RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College graduate student Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Tournament, held last Thursday through Saturday in New Castle, Del.
Felician, the No. 2 seed, captured its first CACC baseball championship by winning all three of its games in the event, including an 8-3 victory over top seed, tournament host and No. 11 nationally-ranked Wilmington (Del.) University in Saturday's championship game. Petosa, the team's No. 4 hitter and left fielder, went 3 for 4 on Saturday with two doubles and two RBI. His run-scoring double in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and made him Felician's all-time hits leader, surpassing the 217 of former teammate Mickey Zudonyi.
For the tournament, Petosa was 6 for 12, plus three walks, scored four runs, and drove in five. He knocked in two runs in Felician's 3-2 first-round victory over Post University on Thursday. The honor capped a whirlwind 10 days for Petosa, during which he was also named first-team Capital One Academic All-District, first-team All-CACC, and the Felician Senior Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
Joining Petosa on the CACC All-Tournament team were senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard), sophomore first-baseman Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian), senior third-baseman Jordan Tackett (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) and junior left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional). Brill, the CACC Player of the Year for the regular season, came up with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score in an eventual 10-9, 10-inning victory over Dominican (N.Y.) College on Friday.
Brill was 6 for 14 in the three games, scoring five runs and driving in two. He handled 13 errorless chances at shortstop.
De Jong, an All-CACC First Team honoree, was on base 10 times in the tournament, going 7 for 12 with two doubles and five runs scored.
Tackett drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning against Dominican on Friday. He also had an RBI in Felician's four-run sixth inning against Wilmington in Saturday's championship round.
Vasto, the regular-season CACC Pitcher of the Year, had a strong outing in a no-decision against Dominican on Friday. In six innings, he allowed one run on four hits, walked two batters, and matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts. He ran his season strikeout total to a school-record 79, breaking the mark of 76 set by Brian Dudzinski in 2012.
2014 CACC Baseball All-Tournament Team
Joe Petosa, Felician - MVP
Jerry Vasto, Felician
Scott De Jong, Felician
Aaron Brill, Felician
Jordan Tackett, Felician
Josh Hampton, Wilmington
Frank Samluk, Wilmington
Matt Lopes, Wilmington
Robert Alonso, Dominican
Ryan Calby, Dominican
Alex Beland, Post