THREE FELICIAN BASEBALL PLAYERS EARN PRESEASON HONOR
Courtesy of Mark Mentone, Felician SID
RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Three Felician College baseball players - senior pitcher Phil Messerian (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn), senior catcher Marcos Torres (Miami, FL/South Miami), and junior second-baseman Mickey Zudonyi (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) - have been named Preseason Division II Honorable Mention All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the NCBWA announced on Tuesday.
Messerian has transferred to Felician from Nyack College, where he was an NCBWA Honorable Mention All-American as a utility player in 2009. A right-hander, he went 6-4 with a 3.86 earned-run average and two saves in 13 games for the Warriors, while also hitting .331 with three home runs and 29 runs batted in.
Torres is a two-time all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference catcher and was a Second- Team All-East Region honoree in 2009, when he hit .335 with four homers and 36 RBI. He is already in the top five all-time at Felician in hits (156), home runs (9), and RBI (98).
Zudonyi was selected Second-Team All-Region by two organizations last season after batting .307 with three homers, 42 runs scored, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases from the leadoff spot in the Golden Falcons' line-up. He became the second player in program history to reach 100 career hits as a sophomore (currently 103).
The NCBWA was founded in 1962 to facilitate the advancement of college baseball and consists of writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport.
Felician, an NCAA Division II member, plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Golden Falcons posted a won-lost record of 24-24 in 2009.