WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 26, 2010) – George Mason senior shortstop Ryan Soares (Harwich, Mass.) was selected as the 2010 CAA baseball Player of the Year and James Madison junior closer Kevin Munson (Roanoke, Va.) was chosen as the conference’s Pitcher of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches.

Other top honors went to UNC Wilmington senior shortstop Mike Rooney (Cary, N.C.) as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and George Mason freshman outfielder/pitcher Anthony Montefusco (Meford, N.J.) as the CAA Rookie of the Year. VCU’s Paul Keyes and JMU’s Spanky McFarland were named the CAA Co-Coaches of the Year.

Soares turned in one of the most impressive offensive seasons in CAA history. His league-leading .438 batting average was the fifth-highest ever by a CAA player and he set a new conference record for doubles in a season with 29. The Patriots’ shortstop also topped the CAA in slugging percentage (.809) and ranked second in RBI (71), sixth in home runs (13), ninth in runs scored (57) and ninth in on-base percentage (.474). He leads the nation in sacrifice flies (13) and doubles per game and ranks among the top 10 in Division I in RBI’s per game (5th), batting average (8th) and slugging percentage (6th). A member of the Watch List for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top shortstop, Soares also excelled defensively, committing only seven errors in 234 chances for a .970 fielding percentage.

Munson was dominant as JMU’s closer this season, posting a 7-1 record with a league-high 10 saves and a conference-best 1.23 ERA. The right-hander struck out 67 batters in 51.1 innings and opponents batted only .169 against him. A member of the NCBWA Midseason Watch List for the Stopper of the Year Award, Munson leads the nation in fewest hits allowed per nine innings and ranks among the top 10 in the nation in ERA (4th) and strikeouts per nine innings (8th).

Rooney had an outstanding year defensively for UNCW, committing only nine errors in 295 chances at shortstop for an impressive .969 fielding percentage. He played a vital role in a Seahawks’ defense that turned 65 double plays, which is tied for the fifth-highest total in the nation. Rooney also had a solid season at the plate, batting .283 with 24 RBI.

Montefusco contributed in several phases of the game for the Patriots during his freshman campaign. The right-hander served as Mason’s closer and posted a 3-1 record with four saves and an impressive 1.23 ERA. He also started 14 games in the field and batted .317 with 13 RBI.

Keyes received CAA Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time after guiding VCU to a 31-23-1 record. Picked to finish seventh in the league’s preseason poll, the Rams placed third with a 16-7-1 league mark and were just 1.5 games out of the top spot.

McFarland garnered CAA Coach of the Year accolades for the second time after leading JMU to a 29-21 overall record. The Dukes captured the CAA regular-season title for the first time since 2006 by winning all eight of their conference series and finishing 18-6 in the league.

James Madison placed a league-high three players on the All-CAA first team. Joining Munson were junior first baseman Trevor Knight, who batted .371 with 12 homers and 44 RBI, and senior outfielder Matt Browning, who hit .382 and drove in 41 runs.

Delaware and Hofstra each had two first-team selections. Representing the Blue Hens were junior outfielder Pat Dameron (.353, 14 HR, 59 RBI) and junior designated hitter Steve Ulaky (.374, 7 HR, 37 RBI). Making the squad from the Pride were second baseman Matt Prokopowicz (.431, 6 HR, 41 RBI) and senior utility player Ethan Paquette (.371, 14 HR, 70 RBI).

Seven other schools had one player make the first team. UNC Wilmington junior Cody Stanley (.327, 11 HR, 37 RBI) was picked at catcher, while VCU junior Joe Van Meter (.430, 9 HR, 66 RBI) was the top choice at third base. Rounding out the outfield was Georgia State junior Mark Micowski, who batted .395 and drove in 39 runs. Three starting pitchers were named to the first team – William & Mary sophomore Matt Davenport (8-2, 1.96 ERA), Old Dominion junior Kyle Hald (8-4, 2.79 ERA) and Northeastern sophomore Andrew Leenhouts (3-4, 3.14 ERA).

