McCormick Named Pitcher Of The Year, Blankmeyer Tabbed Coach Of The Year As St. John's Earns Program-Record 11 All-BIG EAST Selections|
May 19, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - Ryan McCormick unanimously earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors and head coach Ed Blankmeyer was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year for a conference-record sixth time as St. John's garnered a program-record 11 All-BIG EAST selections, including eight first team honorees and three second team choices. McCormick, outfielder Alex Caruso and reliever Thomas Hackimer were three of just four unanimous first team selections in the league.
The fifth St. John's player in program-history to earn BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year accolades, McCormick becomes the first since George Brown in 2008. McCormick finished the regular season with a league-high nine overall wins (9-1), while ranking fifth in ERA (3.07), fourth in strikeouts (60), fourth in innings pitched (76.1) and seventh in opponent average (.239). In BIG EAST action, McCormick finished a perfect 6-0 in six starts, posted a league-best 1.52 ERA, allowed a league-low .168 opponent average and totaled a league-leading 33 strikeouts in the second-most innings (41.1).
Blankmeyer earns Coach of the Year honors for the first time since 2012 and for the fifth time in the past 11 seasons (2015, 2012, 2008, 2007 and 2005). The six-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year, who first earned the honor in his first season at the helm in 1996, led the Red Storm to its conference-record eighth BIG EAST regular season title after finishing with a 14-3 league record to go with a league-best 36-14 overall regular season mark.
A second team selection last season, Caruso led the league this year with a .375 batting average and also posted a league-best .457 on-base percentage, while ranking tied for seventh with 35 runs scored. The outfielder added career-highs in both doubles (8) and RBI (21). In 17 conference games, Caruso batted a league-high .418, posted a league-leading .524 on-base percentage and finished third with 16 runs scored.
A first time All-BIG EAST selection, Hackimer set a new St. John's single-season record with a league-high 15 saves and went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in a league-leading 30 appearances in the regular season. The reliever ranked sixth in the league with 50 strikeouts in just 45.2 innings of work and held opponents to a .144 average. Hackimer recorded a league-leading seven saves in BIG EAST action.
A first team selection for the second time in two seasons, Donadio batted .314 in the regular season, led the league with 33 walks and ranked second with 44 runs scored. The sophomore finished sixth in on-base percentage (.420), while adding 11 doubles, one triple, one home run and a .399 slugging percentage. In 17 conference games, Donadio ranked 10th in average (.352) and tied for fourth with 15 runs scored.
Another two-time first team All-BIG EAST honoree, Knightes batted .323 overall to go with three doubles, 18 RBI and 20 runs scored in 41 regular season games. The sophomore added 15 walks and posted a .400 on-base percentage. Knightes batted .305 with 11 RBI in 15 conference games.
Lauricella, a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, finished the regular season ranked third in RBI (38), eighth in batting average (.325), eighth in slugging percentage (.456) and tied for ninth with 13 doubles. In 17 games of league action, Lauricella ranked sixth in batting average (.373), fourth in slugging percentage (.559), fifth in on-base percentage (.451), second in doubles (8), tied for fifth in RBI (14) and tied for eighth in runs scored (13).
Mederos, a first time All-BIG EAST choice, ranked tied for sixth in the league with 34 RBI overall. The shortstop also ranked tied for fourth with five home runs, while adding seven doubles, one triple and 26 runs scored to go with a .392 slugging percentage. Mederos finished with 10 RBI in 16 league games.
Another first time All-BIG EAST choice, Stashak finished the regular season ranked second in the league with seven wins (7-4). The righty ranked third with 64 strikeouts, ninth with a 3.45 ERA, and eighth with a .244 opponent batting average, while finishing fifth with 75.2 innings of work. Stashak ranked fourth with 26 strikeouts and tied for third with three wins in six league starts.
Dixon also earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time after batting .276 with one double, two triples and two home runs to go with 17 RBI and 17 runs scored. In 17 games of league play, the designated hitter had 11 RBI, ranked seventh in slugging percentage (.514), tied for fourth with two home runs and tied for seventh with one triple.
Another first time All-BIG EAST honoree, Harris batted .321 in the regular season and ranked fifth in the league with a .479 slugging percentage. The first baseman also ranked fifth in on-base percentage (.422), tied for eighth in RBI (31) and tied for fifth in doubles (15). Harris finished tied for fifth with 14 RBI in 17 league games.
Wayman, a first time All-BIG EAST honoree, batted .280 with 12 RBI, 17 runs scored and a .393 on-base percentage, while posting a 1.000 fielding percentage in 106 chances. The second baseman posted improved numbers in 11 league games, batting .324 with a .439 on-base percentage and a .441 slugging percentage.