Maine’s McAvoy on AE first team

Posted May 21, 2009, at 1:08 a.m.

Kevin McAvoy of Brewer, a four-year starter on the University of Maine baseball team, has been named to the America East First Team.

The senior outfielder was the only member of the Black Bears to earn first-team recognition. The awards were announced Wednesday on the eve of the start of the America East Baseball Championship in Endicott, N.Y.

“He’s a great kid and a hardworking person,” said UMaine coach Steve Trimper. “I hope he gets a chance to go on and play pro ball here in the next couple weeks.”

UMaine, which wound up 32-23 overall and in fifth place in America East at 13-11, placed five players on the America East Second Team and two on the All-Rookie squad.

Second-team picks included sophomore lefthanded pitcher Kevin Scanlan, junior shortstop Tony Patane, junior catcher Myckie Lugbauer, sophomore third baseman Jarrett Lukas of Old Town and senior center fielder Billy Cather. Redshirt freshman designated hitter/outfielder Ian Leisenheimer and freshman righthander A.J. Bazdanes were chosen for the all-rookie team.

Sophomore shortstop Matt Duffy of Vermont was named the Len Harlow Player of the Year and Murphy Smith of Binghamton the Pitcher of the Year. Binghamton’s Dave Ciocchi was chosen Rookie of the Year and the Bearcats’ Tim Sinicki the Coach of the Year.

Award winners were chosen by a vote of the league’s seven head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for themselves or their own players.

McAvoy, who was named to the first team and the all-rookie team as a freshman in 2006, capped his UMaine career with a strong effort. His .379 batting average ranked third in America East and he led the Bears with 10 home runs and a .649 slugging percentage.

McAvoy knocked in 39 runs and scored 41 and had a .988 fielding percentage. He put together a 19-game hitting streak this spring and finished his career with 228 hits.

“He had a great year and a great career,” Trimper said. “He started his career as third baseman and he really got himself going as an outfielder. He hit with power and hit for RBIs. His walk total was up, too.”

Scanlan came on strong late in the season in getting the nod from AE coaches. After all-rookie honors in 2008, he came back to record a 6-3 record with a 3.96 earned run average with two complete games and two saves.

Scanlan, who struck out 44, had a league-best 2.03 ERA in conference games.

Cather finished out his career as one of the top center fielders in school history. He batted .344 with six home runs, 39 RBIs and team-best 52 runs scored. He also stole 16 bases.

Cather, a second-teamer in 2007, started all 55 games for UMaine and wrapped up his career with 224 hits.

Lugbauer, the 2007 America East Rookie of the Year and a first-team choice last season, continued his well-rounded play in 2009. He batted .321 with four homers and 32 RBIs with 29 runs scored.

He fielded at a .990 clip, committing only three errors in 304 chances.

Lukas, who was an all-rookie honoree last season, was outstanding at the hot corner. He played every game, registering a .320 batting average with 35 RBIs and 30 runs scored.

Lukas rapped five homers and 12 doubles and was hit by a pitch 17 times, the most in recent memory for a Bear.

Patane garnered recognition for his steady hitting and slick fielding. He hit .315 with five homers, 31 RBIs, 16 doubles and 39 runs scored.

Shortstop Patane was instrumental in helping UMaine turn a school-record 71 double plays.

Leisenheimer broke into the conference with a memorable freshman campaign. The rugged slugger was second on the ballclub with a .356 batting mark and led UMaine with 41 RBIs. He also belted five homers and scored 28 runs.

Bazdanes proved a valuable mound performer as a freshman. He compiled a 3-1 record and a 4.30 ERA while topping the staff with 54 strikeouts in 67 innings. Bazdanes made nine starts and also had two saves. Opponents hit .244 against him.

Maine Div. III players honored

Anthony D’Alfonso of the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, has been named to the D3baseball.com All-America second team.

In addition, Huskies teammate Chris Burleson of Portland, along with Pat Moran and Ian Lee of Saint Joseph’s College in North Windham, were accorded honorable mention.

D’Alfonso, a senior outfielder from Westbrook, batted .438 with 17 doubles, nine home runs and a school season-record 76 RBIs for the Huskies. The Little East Conference Player of the Year also had a .722 slugging percentage and a .519 on-base percentage.

Moran, a junior pitcher from Winterport, was 8-1 with 75 strikeouts for the Monks and also batted .411 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year’s .084 walks per nine innings ranks fourth in all of Division III this season.

Lee, a sophomore catcher from Hampden, ranks seventh in Division III with a .475 batting average. He hit 17 doubles and had a team-best 53 RBIs.

Colby’s Brooks an all-star

Caddy Brooks of Colby College in Waterville has been chosen to play in Saturday’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South Senior Men’s Lacrosse All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.

Brooks will play for the North in the Division III game.

The White Mules captain finished his career with 91 goals and 79 assists with 193 groundballs. He ranked fourth in the NESCAC statistics this season in assists (27) and was 11th in points (48) and in points per game (3.2). He scored 21 goals.

pwarner@bangordailynews.net

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