Feb. 1, 2012

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Wright voted CAA Preseason Player of the Year


Old Dominion senior shortstop Josh Wright (left) was named preseason Player of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association in voting by the league’s head coach and as released by the conference office.


Wright was a First Team All-CAA selection in 2011, hitting .369 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and 18 steals. He led the Monarchs and was fifth in the conference with 53 runs.


Georgia State, James Madison, UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion each had two players on the preseason All-CAA squad.


The 2012 campaign begins on Friday, Feb. 17, with 10 of the 11 teams in action. Conference play starts on March 9. The 2012 CAA Championship will be held May 23-26 at JMU’s Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va.


2012 Preseason All-CAA Team


Pos. Player, School, Class (2011 Stats)

C Andrew Parker, Towson, Jr. (.304, 5 HR, 37 RBI)

1B Hunter Ridge, UNCW, Jr. (.354, 9 HR, 60 RBI)

2B Chris Cook, George Mason, Jr. (.340, 4 HR, 29 RBI)

SS Josh Wright, Old Dominion, Sr. (.369, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 18 SB)

3B Brandon Williams, Georgia State, Sr. (.342, 1 HR, 46 RBI, 12 SB)

OF Aaron Barbosa, Northeastern, So. (.335, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 29 SB)

OF Danny Poma, Hofstra, Sr. (.382, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 20 SB)

OF Thomas Pope, UNCW, Sr. (.396, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 19 SB)

UT Johnny Bladel, James Madison, Jr. (.360, 4 HR, 41 RBI, 26 SB)

DH Drew Shields, Georgia State, Jr. (.321, 0 HR, 20 RBI)

SP Sean Tierney, James Madison, Sr. (10-1, 3.43 ERA, 47 K)

SP Ben Tomchick, Old Dominion, Sr. (8-4, 3.15 ERA, 81 K)

RP Brett Koehler, William & Mary, Jr. (4-3, 8 saves, 2.73 ERA, 58 K)


CAA Preseason Player of the Year:  Josh Wright, Old Dominion


Honorable Mention (players receiving multiple votes): Taylor Perkins, C, VCU;  Chris Baker, 1B, Old Dominion; Ty McFarland, 1B, James Madison; D.J. Long, 2B, Delaware; Andrew Cain, OF, UNCW; Bill Cullen, OF, VCU; Dan Schafferman, OF, George Mason; Brig Tison, UT, George Mason; Joey Burney, DH, Old Dominion; Zack Helgeson, DH, George Mason; Andrew Leenhouts, SP, Northeastern; Justin Malone, SP, Georgia State; Jake Dyer, RP, Georgia State


(photo courtesy of ODU Media Relations Office)