The awards were presented on Wednesday evening in Wilmington, N.C. on the eve of the 2010 CAA Baseball Championship, which gets underway Thursday at Brooks Field.

(as selected by CAA Head Baseball Coaches)
Player, School                              Pos.    Cl.    Hometown/High School                         2010 Stats
Cody Stanley, UNC Wilmington        C    Jr.    Clinton, N.C./Clinton                               .327, 11 HR, 37 RBI
Trevor Knight, James Madison*       1B    Jr.    Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield    .371, 12 HR, 44 RBI
Matt Prokopowicz, Hofstra               2B    Sr.    Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa             .431, 6 HR, 41 RBI
Ryan Soares, George Mason%        SS    Sr.    Harwich, Mass./Harwich                          .438, 13 HR, 71 RBI
Joe Van Meter, VCU                       3B    Jr.    Oyster Bay, N.Y./St. Dominic                  .430, 9 HR, 66 RBI
Matt Browning, James Madison#     OF    Sr.    Mystic, Conn./Fitch                               .382, 10 HR, 41 RBI
Pat Dameron, Delaware                 OF     Jr.    Dublin, Pa./Pennridge                          .353, 14 HR, 59 RBI
Mark Micowski, Georgia State        OF    Jr.    Haddam, Conn./Xavier                            .395, 5 HR, 39 RBI
Ethan Paquette, Hofstra                UT    Sr.    West Burke, Vt./St. Johnsbury Acad.         .371, 14 HR, 70 RBI
Steve Ulaky, Delaware                   DH    Jr.    Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel             .374, 7 HR, 37 RBI
Matt Davenport, William & Mary       SP    So.    Chesapeake, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk    8-2, 1.96 ERA, 88 K’s
Kyle Hald, Old Dominion                 SP    Jr.    Springfield, Va./South                            8-4, 2.79 ERA, 95 K’s
Andrew Leenhouts, Northeastern      SP    So.    Franklin, Mass./Franklin                        3-4, 3.14 ERA, 88 K’s
Kevin Munson, James Madison*      RP    Jr.     Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring                     7-1, 10 svs., 1.23 ERA
Player, School                                 Pos.    Cl.    Hometown/High School                     2010 Stats
Jake Lowery, James Madison              C      So.    Midlothian, Va./Cosby                     .284, 7 HR, 39 RBI
Robbie Monday, UNC Wilmington%    1B      Sr.    Elkin, N.C./East Wilkes                    .326, 19 HR, 58 RBI
Richard Gonzalez, VCU                     2B     Sr.    Caguas, Puerto Rico/PRBA                 .397, 0 HR, 37 RBI
Nick Natoli, Towson                          SS     Jr.    Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph        .329, 2 HR, 38 RBI
Carlos Alonso, Delaware#                 3B     Sr.    Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos                .389, 16 HR, 47 RBI
Stephen Arcure, William & Mary         OF    So.    Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep        .339, 2 HR, 41 RBI
Kevin Collins, Towson#                     OF    Sr.    Gaithersburg, Md./Gaitherburg             .346, 8 HR, 47 RBI
Ryan Fleming, Georgia State             OF    Jr.    Whitby, Ontario/Henry Street               .382, 13 HR, 58 RBI
Matt Townsend, James Madison*        OF    Sr.    Lorton, Va./Hayfield                          .331, 12 HR, 47 RBI
Brig Tison, George Mason                  UT    So.    Vienna, Va./James Madison               .367, 3 HR, 33 RBI
Steve Rice, Towson                           DH    Jr.    Sykesville, Md./Century                     .307, 7 HR, 35 RBI
Seth Cutler-Voltz, VCU                      SP    So.    Richmond, Va./Henrico                       7-3, 3.17 ERA, 62 K’s
Cameron Roth, UNC Wilmington        SP    Jr.    Poquoson, Va./Denbigh                        7-4, 3.15 ERA, 68 K’s
Anthony Montefusco, George Mason    RP    Fr.    Medford, N.J./Shawnee                        3-1, 4 svs., 1.17 ERA

