CAA baseball tourney preview: UNCW plays ODU on Thursday; Pope earns first team All-CAA
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Junior Thomas Pope earned first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors while teammates juniors Andrew Cain and Matt Campbell and sophomore Hunter Ridge were named second-team all-conference honorees it was announced on Wednesday at the league’s awards banquet.
Pope, who was honored as the first-team’s designated hitter, carries a league-leading .411 batting average into this week’s championship tournament. Pope also paces the conference with an on-base average of .500 and has reached base safely in 25 consecutive games. While Pope, a three-time CAA Player-of-the-Week honoree, has been solid at the plate all season, he also leads the team with 19 stolen bases. He has posted career-highs in 11 offensive categories.
An outfielder for the Seahawks, Cain also posted a career-year with a team-high 10 home runs and is second with 46 runs batted in. He’s been a perfect blend of power and speed with 16 stolen bases to go along with his 26 extra base hits.
Campbell earned his honors at third base after hitting .326 with five home runs and 42 runs scored in 2011. Campbell was named CAA Player-of-the-Week after hitting .625 with against George Mason, including nine hits in a twinbill sweep for the Seahawks. Campbell is perfect on the season in stolen bases, going 9-for-9.
Ridge, who earned third-team and All-Rookie honors as a freshman, rounded out UNCW’s second-team selection. He’s started all 56 games for the Seahawks and is hitting .357 with a career-high 80 hits. In two seasons with UNCW, Ridge has 157 hits to his credit. He leads the Seahawks with 52 runs scored, 54 driven in and has banged out 17 doubles.
The third-seeded Seahawks open their 2011 tournament appearance on Thursday with a 7 p.m. start against second-seeded Old Dominion.
article courtesy UNCW Sports Information
2011 ALL‐CAA BASEBALL TEAM
(selected by CAA Head Baseball Coaches)
Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/High School 2011 Stats
Jake Lowery, James Madison# C Jr. Midlothian, Va./Cosby .348, 22 HR, 81 RBI
Steve Ulaky, Delaware* 1B Sr. Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel .339, 14 HR, 54 RBI
Rob Lind, Georgia State% 2B Sr. Hartford, S.D./West Central .333, 10 HR, 37 RBI
Josh Wright, Old Dominion SS Jr. Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby .376, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 18 SB
Brandon Williams, Georgia State 3B Jr. Marietta, Ga./Kell .350, 1 HR, 36 RBI
Pat Dameron, Delaware* OF Sr. Dublin, Pa./Pennridge .363, 5 HR, 45 RBI
Mark Micowski, Georgia State* OF Sr. Haddam, Conn./Xavier .362, 5 HR, 48 RBI
Danny Poma, Hofstra OF Jr. Monterey, Calif./Monterey .382, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 20 SB
Taylor Perkins, VCU% UT Jr. Dinwiddie, Va./Dinwiddie .320, 4 HR, 38 RBI
Thomas Pope, UNC Wilmington DH Jr. Clinton, N.C./Clinton .411, 5 HR, 44 RBI, 19 SB
Logan Billbrough, William & Mary SP Sr. Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto 7‐2, 2.58 ERA, 105 K’s
Kyle Hald, Old Dominion* SP Sr. Springfield, Va./South County 8‐2, 3.51 ERA, 102 K’s
Adam Wisniewski, Old Dominion RP Sr. Norfolk, Va./Granby 0‐0, 14 svs., 3.12 ERA
2011 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jake Lowery, C, James Madison
2011 CAA CO‐PITCHERS OF THE YEAR: Logan Billbrough, RHP, William & Mary and Kyle Hald, LHP, Old Dominion
2011 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nick Natoli, SS, Towson
2011 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Aaron Barbosa, OF, Northeastern
2011 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Nate Goulet, Old Dominion
CAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Thursday, May 26
Game 1 – #1 James Madison vs. #4 Georgia State – 3 pm
Game 2 – #2 Old Dominion vs. #3 UNC Wilmington – 7 pm
Friday May 27
Game 3 – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 – 12 pm
Game 4 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 – 3:30 pm
Game 5 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 – 7 pm
Saturday, May 28
Game 6 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 – 1 pm
Game 7 (if necessary) – Same two teams, 30 minutes after Game 6