RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College freshman John Holland (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) was named the 2013 New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division II/III Co-Rookie Pitcher of the Year, according to voting released by the NJCBA on Wednesday. All 17 head coaches of the non-Division I four-year baseball programs in the state were eligible to vote.
Felician also placed two players on the NJCBA all-state teams. Junior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) was chosen for the Second Team, and sophomore relief pitcher Jack Fowler (Shrewsbury, N.J./Red Bank Regional) made the Third Team.
The complete set of 2013 D-II/III all-NJCBA teams and special award winners can be viewed at http://www.njcugothicknights.com/documents/2013/5/15/2013_NJCBA_Division_II-III_All-State_Team.pdf?id=1332.
Holland served as a right-handed closer and set-up man out of Felician's bullpen. In 27 appearances, he had a 3-2 record, a 1.89 earned-run average, and a team-high five saves. Holland allowed 19 hits, struck out 43 batters and walked 23 in 38 innings. Opponents hit .144 against him. Holland is the second consecutive Golden Falcon to win the NJCBA Rookie Pitcher of the Year award, following teammate Matthew Facendo (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in 2012. He shared this year's honor with Frankie Colasante of William Paterson University.
Brill was the Golden Falcons' leading hitter at .352, good for fifth in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. His 70 hits are third in the CACC and the third-highest single-season total in Felician history. He scored 31 runs and drove in 32, and set school records with 150 defensive assists and with a 15-game hitting streak. He is also 10th in the conference with 17 stolen bases. Felician, as a member of the Division II East Region, uses wood bats for virtually all of its games. Brill was also an all-CACC First Team and CACC All-Tournament Team selection.
Fowler leads the CACC with a Felician-record 32 appearances. He posted a 5-5 record, 3.05 ERA, and two saves. His 60 strikeouts are second in the conference, and he leads the CACC among qualifying pitchers with 9.64 strikeouts per nine innings. 51 of his 56 innings this year were as a reliever, and opponents hit .234 against him. Fowler was also chosen for the All-CACC Second Team.
Felician (21-32, 10-10 CACC) tied for fifth place in the regular-season CACC standings. As the No. 5 seed, the Golden Falcons placed third in the conference tournament.
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.