Six Falcons named to All-Region XIX Baseball Team

The Lackawanna College Athletic Department and its baseball program are honored to announce that six members of the 2015 squad have been named to the All-Region XIX Division II Baseball Team. Named to the Region's First Team were Eric Grabowski, Joe Spitaleri, Arbely Soto and Anthony Hunter. Selected to the Second Team were Bernard Brito and Rasheed Noble. Special recognition goes to Grabowski, who was also chosen as the Region XIX DII Player of the Year.

Grabowski, who was NJCAA DII National Player of the Week during the April 13th -19th time period, earned his accolades by batting .457 (64 hits in 140 at bats) with 22 doubles, 4 triples and 7 home runs. He scored 42 times and drove in 39. His 22 doubles ranked him 2nd in the nation in that category; while his batting average was ranked 11th. Grabowski 's .821 slugging percentage ranked 8th in the Nation for that statistical category. Although he was voted upon by opposing coaches solely as an infielder, Grabowski also took the mound for the Falcons. In seven appearances he recorded 4 wins and 2 losses in 37 2/3 innings of work; he was also credited with a save. His earned run average was 3.55 and he struck out 30.

Spitaleri, a freshman, was honored after hitting .329 with 51 hits in 155 at bats, while slamming 6 doubles, 3 triples and 3 homers. The Falcons' leadoff hitter, Spitaleri proved to be very effective, recording a .429 on base percentage which included his hits, 23 walks and 4 HBPs. While on base, he advanced into scoring position 17 times by way of a stolen base.  He recorded 36 runs and contributed 25 RBIs batting first in the line-up.

Soto, a second year outfielder, earned his way onto the team by hitting .350 with 56 hits in 160 at bats. He recorded 13 doubles, 3 triples and 5 homers.  He tallied 17 stolen bases and led the team in runs scored with 45, while recording 28 RBIs.

Hunter was the only Lackawanna Pitcher to be recognized. A sophomore, he was the ace of the Falcon staff. Hunter started 9 games and recorded 5 wins versus 3 losses. He logged an earned run average of 2.65 in 51 innings of work; yielding 23 runs, only 8 of which were earned, on 39 hits. Most impressively he struck out 57.

Noble found his way on to the second team with a .318 batting average reaching safely on 34 hits in 107 at bats. He recorded 8 doubles and 2 triples, while slamming 5 home runs.  Noble scored 26 times and drove in 27. Brito joined Noble on the second team after hitting .234 with 25 hits in 107 at bats. He had 3 doubles and 3 homers, while scoring 16 runs and driving in 15.