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Hammer, Yezzo lead Preseason
senior first baseman Jared Hammer (left) and Delaware junior
first baseman Jimmy Yezzo were named Preseason Co-Players of the
Year in the Colonial Athletic Association in voting by the
league’s head coaches as released by the conference office.
Yezzo appeared in 50 games
for the Blue Hens in 2012 with 44 starts, hitting .358 with 13
doubles, eight homers and 46 RBI. He had an on-base percentage
of .401 and slugging percentage of .567.
(right) started 55 games for the Pride a season ago, batting
.376 with 18 doubles, four home runs and 66 RBI. He walked 39
times and had 20 strikeouts while posting an on-base percentage
of .579. Hammer was also 12 of 14 on stolen base attempts.
Hofstra set a program record with 34 wins in 2012.
Preseason favorite UNC Wilmington led the way
with five players on the Preseason All-CAA team: senior second
baseman Michael Bass, senior outfielder Tyler Molinaro, senior
outfielder Hunter Ridge, junior starter Mat Batts and junior
reliever Kelly Secrest.
The 2013 campaign begins on Friday, Feb. 15, with
conference play kicking off the weekend of March 8-10. Hofstra
at James Madison will be the key series that opening weekend of
league play. The CAA Championship will be held at Veterans
Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. The six-team double
elimination tournament will be held from May 22-25.
2013 Preseason All-CAA
Pos. Name, Class, School Key 2012 Stats
C John Puttress, Sr. Northeastern .323, 0 HR, 29
1B Jared Hammer, Sr., Hofstra .376, 4 HR, 66 RBI
1B Jimmy Yezzo, Jr. Delaware .358, 8 HR, 46 RBI
2B Michael Bass, Sr., UNCW .326, 33 RBI, 20 SB
SS Dalton Rouleau, Sr., Hofstra .328, 31 RBI, 26
3B Ryan Lindemuth, Jr., William & Mary .376, 5
HR, 48 RBI
OF Aaron Barbosa, Jr., Northeastern .352, 20 RBI,
OF Tyler Molinaro, Sr., UNCW .273, 16 HR, 48 RBI
OF Hunter Ridge, Sr., UNCW .340, 4 HR, 41
UT Brendan Butler, So., Towson .308, 34 RBI, 14
DH Conner Brown, Jr., James Madison .338, 3 HR,
SP Mat Batts, Jr., UNCW 6-5, 3.04 ERA, 90 K
SP Michael Trionfo, Sr., Towson 11-3, 3.35 ERA,
RP Kelly Secrest, Jr., UNCW 5-2, 1 sv., 2.12
ERA, 45 K
CAA Preseason Co-Players
of the Year: Jared Hammer, Hofstra and
Jimmy Yezzo, Delaware
Honorable Mention (players receiving multiple
votes): Matt Reistetter, C, Hofstra;
Ty Warrington, C, Delaware; D.J. Long, 2B, Delaware; Caden
Bailey, So., SS, Georgia State; Jason Vosler, 3B, Northeastern;
Blaise Fernandez, 3B, George Mason; Ty McFarland, 3B, James
Madison; Kenny Jackson, OF, Hofstra; Cole McInturff, OF, James
Madison; Corey Dick, DH, UNCW; Chad Kuhl, SP, Delaware; John
Tiedemann, SP, Hofstra; John Farrell, RP, William and Mary;
Brandon Smith, RP, Old Dominion
(photos courtesy of Hofstra Media