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Four Wilmington Baseball Student-Athletes Named to ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region Teams


DATE: May 29, 2013

NEWARK, Del. - - Postseason accolades continue to roll in following the record breaking season the Wilmington University baseball team had in 2013 as four student-athletes were mentioned on the American Baseball Coaches Association(ABCA)/Rawlings All-East Region Teams.

Seniors Brandon Payne (New Castle, Del./William Penn) and David Hatt (Toronto, Canada/Waterdown) are joined by junior Josh Hampton (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) on the 2013 ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region First Team while sophomore Ray Gambone (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) was named to the Second Team.

Payne earned his second All-Region honor, but first on the First Team after a dominating performance in the outfield and at the plate all season for the Wildcats. The senior batted .350 with a Wilmington single season record tying 76 hits on the year, hitting 12 doubles, a team high five triples, and two home runs. He knocked in 38 runners while scoring 42 times as well. He finished his career by hitting .394 (13-for-33) in the CACC and East Region Tournaments, hitting two doubles and two triples. He knocked in six and scored eight times in eight games.

Hatt continues his string of first team all-region teams, as he was also named First Team NCBWA, Daktronics, and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, including the NCBWA East Region and CACC Pitcher of the Year awards. He finished 7-1 with a 2.08 earned run average in 16 starts, throwing 91 innings. He threw a complete game shutout against Felician, striking out a season high nine batters in the 1-0 victory. He struck out 56 batters while only allowing 18 walks with batters only hitting .212 against the righty.

Hampton earns his second First Team All-Region honor for the 2013 season while also being named Second Team Daktronics. He paced the Wildcats with a .328 average, collecting a single season record tying 76 hits. His 24 doubles are also a Wilmington single season record while he also hit four triples and a team high five home runs, none bigger than his final homer in the bottom of the 10th inning against Southern New Hampshire in the East Region Tournament semifinal. He knocked in a team high 46 runs while scoring 40 times himself. Hampton slugged .530 on the year while reaching base at a .402 clip as well.

Gambone has been a Second Team member for all three East Region organizations this season, finishing the season with three of his stronger performances all year. The sophomore closed the year by throwing 20.1 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to his start against Bridgeport on April 29. He tossed the final 4.1 innings of that contest unscathed and followed it up with back-to-back eight inning scoreless starts in the CACC and East Region Tournaments. Gambone struck out five against Chestnut Hill in the CACC Tournament and five more against St. Thomas Aquinas in the East Region Tournament while only allowing two hits to the Spartans. He finished a team best 9-1 on the season with a starter best 2.05 earned run average in 15 starts (16 appearances). He struck out 66 batters in 88 innings, with hitters only batting .220 against the lefty.

The Wildcats won an NCAA era record 43 games this year, going 43-14 overall. They won the CACC Regular Season Championship and wont three straight games in the CACC Tournament to capture their third straight and fifth overall CACC Tournament Championship. Wilmington’s season came to an end with a 5-1 loss in the East Region Tournament championship game to Franklin Pierce.

The three First Teamers automatically move onto the ABCA/Rawlings All-American ballot which will be announced with the conjunction of the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship in Cary, N.C. which concluded this upcoming weekend.


2013 ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams

First Team:
1B – Zach Mathieu, Jr., Franklin-Pierce
2B – Effrain Bautista, Sr., St. Thomas Aquinas
3B – Josh Hampton, Jr., Wilmington
SS – Aaron Brill, Jr., Felician
UTIL – Robert Kelly, Sr., St. Anslem
C – Mike Russo, Sr., St. Thomas Aquinas
OF – Andrew Pezzuto, Gr., Southern New Hampshire
OF – Casey Cotter, Sr., Merrimack
OF – Brandon Payne, Sr., Wilmington
OF – Geoff DeGroot, So., UMass-Lowell
P – Trevor Graham, Jr., Franklin Pierce
P – Junior Mendez, Jr., Southern New Hampshire
P – Shane Beauchemin, So., UMass-Lowell
P – David Hatt, Sr., Wilmington
RP – Dillon McNamara, Sr., Adelphi
DH – James Pjura, Jr., Pace

Second Team:
1B – Kenny Kirschner, Jr., St. Thomas Aquinas
2B – Vincent Sharkey, So., Adelphi
3B – Stanley Susana, So., St. Thomas Aquinas
SS – Dan Kemp, Sr., Franklin Pierce
UTIL – Joe Mantoni, Sr., Merrimack
C – Tim Bickfod, So., Bridgeport
OF – Nick LaCroix, Sr., Franklin-Pierce
OF – Pat Wiese, Jr., LeMoyne
OF – Dave Clark, Jr., American International
OF – Tony Blake, Sr., Dominican
P – Alek Morency, Jr., Merrimack
P – Pat Simone, Jr., New Haven
P – Ray Gambone, So., Wilmington
P – Jon Massad, Sr., Southern New Hampshire
RP – Peter Jay, Sr., New Haven
DH – Chris DeMorais, Jr., New Haven

Position Player of the Year: Mike Russo, Sr., C, St. Thomas Aquinas
Pitcher of the Year: Trevor Graham, Jr., Franklin-Pierce
Rookie of the Year: Frank Crinella, Fr., SS, Merrimack

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