Dameron and Ulaky Named to 2011 First Team All-CAA Baseball Team; Stoltzfus Named to All-Rookie Squad
May 25, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
WILMINGTON, N.C. - - Although Pat Dameron and Steve Ulaky were unable to lead the University of Delaware baseball team to its ultimate goal of the Colonial Athletic Association playoffs and a conference title, the two seniors earned one more accolade before retiring as a Blue Hen. Dameron, Ulaky and freshman EJ Stoltzfus represented the Blue Hens on the 2011 All-CAA Teams, announced at the conference awards banquet Wednesday night.
Dameron (top right) and Ulaky (middle left) were named to the First Team All-CAA while Stoltzfus (bottom right) was selected to the All-Rookie Team, as voted on by each of the conference’s coaching staffs.
It is the second straight season that Dameron and Ulaky have been named to the conference’s first team as each were also named to the pre-season All-CAA teams prior to the start of this season.
Dameron, a pre-season First Team All-CAA member, led the team and was seventh in the CAA with a .363 average. He led the conference in doubles with 22 and was in the top ten in walks (33) and on-base percentage (.451). He was also tied with DJ Long in scoring the most runs on the team with 46, and was second in knocking in runs with 45.
The four-year senior from Dublin, Pa. (Pennridge High School) ends his career in the top-ten in multiple categories in UD history. He is second in career doubles with 68, seventh in walks with 109, ninth in program history with 249 hits and 164 RBI’s, and tenth in at-bats with 718.
On May 8, 2010, he sent three balls over the fence at Bob Hannah Stadium in one game against Hofstra, tying a program history that has been met 19 other times by a member in a Blue Hen uniform.
This season, Dameron helped get the ball rolling in the team’s only conference sweep of the year with a walk-off three-run home run against George Mason in the eleventh inning. The came was suspended and needed to be continued Saturday morning, but Dameron quickly gave the Blue Hens the game one victory with the three-run blast.
Ulaky, a pre-season All-CAA Honorable Mention member, led the team in all offensive power categories while playing in all 53 games at first base. He had a team high 78 hits, 14 home runs, 54 RBI’s, 140 total bases, and a .609 slugging percentage, in 230 at-bats. He was second on the team with a .339 batting average.
The Silver Spring, Md. (Good Counsel) native was second in the CAA in total bases, third in home runs, and fourth in RBI’s and slugging percentage. He was also sixth in the conference in hits, and tied for seventh with 18 doubles on the year. In CAA games only, Ulaky paced the team with a .350 batting average while driving in 29 runs with seven home runs.
The fifth-year senior also etched his name in the record book by hitting three home runs in a single contest, doing so this season at Delaware State on March 22. Two of those home runs came in the eighth inning, tying another Delaware and an NCAA record in the process. He became the third player in UD history to hit two in the same inning, joining Matt Schmidt and Andrew Salvo.
He ends his career as a .358 hitter in 466 at-bats. He collected 167 career hits in 129 games, mainly starting for only the past two seasons. He has hit 40 career doubles and 22 home runs while knocking in an even 100 RBI’s.
Stoltzfus didn’t become an everyday starter until the mid-way point of the season, but took full advantage the starting position that was given to him due to injuries.
The walk-on batted .331 in 37 games while making 27 starts for the Blue Hens. He had a season high nine-game hitting streak from April 9 to April 30, and strung at least one hit together in six of the previous seven games prior to the streak.
After the Brigantine, N.J. (Holy Spirit) native went 3-for-5 against Villanova in the Liberty Bell Classic Championship, the walk-on had a team high .424 batting average but a late season mini-slump brought Stoltzfus back to earth as he finished his last five games 4-for-22.
He had a career best four-hit game in the finale against Georgia State at home, finishing 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI’s in the comeback bid.
James Madison’s catcher Jake Lowery was tabbed as the conference’s Player of the Year after leading the conference in home runs (22), runs (72), RBI’s (81), and triples (8).
William & Mary’s Logan Billbrough and Old Dominion’s Kyle Hald shared the Pitcher of the Year award after going 7-2 and 8-2, respectively. They were also the only two pitchers to strikeout more than 100 batters on the season in the CAA (105 and 102).
Towson’s shortstop Nick Natoli earned the Defensive Player of the Year award while Northeastern’s freshman standout Aaron Barbosa was named the Rookie of the Year after leading the CAA in stolen bases (29) and batting .335.
Nate Goulet and the Old Dominion coaching staff took home the Coach of the Year Award after leading the Monarchs to the second seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament and a 19-11 CAA record in his first season as the head coach.
The 2011 CAA Baseball Championship begins on Thursday at Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C. The double-elimination tournament will feature #1 JMU, #2 ODU, #3 UNCW, and #4 Georgia State.
2011 All-CAA Baseball Teams
First Team: C – Jake Lowry (Jr., James Madison); 1B – Steve Ulaky (Sr., Delaware); 2B – Rob Lind (Sr., Georgia State); SS – Josh Wright (Jr., Old Dominion); 3B – Brandon Williams (Jr., Georgia State); OF – Pat Dameron (Sr., Delaware); OF – Mark Micowski (Sr., Georgia State); OF – Danny Poma (Jr., Hofstra); UT – Taylor Perkins (Jr., Virginia Commonwealth); DH – Thomas Pope (Jr., UNC Wilmington); SP – Logan Billbrough (Sr., William & Mary); SP – Kyle Hald (Sr., Old Dominion); RP – Adam Wisniewski (Sr., Old Dominion)
Player of the Year – Jake Lowery (Jr., James Madison)
Co-Pitchers of the Year – Logan Billbrough (Sr., William & Mary), Kyle Hald (Sr., Old Dominion)
Defensive Player of the Year – Nick Natoli (Sr., Towson)
Rookie of the Year – Aaron Barbosa (Fr., Northeastern)
Coach of the Year – Nate Goulet (Old Dominion)
Second Team: C – Andrew Parker (So., Towson); 1B – Hunter Ridge (So., UNCW); 2B – Chris Cook (So., George Mason); SS – David Herbek (Sr., JMU); 3B – Matt Campbell (Jr., UNCW); OF – Johnny Bladel (So., JMU); OF – Andrew Cain (Jr., UNCW); OF – Bill Cullen (Fr., VCU); UT – Brig Tison (Jr., George Mason); DH – Drew Shields (So., GSU); SP – Will Campbell (Sr., GSU); SP – Charlie Cononie (Sr., Towson); RP – Brett Koehler (So., W&M)
Third Team: C – Matt Reistetter (Fr., Hofstra); 1B – Austin Harclerode (Sr., Towson); 2B – Jonathan Slattery (So., W&M); 3B – Chris Wychock (Sr., Towson); OF – Aaron Barbosa (Fr., Northeastern); OF – Alex Foltz (Sr., JMU); OF – John Lenherr (Sr., VCU); UT – Ty McFarland (Fr., JMU); DH – Dylan Nasiatka (Jr., Hofstra); SP – Sean Tierney (Jr., JMU); SP – Les Williams (Sr., Northeastern); RP – Jake Dyer (Jr., GSU)
All-Rookie Team: Dean Ali (ODU); Aaron Barbosa (Northeastern); Joey Burney (ODU); Joey Cujas (VCU); Bill Cullen (VCU); Blaise Fernandez (George Mason); Kenny Jackson (Hofstra); Connor Lyons (Northeastern); Ty McFarland (JMU); EJ Stoltzfus (Delaware)Back To Baseball Home Baseball Story Archive