All-Star Performances highlight Baseball’s Summer League Play

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (July 11, 2017)  – With an eye towards the 2018 season, several members of the Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team have spent their summers competing against some of the top competition in the country during the summer collegiate baseball season.

The all-star recognition began in June when rising sophomore Michael Frissora and rising junior Donny Gherardi were recognized for their play in the Metropolitan Baseball League. Pitching for the South Bergen Bullets, Frissora has compiled a 1.45 ERA over eight appearances, picking up a pair of wins and a save. Gherardi, playing for the Bergen Mets, is hitting .545 (12-for-31) with one home run and 12 RBI, with more walks than strikeouts.

Also of note in the MET League, rising sophomore John Hamill has compiled a .364 batting average with five runs batted in for the South Bergen Bullets.

Rising senior Quinn DiPasquale was named an All-Star in the highly competitive Northwoods League. Starting for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, the Chelmsford, Massachusetts native has pitched to a 5-1 record with a 2.68 ERA over 40 1-3 innings and earned Pitcher of the Night accolades after a five-hit, seven strikeout effort in Wisconsin Rapids' 6-1 victory over Wisconsin. After finishing fourth in the Empire 8 Conference in strikeouts, DiPasquale has notched 39 strikeouts to rank among the Northwoods League leaders. After winning the first-half title in the South Division to guarantee a spot in the league playoffs, the Rafters were ranked second in the most recent Collegiate Summer Baseball Poll. The Northwoods League All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 18.

After a record-breaking sophomore season, Danny Poidomani took his talents to the Coastal Plains League, where the Rochelle Park, New Jersey native toes the rubber for the Forest City Owls. After setting a Stevens single-season record with 91 strikeouts, which also ranked 19th in the country, Poidomani has added 37 punchouts in 28 2-3 innings. Pitching to a perfect 2-0 record, the left-hander has only walked four batters, which is the second-fewest in the league.

Joining Poidomani on the staff in Forest City is rising junior Charlie Ruegger. After nearly setting the single-season record in saves and providing seven innings of relief in Stevens' dramatic 4-3, 14-inning victory over St. John Fisher, Ruegger has continued his effective late-inning performance, notching two saves with a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings. The Owls have secured their place in the league playoffs after clinching the first-half crown in the South Division. Forest City was ranked 10th in the July 7 Collegiate Summer Baseball poll.

Other notable summer performances include rising sophomores Shaye Bartnick, who hit .278 over five starts for the New York Collegiate Baseball League's Hornell Dodgers and Matthew Pasko, who's driven in 11 with a .340 average for the New Jersey Nationals in the Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball League. Rising sophomore Chandler Brierley has struck out six over seven appearances with the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England. Lastly, graduate student William Korosec will be joining the Clemente Baseball Club in the Atlantic Confederation Collegiate Baseball League upon the completion of his time with the Driveline Organization in Kent, Washington.

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