June 3, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's seniors Dewey Oriente and David Valesente were named to the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball All-Big 5 Team on Thursday, the organization announced. Senior Quentin Farr was chosen for the Big 5 Baseball All-Academic Team as well. The teams are selected in a vote of the head coaches and sports information directors of the area's five Division I baseball-playing universities.
Oriente was chosen in the designated hitter spot for the second straight season after leading the Hawks with a .339 batting average, 36 runs scored, 64 hits, 35 runs batted in, five triples, and a .508 slugging percentage. He also tied for second on the squad in home runs (four) and doubles (10) and posted a .390 on-base percentage.
Valesente earned his second consecutive nod at second base, checking in with a .326 average (third on the squad) and 29 runs scored. He led the team in doubles with 12 and was second with 32 RBI. He also tied for second in home runs and ranked third in slugging (.488) and on-base percentage (.394).
Farr was chosen for the All-Academic Team for the second time; he was previously tabbed for the squad in 2008. He finished the season 3-2 with a 4.40 earned run average and tied for the team lead with 21 appearances, all in relief. He was part of a combined 1-0 shutout of Massachusetts on March 27 and held opposing hitters to a .281 average.
Matt Szczur and Brian Streilein of Villanova were named the Big 5 Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Pat Christensen of La Salle and Kevin MacLachlan of Villanova shared Rookie of the Year honors, while La Salle's Brendan Norton (Student-Athlete of the Year) and Mike Lake (Coach of the Year) were honored as well. The Explorers were named the city's Team of the Year.