Dec. 31, 2009

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Gyorko, Fontanez headline preseason all-Big East team


Junior shortstop Jedd Gyorko of West Virginia was named Preseason Player of the Year and USF junior right-hander Randy Fontanez was selected Preseason Pitcher of the Year to highlight the 2010 Big East Preseason All-Conference Team, as voted by the head coaches and released by the league office.


Gyorko batted .421 a season ago with 96 hits, 28 doubles, eight home runs and 58 RBI. He was a unanimous selection at shortstop for the preseason all-conference team. Gyorko is a second team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.


Fontanez was 7-3 as a sophomore with a 3.09 ERA. He was second in the Big East in ERA and innings pitched (99.0). Fontanez was a unanimous pick on the preseason all-conference squad.


Other unanimous selections on the Preseason All-Big East Team include Louisville first baseman Andrew Clark and Connecticut outfielder George Springer.


The 2010 season begins on Friday, Feb. 19. The second annual Big East/Big Ten Challenge will take place the second weekend of the season in Florida, with 11 schools participating. The first weekend of conference play is March 26-28, with all 12 teams in action. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top eight teams will participate in the 2010 Big East Championship May 26-30 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The title game will be televised on ESPNU.


2010 Big East Preseason All-Conference Team


Pos. Name, Class, School, 2009 Overall Stats


P *Randy Fontanez, Jr., USF 7-3, 3.09 ERA, 99.0 IP, 57 K, 24 BB, .250 OBA

P Jarryd Summers, Jr., West Va. 7-3, 3.05 ERA, 94.1 IP, 99 K, 35 BB, .239 OBA

P Cole Johnson, Jr., Notre Dame 7-3, 4.56 ERA, 94.2 IP, 64 K, 36 BB, .252 OBA

P Tony Zych, So., Louisville 6-2, 3.25 ERA, 2 SV, 44.1 IP, 31 K, 10 BB, .235 OBA

C Erick Fernandez, Jr., Georgetown .349, 5 HR, 28 RBI

C Jeff Arnold, Sr., Louisville .246, 3 HR, 32 RBI, 13 SB

1B *Andrew Clark, Sr., Louisville .350, 9 HR, 55 RBI

2B Adam Duvall, Sr., Louisville .328, 11 HR, 51 RBI, 12 SB

SS *Jedd Gyroko, Jr., West Virginia .421, 8 HR, 58 RBI

3B Dan DiBartolomeo, Jr., West Virginia .439, 8 HR, 59 RBI, 5 SB

OF *George Springer, So., Connecticut .358, 16 HR, 57 RBI, 12 SB

OF Stewart Ijames, So., Louisville .349, 8 HR, 39 RBI (2008)

OF Jimmy Parque, Jr., St. John’s .360, 5 HR, 61 RBI

OF Junior Carlin, Jr., USF .384, 0 HR, 27 RBI

DH Matt Szczur, So., Villanova .346, 1 HR, 24 RBI, 18 SB


* - unanimous selection