RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College freshman Ralph Caccavale (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) has been chosen as the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division II/III Rookie Player of the Week for the period ending April 14, the NJCBA announced on Wednesday.
Caccavale, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound middle infielder, led Felician to a 4-2 week, including 3-1 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) affairs. In starting all six games (four at second base and two at shortstop), he batted .368 with a .455 on-base percentage, scored five runs, and stole two bases. He struck out only twice in 22 plate appearances. Caccavale was 3 for 5, plus three walks, and scored three runs on April 14 as the Golden Falcons split a CACC home doubleheader with Philadelphia University.
For the 2013 season, Caccavale has played in 36 out of Felician's 39 games, making 31 starts (23 at second and eight at short). He is batting .188 with a .310 on-base percentage, two doubles, 10 runs scored, five runs batted in, and seven stolen bases. He is a 2012 graduate of Plainedge High.
More information is available at http://www.njcugothicknights.com/sports/2013/2/28/2013%20NJCBA%20Weekly%20Awards.aspx?id=2615.The NJCBA consists of all baseball-playing four-year colleges and universities in the state of New Jersey.
Caccavale is the second Golden Falcon to be named NJCBA Rookie Player of the Week this season. Teammate Matt Caposio (Staten Island, N.Y./Poly Prep) was so honored on March 5.
Earlier this week, junior catcher Chris Ayala (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) and junior pitcher Stephen Paladino (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's Boys) were named to the CACC Weekly Honor Roll. Also, sophomore third-baseman Taylor Parker (Surrey, British Columbia/Semiahmoo) was chosen for the CACC Weekly Honor Roll in softball for the third consecutive week.
Felician (14-25, 6-8 CACC) sits in eighth place in the CACC heading into Saturday's conference doubleheader at Concordia (N.Y.) College in Bronxville, N.Y.
Felician College is a coeducational, liberal arts, Catholic college, enrolling 2,300 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, Teacher Education, and Health Sciences and Nursing. A Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Felician College competes in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, cross-country, men's golf, women's volleyball, and cheerleading. Founded in 1942 by the Felician Sisters in the Franciscan tradition, Felician College is located on two campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey.