PHILADELPHIA – Eight members of the Saint Joseph's baseball program have earned All-Big 5 honors, the organization announced on Thursday.
Deon Stafford, Jr. (C), Dominic Cuoci (1B), Matt Maul (SS), Charlie Concannon (OF), Cal Jadacki (OF), Tim Brennan (SP), and Zach DeVincenzo (RP) were voted onto the All-Big 5 Team while Taylor Boyd garnered All-Academic Team accolades.
Stafford was voted the City's top backstop for the second year running; he was also named the Big 5 Rookie of the Year in 2015. He was previously named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team for the second time after leading the league in walks (42) and on-base percentage (.464). A native of Harrisburg, Stafford tied the school record by reaching base in 34 consecutive games dating back to last season, and reached safely in 40 of his 42 games played in 2017. He led the Hawks with 35 runs scored and ranked second on the squad in batting average (.288) and home runs (eight). He earned Big 5 Player of the Week honors on two occasions this season.
Cuoci led the Hawks with 10 home runs, becoming just the seventh Hawk to reach double digits in a single season in program history. He also tied for the team lead with 31 runs batted in and tied for the longest hitting streak of the season, hitting safely in 12 consecutive games. Cuoci, who hails from Doylestown, earned Big 5 Player of the Week honors on February 27 after a two-home run game against Kentucky three days earlier.
Maul led the SJU offense with a .328 batting average and 58 hits on the season and ranked second on the team with 30 runs scored. The Glen Mills product also led the Hawks with 10 stolen bases and 17 multi-hit games as well. Maul matched Cuoci's 12-game hitting streak as well, and was named both the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Player of the Week on April 10.
Concannon led the Hawks in average, hits, and RBI in conference play, and tied Cuoci for the overall RBI lead with 31. The West Chester native hit six home runs as well, ranking third on the squad, and led the Hawks with 10 multi-RBI games on the season. Concannon also reached base in 20 consecutive games at one point and was named Big 5 Player of the Week on May 1.
Jadacki led Saint Joseph's with 12 doubles and ranked second on the team 27 walks and a .381 on-base percentage. His .280 batting average was also good for third on the squad. Hailing from McLean, Virginia, Jadacki led the Atlantic 10 with 54 RBI in 2016.
Brennan ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 in earned run average among those who tossed as many innings as his 75 and two-thirds, checking in with a 2.85 mark. The Philadelphia native ranked second in the league in the same category in conference games, posting a sub-2.00 ERA in Atlantic 10 games. He ranked in the top 40 in all of Division I in both strikeout-to-walk ratio and walks per nine innings as he fanned 60 against just 11 walks. Brennan threw at least six innings in every start after his first (10 of 11), and allowed more than two earned runs on just two occasions. he was a four-time Big 5 Pitcher of the Week and a two-time Atlantic 10 weekly honoree.
DeVincenzo was hailed as the top relief pitcher in town after tying for the team lead in appearances and posting a 1.29 ERA in 21 innings of work. He ranked third in the A-10 in batting average against at .176, and he dropped that to .148 in conference play, good for the league's second-best mark. A native of Belle Mead, New Jersey, DeVincenzo carded a dozen scoreless appearances while allowing just 0.86 walks/hits per inning, and notched his first career save on May 14.
Boyd makes his second appearance on the Big 5 All-Academic Team after appearing in all but two games for the Hawks. Hailing from Springfield, Va., Boyd recorded 10 multi-hit games and drove in three runs in a pair of contests. He now ranks 16th in program history in hits, and has been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's and SJU Athletic Director's Honor Rolls in each of his four seasons on Hawk Hill.
Penn was voted the Big 5 Team of the Year, while the Quakers' Tim Graul was the Player of the Year and John Yurkow was tabbed the Coach of the Year. Villanova's Hunter Schryver was named Pitcher of the Year, La Salle's Matt Holt earned Rookie of the Year honors, and Penn's Matt McGeagh garnered Student-Athlete of the Year laurels.