Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dave Kubiak Leads UAlbany Honorees on America East All-Conference Baseball Teams

Cambridge, Mass. - University at Albany's Dave Kubiak earned his third straight all-conference honor in leading four Great Danes named to the All-America East Conference Baseball Team, as announced today by the league office. Kubiak, a junior right-handed pitcher, was selected to the first team. Senior Brendan Rowland, sophomore Greg Lutton and freshman Brian Bullard earned spots on the all-conference second team, while Bullard and classmate Nolan Gaige were named to the all-rookie squad.

Kubiak led the Great Danes as the number one starter in the pitching rotation for the second consecutive season. He went 2-5 on the mound in 10 appearances, including three complete games. Kubiak, who posted a staff-best 4.42 ERA on the season, leads the team with 56 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. He recorded the Great Danes' first shutout win since the 2007 season with an 8-0 victory over Hartford. Kubiak was named to the all-conference second team last season, following an all-rookie team appearance in 2008.

Rowland earned his second all-conference honor with an appearance on the second team. A first-team member as a sophomore, Rowland is batting .324 in his final season with the Great Danes, recording a team-leading 57 hits, including 11 doubles and six home runs, and a team-high 36 RBI. He is one of just two players who has started all 49 games this season, and will finish his career ranked on several of UAlbany's career charts. He is currently tied for second all-time in stolen bases after leading the Great Danes with 22 this season, and needs two to take over the top spot.

Lutton makes his first all-conference appearance after transferring to UAlbany from Vermont at the conclusion of last season. Lutton went 2-4 in a team-high 18 appearances, making three starts early in the season before coming out of the bullpen. He earned two saves on the mound, compiling 19 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Bullard earned all-league second team and rookie team honors after making 43 starts at second base as a freshman. He leads the team at the plate, batting .350 on the season with 56 hits, including eight doubles and four home runs, while scoring 36 runs and driving in 30 more.

Gaige joins Bullard on the all-rookie team. He has missed just one start this season, and is third on the team batting .308. Gaige, who saw most of his action in left field, also made four appearances on the mound, including three starts. He has recorded 53 hits on the season, including six doubles and two home runs, and has scored 35 runs with 15 RBI.

UAlbany (11-38, AE 10-14), seeded fourth in the America East Conference Baseball Championship, will take on top-seed and defending champion Binghamton in the first round of play on Wednesday at 3 p.m.


2010 America East Baseball All-Conference Teams

First Team: Dave Kubiak, SP, Jr., UAlbany; James Giulietti, SP, Jr., Binghamton; Nick Tropeano, SP, So., Stony Brook; Tyler Johnson, SP, So. Stony Brook; Justin Latta, RP, Sr., Maine; Joe Mercurio, C, Sr., Maine; Dave Ciocchi, 1B, So., Binghamton; Jim Calderone, 2B, Sr., Binghamton; Tony Patane, SS, Sr., Maine; Stephen Marino, 3B, Jr., Stony Brook; Corey Taylor, OF, Jr., Binghamton; Henry Dunn, OF, Jr., Binghamton; Taylor Lewis, OF, So., Maine; William Carmona, DH, Fr., Stony Brook.

Second Team: Mike Augliera, SP, So., Binghamton; Jeff Gibbs, SP, Fr., Maine; AJ Bazdanes, SP, So, Maine; Keith Bilodeau, SP, So., Maine; Greg Lutton, RP, So., UAlbany; Justin Echevarria, C, Sr., Stony Brook; Rob Dyer, 1B, Sr., Stony Brook; Brian Bullard, 2B, Fr., UAlbany; Chad Marshall, SS, Jr., Stony Brook; Mike Thompson, 3B, Fr., Binghamton; Brendan Rowland, OF, Sr., UAlbany; Michael Stephan, OF, Sr. Stony Brook; Pat Cantwell, OF, So., Stony Brook; Joe Charron, Sr., DH, Binghamton.

All-Rookie: Brian Bullard, UAlbany; Nolan Gaige, UAlbany; Jay Lynch, Binghamton; Mike Thompson, Binghamton; Jeff Gibbs, Maine; Tyler Patzalek, Maine; Mike Fransoso, Maine; William Carmona, Stony Brook; Maxx Tissenbaum, Stony Brook; Tanner Nivins, Stony Brook.

Rookie of the Year: William Carmona, Stony Brook

Co-Pitchers of the Year: James Giulietti, Binghamton & Nick Tropeano, Stony Brook

Player of the Year: Corey Taylor, Binghamton

Coach of the Year: Tim Sinicki, Binghamton

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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