Three Golden Falcons Voted To All-Region Baseball Teams

Three Golden Falcons Voted To All-Region Baseball Teams

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University placed three players on all three recognized 2018 NCAA Division II All-East Region baseball teams, according to balloting released throughout the last week.

Two Felician players – senior outfielder Matt Diesel (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) and senior third-baseman Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) -- were consensus First Team selections. Both received top honors from National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on May 16, the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) on May 18, and the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday. The D2CCA program is coordinated by the College Sports Information Directors of America, while the ABCA squads are presented by Rawlings Sports.

Diesel was also elected the East Region Player of the Year by all three organizations.

A third Golden Falcon – junior infielder L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) was voted to all three teams at three different statuses. Details can be viewed in the chart below.

Felician (30-25) won the regular-season championship of the newly-created CACC South Division with a 25-7 league record. It was the third consecutive regular-season conference or division title for the Golden Falcons, and the fifth in program history. The Golden Falcons were the runners-up in the CACC Championship tournament, and enjoyed the program's third consecutive 30+ win season (and fourth all-time).

"These three guys really carried the load offensively for us," said Felician head coach Chris Langan. "As we recovered from a 2-14 start to win our division, we began to feed off of their approaches at the plate. We as coaches tried to preach team baseball and team at-bats, and Matt, Bruce and L.T. led the way."

Langan has now coached 30 all-region performers in his 15-year Felician career.

Diesel is an all-region selection for the second time; he was also a consensus First Team choice in 2016. This year, he hit .435 (6th nationally in Division II) and slugged .700 with a .500 on-base percentage. In 55 games, he set single season school records for hits (87), doubles (25), and runs batted in (65) to go along with eight triples, four home runs, and 51 runs scored.

Strickland joins former teammate Brennan Price as the only three-time all-region honorees in the 19-year history of Felician baseball. He qualifies at a third different position after being elected at utility-non pitcher in 2015 and at shortstop last year. Strickland, a first-time First-Teamer, batted .373, matched Diesel's record of 25 doubles, scored 58 runs and drove in 43 during 54 contests. He is the Golden Falcons' career leader in games (203), hits (264) and runs scored (175).

Struble was in his first year with the Golden Falcons, having played two seasons for Camden County College before sitting out last year while attending Division I Coastal Carolina University. He was a First Team choice by the D2CCA after splitting time between second base and shortstop. Struble hit .377 with a .473 on-base percentage from the No. 2 slot in the line-up. He scored a program record 64 runs and stole 28 bases while committing only eight errors.

All members of each First Team advance to the national ballot for the respective organization's All-America squads.

The NCAA Division II East Region consists of the CACC, East Coast Conference, and Northeast 10 Conference, totaling 34 baseball-playing institutions.

 

2018 Division II All-East Region Baseball Teams
  D2CCA (SIDs) NCBWA (Writers) Rawlings/ABCA (Coaches)
1st Team      
C Andrew Jaehnig, Assumption Andrew Jaehnig, Assumption Eric Gilham, Chestnut Hill
1B Andrew Taft, Le Moyne Andrew Taft, Le Moyne Andrew Taft, Le Moyne
2B Mike Samko, Bentley Max Carney, Wilmington Max Carney, Wilmington
3B Bruce Strickland, Felician Bruce Strickland, Felician Bruce Strickland, Felician
SS Ben Walsh, Le Moyne Ben Walsh, Le Moyne Ben Walsh, Le Moyne
OF Matt Diesel, Felician Matt Diesel, Felician Matt Diesel, Felician
OF Giovanni Dingcong, STAC Giovanni Dingcong, STAC Giovanni Dingcong, STAC
OF Matt Nicholson, Merrimack Matt Nicholson, Merrimack Joe Caico, New Haven
OF     Tyler Lyne, Merrimack
DH Matthew Ronai, Merrmiack Rosario Missiti, Post Rosario Missiti, Post
UT-P Matt Costanza, American Int'l Matt Costanza, American Int'l  
UT-NP L.T. Struble, Felician   Joseph Pena, STAC
P Josiah Gray, Le Moyne Josiah Gray, Le Moyne Josiah Gray, Le Moyne
P David Palmer, New Haven David Palmer, New Haven David Palmer, New Haven
P James Varela, LIU Post James Varela, LIU Post James Varela, LIU Post
P Dan Wirchansky, Pace   Dan Wirchansky, Pace
RP Brandon LaManna, New Haven Brandon LaManna, New Haven Justin Mears, Wilmington
2nd Team      
C Joseph Davide, Concordia Joseph Davide, Concordia Andrew Jaehnig, Assumption
1B Brandon Quaranta, Jefferson Angelo Navetta, Molloy Brandon Quaranta, Jefferson
2B Max Carney, Wilmington Mike Samko, Bentley Mike Samko, Bentley
3B John Friday, Franklin Pierce John Friday, Franklin Pierce John Friday, Franklin Pierce
SS Alec Craig, Chestnut Hill Joseph Pena, STAC Alec Craig, Chestnut Hill
OF Joe Caico, New Haven Dave Brehm, LIU Post Dave Brehm, LIU Post
OF Brian Cox, Le Moyne Brian Cox, Le Moyne Brandon Grover, Bentley
OF Tyler Lyne, Merrimack Daren Grabowski, Bridgeport Matt Nicholson, Merrimack
OF     Caleb Potter, SNHU
DH Rosario Missiti, Post Matthew Ronai, Merrimack Matthew Ronai, Merrimack
UT-P Tyler Patane, STAC    
UT-NP Anthony Murphy, Mercy Anthony Murphy, Mercy L.T. Struble, Felician
P Dylan Lawrence, Concordia Dylan Lawrence, Concordia Dylan Lawrence, Concordia
P Frankie Mosciatello, STAC Frankie Moscatiello, STAC Frankie Mosciatello, STAC
P Zach Hart, Franklin Pierce Dan Wirchansky, Pace Brad Scull, Wilmington
P Nick Arnold, Post   Nick Arnold, Post
RP

Angelo Baez, STAC

Angelo Baez, STAC Brandon LaManna, New Haven
Hon. Men.      
C   Anthony Vaglica, LIU Post  
1B   Brandon Quaranta, Jefferson  
2B   Ramger Iglesias, LIU Post  
3B   Anthony Shkrelja, STAC  
SS   Tom Walraven, New Haven and 
Alec Craig, Chestnut Hill
 
OF   Adam Chase, Franklin Pierce  
OF   Caleb Potter, SNHU  
OF   Brandon Grover, Bentley  
DH   Tom Rinaldi, Bridgeport  
UT-NP  

L.T. Struble, Felician

 
P   Zach Hart, Franklin Pierce  
P   Mitchell Powers, SNHU  
P   Brad Scull, Wilmington  
RP   Justin Mears, Wilmington  
       
Player of the Year Matt Diesel, SR, Felician Matt Diesel, SR, Felician Matt Diesel, SR, Felician
Pitcher of the Year Josiah Gray, JR, Le Moyne Josiah Gray, JR, Le Moyne Josiah Gray, JR, Le Moyne
Coach of the Year   Scott Cassidy, Le Moyne