Spera and Woinski Earn All-Patriot League Status
May 6, 2014
EASTON, Pa. – A pair of Lafayette baseball student-athletes represented the Leopards on the All-Patriot League Teams, the conference announced Tuesday. Junior right-handed pitcher Cory Spera was recognized as a First Team All-Patriot League choice, while freshman first baseman Alex Woinski landed on the Second Team.
Spera was Lafayette’s most effective relief pitcher in 2014. The Lorton, Va. product pitched 23 2/3 innings out of the bullpen and compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.52 earned run average. In the Patriot League, Spera’s ERA was second among relievers who made at least 10 appearances out of the bullpen. He was responsible for 16 strikeouts and four walks and his 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio was fifth among his conference counterparts. Of his 20 base hits surrendered, six went for extra bases (five doubles, one triple) and he limited opposing batters to a .235 average, which led Lafayette’s relief pitchers.
In Patriot League play, Spera was equally as impressive during his eight appearances. He threw 13 2/3 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) to finish the conference slate with a 1.32 ERA. Opponents hit .213 and totaled 10 hits against Spera, who fanned nine and walked three.
Woinski was one of three first-year players in the conference to earn All-League status, joining Bucknell’s Brett Smith, who was picked as the Rookie of the Year, and Navy’s Travis Blue. He led Lafayette with a .326 batting average, a .494 slugging percentage and a .415 on-base percentage in his freshman campaign. Woinski also paced Lafayette and finished second in the conference in doubles with 12, and was tied for second on the squad with 29 base knocks. His 20 runs batted in were second on the team.
The rookie also saw time at designated hitter and closed the regular season by being named the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Week following a series sweep against North Carolina Central. A Paramus, N.J. native, Woinski hit .556 during the three games and drove in four runs to secure his first Patriot League weekly honor. During the conference slate, Woinski started all 18 games and led Lafayette with seven doubles, a .448 on-base percentage and a .351 batting average.
The major awards and All-Patriot League honors were voted on by Patriot League head coaches, who could not select their own student-athletes or themselves.
Major Award Winners
Player of the Year: Kash Manzelli, Navy (Sr., 1B)
Pitcher of the Year: Anthony Parenti, Navy (Jr., SP)
Rookie of the Year: Brett Smith, Bucknell (Fr., OF)*
Coach of the Year: Scott Heather, Bucknell*
First-Team All-Patriot League %
SP: Gunnar Carroll, Army (Sr.)
SP: Nick Dignacco, Army (Sr.)
SP: Anthony Parenti, Navy (Jr.) @
SP: Dan Weigel, Bucknell (Sr.)
RP: Cory Spera, Lafayette (Jr.)
C: Jon Mayer, Bucknell (So.) @
1B: Kash Manzelli, Navy (Sr.) @
2B: Mike Garzillo, Lehigh (So.)
2B: Joe Ogren, Bucknell (So.)
SS: Travis Blue, Navy (Fr.)
3B: Drew Hayes, Navy (So.)
OF: Anthony Gingerelli, Bucknell (Jr.)
OF: Evan Ocello, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Justin Pacchioli, Lehigh (Jr.)
DH: Corey Furman, Bucknell (Sr.) @
Second-Team All-Patriot League $
RP: Nick Cassell, Lehigh (Sr.)
C: Tim McKay, Lehigh (Jr.)
1B: Connor Faust, Lehigh (Jr.)
1B: Alex Woinski, Lafayette (Fr.)
SS: Alex Jensen, Army (Jr.)
3B: Harold Earls, Army (Jr.)
OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross (Sr.)
OF: Jon Crucitti, Army (Sr.)
OF: Robert Currie, Navy (So.)
OF: Brett Smith, Bucknell (Fr.)
DH: Mark McCants, Army (Jr.)
% - 15 players due to tie in voting
$ - 11 players due to tie in voting
*- Unanimous selection
@ - Unanimous first-team selection