UNCW's Golden, Royalty take home CAA top honors

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW News Release) - For the second consecutive season, UNCW captured both the Colonial Athletic Association Player and Pitcher of the Year awards as senior Casey Golden was named the league's Player of the Year and sophomore Alex Royalty earned Pitcher of the Year honors.

Both were also named first-team All-CAA along with sophomore catcher Ryan Jeffers and junior designated hitter Nick Feight. UNCW placed eight players on tall-conference squads.

Junior Brian Mims was named to the second team at second base and sophomore Clark Cota was on the third team as a relief pitcher.

Freshman Zarion Sharpe and senior Robbie Thorburn were named to the All-Rookie and All-Academic teams, respectively.

Golden is the sixth Seahawk to be named CAA Player of the Year. The outfielder from Siler City, NC, leads the league lead with a career-high 18 home runs, 130 total bases and a .622 slugging percentage. Golden, who moved into the leadoff spot early in the season, ranked third in the CAA with 50 runs scored.

Royalty enters the postseason with a conference-leading eight wins after matching his 8-2 mark from his freshman season. The righthander tops the conference with 90.2 innings pitched and is tied for the league with 98 strikeouts. The Raleigh, NC, native has won his last five decisions and was named CAA Pitcher of the Week on Monday after tossing eight innings of four-hit, shutout baseball in a win at Towson. It was his second Pitcher of the Week award this season.

Since the Pitcher of the Year award was instituted in 2014, UNCW hurlers have won it four times, including Ryan Foster in 2016 and Mat Batts in 2013 and 2014.

Jeffers was named to the All-CAA first team in his first season as a starter after recording a team-high 17 doubles and 10 home runs. Nine of his homers came in conference play. Jeffers ranks among the conference leaders in doubles, home runs, total bases (106) and slugging percentage (.602).

Feight repeated as a first-team honoree after hitting 14 home runs and driving in a team-best 46 runs, which ranks third in the league. Feight also is seventh in the CAA with 67 hits and eighth with 43 runs scored.

Mims enters the tournament ranked fifth in the CAA with a team-high 68 hits and a .319 batting average. The Montclair, Va., native has scored 33 runs and knocked in 32 with six stolen bases.

Cota stepped into the closer role as a sophomore and responded with a 2-1 record and four saves in 18 innings. The righthander struck out 27 in 22 innings and held opponents to a .160 batting average.

Sharpe stepped into the UNCW rotation and posted a 6-1 record in 11 appearances, including nine starts. The lefthander has won his last six decisions and has struck out 43 in 53 innings while limiting batters to a .214 average.

Thorburn was an All-Academic selection after hitting .296 with 34 runs scored and 23 knocked in. He has fielded 137 chances without an error this spring.


(selected by CAA head baseball coaches)


Player, School                                           Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School                                   2017 Stats

Ryan Jeffers, UNCW                                 C            So.       Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson                                   .313, 10 HR, 32 RBI's

Nick Patten, Delaware                             1B         So.       Butler, Pa./IMG Academy (Fla.)                       .306, 13 HR, 45 RBI's

Cullen Large, William & Mary                2B         Jr.        Chesterfield, Va./James River                          .344, 6 HR, 38 RBI's

Ryne Ogren, Elon                                     SS          So.       Devon, Pa./Conestoga                                       .358, 4 HR, 33 RBI's

Tommy Richter, Col. of Charleston       3B         Jr.        Wayne, Pa./Conestoga                                      .362, 1 HR, 24 RBI's

Jordan Glover, Delaware                        OF         Sr.       Marlton, N.J./Cherokee                                    .331, 10 HR, 44 RBI's

Casey Golden, UNCW                              OF         Sr.       Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews                     .306, 18 HR, 36 RBI's

Logan McRae, Col. of Charleston          OF         So.       Florence, S.C./West Florence                          .322, 15 HR, 58 RBI's

Teddy Cillis, Hofstra                                 UT         Jr.        Latham, N.Y./Blair Academy                             .280, 6 HR, 27 RBI's

Nick Feight, UNCW                                   DH         Jr.        Gainesville, Va./Battlefield                               .299, 14 HR, 46 RBI's

Kyle Brnovich, Elon                                  SP          Fr.       Milton, Ga./Kings Ridge Christian                    6-4, 3.13 ERA, 96 K's

Alex Royalty, UNCW                                SP          So.       Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook                                     8-2, 3.38 ERA, 98 K's

Burk FitzPatrick, Delaware                     RP         Sr.       Berwyn, Pa./Episcopal Academy                     2-0, 5 svs., 3.24 ERA



2017 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Max Burt, SS, Northeastern

2017 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Kyle Brnovich, RHP, Elon

2017 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR:  Mike Glavine, Northeastern


Player, School                                           Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School                                   2017 Stats

Brian Mayer, Delaware                           C            Sr.       Brick, N.J./Brick Township                                .328, 10 HR, 35 RBI's

Cam Hanley, Northeastern                     1B         Sr.       Walpole, Mass./Walpole                                  .323, 4 HR, 40 RBI's

Brian Mims, UNCW                                  2B         Jr.        Montclair, Va./Forest Park                               .319, 7 HR, 34 RBI's

Jeremy Ake, Delaware                            SS          Sr.       Readington, N.J./Hunterdon Central              .354, 2 HR, 37 RBI's

