PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 5, 2014) – Led by Division I Rookie Player of the Year Mike Carter (Bloomfield, N.J.) and Division I Fireman of the Year Max Herrmann (Rutherford, N.J.) earning major awards, nine members of the Rutgers baseball team earned all-state honors from the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA). The Scarlet Knights also had five players take slots on the all-rookie team.
RU went 30-25 for the season, including a 14-9 league record to tie for third in the American Athletic Conference standings.
Carter, a third-team all-conference selection and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, earned Rookie of the Year after hitting .318 in his first collegiate season. Starting 52 games in centerfield, he tied for the team lead with 67 hits, the fourth-most by a RU freshman in a year since 2000. He also led the squad with a .355 average in conference games and finished second with 34 RBIs from the leadoff spot in the order.
Herrmann emerged as a consistent option out of the bullpen and led the team with 22 appearances on the season. The left-hander worked to a 3-0 record and 2.57 ERA, allowing opponents to hit .247 against. He did not allow a run in 14 games and went a season-long three innings on seven different occasions. Herrmann collected four saves.
In addition to Carter and Herrmann, five other Scarlet Knights earned NJCBA First Team All-State honors, as Rutgers and Seton Hall combined to take up 14-of-15 spots on first team.
Sophomore Howie Brey (Middletown, N.J.) and freshman Gaby Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J.) both collected first team as starting pitchers, with the duo pitching the first two games of last seven regular season series. Brey, who also earned third-team all-conference, pitched to a 6-3 record in 11 starts. He held the opposition to a .204 average and tossed a shutout over USF at the American Championships. Rosa, the co-winner of the American Rookie of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, started 11 games had a 2.91 ERA overall. His six wins were the most by a RU freshman since 2006.
Senior Nick Favatella (Washington Township, N.J.) adds first-team all-state to his resume for the second time in his career (2012). The veteran second baseman additionally earned first-team all-conference and led the Scarlet Knights with 43 runs and 16 doubles. He ended his career starting the last 200 games and is third in school history in hits (250), second in at-bats (806) and eighth in runs scored (161).
Junior Vinny Zarrillo (Forked River, N.J.) notched first-team all-state for the second-straight season, hitting .328 for the year. He went 8-for-12 with five RBIs in the American Championships to earn all-tournament status. Additionally, the outfielder led RU with 43 RBIs, 14 steals and 32 walks to pick up third-team all-conference. Senior Lou Clemente (Union, N.J.) rounds out the first-team selections at designated hitter. He knocked in 21 runs and hit two home runs, adding a two-run, pinch-hit single for a walk-off victory versus Hartford.
Both seniors Brian O’Grady (Warminster, Pa.) and Pat Sweeney (Sparta, N.J.) collected second-team all-state in their final season after each picked up third-team all-conference. O’Grady led or tied the team lead with 67 hits, five home runs, five triples, 104 total bases, 20 multiple-hit games and a .510 slugging percentage. He finished his collegiate career ranked third in program history with 771 at bats and sixth with 227 hits. Sweeney hit a career-best .331 to lead the team as senior, holding a .424 on-base percentage. The shortstop earned status a a candidate for both the Olson Award (breakout player of the year) and Wallace Award (top shortstop in the nation). He also recorded third-team all-conference and Daily Targum Senior of the Year.
In addition to Carter, Herrmann and Rosa, freshman Christian Campbell (Sayreville, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Kyle Driscoll (Toms River, N.J.) registered spots on the all-rookie team. Campbell played in 50 games and had 45 hits while playing primarily as the starting third base. Driscoll earned three wins with a 3.19 ERA on the mound and led the team with 58 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.
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