May 5, 2009
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two Navy baseball players were named to the All-Patriot League Team, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Relief pitcher Luke Roberts (So./Midland, N.C.) earned first-team all-league honors, while catcher Steven Soares (Jr./Coral Springs, Fla.) was recognized as a second-team all-league selection.
Roberts played a vital role out of the bullpen for the Mids this spring, as he posted a 2-0 record with a save and a miniscule 1.00 ERA over 27.0 innings during his 16 appearances. The Navy right-hander held the opposition to a .218 (22-for-101) batting average, while walking just four batters and striking out 19. In Patriot League play, he was 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 13.2 innings with just one walk and eight strikeouts. He earned his first-career win at Army on April 13, as he did not issue a free pass over 4.1 innings of relief with a career-best five strikeouts. Two weeks later at Holy Cross, he allowed just one run in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen to close out a 12-11, coome-from-behind victory.
Soares finished his junior campaign with a .309 (43-for-139) batting average, to along with his 10 doubles, seven home runs, 23 RBIs and a .415 on-base percentage. The seven long balls were tied for the fifth-highest mark in school history and tied for sixth in the Patriot League this spring. Defensively, Soares threw out 37.9 percent (22-for-58) of all base stealers and committed just two errors behind the plate in 255 chances - good for a .992 fielding percentage. During league games, he batted .310 (18-for-58) with five doubles, four home runs, seven RBIs and a .603 slugging percentage - which ranked ninth in the league.
For both Roberts and Soares, Tuesday's all-league kudos are the first in their career.
The Midshipmen finished the 2009 campaign with a 20-26-1 overall record and an 8-12 mark in the Patriot League. Navy recorded its fourth-straight 20-win season and the 27th of the program's 114-year history.
2009 First-Team All-Patriot League
Name, School, Pos., Cl.
Ben Koenigsfeld, Army, SP, So.
Chris Yamaguchi, Bucknell, SP, Sr.
Tyler Anderegg, Army, RP, Sr.
, Navy, RP, So.
B.J. LaRosa, Bucknell, C, Jr.
Kevin McKague, Army, 1B, So.
Zach Price, Army, 2B, Fr.
Clint Moore, Army, SS, So.
Matt Perry, Holy Cross, 3B, Jr.
Andrew Brouse, Bucknell, OF, Jr.
Ben Koenigsfeld, Army, OF, So.
Andy Russell, Lehigh, OF, So.
Joey Henshaw, Army, DH, So.
2009 Second-Team All-Patriot League
Name, School, Pos., Cl.
Trey Frahler, Bucknell, SP, So.
Dan Seip, Holy Cross, SP, Sr.
Corey Shea, Lafayette, SP, So.
Steven Soares, Navy, C, Jr.
Doug Shribman, Bucknell, 1B, So.
Geoff Campbell, Lehigh, 2B, Sr.
Dan Bierce, Lafayette, SS, Sr.
Ben Yoder, Bucknell, 3B, Jr.
Billy Cupelo, Holy Cross, OF, Sr.
Kyle Fleming, Army, OF, Sr.
Dane Grandizio, Bucknell, OF, Sr.
Matt Hall, Lafayette, OF, Jr.
Andrew Loucks, Bucknell, DH, Sr.