CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC freshmen Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) have been selected to the 2014 America East All-Rookie Team, the conference office announced on Wednesday evening at the league's annual awards banquet.
Casali started every game in centerfield this season for UMBC, one of three Retrievers (Lachance – SS; Vince Corbi – 2B) to start and play the same position in all 46 games in 2014. The rookie hit .264 while connecting for three home runs, including an inside-the-park round-tripper on the final weekend of the season at Maine. Batting right-handed, Casali led the ball club with 47 hits and scored a team-best 27 runs. He also drove in 15 runs and swiped ten bases and the Retrievers stole 62 total bases, the second-highest total in school history.
Dolshun led the Retrievers in hitting this season with a .304 batting average, following in Lachance's footsteps after the shortstop paced the offense a year ago as a rookie. The versatile infielder/catcher made 38 starts in his first season in Baltimore, appearing in games at catcher, first base, and third base, in addition to serving as the team's designated hitter 16 times. He clubbed three home runs and drove in 22 runs, trailing only junior Jake Barnes for the team lead. He was also second on the team with 20 walks while slugging .422.
In addition, Dolshun was named the conference Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness.
Both rookies recorded a 14-game hit streak during the season, the longest by a Retriever since Joe Fowler's streak of 14 straight games in 2008.
Regular season champion Stony Brook won three of the four major awards with Kevin Krause earning the Player of the Year award, Cameron Stone winning the Rookie of the Year award, and head coach Matt Senk receiving the Coach of the Year honor. Hartford's Sean Newcomb was named the America East Pitcher of the Year in a unanimous vote by the league coaches.