Player, School                                 Pos.    Cl.    Hometown/High School                         2010 Stats
Taylor Perkins, VCU                         C        So.    Dinwiddie, Va./Dinwiddie                      .327, 2 HR, 30 RBI
Ryan Cuneo, Delaware                     1B       Sr.    Freehold, N.J./Freehold                         .350, 16 HR, 65 RBI
Rob Lind, Georgia State                   2B        Jr.    Hartford, S.D./West Central                  .415, 9 HR, 56 RBI
David Herbek, James Madison        SS          Jr.    Haymarket, Va./Battlefield                   .314, 7 HR, 45 RBI
Bradley Logan, Georgia State          3B          Sr.    Augusta, Ga./Westside                       .358, 11 HR, 58 RBI
Josh Dean, Delaware                      OF          Sr.    Dagsboro, Del./Indian River                .325, 12 HR, 43 RBI
Tony DiCesare, Northeastern           OF          Sr.    Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield                   .314, 2 HR, 26 RBI
Ben Winter, Towson                        OF          So.    Ellicott City, Md./Long Reach              .343, 3 HR, 25 RBI
Carl Moniz, Georgia State                UT          Sr.    Laval, Quebec/Edouard-Montpetit        .370, 9 HR, 60 RBI
Hunter Ridge, UNC Wilmington        UT          Fr.      Asheboro, N.C./South Western Randolph    .348, 4 HR, 42 RBI
Shane Davis, George Mason#          DH          Jr.    West Trenton, N.J./The Hun School        .283, 9 HR, 45 RBI
Aidan Francis, Georgia State%          SP          Jr.    Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia                   6-3, 4.85 ERA, 74 K’s
Turner Phelps, James Madison#        SP          Jr.    Roanoke, Va./Lord Botetourt                 3-4, 5.94 ERA, 60 K’s
Robbie Andrews, VCU                        RP         Sr.    Covington, Va./Alleghany                     0-2, 9 svs., 2.64 ERA

2010 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Soares, SS, George Mason
2010 CAA PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Munson, RP, James Madison
2010 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Mike Rooney, SS, UNC Wilmington
2010 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Anthony Montefusco, OF/P, George Mason
2010 CAA CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR:  Paul Keyes, VCU and Spanky McFarland, James Madison
* - 1st team All-CAA in 2009    # - 2nd team All-CAA in 2009        % - 3rd team in 2009

Player, School                                   Pos.      Cl.     Hometown/High School                  2010 Stats
Michael Bass, UNC Wilmington            3B         Fr.      Fairmont, N.C./Fairmont              .307, 1 HR, 25 RBI
Johnny Bladel, James Madison           OF         Fr.      Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge            .339, 1 HR, 33 RBI
John Farrell, William & Mary                P          Fr.      Andover, Mass./Andover               3-3, 6 svs., 3.99 ERA
Matt Ford, Hofstra                             SS         Fr.      Lansing, N.Y./Lansing                 .311, 2 HR, 27 RBI
D.J. Long, Delaware                          2B         Fr.      Millsboro, Del./Sussex Central        .350, 2 HR, 35 RBI
Anthony Montefusco, George Mason    OF/P      Fr.      Medford, N.J./Shawnee                 .317/3-1, 4 svs., 1.17 ERA
Chris O’Grady, George Mason              P          Fr.      Congers, N.Y./Clarkstown North        3-1, 4.06 ERA, 47 K’s
John Puttress, Northeastern                C          Fr.      New Providence, N.J./New Providence    .281, 2 HR, 8 RBI
Hunter Ridge, UNC Wilmington            IF          Fr.     Asheboro, N.C./South Western Randolph    .348, 4 HR, 42 RBI
Matt Tenaglia, James Madison             IF/OF    Fr.     Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East    .371, 5 HR, 39 RBI