Salisbury's Grasso Named D3baseball.com National Player of the Year; Wesley's Mears Earns First Team All-America Status
Salisbury's Grasso Named D3baseball.com National Player of the Year; Wesley's Mears Earns First Team All-America Status

Complete D3baseball.com All-America Team 

Salisbury senior pitcher/second baseman Pete Grasso has been named the D3baseball.com National Player of the Year to highlight the 2017 All-America squad, announced Thursday morning. Wesley senior Trey Mears, the CAC Co-Player of the Year along with Grasso, was also named a first team All-American. 

Grasso played in 45 of 46 games, totaling team-highs in hits (72), batting average (.381), and at-bats (189). On the mound Grasso was equally as impressive posting a 9-1 record with a team best 2.17 ERA while totaling 89 strikeouts and allowing only 22 earned runs.

For his career in the maroon and gold Grasso will finish top-10 in multiple statistical categories for the maroon and gold including tied for fourth in games played (169); first in at-bats (690), hits (252), triples (13), and runs scored (198); second in RBI (177); tied for fifth in doubles (43); third in total bases (381); fourth in strikeouts (192); and third in saves with 10.

The post season accolades continue to roll in for Grasso, who was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month as well as a member of the All-CAC first team. He was also named the D3baseball.com South Region Player of the Year, the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Player of the Year, as well as first-team selections for D3baseball.com, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and ABCA/Rawlings.

Mears led the CAC in batting average (.500), RBIs (54), stolen bases (41), on-base percentage (.568) and slugging percentage (.772). He also ranked second in hits (68), runs scored (56) and total bases (105). As of the latest NCAA stat report, Mears leads the nation in batting average, runs per game (1.65), RBIs per game (1.59) and stolen bases per game (1.21). Mears also knocked seven home runs with 14 doubles on the year. Mears reached base in all 34 games and registered a hit in 30 of Wesley's 34 games. The CAC Co-Player of the Year, Mears received All-South Region First Team honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and D3baseball.com. He was also named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South Region Player of the Year, and twice earned ECAC Player of the Week. 

 

First team

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Chris Zapata, Centenary (La.) Jr. .391 37 70 17 4 12 71 8 .991
1B Nick Sotiros, North Central (Ill.) Sr. .347 40 66 18 4 7 60 3 .986
2B Tanner Nishioka, Pomona-Pitzer Sr. .441 48 67 12 1 18 53 8 .966
3B Michael Mateja, North Central (Ill.) So. .414 59 77 13 8 4 35 21 .931
SS Bryan VanDuser, Concordia-Chicago So. .413 56 74 12 3 4 35 19 .929
OF Trey Mears, Wesley Sr. .500 56 68 14 1 7 54 41 .984
OF Ian Mikowski, Adrian Sr. .472 68 83 6 4 0 13 42 .990
OF Alex Zachary, Eastern Connecticut Sr. .404 42 61 14 2 9 42 25 .980
DH Casey Bell, LaGrange Sr. .374 49 73 22 0 3 49 6  -
UTL Pete Grasso, Salisbury Sr. .381 53 72 13 3 8 47 8 .966

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP Billy Dimlow, Emory So. 1.09 6-2 0 74 62 9 14 83 .209
SP Josh Fleming, Webster Jr. 0.68 8-1 0 92.2 54 7 12 115 .165
SP Phil Mary, Mount Union So. 0.78 10-0 2 81 58 7 16 62 .199
SP Heath Renz, UW-Whitewater Jr. 1.96 9-0 1 69 54 15 13 55 .215
RP Matt Curry, TCNJ Jr. 0.84 9-0 7 32 16 3 3 27 .148
UTL Pete Grasso, Salisbury Sr. 2.17 9-1 4 91.1 77 22 36 89 .227

 

Second team

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Ryan Orgielewicz, Johns Hopkins  Sr. .403
40
73
16
2
13
56
8
.996
1B Jamie Lackner, Wooster Sr. .408 49 69 11 1 8 58 5 .998
2B Kyle Fackler, Elizabethtown Sr. .443 45 77 14 3 1 28 8 .948
3B Eric Hamilton, Oswego State Sr. .434 40 69 20 0 4 36 16 .966
SS Conor Reynolds, Johns Hopkins Jr. .366 58 56 17 2 9 33 13 .917
OF Rob DeAngelis, Ramapo Sr. .429 45 73 11 4 1 29 6 .988
OF Cole Migliorini, Randolph-Macon Jr. .399 47 61 13 4 9 45 9 .975
OF Michael Schimpf, Centenary (La.) Sr. .405 54 60 12 4 4 48 10 .976
DH Daniel Williams, Texas-Tyler Sr. .395 36 79 13 0 8 53 7 .929
UTL Ryan Orr, Kalamazoo Jr. .331 31 47 5 0 0 31 10 .957

