Three Earn Second Team Honors, One Garners Honorable Mention
LANCASTER, PA – Four Washington College baseball players were named All-Centennial Conference for the 2011 season in a vote conducted by the conference baseball head coaches. Juniors, shortstop Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and catcher John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) and sophomore outfielder Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) were selected to the second team, while junior pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) earned honorable mention status. Mattingly, Normoyle and Rolewicz are all-conference for the second time, while Connole is all-conference for the first time.
Normoyle, a second-team honoree in 2010, led the team with a .394 batting average and also led the squad in home runs (5), RBI (35), hits (56), doubles (12), stolen bases (15), total bases (85), slugging percentage (.599) and assists (96). In the Centennial, he was second in batting, hits and total bases, fourth in RBI and slugging, fifth in assists, tied for fifth in doubles and tied for sixth in home runs and steals. He was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases in his junior season. The 56 hits and 85 total bases are single-season highs at Washington, while he is the all-time leader for the Shoremen in doubles (38) and total bases (234).
Rolewicz, who is a second team pick for the second straight season, batted .355 with two home runs and 30 RBI. He led the team in runs scored with 31 and walks with 25. Rolewicz had two four-hit games, his personal best, this season against McDaniel and Johns Hopkins. He had career highs in runs, walks, RBI, on-base percentage (.474), doubles (9) and fielding percentage (.984). In the conference he was tied for third in walks (25), tied for fifth in runners caught steals (6), and sixth in on-base percentage. He was also named conference co-player of the week on March 7.
Connole, a first-time selection, batted .383 on the season with 14 hits and 23 runs in just 18 games due to an injury. He led the squad with a .538 on-base percentage as he walked 16 times and also reached base four times after being hit by a pitch. Connole earned the conference player of the week on April 4 when he batted .500 for the week (11-for-22) including a 7-for-10 performance against Ursinus in a doubleheader sweep on April 2. He won game two against Ursinus with a walk-off single to right field in the 11th to give the Shoremen a 6-5 win.
Mattingly, a first-team pick in 2010, went 4-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 42 innings this season. He struck out 47 and walked just nine on the season. He led the Shoremen in complete games (3), strikeouts and tied for the team lead in wins. In the conference he was second in fewest earned runs allowed (15), tied for second in fewest runs allowed (21), tied for third in fewest walks allowed, tied for eighth in strikeouts, ninth in ERA, and tied for ninth in batters struck out looking (15). In conference play, he did not allow an earned run in the first 22 innings he threw this season.
Washington finished 17-18 overall and 8-10 in conference play. In the past two seasons, the Shoremen have had one first-team pick, six second-team honorees and two honorable mention selections for a total of nine all-conference selections.