Six Eagles Placed on All-UAA Baseball Teams; Hannon Named Rookie of the Year
Six members of the Emory University baseball team received
all-University Athletic Association (UAA) recognition, including
freshman outfielder Brandon Hannon, who was named
the 2011 UAA Rookie of the Year.
Hannon earned a spot of the all-UAA first team as well, where he was joined by senior outfielder Patrick Riebsame. Sophomore pitcher Mike Bitanga, senior third baseman Andrew Cohn, junior second baseman Kevin O’Connor and junior pitcher Paul Schwendel were each named to the all-UAA second team.
Hannon finished the regular season batting a team-best .411, the fourth-best mark by a UAA competitor this season. His .543 on base percentage led all UAA players and was the 14th-best mark in Division III, while his 37 walks tied him for the third most among NCAA Division III players. Hannon also led all Emory players with 46 runs scored and 14 stolen bases, while picking up eight outfield-assists during the year. He earned all-UAA Tournament honors earlier in the season.
Hannon becomes just the second player in Emory history to be named the UAA Rookie of the Year, joining former Eagle Bryan Langbord, who claimed the honor during the 2002 season.
Riebsame finished the year tied for the UAA lead with eight home runs during the season, including the conference-tournament clinching home run against Washington University (Mo.). He ended the regular season with a .351 batting average, the second-best mark on the squad, while leading all Emory players with 40 RBIs and a .617 slugging percentage. He was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts during the year, spending the majority of time in the outfield, while also serving as the Eagles’ backup catcher. Earlier in the year, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the UAA Tournament and named to the all-tournament team.
Bitanga served as the Eagles’ closer during the 2011 campaign, and his eight saves were twice as many as the next-closest UAA reliever, and good for the 12th-most by a Division III pitcher in 2011. The righty led all Emory pitchers with a 2.21 ERA and 24 appearances (all out of the bullpen), going 3-3 with 22 strikeouts over 40.2 innings pitched. Bitanga was named to the all-UAA Tournament team earlier in the season.
Cohn played gold-glove caliber defense at third base throughout the season for Emory, where he committed just five errors during the year for a .968 fielding percentage during the season. The senior hit .283 during the campaign with one home run and 35 runs batted in. The home run was a grand slam against Washington that helped key a seven-run comeback for the Eagles. It marks the fourth-straight season that Cohn has been named to the all-UAA team.
O’Connor finished the year third on the team with a .329 batting average, driving in 31 runs and scoring 37 of his own. He was also second on the team with 14 doubles during the year, while adding on a triple and a home run. O’Connor finished the season tied for third among Division III players with 37 walks, and his .472 on base percentage was the third-highest on the team. This is the second-straight all-UAA selection for O’Connor, who was named to the all-UAA Tournament team earlier in the season.
Schwendel led all UAA pitchers in 2011 with 63 strikeouts, ranking him 82nd among all Division III pitchers. He finished the year with a record of 5-1, along with a 5.88 ERA. Schwendel led all Emory pitchers with 12 starts during the season, holding opponents to a .279 batting average over 67.1 innings pitched. This was the first all-UAA honor for the junior right-hander.
The Eagles, currently ranked sixth in the South Region after recording a 26-17 record during the 2011 season, are awaiting the announcement of the NCAA Tournament selections, due to be announced on Monday, May 16th.