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Three Tribe Baseball Players Earn All-CAA Recognition

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At the CAA baseball banquet this evening in Wilmington, North Carolina, three of William and Mary’s baseball players were named All-CAA in voting done by the coaches. Sophomore Matt Davenport was named All-CAA First Team, while classmate Stephen Arcure was named second-team all-conference. Freshman John Farrell was also rewarded for his great season, earning a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team.

After a great freshman year that earned him All-Rookie honors in 2009, Davenport had one of the finest seasons as a pitcher that the College has ever seen in 2010. Davenport became just the third Tribe hurler to be named All-CAA First-Team in the program’s history and the first to do so since Whit Farr in 2002.

Davenport finished the season with an 8-2 mark, registering an ERA of 1.96, a William and Mary record. Davenport’s ERA is even more impressive considering his 96.1 innings pitched this season tie him for 10th at the College. Davenport also made the school’s top-10 lists for strikeouts and victories during his impressive 2010 campaign. Davenport is now tied for seventh all-time on the single-season list with his eight wins and is tied for eighth with his 88 strikeouts this year.

In the CAA, Davenport ranked in the top-four in all major pitching categories. Davenport was tied for first in victories, second in ERA, and third in strikeouts with 88. Davenport’s finest performance of the season came on April 30 against Northeastern, when the Chesapeake, Virginia native tossed a complete-game shutout at Plumeri Park. Davenport limited the Huskies to just three hits while striking out nine.

Also having a breakout season in 2010 for William and Mary was sophomore outfielder Stephen Arcure. After hitting .238 as a freshman, Arcure bumped his average over 100 points, leading the Tribe in 2010 with his batting average of .339. Arcure also had a nice year on the base paths, stealing a team-high 12 bases this season. Arcure was also a major factor on defense for the College, not committing an error in 78 chances, while being credited with four outfield assists during the season.

In 2010, Arcure racked up 18 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games for the Green and Gold. Arcure had a pair of four-RBI games this season against both VCU and USC Upstate and had a career-high four hits in the College’s final game of the season at Georgia State.

Rounding out the Tribe’s CAA honorees this season was Farrell, who was a mainstay at the end of the College’s bullpen this season. Farrell recorded a team-best six saves this season, the most ever for a freshman in the program’s history, tying him for sixth all-time on the school’s single season list. Farrell’s ERA of 3.99 was second only on the team to Davenport’s, while his 56 strikeouts were third on the team.
Farrell’s ability to get a strikeout at a key moment late in ballgames this season was crucial for W&M. Per nine innings, Farrell averaged an amazing 13.2 strikeouts, best on the Tribe’s staff.

One of Farrell’s more impressive outings came against Quinnipiac on March 12, when the freshman threw three shutout innings, striking out six. But Farrell’s biggest outing of the year came against UNC Wilmington on May 13, pitching the final two innings, striking out five to earn the save and preserve the Tribe victory.

2010 All-CAA Baseball Teams
First Team

(Position – Player, School)
C – Cody Stanley, UNC Wilmington
1B – Trevor Knight, James Madison
2B – Matt Prokopowicz, Hofstra
SS – Ryan Soares, George Mason
3B – Joe Van Meter, VCU
OF – Matt Browning, James Madison
OF – Pat Dameron, Delaware
OF – Mark Micowski, Georgia State
UT – Ethan Paquette, Hofstra
DH – Steve Ulaky, Delaware
SP – Matt Davenport, William and Mary
SP – Kyle Hald, Old Dominion
SP – Andrew Leenhouts, Northeastern
RP – Kevin Munson, James Madison

Second Team
C – Jake Lowery, James Madison
1B - Robbie Monday, UNC Wilmington
2B – Richard Gonzalez, VCU
SS – Nick Natoli, Towson
3B – Carlos Alonso, Delaware
OF – Stephen Arcure, William and Mary
OF – Kevin Collins, Towson
OF – Ryan Fleming, Georgia State
OF – Matt Townsend, James Madison
UT – Brig Tison, George Mason
DH – Steve Rice, Towson
SP – Seth Cutler-Voltz, VCU
SP – Cameron Roth, UNC Wilmington
RP – Anthony Montefusco, George Mason

Third Team
C – Taylor Perkins, VCU
1B – Ryan Cuneo, Delaware
2B – Rob Lind, Georgia State
SS – David Herbek, James Madison
3B – Bradley Logan, Georgia State
OF – Josh Dean, Delaware
OF – Tony DiCesare, Northeastern
OF – Ben Winter, Towson
UT – Carl Moniz, Georgia State
UT – Hunter Ridge, UNC Wilmington
DH – Shane Davis, George Mason
SP – Aidan Francis, Georgia State
SP – Turner Phelps, James Madison
RP – Robbie Andrews, VCU

Player of the Year: Ryan Soares, George Mason
Pitcher of the Year: Kevin Munson, James Madison
Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Rooney, UNC Wilmington
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Montefusco, George Mason
Co-Coaches of the Year: Paul Keyes, VCU and Spanky McFarland, James Madison

All-Rookie Team
(Name, School)
Michael Bass, UNC Wilmington
Johnny Bladel, James Madison
John Farrell, William and Mary
Matt Ford, Hofstra
D.J. Long, Delaware
Anthony Montefusco, George Mason
Chris O’Grady, George Mason
John Puttress, Northeastern
Hunter Ridge, UNC Wilmington
Matt Tenaglia, James Madison

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