RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College freshman Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) has been elected the 2015 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Rookie of the Year, according to balloting released on Monday.
The CACC's all-conference teams and major award winners were voted upon by its 11 head coaches. Winners will be formally honored at the annual CACC Baseball Awards Banquet, to be held Wednesday night on the campus of Wilmington (Del.) University.
Strickland, a 6-foot, 180-pound infielder, was the only Golden Falcon in any sport to win a major CACC individual award in 2014-15. In 44 games, he batted .350 with nine doubles, two triples, 25 runs scored, 25 runs batted in, and nine stolen bases while splitting time between second base and third base. He is eighth in the CACC in batting average and seventh in hits.
"We're really proud of Bruce and his growth and development throughout the season," said Felician head coach Chris Langan. "He's the toughest kid on our team. He had high energy every day in practice, and took that on the game field with him."
Strickland is the third Felician baseball player to win the CACC Rookie of the Year award, joining Hector Bello (2008) and Joe Petosa (2010).
Felician completed the 2015 season with a won-lost record of 20-27, and tied for fifth in the CACC with an 11-9 league mark. The Golden Falcons were defeated in the single-elimination opening round of the conference playoffs by Chestnut Hill College on May 2.
The complete 2015 All-CACC Baseball Teams and special award winners can be viewed at http://caccathletics.org/sports/bsb/2014-15/releases/54AllCACC.