Seven Cavaliers Named to VaSID All-State Baseball Team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia was represented by seven of its players on the 2009 Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State Baseball Team. In addition to having the most players on the team, UVa also won three of the four major awards, with Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) nabbing Freshman of the Year and Pitcher of the Year laurels, and head coach Brian O’Connor earning Coach of the Year honors.
Hultzen also was a First-Team All-State pick at pitcher, as UVa racked up a state-high six players on the first team. Hultzen was joined on the first team by second baseman Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.), shortstop Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.), outfielders Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) and Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) and pitcher Andrew Carraway (Sr., Marietta, Ga.). Third baseman Steven Proscia (Fr., Suffern, N.Y.) was a second-team selection.
Hultzen was a two-way standout for the Cavaliers this season. The first ACC Freshman of the Year in Virginia history, Hultzen also earned a slot on the All-ACC First Team. On the mound, he posted a 9-1 record with a 2.17 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). In 95 innings, Hultzen recorded 107 strikeouts, which is a Virginia freshman record and ranks sixth overall in UVa history.
At the plate, Hultzen recorded a .327 batting average – second among ACC freshmen behind teammate Steven Proscia. He also hit three home runs and drove in 37 runs.
Parker, a unanimous All-American, was a First-Team All-ACC pick this season. He finished with a .355 batting average with 16 home runs and 65 runs batted in. He also had 20 stolen bases while playing in all 65 of Virginia’s games.
Gosselin was a first-team All-ACC pick and was named to the NCAA Irvine Regional All-Tournament team. He hit .310 this season with six home runs and 64 RBI. His RBI total ranks fourth in a single season at Virginia.
Cannon, a first-team All-ACC selection, batted a career-best .351 with 19 doubles and 38 RBI this year. He was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team after going 6-for-10 with a .733 on base percentage.
Grovatt was a first-team All-ACC honoree this year. He hit a team-best .356 with eight home runs and 51 RBI. He was the Most Valuable Player of the ACC Baseball Championship and had three hitting streaks of nine or more games this season.
Carraway went 9-2 with a 3.96 ERA this season. He was named to National Pitcher of Year watch list, and opponents batted just .246 against him this year. Carraway was drafted in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by Seattle this year and already has started his professional career.
Proscia, a Freshman All-American, had a strong rookie season and hit .333 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI. His batting average was tops among ACC freshmen. He also was named to the Irvine Regional All-Tournament Team.
2009 VaSID All-State First Team
First Base – Alex Gregory, Radford
Second Base – Phil Gosselin, UVa
Shortstop – Tyler Cannon, UVa
Third Base – Jake McAloose, ODU
Catcher – Chris Henderson, George Mason
Outfield – Dan Grovatt, UVa
Outfield – Scott Krieger, George Mason
Outfield – Jarrett Parker, UVa
Designated Hitter – Shane Davis, George Mason
Pitcher – Andrew Carraway, UVa
Pitcher – Danny Hultzen, UVa
Pitcher – Mike Modica, George Mason
Coach of the Year: Brian O’Connor, Virginia
Player of the Year: Chris Henderson, George Mason
Pitcher of the Year: Danny Hultzen, Virginia
Rookie of the Year: Danny Hultzen, Virginia
2009 VaSID All-State Second Team
First Base – Justin Bour, George Mason
Second Base – Brant Jones, Longwood
Shortstop – David Herbek, JMU
Third Base – Steven Proscia, UVa
Catcher – Jonathan Quigley, Longwood
Outfield – Steve Domecus, VT
Outfield – Rob Nickle, W&M
Outfield – Curran Redal, Liberty
Designated Hitter – Bryan Lescanec, JMU
Pitcher – Kevin Munson, JMU
Pitcher – Turner Phelps, JMU
Pitcher – Shawn Teufel, Liberty