Baseball Final Report
Poma, O'Grady Earn All-America Honors: Hofstra senior outfielder Danny Poma and George Mason junior relief pitcher Chris O'Grady received All-America honors after outstanding seasons. Poma was named a first-team All-American by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball and made the ABCA second team, while O'Grady was named to the NCBWA All-America third team. Poma became the first Hofstra player to receive CAA Player of the Year honors in 2012 after batting .430 with a CAA-record 32 doubles, seven homers, a league-best 78 runs scored, 48 RBI's and a league-high 29 stolen bases. O'Grady, who earned first-team All-CAA honors, was 2-0 with a CAA-best 14 saves and a 1.22 ERA this season. He struck out 51 batters in 37.0 innings.
CAA Dominates All-East Region Squad: The CAA dominated the ABCA/Rawlings All-East team with 14 players selected. Ten players made the All-East first team: W&M pitcher Matt Davenport, Towson pitcher Michael Trionfo, Mason pitcher Chris O'Grady, Hofstra first baseman Jared Hammer, Hofstra second baseman Matt Ford, UNCW outfielder Andrew Cain, VCU outfielder Bill Cullen, UNCW outfielder Thomas Pope, Hofstra outfielder Danny Poma and George Mason designated hitter Zach Helgeson. Making the All-East second team were UNCW pitcher Tyler McSwain, VCU pitcher Blake Hauser, George Mason shortstop Brig Tison and VCU third baseman Joey Cujas.
Three CAA Players Named Freshman All-Americans: William & Mary first baseman Michael Katz, Northeastern second baseman Jason Vosler and UNCW designated hitter Corey Dick were named Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. Katz batted .316 with 10 homers and 58 RBI's, Vosler hit .312 with six homers and 43 RBI's and Dick batted .303 with eight homers and 36 RBI's.
Seahawks Go 1-2 At Raleigh NCAA Regional: CAA champion UNCW posted a 1-2 record in the Raleigh Regional of the NCAA Baseball Championship. The third-seeded Seahawks fell 8-2 to Vanderbilt in their opening game before rebounding for a 13-4 win over Sacred Heart. UNCW was eliminated following a 17-5 loss to top-seeded N.C. State. It was the Seahawks' fifth NCAA appearance since 2003. Andrew Cain was named to the All-Regional team.
UNCW Wins CAA Baseball Championship: Top-seeded UNCW rallied from an early 6-0 deficit and scored twice in the ninth to defeat Delaware 10-8 in the title game of the Virginia 529 CAA Baseball Championship. It was the third CAA championship for the Seahawks, but first since 2006. With the score tied 8-8 in the ninth, Hunter Ridge led off with a double and scored on a single by Thomas Pope. A sacrifice fly by Jake Koenig plated Pope, who was 3-for-4 in the game with a pair of RBI's. UNCW left-hander Kelly Secrest (5-2) earned the win after 2.1 innings of no-hit relief. Delaware was led offensively by second baseman DJ Long, who hit a first-inning homer and finished 4-for-5 with two RBI's. The Blue Hens beat UNCW 11-9 earlier on Saturday to force the deciding game. In that contest, UD first baseman Jimmy Yezzo was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI's, including a grand slam in the sixth inning.
Delaware's Yezzo Leads All-Tournament Team: Delaware sophomore first baseman Jimmy Yezzo was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Baseball Championship. Yezzo batted .517 (15-29) over six games and broke the CAA Tournament record of 14 hits, which was set by JMU's Greg Miller in 2001. He also contributed four doubles, a triple, two homers, 10 runs scored and 11 RBI's. It was the first time in CAA history that the Most Outstanding Player didn't come from the team that won the tournament. Joining Yezzo on the all-tournament team were UNCW's Mat Batts, Matt Campbell, Tyler McSwain, Tyler Molinaro and Thomas Pope, Delaware's DJ Long, Alex Maruri and Eric Young, Towson's Zach Fisher, George Mason's Zach Helgeson and VCU's Brent Mikionis.
Offenses Dominate In CAA Tournament: Offense dominated during the Virginia 529 CAA Baseball Championship as the six teams combined for a .346 batting average, scored 177 runs in 11 games and hit 24 homers. All six squads batted .294 or better in the event and no team had lower than a 5.53 ERA.
Regular-Season Champs: UNCW cruised to the CAA regular-season title by four games after winning all 10 of its conference series. The Seahawks went 24-6 in conference play, which was the second-most victories in league history.
Hofstra's Poma Tops 100 Hits: Hofstra senior Danny Poma became just the eighth player in CAA history to accumulate 100 hits in a season. His 102 hits were tied for the second-most ever in the CAA, trailing only the 108 by VCU's Joe Van Meter in 2010. Poma also scored a league-best 78 runs, which is the fifth-best season total in CAA history and set a new CAA mark with 32 doubles.
CAA Teams/Players Among NCAA Stat Leaders: Several CAA teams and individuals were among the national statistical leaders this season. In individual categories, Hofstra's Danny Poma led the nation in runs per game (1.39) and doubles (32), ranked second in batting average (.430) and was fourth in on-base percentage (.500). VCU's Bill Cullen was third in triples (9) and sixth in doubles (25), while Hofstra's Jared Hammer was fifth in RBI's per game (1.2). On the mound, Towson's Tyler Austin led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (12.66), W&M's Matt Davenport was fifth in WHIP (.90), 10th in complete games (6) and 8th in ERA (1.73),Towson's Michael Trionfo was ninth in wins (11) and Mason's Chris O'Grady was 11th in saves (14). In team categories, Hofstra was second in batting average (.334), fourth in runs per game (8.0) and first in doubles per game (2.59) and steals per game (2.8). William & Mary ranked seventh in WHIP (1.17) and 14th in ERA (3.03). UNCW was 11th in homers (56) and 12th in hits (657).
All-CAA Honors: Hofstra senior outfielder Danny Poma was selected as the CAA Player of the Year and William & Mary senior right-hander Matt Davenport was named CAA Pitcher of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches. Poma, who was the first Hofstra player to receive the honor, batted .430 with 32 doubles, 7 homers, 48 RBI's, 78 runs scored and 29 stolen bases. Davenport was 7-5 with a league-best 1.73 ERA and struck out 90 in 109.1 innings while walking only 16. Other major awards went to Hofstra second baseman Matt Ford as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Northeastern second baseman Jason Vosler as the CAA Rookie of the Year and UNCW's Mark Scalf as the CAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time.