Shoremen Land Two on First Team for First Time in Six Years
LANCASTER, Pa. — The Washington College baseball team had three student-athletes named All-Centennial Conference in a vote conducted by the conference's 10 head coaches. Two Shoremen landed on the first team, marking the first pair of Shoremen to earn first-team honors in the same season in six years.
Senior outfielder Ryan Donnelly (Charlotte, N.C./Brother Rice [Mich.]) and junior second baseman Luke D'Ostilio (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) were named to the first team. Donnelly's .455 on-base percentage leads the Centennial Conference. He also hit .352 (eighth in the conference) with 38 runs (tied for fifth in the conference), 38 hits, five doubles, three triples (tied for third in the conference), four home runs, 15 walks, and 16 stolen bases (tied for third in the conference). In conference-only games, he led the way with 27 runs scored and tied for the lead in stolen bases with 12.
D'Ostilio missed a chunk of the season with injury, but hit .356 with 16 runs scored, 32 hits, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 22 RBI, nine walks, and one stolen base. He his .373 in conference games, the league's eighth-best mark.
Senior relief pitcher Nick Popolizio (Collegeville, Pa./Germantown Academy) pitched in half of the Shoremen's 40 games this season, leading the Centennial with 20 appearances. Despite a 1-6 record, his ERA of 3.23 was best on the team and his six saves this year rank him second in the conference. Opposing batters hit just .205 this season against Popolizio.
Donnelly and D'Ostilio are the first pair of Shoremen teammates to earn All-Centennial first-team honors in the same season since Ryan Normoyle '12 and Sean Connole '13 did so in 2012.
D'Ostilio was also named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team. Each Centennial Conference member institution was permitted to nominate one student-athlete who exemplifies the best in sportsmanship for the All-Sportsmanship Team.