Mattingly Garners First Team Honors as Pitcher
LANCASTER, PA - Five Washington College baseball players earned All-Centennial Conference honors in a vote conducted by the conference's coaches. Sophomore pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) secured first team honors, senior pitcher Chris Keiper (Toms River, NJ/Monsignor Donovan), sophomore shortstop Ryan Normoyle (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and sophomore catcher John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) garnered spots on the second team, while senior pitcher Chris Smith (Catonsville, MD/Catonsville) gained honorable mention status. All five were named all-conference for the first time.
Mattingly is the first Shoreman pitcher to be on the first team since Ernie Wagner in 2001. He is 5-1 this season with a 2.17 earned run average, good for third in the Centennial, in 11 appearances. He struck out 43 batters in 66.1 innings of work and hurled one complete game, which was in a 2-1 win at Ursinus on April 10. His five wins and 43 punchouts are tops on the team. Mattingly joins Wagner and Keith Whiteford as WC pitchers selected to first team. Whiteford made first team in 1994.
Keiper has thrived in the role of closer this season as he has tied the Centennial Conference record and set the WC mark for saves in a season with eight. He is 3-2 with a team-best 2.16 ERA and 40 stirkeouts in 33.1 innings pitched. He picked up the win in Washington's 9-5 win over Muhlenberg in the opening game of the doubleheader on April 24 to clinch a spot in the Centennial Conference Baseball Tournament for the first time by pitching 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. He currently ranks first in the Centennial in appearances (18) and earned runs allowed (8) and is second in the conference in ERA.
Normoyle is batting a team-best .389 with three home runs and a club-leading 35 RBI. He also leads the team in doubles (11), total bases (66), slugging percentage (.584), on-base percentage (.450), stolen bases (16) and assists (101). He is tied for the team-high in sacrifice flies with three and second in runs scored with 25. His 16 stolen bases ties him for second in the conference. The shortstop hit in 16 consecutive games from March 8 through April 7.
Rolewicz has hit a team-leading four home runs this season for the Shoremen this season and leads all players with 192 putouts. He is second on the team in hits (45), RBI (28), total bases (64), walks (12) and slugging (.547). The catcher has raked seven doubles, which is tied for second on the team. In a three-game stretch from April 3-7, he had nine hits in 14 at-bats.
Smith is 4-2 this season with a 3.26 ERA and has gone the distance a team-best three times so far this season. He leads the conference in walks allowed with just five and has fanned 30 hitters this season in 49.2 innings. He tossed complete games at Coppin State on March 17, at Swarthmore on April 2 and at Ursinus on April 10.
It is the first time that the Shoremen have had five players selected all-conference since 2005.
Washington College (17-13, 10-8 Centennial) will play No. 1 Johns Hopkins in the opening day of the 2010 Centennial Conference Baseball Tournament on Friday in Baltimore. The Shoremen are the fourth seed, while the Blue Jays are the top seed.