June 18, 2009
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Saint Joseph's junior designated hitter Dewey Oriente was selected to the 2009 American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-East Region Second Team, it was announced this week.
Voting for the All-Region teams was conducted by the head coaches in each region. The ABCA/Rawlings All-American teams were then selected based on the All-Region squads.
Oriente hit .403 this season, appearing in 39 games, primarily at designated hitter. He is the first Hawk to finish a season with a qualifying average over .400 since Kevin Kirkby hit .424 in 2000. He led the squad in home runs (six), runs batted in (39) and slugging percentage (.604). Oriente also finished second on the squad in hits with 58 and reached base at a career-best .443 clip.
As a team, Saint Joseph's finished 16-30-1 overall. Their 9-17 conference record left the Hawks tied for 11th in the Atlantic 10, SJU's best finish since 2005.