Couch Named Rookie of the Year; Seven Spartans Earn All-CAC Accolades

Couch Named Rookie of the Year; Seven Spartans Earn All-CAC Accolades

YORK,  PA – The York College baseball squad placed a league-high seven players on the 2010 All-Capital Athletic Conference baseball squads as announced by the league on Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the seven selections, freshman right-handed pitcher Joey Couch (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was named the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year. He is the fifth Spartan overall and the third in the last five years to earn the accolade from the conference.

Senior pitcher Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown), senior outfielder Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield), and senior second baseman Rick Shumway (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) represented the Spartans on the All-CAC first team. Junior shortstop Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional), senior catcher Jim Meehan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport-South Manor Central), junior first baseman C.T. Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall), and sophomore designated hitter Dustin Worthman (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) were the four Spartans selected to the second team.

Couch has been a very valuable member of the Spartans' top ranked pitching staff. Couch is 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his 52.2 innings of action for York.  He has made 14 appearances including six starts during his freshman year. Couch has struck out 37 and walked 18 as opponents are hitting .264 against him. He ranks third in the CAC in ERA, fifth in opponent batting average, and tied for fifth in wins.

Couch joins Christenberry (2007), Ryan Poff (2006), Ashley Swope (2001), and Travis Gaidos (1999) as former Rookie of the Year winners for the Spartans.

Christenberry makes his third appearance on the All-CAC squad in addition to his 2007 Rookie of the Year award. He is currently 9-2 with a 2.30 ERA as he has thrown 74.1 innings with 12 appearances including 11 starts. He is holding opponents to a .228 batting average while he has struck out 68 and walked 19 this year. He leads the CAC in ERA, while he is first in innings pitched, first in strikeouts, first in wins, and tied for first in games started.

Connolly is a now a two-time All-CAC selection after earning second-team accolades in 2009. He has been outstanding during his senior year as he is hitting .386 with a team-high 53 RBI, 30 runs scored, 14 doubles, and four home runs. He has a .566 slugging percentage, a .434 on-base percentage and two stolen bases. His 82 total bases are third on the team while he tied for the team lead with five sacrifice flies. Connolly is first in the CAC in RBI, fourth in doubles and fourth in total bases.

Shumay made a significant impact on the Spartan fortunes after transferring to the York program. He leads the squad in batting average (.433), slugging percentage (.672), on-base percentage (.544), and runs scored (48) while he has 38 RBI, 13 doubles, two triples, and five home runs. He has drawn a team-high 22 walks while he has been hit by a pitch 12 times. Shumway has also stolen 10 bases for the Spartans. Shumway's name is all over the CAC leaders. He ranks first in runs scored, second in batting average, second in slugging percentage, first in on-base percentage, second in total hits (58), tied for fifth in doubles, second in total bases, and tied for first in hit by pitch.

Meehan made his first appearance on the All-CAC squad as the senior catcher is a huge component of the CAC's best pitching staff. Meehan has thrown out 11 of 28 runners attempting to steal while the Spartans' team ERA of 3.43 leads the CAC by 0.85 runs per game. He has made just one error in 236 defensive chances for a sterling .996 fielding percentage. He has caught all but one game for the Spartans in 2010 as he has been very durable and dependable. Offensively, he hit .383 with 32 RBI, 27 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, and five home runs. He sports a .617 slugging percentage and a .424 on-base percentage. Meehan ranks fifth in the CAC in batting average and slugging percentage while he is second in sacrifice flies.

Klinck is making his first appearance on the All-CAC squad as he is hitting .319, with 26 runs scored, 28 RBI, 10 doubles, seven triples, and three home runs. He has a .553 slugging percentage, a .362 on-base percentage, and two stolen bases for the Spartans. He leads the CAC in triples with his seven three-baggers.

Stanley is another Spartan making his first All-CAC team. He is hitting .371 with 43 RBI, 32 runs scored, a team-high eight home runs, 12 doubles, and a triple. He boasts a .643 slugging percentage and a .474 on-base percentage. He ranks first in the CAC in home runs, third in slugging percentage, fourth in RBI, tied for second in total bases, and tied for first in hit by pitch.

Worthman blossomed as the Spartans' designated hitter this year. He is hitting .360 from his lead off spot in the Spartan lineup. He has scored 33 runs and driven in 14 while he has seven doubles and a triple. He has drawn 21 walks while striking out just seven times in 125 at-bats in 38 games. Worthman has stolen 11 bass while his on-base percentage is .461. He is ranked first in the CAC with nine sacrifice bunts while he is tied for fifth in the conference in stolen bases.

The Spartans are currently 28-12 with two games remaining in their regular season. The Green and White hosts Ferrum College for a two game set on Thursday and Friday afternoons. The Spartans have won ten straight as they attempt to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year and the third time in the last four years.