Five Leopards Combine for Six All-P.L. Selections
May 5, 2015
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Lafayette baseball team had five players fill six spots on the 2015 All-Patriot League Team, as was announced Tuesday by the conference office.
A pair of juniors, third baseman Tyler Hudson and designated hitter Campbell Lipe, were named to the first team, while seniors Toby Schwartz (starting pitcher and first base) and Brett Thompson (outfield) joined freshman shortstop Steven Cohen on the second team.
The Leopards tied with Holy Cross for the most selections to the all-conference teams, which were voted on by the Patriot League head coaches. The six selections are the most for Lafayette since placing nine players on the teams in 2007, when the Leopards won the Patriot League championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Hudson (Orono, Minn.) has registered career-highs in every offensive category this season, batting .268 with 17 runs scored, five doubles, three home runs and 11 runs batted in. He led all qualified third basemen in the Patriot League with a .916 fielding percentage. Hudson carried the team in early April when he went 15-for-34 (.441) with six runs scored and three stolen bases during the Army and Navy series.
Lipe (Winnetka, Ill.) has also had a banner year as the Leopards' primary designated hitter, particularly during league games. In conference contests only, he led the league with nine doubles and a .593 slugging percentage, while he finished second with a .370 batting average and third with a .443 on-base percentage. Overall, Lipe batted .326 with 11 doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs.
Schwartz (Ramsey, N.J.) earned the rare distinction of being named to the all-conference team at two different positions. Though he had an impressive year overall, he really stepped it up during conference play. He batted in 16 Patriot League games and finished third on the team with a .327 batting average (as compared to his overall mark of .283), while committing only one error in his time at first base. The left-hander also made five starts from the mound against conference foes and ranked among the top 10 in most statistical categories, including ERA (10th, 2.50), opposing batting average (6th, .220), innings pitched (7th, 36.0), strikeouts (4th, 33) and wins (2nd, 3).
Thompson (Waxhaw, N.C) is another Leopard who upped his game during league contests. Though he led the team with a .333 batting average during all games, he led the entire conference during Patriot League games with a mark of .385. The right fielder also finished second in the league with a .467 on-base percentage and third with a .558 slugging percentage. Thompson is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak.
Cohen (Newtown Square, Pa.) burst onto the scene in his debut season and twice earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors. Though he served as the Leopards' primary lead-off man, he paced the team with five home runs and 20 RBIs, while batting .279 and adding seven doubles. His home run total ranked second in the league, and no one hit more than his four round-trippers during conference-only play.
Navy, which the Leopards will face this weekend in the Patriot League semifinals, took three of the four major awards. Luke Gillingham was voted the Pitcher of the Year, Sean Trent was named the Player of the Year, and Paul Kostacopoulos was tabbed the Coach of the Year. Holy Cross' Cam O'Neill beat out Cohen for Rookie of the Year honors.
The entire first- and second-teams can be viewed here.