Six Sailfish Selected to All-ICAA Postseason Awards List
June 1, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
HOLLY, Mich.- After a very successful 2011campaign the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team had six players selected to the Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) postseason awards list as announced by ICAA Director Mike Bond on Wednesday. The ICAA recognizes the top players at their respective positions from the collection of NCAA Division II Independent institutions.
Junior infielder Luis Mejia and sophomore reliever Alejandro De Moya were both named to the All-ICAA 1st-Team while Jorge Chavarria, Kenny Frosch, Travis Murray, and Nick Natale were each selected to represent PBA on the All-ICAA 2nd-Team. The 2010-11 members of the ICAA for baseball are PBA, North Greenville University, Urbana University, Saint Michael’s College, and Oakland City University.
North Greenville took three of the four individual awards with sophomore outfielder Adam Taylor earning ICAA Player of the Year honors while Michael Benjamin was selected as the ICAA Pitcher of the Year. NGU’s skipper Travis Henson was selected Coach of the Year while Urbana’s Drew Ryan was chosen as the ICAA Freshman of the Year.
NGU topped the ICAA standings with a 31-13 regular season record while PBA finished third at 26-24 behind Oakland City who was runner-up at 16-10.
Mejia shined for the Sailfish this past season as a versatile and productive infielder for head coach Gary Carter. A local product from Lake Worth High School, Mejia played mostly second-base on his way to hitting a team-best .338 while also leading the team in slugging percentage (.498), runs scored (33), hits (68), runs batted in (32), homeruns (6), and total bases (100).
De Moya proved to be valuable in whatever role he was asked to do by Carter as she emerged as the team’s top late-inning reliever. Tying Frosch for team-high honors in wins with a record of 5-1 while adding in seven saves and a team-best 2.51 earned-run average. Logging 32.1 innings on the hill, De Moya produced 39 strikeouts and walked only 14 batters while allowing opponents to hit only .191 against him.
All newcomers to the Fish in 2011, Chavarria, Frosch, Murray, and Natale each provided the team with some outstanding individual moments as they helped lead the squad to a 10-win improvement from the previous season.
Chavarria starred as the team’s starting shortstop as a true freshman and came away with a .298 batting average including a team-high 17 doubles in 50 games while proving spectacular at times as a defender up the middle. Frosch came to PBA from Pasco Hernando Community College and filled the valuable role of dependable lefty in the bullpen as he tied De Moya for the team lead in wins while going a perfect 5-0. The Land O’Lakes native made 18 appearances and finished with a 3.45 ERA.
Murray proved durable and productive as the team’s starting catcher and cleanup hitter as he produced a .299 batting average in 184 at-bats. Totaling 55 hits, Murray had 10 doubles, two homeruns, drove in 27 runs and scored 21 runs. He was even a threat in the running game as he stole 9-of-11 bases.
Natale came to PBA from St. Petersburg College and despite a serious injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly a month, he still managed a solid and productive season. The New Jersey native finished with three homeruns and a team-high 15 stolen bases while hitting .281 on the season. He led the squad in triples while scoring 30 times over the course of 39 games.
With a final record of 27-26 in 2011 in Carter’s second season at the helm, the Sailfish future appears bright with the graduation of only two seniors and another solid recruiting class set to embark upon the West Palm Beach campus in the fall.
2011 ICAA Baseball Standings
1. North Greenville (31-13, .705)
2. Oakland City (16-10, .615)
3. Palm Beach Atlantic (26-24, .520)
4. Urbana (13-26, .333)
5. Washington Adventist (8-17, .320)
6. Saint Michael’s (5-25, .167)
2011 All-ICAA Baseball Honors
Player of the Year – Adam Taylor – North Greenville
Pitcher of the Year – Michael Benjamin - North Greenville
Freshman of the Year – Drew Ryan - Urbana
Coach of the Year – Travis Henson - North Greenville
2011 ALL-ICAA BASEBALL
Anthony Foulk - North Greenville C Jr. Genoa, Illinois
Eric Barnes – Oakland City INF Jr. Evansville, Indiana
Brian Giles - North Greenville INF Sr. Spartanburg, South Carolina
Yuki Ishida – Washington Adventist INF Sr. Okayama, Japan
Luis Mejia - Palm Beach Atlantic INF Jr. Lake Worth, Florida
Derek Fulmer - North Greenville OF Jr. Pelion, South Carolina
Adam Taylor - North Greenville OF So. Laurens, South Carolina
Harry Turney – Oakland City OF Sr. Lansing, Michigan
Andrew Lawrence - North Greenville DH So. Woodstown, New Jersey
Michael Benjamin - North Greenville P Jr. Gainesville, Florida
Drew Provence - North Greenville P Jr. Fayetteville, Georgia
Wes Rehmert - Urbana P Sr. West Alexandria, Ohio
Alejandro De Moya – Palm Beach Atlantic RP So. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Travis Murray – Palm Beach Atlantic C Jr. Spring Hill, Florida
Jorge Chavarria - Palm Beach Atlantic INF Sr. Lake Worth, Florida
Josh Federico – Oakland City INF Fr, St. Cloud, Florida
Drew Ryan - Urbana INF Fr. Newark, Ohio
Alec Tice – Saint Michael’s INF Fr. Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Jacob Begnoche – Saint Michael’s OF So. Essex Junction, Vermont
Nick Natale - Palm Beach Atlantic OF Jr. Livingstone, New Jersey
Zach Roll - Urbana OF Sr. Kingston, Ohio
Neil Croft – Washington Adventist P Jr. Maryland
Kenny Frosch – Palm Beach Atlantic P Jr. Land O’Lakes, Florida
Ryan Woodring – North Greenville P Fr. Asheville, North Carolina
Brian Giles - North Greenville RP Sr. Spartanburg, South Carolina