SOMERSET, NJ – Four members of the Rutgers baseball team received All-BIG EAST honors, as announced at the league's annual banquet Wednesday evening. Senior designated-hitter Matt Wolski (Hamilton, NJ) and sophomore outfielder Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) were named first team, sophomore pitcher Jack Egbert (Rutherford, NJ) earned second team honors and senior first baseman Steve Normane (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) was named third team.
Wolski, who is in his fifth year with the Rutgers baseball program after missing all but two games in 2002 with a back injury, hit a team-best .395 for the Scarlet Knights this season. Serving primarily as the team’s designated hitter, he finished the regular season ranked second in the BIG EAST with a team-high .529 on-base percentage in conference games. Wolski leads the Scarlet Knights in hits this season with 66, including a team-high 19-multi hit games. Wolski, who started 48 of Rutgers’ 49 regular season games this season, was named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division I Player of the Year, on May 14. Wolski was a member of the All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2001.
Frazier, who was named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie Team last season, finished the regular season ranked third in the BIG EAST with a team-high 17 doubles. He is tied for the team lead in home runs (7), RBI (47) and leads RU in total bases (96). He is currently third in the conference in runs scored during league competition with 26. Frazier earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors April 22-28 after leading Rutgers to five straight wins with four home runs in the five-game stretch.
Rutgers’ ace for the 2003 season, Egbert started 13 games for the Scarlet Knights, compiling a 7-4 record and a 6-1 record in BIG EAST games. After losses in his first three outings, he won seven straight games, including his first six conference games. Egbert was the team-leader in strikeouts with 59, while pitching 73.1 innings, including a team-best four complete games. He ranks in the Top-10 in the conference in wins (8th), strikeouts (10th), innings pitched (7th), starts (9th) and complete games (7th). Egbert earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors after throwing a complete game one-hitter vs. Seton Hall on April 13.
Normane appeared in 47 of Rutgers’ 49 games at first base this season, tying for the team lead in home runs (7) and RBI (47). Entering the BIG EAST Championships, he leads the regular starters with a .560 slugging percentage. Normane ranks in the Top-10 in the BIG EAST in RBI (10th) and slugging percentage (8th). He is second on the team in totals bases with 94 and third on the team in doubles with 13. Normane is third among RU’s regular starters with a .333 batting average. Normane hit two game-winning home runs this season, including a dramatic two-run walk-off shot in the 19th inning over BIG EAST rival Notre Dame.
Rutgers, the 2003 BIG EAST Regular Season Champions, will face Virginia Tech at 3:30 on Thursday in the opening game of the 2003 BIG EAST Championships at Commerce Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ.