CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- Former University of Delaware baseball standout Jimmy Yezzo (at right) gained another prestigioius post-season award on Tuesday as the slugging first baseman was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) NCAA Division I Eastern Player of the Year.

Yezzo, currently playing in the minor leagues with the Washington Nationals organization, was joined on the ECAC All-East first team by his teammate, senior outfielder Nick Ferdinand (below left). Delaware and the University of Virginia were the only two schools to place multiple players on the first team. The teams are selected by head coaches of ECAC member schools.

The two become the first UD players to earn All-East honors since first baseman Steve Ulaky was a first team pick in 2011. Yezzo is the first Blue Hen player to be named ECAC Player of the Year since outfielder Kevin Mench earned the award in 1998.

A native of Cherry Hill, N.J. (Bishop Eustace High School), Yezzo continued his impressive run of post-season honors as he earlier was named first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Magazine/Louisville Slugger All-American, third team All-American by Baseball America, third team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, third team All-American by Perfect, and first team All-East Region by the ABCA.

Yezzo was also a first team All-Colonial Athletic Association, was named the CAA Player of the Year, was selected the University of Delaware Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year, and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes National  Player of the Year Award. He was selected in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft by Washington back in June and is currently playing with the Rookie League Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays.

Athlete photoFerdinand, a senior from Bensalem, Pa. (Archbishop Ryan HS), also continued his string of post-season honors. The righthanded sluggler was earlier named third team All-American by the ABCA, first team All-East Region by the ABCA, and first team All-CAA. He was selected by Philadelphia in the 35th round of the MLB Draft and is currently playing with the Gulf Coast League Philadelphia Phillies in Florida.

Yezzo and Ferdinand led the Blue Hens to a record of 33-22 this past spring, a third place finish in the CAA standings, and a berth in the CAA Tournament for head coach Jim Sherman.

Yezzo led the Colonial Athletic Association with a .410 batting average and 28 doubles during the 2013 season and also ranked second in the league with 13 home runs and with 64 runs batted in. He led the nation in batting for several weeks during the season and finished the year ranked He committed just one error in 515 chances at first base.

Ferdinand batted .362 in 54 starts this past spring and led the CAA in home runs with 15 while ranking third in the league in RBI with 61. He also recorded 16 doubles and led the team with 29 walks. He was named the team’s Perry E. Burkett Triple Play Award winner this spring for outstanding commitment to the team.


Eastern College Athletic Conference All-East Team:

First Team: C - Elvin Soto (Pittsburgh); 1B - Jimmy Yezzo (Delaware); 2B - LJ Mazzilli (Connecticut); SS - Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall); 3B - Kevin Brown (Bryant); DH - Kurt Wertz (Towson); OF - Nick Ferdinand (Delaware), Mike Fish (Siena), Mike Papi (Virginia); Utility: Nick Howard (Virginia); P - Tommy Lawrence (Maine), John Farrell (William & Mary)

Second Team: C - Trey Wimmer (Liberty); 1B - Jimmy Luppens (Canisius); 2B - Reed Gragnani (Virginia); SS - John Murphy (Sacred Heart); 3B - Eric White (Maine); DH - Mike Alexander (Delaware State); OF - Rob Dickinson (VMI), Dylan DelaCruz (Central Connecticut), Ian Miller (Wagner), Casey Roche (Pittsburgh); Utility - Matt Kriss (Iona), Mark Quaranta (Mount St. Mary's); P - Ethan Mildren (Pittsburgh), Garrett Cortright (Canisius), Kurt Sowa (Rider), Harrison Musgrave (West Virginia)

Player of the Year: Jimmy Yezzo, Jr., 1B, Delaware
Pitcher of the Year: Tommy Lawrence, Jr., RHP, Maine
Rookie of the Year: Joe McCarthy, Fr., OF/1B, Virginia