GLASSBORO, NJ – Four Rowan University baseball players were honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Right-handers Mike Swietanski and Steven Melchiorre were selected to the All-Region Teams. Center fielder Matt Citro and catcher Nick Turano earned ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove first team honors.
A team captain, Swietanski (sr. Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford) was named to the ABCA All-Region second team. He led the Profs with a 7-2 record. In 10 games, he produced a 2.12 earned run average (ERA). Swietanski registered 62 strikeouts in 59.1 innings and held opponents to a .219 batting average. In the NCAA Division III statistics (as of May 15), he ranked 15th in ERA, 46th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.1) and was tied for 60th in victories. This season, he was chosen to the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Conference and New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association (NJCBA) All-State first teams.
Melchiorre (so. Atco, NJ/Hammonton) collected All-Region third team honors. In 10 starts, he went 6-1 with a 2.56 ERA. Melchiorre tallied 51 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. He limited opposing hitters to a .266 batting average. In the latest NCAA statistics, Melchiorre was 51st in ERA. He received NJCBA All-State second team honors.
This is Citro’s second straight year on the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove first team. A team captain, he produced a .989 fielding percentage with 87 putouts and only one error. Citro batted .322 with 35 runs scored, 24 RBIs, five doubles, four triples and one home run. He recorded 27 stolen bases in 29 attempts. Citro was a NJAC All-Conference and NJCBA All-State second team selection.
Turano collected a .991 fielding percentage with a team-high 208 putouts. He totaled 16 assists and only committed two errors. Turano hit .313 with 32 RBIs and 21 runs scored. He compiled 13 doubles and one triple. He garnered NJAC All-Conference first team and NJCBA All-State second team honors.
Rowan finished the season with a 31-13-1 record. The Profs advanced to the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional for the 20th time overall and second straight year.