PITMAN, NJ – Rowan's Eli Atiya has been named the NJAC Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Year in voting by the league's coaches and is joined on the All-NJAC First Team by teammates Chris Curcio and Ryan Murphy. Additionally, Patrick Defeciani was named to the All-Conference Second Team while Tyler Cannon and Hunter Wroniuk were Third-Team selections.
Atiya (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) is the second consecutive Prof to be named the league's top pitcher and he also receives his second nod to the First Team. The lefthander led the conference in ERA (1.17) with a 7-0 record in nine starts during the regular season including a 4-0 mark in NJAC games. In 61.1 innings of work, he has totaled 52 strikeouts to 20 walks as opponents are batting .199 against him.
Curcio (Montvale, NJ/Pascack Hills), a junior shortstop, picks up his first all-league honor in his first season as a starter. In 31 games, he batted .317 with 29 runs, 30 RBI's, eight doubles, two home runs, and four stolen bases, while he he .419 in conference games. Defensively, he owns a .957 fielding percentage.
Murphy (Reading, PA/Wilson) is the team leader in hits (55), home runs (8), and slugging percentage (.605) en route to his second-straight All-NJAC First-Team selection. The junior rightfielder hit .362 in 36 regular-season games with nine doubles, three triples, eight homers, 23 walks, and 41 RBI's.
Defeciani (Congers, NY/Clarkstown North), in his first season as the starting designated hitter, is batting .341 with 45 runs, 11 doubles, a triple and two home runs. He has driven in 28 runs while drawing 24 walks to score his first All-Conference nod.
Cannon (Clayton, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), in his first year with the Profs, tops the squad with nine stolen bases. The junior second baseman made 32 starts and hit .357 with 31 runs and 24 RBI's.
Wroniuk (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) earns his first All-NJAC honors in his first season as the starting catcher. During the regular season he hit .347 to go with 22 runs, 10 doubles, 23 walks, and 15 RBI's, while leading the NJAC with eight doubles in conference games.
Rowan, now 30-7, went 16-2 in league play and finished as the conference's top seed. The Profs, now ranked fourth in the nation, continue their quest for their second straight NJAC title on Friday when they play TCNJ in the second round of the NJAC Tournament, which is being held at Kean.