Baseball Team Selected to ECAC Tournament

5/10/2011

The Suffolk University Baseball team (23-20 overall) earned selection into the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Tournament.

The fifth-seeded Rams will open up the eight-team single-elimination ECAC tournament, taking on No. 4 seed Wentworth Institute of Technology (24-15 overall) in the opening round at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Parsons Field at Northeastern University.

The Rams will be making their second consecutive appearance in the ECAC Tournament and their seventh appearance under Head Coach Cary McConnell since the 1996 season. The Rams won the ECAC Tournament Championship in the 2000 season.

Meanwhile, the team garnered 10 postseason accolades from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference after finishing third in league play with a 9-5 record. Suffolk advanced to the GNAC Tournament finals for the sixth straight season.

Freshman Jake Cintolo took home Rookie of the Year honors. The Rams third baseman currently leads all hitters in the GNAC with 64 hits on the season, batting .441, which stands second in the conference.

Senior Alex Torres was named Pitcher of the Year and is a first-team All-Conference selection. Torres led the league in almost every pitching category: earned-run average (3.94), innings pitched (64), strikeouts (60), while posting a 5-5 record, with one save.

Senior Mark Annese was named a first-team All-Conference catcher. Annese also earned a selection to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team. Anesse is hitting .339 on the season with 14 extra-base hits, including 12 doubles, fifth among all GNAC players.

Freshman Devan Jones and seniors Mark Addesa, Andrew Babb, and Charles Kilgore all earned second-team All-Conference honors.

Jones has been the leading run producer this season for the Rams, driving in 34 runs, while also connecting on a team-best four home runs.

Addesa is hitting .353 on the season at the top of the Rams lineup. In 116 at-bats this year, he has 41 hits, including 10 doubles. The University coaching staff awarded Addesa the Ken Garni 10th Player Award.

Babb was selected as an outfielder. He hit .322 (49-for-152) on the season

Kilgore has been one of the most durable arms on the Suffolk staff this season. The senior right-hander has appeared in 12 contests. He holds a 2-1 record with a save and a 2.35 ERA in 38 1/3 innings pitched.

Senior Nick Travelyn rounded out the All-Conference selections, having been named to the third team. Travelyn leads the GNAC with seven triples and is fourth in the league with a .593 slugging percentage. In 14 GNAC games Travelyn hit .450 (18-for-40), while posting a .382.

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