moore, Fr., RP, Dominican
Coach of the Year: Rick Giannetti, Dominican
Team Sportsmanship Award: USP