Adam Tempesta Earns All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team Honors
May 24, 2006
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - St. Bonaventure junior first baseman Brian Pellegrini was named the 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year and Steve Holmes, a righthander from Rhode Island, earned Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year honors in voting conducted among the league's head coaches. In that same vote, freshman third baseman Aaron Bray of Charlotte was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year while St. Bonaventure's Larry Sudbrook was tabbed the Coach of the Year.
Additionally, Charlotte senior shortstop Mike Ambrose was named Student-Athlete of the Year in voting among the Conference's sports information directors.
Pellegrini earns the school's first-ever Player of the Year award in baseball as he finished the regular season among the A-10 leaders in all offensive categories. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference second-team for the past two seasons and finished the regular season leading the Conference in batting average (.387) and on-base percentage (.490) while finishing second in RBI (54) and slugging percentage (.685). The Willoughby, OH, native leads his team with 12 home runs on the season and is one shy of tying the school record for career home runs with 30 overall.
Holmes enters the Atlantic 10 Championship with a 10-1 overall record, which established a new mark for single-season wins at Rhode Island, and boasts an impressive career record of 22-3, tying the school record for career victories. The resident of Lincoln, RI, leads the Conference in wins and posts the lowest earned run average among starting pitchers at 1.14. The righthander is ranked fourth in the league in strikeouts (87) and is the career leader at URI in strikeouts with 249 to date. He has seen action in 95.0 innings while holding opponents to a .191 batting average.
Bray has enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign for Charlotte. The third baseman ranks in the top five of the league in runs (58), hits (80), steals (17) and batting average (.370) and was a five-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honoree. Hailing from Charlotte, NC, he reached base in 53 of 54 total games and enters the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship riding a 16-game hitting streak.
Joining Pellegrini, Holmes and Ambrose on the All-Conference first-team are Dayton's Galen Schumm, Mike Massa and Craig Rohren; Dan Brady of Temple; St. Bonaventure's Joe Rizzo; Fordham's Greg Smith; Spencer Steedley of Charlotte; Richmond's Ben Zeskind; Bill Musselman and Greg Rodgers of Saint Louis; La Salle's Rich Prall; and Derrik Lutz of George Washington.
The second-team consists of Bray along with teammates Cory Lane, O'Brien Taylor and Chris Taylor; Rhode Island's Ryan Cunningham, Mike O'Malley, and Josh Nestor; Joe Mahoney and Cameron Brown of Richmond; Bryan Chandler of Dayton; Ryan Bird from Saint Louis; and St. Bonaventure's John Zinniker and Matt Agostinelli.
The All-Rookie team includes Bray, Brown, Jamie Abercrombie of Temple; Duquesne's Mike Carroll; Tom Pinnell and Dave Sever of Saint Louis; La Salle's Drew Gerhart; Adam Tempesta of Massachusetts; and Kyle Pfirrman of Charlotte.
Ambrose garners Student-Athlete of the Year honors along with first-team All-Conference accolades. The senior shortstop from St. Thomas, ONT, leads Charlotte in batting average (.373) and hits (82) and is tied for the team lead in doubles (16) and triples (6). He started all 54 games for Charlotte and ranks second for the 49ers in total bases (116) and slugging percentage (.527), while his 82 hits are the second most in the A-10. Off the field, he was named to the 2006 CoSIDA Academic All-District III First Team, which automatically qualifies him for the national ballot, and posted two semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Ambrose is joined on the Academic All-Conference team by Duquesne's Joe Berletic, Steve Maiolo and Derek Mechling; Ryan Bird and Johnny Sweeney of Saint Louis; St. Bonaventure's Randy Moley; La Salle's Dan Waters; and Wayne Russo and Tom Venedam of Rhode Island.
Sudbrook earns his second A-10 Coach of the Year award after leading St. Bonaventure to the second seed in the 2006 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. The Bonnies are looking for their second A-10 title in three years. He led his squad to an 18-8 mark in league play, setting a school record for Conference wins, and boasts a 26-19 overall mark. In his 21st season at St. Bonaventure, Sudbrook is the winningest coach in school history with 449 career wins. He was also named A-10 Coach of the Year in 2000.