RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University junior Andrew LaMura (Brick, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Championship tournament, held last Thursday through Saturday in New Castle, Del.
Felician, the No. 1 seed, captured its second CACC baseball championship by winning four consecutive games in the event after losing its first-round match-up. The Golden Falcons swept two games from No. 4 seed Philadelphia University, 9-2 and 13-8, in Saturday's championship round.
LaMura hit a three-run home run in the second inning of Game 2 on Saturday that gave the Golden Falcons a 7-0 lead. He drove in four runs in the title game and five on championship Saturday. For the tournament, he went 8 for 23 (.348) with two doubles, two home runs (.696 slugging percentage), five runs scored and a team-high eight RBI. Earlier this month, LaMura was named first-team All-CACC and to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Joining LaMura on the CACC All-Tournament Team were junior catcher Matt Kleinstein (Marlboro, N.J./Colts Neck), junior third baseman J.R. Meneses (Lake Worth, Fla./Zion Lutheran), sophomore pitcher Jason Polgano (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman), and sophomore shortstop Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan).
Kleinstein caught every inning of all five games for Felician and went 8 for 16 with a .618 on-base percentage and five runs scored. He threw out a base-stealer and picked off another runner.
Meneses was 7 for 14 with a .611 on-base percentage for the weekend. He had one double, one triple, scored seven runs, drove in six, and added three sacrifices.
With Felician facing elimination on Thursday afternoon, the left-handed Polgano pitched a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory against regionally-ranked Chestnut Hill College. He struck out three batters while walking one, and picked two runners off of first base.
Strickland, Felician's leadoff batter, went 10 for 22 (.455) in the tournament. He scored six runs, drove in five, and stole three bases while handling 27 chances without an error at shortstop.
2016 CACC Baseball
Matt Kleinstein, Felician
Andrew LaMura, Felician (MVP)
J.R. Meneses, Felician
Jason Polgano, Felician
Bruce Strickland, Felician
Fernando Garza, Philadelphia
Casey O'Donnell, Philadelphia
Brandon Quaranta, Philadelphia
Carlos Lopez, Dominican
Arbely Soto, Dominican
Patrick Kelley, Chestnut Hill