David Leiderman, Hofstra                       3B         Sr.       Merrick, N.Y./Bellmore JFK                              .263, 3 HR, 16 RBI's

Kyle Jackson, Elon                                    OF         Sr.       Atlanta, Ga./Mount Pisgah                                .311, 12 HR, 50 RBI's

Brandon Raquet, William & Mary         OF         Fr.       Boalsburg, Pa./State College                            .337, 3 HR, 20 RBI's

Adam Sisk, James Madison                     OF         Jr.        Fairfax, Va./Robinson                                        .337, 11 HR, 41 RBI's

Charlie McConnell, Northeastern         UT         So.       Reading, Mass./Belmont Hill School               .279, 2 HR, 16 RBI's, 13 SB

Doug Trimble, Delaware                         DH         Sr.       Rosemont, Pa./Episcopal                                  .343, 6 HR, 43 RBI's

Ron Marinaccio, Delaware                     SP          Jr.        Toms River, N.J./Toms River North                  3-2, 3 svs, 2.19 ERA, 60 K's

Evan Sisk, Col. of Charleston                  SP          So.       Chester, S.C./Lewisville                                     5-1, 3.33 ERA, 46 K's

Carter Love, Col. of Charleston             RP         Jr.        Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell                              2-4, 2 svs, 3.66 ERA


Player, School                                           Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School                                   2017 Stats

Hayden Platt, Elon                                    C            Jr.        Naples, Fla./Naples                                            .319, 7 HR, 30 RBI's

Brett Johnson, James Madison              1B         Sr.       Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield           .301, 11 HR, 42 RBI's

Nick Tierno, Delaware                             2B         Sr.       Voorhees, N.J./Eastern                                      .325, 2 HR, 17 RBI's

Max Burt, Northeastern                          SS          Jr.        North Andover, Mass./St. John's Prep           .310, 4 HR, 29 RBI's

Diaz Nardo, Delaware                              3B         Jr.        Harbeson, Del./Cape Henlopen                      .269, 5 HR, 35 RBI's

Fox Semones, James Madison               UT         Fr.       Woodbridge, Va./Hylton                                   .316, 3 HR, 21 RBI's

Ryder Miconi, William & Mary              DH         Sr.       Guilford, Conn./Guilford                                   .319, 9 HR, 45 RBI's

Ryan Hall, William & Mary                      OF         Jr.        Richmond, Va./Cosby                                        .299, 6 HR, 39 RBI's

Kevin Mohollen, Delaware                     OF         So.       Rose Valley, Pa./Strath-Haven                         .314, 2 HR, 28 RBI's

Calvin Scott, Delaware                            OF         Jr.        Newark, Del./St. Mark's                                    .350, 3 HR, 39 RBI's

Brian Christian, Northeastern                SP          Jr.        Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North                   7-2, 3.45 ERA, 78 K's

Mike Fitzgerald, Northeastern               SP          Sr.       Holland, Pa./Germantown Acad.                     4-1, 4 svs, 3.21 ERA

Clark Cota, UNCW                                    RP         So.       Hampstead, N.C./Topsail                                   2-1, 4 svs, 3.27 ERA


Player, School                                           Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/High School                                   2017 Stats

Kyle Brnovich, Elon                                  P            Fr.       Milton, Ga./Kings Ridge Christian                    6-4, 3.13 ERA, 96 K's

Jakob Frishmuth, Col. of Charleston P  Fr.         Myrtle Beach, S.C./Carolina Forest                             3-5, 5.90 ERA, 31 K's

Scott Holzwasser, Northeastern            IF           Fr.       Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury                    .259, 6 HR, 27 RBI's

Kevin Kelly, James Madison                   P            Fr.       Springfield, Va./Paul VI                                      5-3, 1 sv, 2.91 ERA, 38 K's

George Kirby, Elon                                   P            Fr.       Rye, N.Y/Rye                                                       1-3, 2 svs, 5.12 ERA, 52 K's

Brandon Raquet, William & Mary         OF         Fr.       Boalsburg, Pa./State College                            .337, 3 HR, 20 RBI's

Brian Rodriguez, Northeastern              P            Fr.       Yonkers, N.Y./Berkshire School                       4-3, 1 sv, 2.57 ERA, 27 K's

Patrick Ryan, William & Mary                IF           Fr.       McLean, Va./Bishop O'Connell                        .256, 1 HR, 14 RBI's

Fox Semones, James Madison               IF           Fr.       Woodbridge, Va./Hylton                                   .316, 3 HR, 21 RBI's

Zarion Sharpe, UNCW                             P            Fr.       Greenville, N.C./Oakwood School                   6-1, 4.25 ERA, 43 K's


Player, School                                           Pos.      Cl.       Hometown/Previous School

Tom Archer, Hofstra                                IF           So.       Northport, N.Y./St. John The Baptist

Matt Golczewski, Towson                       P            Sr.       Bel Air, Md./Patterson Mill

Brett Johnson, James Madison              1B         Sr.       Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield

Nolan Lang, Northeastern                      IF           Jr.        Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips

Carter Love, Col. of Charleston             P            Jr.        Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell

Brian Mayer, Delaware                           C            Gr.       Brick, N.J./Brick Township

Ryder Miconi, William & Mary              IF           Sr.       Guilford, Conn./Guilford

Ryne Ogren, Elon                                     IF           So.       Devon, Pa./Conestoga

Robbie Thorburn, UNCW                        OF         Sr.       Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons