PITMAN, NJ – Rowan baseball earned a host of accolades from the NJAC in the conference’s year-end honors, including the major awards for Pitcher of the Year Drew Ryback, Fireman of the Year Zach Listro, and Coach of the Year Mike Dickson. The Profs also had five players named to the All-Conference First Team and three earn Second-Team honors.
Receiving First-Team honors are Ryback, pitcher Eli Atiya, third baseman Ryan McIsaac, shortstop Nick Schooley and right fielder Ryan Murphy. The Profs' Second-Team selections are second baseman Alex Kokos, pitcher Donald Zellman and left fielder Ryan Mostrangeli.
Dickson, in his seventh season at the helm, receives the top coaching honor for the first time in his career and becomes the first Profs' skipper since Juan Ranero in 2011 to earn the award. Dickson has guided Rowan to a 19-3 record and 17-1 NJAC mark to capture the regular-season title for the second time in his tenure. Earlier this season, Rowan had a seven-game winning streak while the squad is currently on a 10-game streak and has achieved a season-high ranking of ninth in this week’s D3Baseball.com national poll.
Ryback (Mantua, NJ/Clearview Reg.) becomes the first Prof to earn the league's top pitching award since 2010 (Jeff White) while he also earns All-Conference honors for the first time in his career. The team co-captain has been the Profs' ace on the mound, posting a 5-0 record with a team-high 47 strikeouts, including 33 in conference games. The senior lefthander was twice named the NJAC Pitcher of the Week this year and threw a complete-game victory at Kean in which he struck out nine. Over his career, he has posted a 22-3 record in 41 career appearances with 163 strikeouts.
Listro (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional) also receives his first-ever NJAC award and is the first Rowan reliever to earn the honor since 2011 (John O'Hara). The senior righthander is 3-0 this season and has five saves, with all of them coming in NJAC games. He's notched a career-high 18 strikeouts this season while he's made 42 appearances in his career and has totaled 48 strikeouts. Listro pitched a season-high five innings to earn the 5-4 win at Ramapo and picked up the victory at Stockton and recorded the save in the home win over Stockton.
Atiya (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West), a sophomore righthander, is 5-1 this year in six starts, and has posted 38 strikeouts, the second most on the team. He owns a 2.27 ERA and has limited the opposition to a .243 batting average. Atiya recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings in a win over Rutgers-Newark held William Paterson scoreless while striking out eight in the victory.
In just his second year at Rowan, McIsaac (Millville, NJ/Millville) leads the team with his .436 batting average and tops the squad with 37 runs, 44 hits, 12 doubles and a slugging percentage of .744. The senior third baseman has hit safely in all but one game this season and has three or more hits in seven contests. He went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in a win over TCNJ and has hit three home runs in 2021.
The Profs' starting shortstop for most of his career, Schooley (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) earns All-League recognition for the second time, as he received honorable mention in 2018. Batting .314 in NJAC games, the senior has 13 runs, 17 RBI and six doubles on the year, while posting a field percentage of .944. A team co-captain, he has notched at least one hit in all but seven games this year and connected on his first career home run in the win over Rutgers-Newark.
Murphy (Reading, PA/Wilson) joined the Profs this season and made an immediate impact, batting .392 and leading the team with 25 RBI, 50 total bases and four home runs. The junior right fielder owns a slugging percentage of .676 and has at least one hit in all but two games while posting multiple hits in 12 games. Murphy hit his first career grand slam in the win at TCNJ, driving in five runs, and also had four RBI in a win at NJCU.
Kokos (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Valley), who is making his mark as one of the top players in school history, is a three-time All-Conference selection, previously earning first-team honors in 2019 and second-team recognition in 2018. The senior is batting .326 with 17 runs, 22 RBI and nine doubles, and has 40 total bases, to go along with a .955 fielding percentage at second base. He went 3-for-6 in a recent win at Ramapo and drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the second game of the doubleheader. A three-year team co-captain, Kokos has 217 career hits and is chasing the school record of 228 held by Mike Rucci (2005).
Zellman (Lacey Twp., NJ/Lacey Twp.), who joined the Profs in 2020, is 3-0 on the year with 36 strikeouts and a 1.71 ERA, the best mark among the starters. In the 9-1 win over Rutgers-Newark, he pitched a complete game, giving up just two hits and striking out a season-high 12 batters. The senior righthander struck out nine and allowed only one run in a victory over William Paterson.
In his second year with the Profs, Mostrangeli (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) is batting .358 with 14 runs, 19 RBI and three home runs. The leftfielder, who has also seen some time at designated hitter, owns a slugging percentage of .623, the third best on the team. In the recent win over Montclair State, Mostrangeli went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a home run and three RBI.
Rowan has earned the top seed in the NJAC Championship Tournament and opens its quest for the conference title on Friday when it hosts Stockton in the three-game quarterfinal series, beginning at noon. The third game, if necessary, will be played at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Profs are 19-3 and 17-1 in the league and have moved up to ninth in the national rankings by D3Baseball.com.