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Four Hawks Named to Atlantic 10-All Conference Baseball Second Team

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Four Saint Joseph’s baseball student-athletes were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team on Tuesday afternoon.  Senior shortstop Anthony Cirillo (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), junior outfielder Chris Hueth (Spring Lake, N.J./St. Rose), junior relief pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), and sophomore catcher Brian O’Keefe (Albany, N.Y./South Colonie) were selected to the squad in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

Cirillo started every game this season and led the team in batting average and on-base percentage.  He tied a school record, getting hit by a pitch 16 times, to lead the team in that category.  He also ranked third in the conference in on-base percentage.  Cirillo set career highs in games played, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, RBI, slugging, on-base percentage, and stolen bases as well.

He was one of six Hawks to reach the 100-hit plateau for his career this season, singling on April 12 against La Salle.  His 122 career hits tie him for 42nd on the all-time list.

Hueth also started every game in left field, playing all but eight innings on the season.  He led the squad with 39 runs scored, 15 doubles, four triples, 12 stolen bases, a .481 slugging percentage, and 20 multi-hit games.  Hueth also ranked second on the team in batting average (.312), hits (59), and total bases (91) while tying for second in runs batted in (29).  He also added three home runs on the season, with all of them coming in league play.

He was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week on April 9, and notched his 100th career hit with an eighth-inning double on May 18.

Yacabonis set a new Saint Joseph’s record for saves in a season with 10; the old record of seven was set back in 2001.  The 10 saves also rank Yacabonis second all-time in the category as well.  He ranked second in the league in saves and tied for third in appearances with a career-high 26.  He earned a victory this season as well, pitching the final three innings of a 10-inning win at Temple on March 23.

The hard-throwing righthander earned his first two career saves in the Hawks’ first two games of the season at Stetson; for his efforts, he was named the Big 5 Pitcher of the Week and the Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week.

O’Keefe played in all 52 games this season and made 51 starts, including 49 of them behind the plate.  A 2012 All-Big 5 honoree, he led the Hawks in at bats (212), hits (62), home runs (six), runs batted in (37), and total bases (95).  He posted three four-hit games and 18 multi-hit games in all, and led the squad with 11 multi-RBI games, including a pair of four-RBI performances.  He also threw out one-fourth of runners attempting to steal over the course of the season.

O’Keefe hit three home runs over a four-game stretch in late March and early April, helping him earn Big 5 Player of the Week honors of April 2.

Justin Seager of Charlotte and Mike Vigliarolo of Saint Louis were named the Atlantic 10 Co-Players of the Year, while Sean Furney of Rhode Island was selected as the Pitcher of the Year.  Tanner Stanley of Richmond pulled in Rookie of the Year honors, and George Washington’s Greg Ritchie was voted by his peers as the league’s Coach of the Year.

Saint Joseph’s finished the season at 26-26, setting a new school record for wins in a season, and marking the Hawks’ first season with a winning percentage of .500 or better in since 1993.  SJU posted a 12-12 mark in conference play, giving the Hawks at least 11 conference wins for the fourth consecutive season, and two consecutive seasons at .500 or better in Atlantic 10 play for the first time in program history.