Three Tribe Players Earn Preseason All-CAA Recognition
Richmond, Va. - After stellar seasons in 2010, three William and Mary Tribe baseball players earned Preseason All-CAA accolades on Tuesday, the conference office announced. Junior pitcher Matt Davenport was named to the Preseason All-CAA team, while junior catcher Chris Forsten and sophomore pitcher John Farrell were named Honorable Mention.
For Davenport, the Preseason All-CAA selection is the second honor he has collected before the 2011 season. Davenport was also named a Preseason All-American by College Baseball Lineup. In 2010, Davenport was named First-Team All-CAA, First-Team ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region, and Second-Team VaSID All-State. Davenport became just the third Tribe hurler to be named All-CAA First-Team in the programís 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. Davenportís ERA was even more impressive considering his 96.1 innings pitched last season tied him for 10th at the College. Davenport also made the schoolís 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 last 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.
Forsten has been a mainstay behind the plate for the Tribe his first two seasons at the College, earning Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention honors the past two years. Forsten was very solid both offensively and defensively last year for the Green and Gold. Forsten hit .289 for the year, clubbing 19 doubles, three homer runs, and knocking in 52 RBIs. Forsten also posted a fielding percentage of .980, while throwing out 19 potential base stealers, second most in the CAA.
After a great freshman season that culminated in a CAA All-Rookie Team selection in 2010, Farrell was named Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA. Farrell recorded a team-best six saves in 2010, the most ever for a freshman in the programís history, tying him for sixth all-time on the schoolís single season list. Farrellís ERA of 3.99 was second only on the team to Davenportís, while his 56 strikeouts were third best. Farrellís 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 Tribeís staff.
The William and Mary Tribe baseball team will open up the 2011 season on the road, playing a four-game series at perennial Big-12 power Oklahoma. The series begins on Friday, February 18.