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2011 CBD Season Preview: Atlantic 10

The Charlotte 49ers dominated the Atlantic 10 conference in 2010 by winning the regular season title with a 20-7 conference record. Xavier finished two games back with a 18-9 record while Rhode Island finished in third place at 17-10. St. Louis and Fordham tied for fourth place with 15-12 records. George Washington and LaSalle tied for sixth with 14-13 records. Umass and St. Joe’s tied for eighth place at 13-14 while Dayton finished in tenth place at 12-15. Richmond, Duquesne, and Temple finished in a tie for eleventh at 10-17 while St. Bonaventure finished last at 8-19.

The 2011 Atlantic 10 postseason tournament saw the top six squads play in a round-robin tournament in Camden, New Jersey. Number 5 seed Saint Louis would surprise all the squads by running through the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record to receive the conference’s only NCAA bid. St. Louis was sent to the Louisville (KY) regional where they would lose to the host Cardinals in their opener 11-2 before being eliminated by Illinois State 8-3.

Charlotte (39-17 overall, 20-7 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. 2B Corey Shaylor (.388, 3 HR, 13 2B, 49 RBI, 15 HBP)
Sr. OF JustinWilson (.358,HR, 7 2B, 35 RBI, 58 R, 20 SB)
So. SP Corey Roberts (6-3, 3.48 ERA, 12 GS, 85.1 IP, 75 K, 23 BB)
Jr.. SP Tyler Pilkington (5-2, 4.82 ERA, 71 IP, 49 K, 37 BB)

Key Losses
Ryan Rivers (.356, 16 2B, 13 HR, 63 RBI, 54 R)
Patrick Lawson (4-0, 8 Sv., 0.61 ERA, 37 K, 11 BB, 29.1 IP)

Dayton (23-32 overall, 12-15 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Jr. IF/OF Brian Blasik (.346 BA 8 HR, 37 RBI)
So. OF Joe Gayda (.297 BA, HR, 27 RBI)

Key Losses
Cole Tyrell (.326 BA, 10 HR, 49 RBI)
Mitchell Nelson (.321 BA, 2 HR, 22 RBI)

Fordham (21-35 overall, 15-12 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. C Chris Walker (.370 BA, 6 HR, 61 RBI)
Jr. P/IF Jordan Gragard (2-2, 3 SV, 1.74 ERA, .185 BAA)
Sr. RHP Max Krakowiak (7-4, 4.10 ERA, 3 CG)
Jr. IF Nick Martinez (.305 BA, HR, 27 RBI)

Key Losses
Ryan McCrann (.355 BA, 5 HR, 34 RBI)
Angelo Ponte (.326 BA, HR, 26 RBI)

George Washington (26-28 overall, 14-13 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. CF Brendon Kelliher (.381 BA, 15 HR, 56 RBI)
Sr. RHP Joe Richardson (7-4, 5.09 ERA)
So. IF Paul Pakan (.291 BA, 5 HR, 17 RBI)

Key Losses
Tom Zebroski (.429 BA, 18 HR, 58 RBI)
Chris Luick (.367 BA, 11 HR, 53 RBI)

La Salle (22-32 overall, 14-13 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Jr. IF/OF Brendan Norton (.400, 2 HR, 33 RBI, 16-19 SB)
Jr. OF Tony Negrin (.357 BA, 13 RBI, 10-14 SB)
Jr. IF/OF Jon Gyles (.343 BA, 2 HR, 47 RBI)
So. RHP Pat Christensen (4-4, 11 SV, 3.99 ERA)
Jr. LHP Eric Van Wyk (7-2, 5.73 ERA)

Key Losses
John Malloy (.325 BA, 4 HR, 41 RBI)
Brian Meagher (.252 BA, 6 HR, 33 RBI)

Massachusetts (19-27 overall, 13-14 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. 2B Eric Freddette (.384 BA, 4 HR, 31 RBI)
St. 3B/1B Peter Copa (.329 BA, 8 HR, 34 RBI)
Jr. RHP Leif Sorenson (2-1, 5 SV 3.94 ERA)