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP  Caleb Boushley, UW-La Crosse Sr. 1.75
9-3
1
103
75
20
19
106
.202
SP Joe Cirillo, TCNJ Jr. 1.48 5-1 0 85.1 63 14 20 73 .209
SP Riley Groves, Washington & Jefferson Sr. 2.03 10-2 0 79.2 67 18 16 61 .223
SP Felix Minjarez, Redlands Jr. 2.30 12-2 0 94 89 24 25 105 .253
RP T.J. Storer, Ohio Northern Sr. 1.69 1-0 14 21.1 17 4 6 12 .224
UTL Ryan Orr, Kalamazoo Jr. 3.05 7-2 3 73.2 67 25 11 77 .233

 

Third team

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Derek Helbing, Washington & Jefferson Sr. .325
51
53
12
0
11
53
9
.972
1B Conner Combs, East Texas Baptist Sr. .400 54 70 12 2 10 45 18 .981
2B Mitch Wilson, Concordia-Chicago Jr. .366 48 63 15 1 6 38 18 .980
3B Tyler Cook, Chapman Sr. .431 42 72 14 1 8 39 3 .919
SS Ryan Dorow, Adrian Sr. .422 50 75 15 8 2 54 3 .956
OF Dylan Hapworth, Southern Maine Fr. .394 45 63 14 4 9 41 3 .963
OF Ian Kobernick, Kalamazoo Sr. .428 48 74 17 3 7 52 9 .972
OF Jacob Thumann, Wartburg Sr. .343 44 61 11 1 13 48 9 .980
DH Jake Loew, Shenandoah Sr. .365 47 70 14 4 10 59 1 .920
UTL Kyle Uhrich, Webster Sr. .288 30 46 12 4 6 30 2 .983

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP Stephen Himic, Birmingham-Southern Jr. 2.28 10-0 0 83 75 21 16 56 .245
SP Jimi Keating, Spalding Jr. 1.62 11-2 0 100 67 18 10 124 .186
SP Tommy Parsons, Adrian Jr. 2.23 12-1 0 93 92 23 7 101 .256
SP Speros Varinos, Tufts Sr. 1.98 8-1 1 77.1 67 17 11 86 .233
RP Aaron Barteau, Mary Hardin-Baylor Sr. 2.05 2-1 13 26.1 18 6 9 44 .191
UTL Kyle Uhrich, Webster Sr. 2.29 7-3 4 59 26 15 25 90 .131

Honorable mention

Pos. Name, School Yr. Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB Fld.%
C Rainier Aguilar, Redlands So. .424 25 59 9 2 2 39 0 1.000
1B Chris Fowler, Mass-Boston Jr. .366 36 63 12 4 6 46 4  .988
2B Kyle Hartenstein, Mitchell Jr. .422 51 70 19 1 3 43 6  .954
3B Ian Velez, La Roche Sr. .435 41 73 14 2 0 41 7  .864
SS Kyle Bonicki, Clark Jr. .391 50 61 20 7 4 31 12  .975
OF Brady Chant, Suffolk Jr. .361 47 69 13 12 4 35 17  .978
OF Billy Goodall, Mount Union Jr. .451 40 69 14 2 3 34 25  .965
OF Nick Vento, Washington & Jefferson Sr. .433 47 81 17 1 8 57 13  .976
DH Scott Walters, Trinity (Texas) Sr. .400 45 64 16 6 1 30 19  .930
UTL Ben Havel, Elmhurst Sr. .433 38 68 13 0 10 48 1  .985

 

Pos. Name, School Yr. ERA W-L Sv.  IP  H ER BB SO Opp. avg.
SP Cason Cunningham, Linfield So. 2.13 5-1 0 84.1 43 20 39 104 .154
SP Ryan Gaines, Birmingham-Southern Sr. 2.93 11-0 0 101.1 103 33 13 82 .261
SP Austin Jones, UW-Whitewater Jr. 1.91 8-3 1 85 62 18 20 83 .202
SP Brad Margolin, Washington U. Sr. 1.98 9-2 0 82 56 18 7 69 .190
RP Nathan Schneidermann, Dubuque So. 0.47 6-1 5 38 18 2 8 42 .145