Key Losses
Mike Donato (.337 BA, 4 HR, 26 RBI)
Brian Baudinet (.321 BA, 7 HR, 46 RBI)
Bryan Leigh (6-5, 4.80 ERA, 4 CG)

Rhode Island (31-26 overall, 17-10 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Jr. INF Mike LeBel (.338 BA, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 19 SB)
Sr. INF Tom Coulombe (.418 BA, 3 HR, 41 RBI, 23 SB)
Sr. RHP Brian Bodjiak (2-2, 4.70 ERA, 30 K)

Key Losses
Zoey Angulo (.337 BA, HR, 42 RBI, 15 SB)
Tim Boyce (6-3, 3.55 ERA, 90 K)

Richmond (24-28 overall, 10-17 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. DH Billy Barber (372 BA, 11 HR, 49 RBI, 17 SB)
Jr. C Chris Cowell (.311 BA, 17 HR, 52 RBI, 2 SB)
Sr. OF Mike Mergenthaler (.307 BA, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 12 SB)
Sr. RHP Matt Trent (5-4, 5.58 ERA, 80.2 IP, 74-3 SO-BB)

Key Losses
Ian Marshall (4-4, 4.04 ERA)
Cameron Brown (.345 BA, 6 HR, 44 RBI)

Saint Joseph’s (18-29 overall, 13-14 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Jr. OF Brett Tiagwad (.327 BA, HR, 23 RBI, 12-16 SB)
Jr. 1B Kevin Taylor (.320 BA, 4 HR, 30 RBI)
Rs. Sr. Chad Simendinger (1-4, SV, 5.11 ERA)

Key Losses
Dewey Oriente (.339 BA, 4 HR, 35 RBI)
David Valesente (.326 BA, 4 HR, 32 RBI)

Saint Louis (33-29 overall, 15-12 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. IF Jon Myers (.365 BA, 16 HR, 72 RBI)
So. Andres Wiltz (3-0, 4.03 ERA)
Rs. So. RHP Alex Alemann (9-6, 4.71 ERA, 6 CG)

Key Losses
Danny Brock (.356 BA, 18 HR, 75 RBI)
J.D. Dunn (.296 BA, 5 HR, 30 RBI)

St. Bonaventure (17-31 overall, 8-19 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
So. SS Billy Urban (.337 BA, 3 HR, 44 RBI)
Jr. OF Nick Brennan (.324 BA, 10 HR, 42 RBI)
Sr. OF Brad Steinbach (.311 BA, 6 HR, 37 RBI)
Rs. So. LHP Eddie Gray (4-6, 7.55 ERA)

Key Losses
Jason Bosnik (.387 BA, 11 HR, 62 RBI)
Dennis Sherba (0-3, 12.61 ERA)

Temple (14-37 overall, 10-17 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. C/OF Ryan Ferguson (.328 BA, 5 HR, 40 RBI)
Sr. SS Adrian Perez (.326 BA, 5 HR, 36 RBI)
Rs. Jr. IF/P Steve Nikorak (.318 BA, 4 HR, 24 RBI/3-5, 8.41 ERA)

Key Losses
Tony Jusino (.281 BA, 4 HR, 28 RBI)
Ryan Thomas (2-4, 3 SV, 4.21 ERA)

Xavier (26-32 overall, 18-9 Atlantic 10)
Key Returnees
Sr. 1B Ben Thomas (.359 BA 13 HR, 69 RBI)
Sr. IF Phil Bauer (.329 BA, 4 HR, 38 RBI)

Key Losses
Tommy Shirley (4-3, 4.03 ERA)
Zac Richard (3-0, SV, 5.94 ERA)
Bobby Freking (.332 BA, 12 HR, 44 RBI)

Predictions
1. Charlotte
2. Xavier
3. Rhode Island
4. Dayton
5. St. Louis
6. Fordham
7. Richmond
8. LaSalle
9. George Washington
10. St. Joseph’s
11. St. Bonaventure
12. Temple
13. Umass

Projected Player of the Year: Ben Thomas (Xavier)
Projected Pitcher of the Year: Alex Alemann (St. Louis)