PHILADELPHIA – Six members of the Saint Joseph's baseball team were honored on Tuesday afternoon as the annual Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball postseason awards were announced. Graduate student Dominic Cuoci, junior Jordan DiValerio, sophomores Brendan Hueth and Cole Stetzar, and freshman Andrew Cossetti were tabbed for the All-Big 5 Team, while sophomore Jake Artz was selected for the All-Academic Team.
Cuoci led the Hawks with a .311 batting average on the year and also ranked second on the team in home runs with six and runs batted in with 39. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team and earned a pair of Big 5 Player of the Week honors as well. Cuoci previously earned All-Big 5 honors in 2017.
A four-time Big 5 Pitcher of the Week, DiValerio fronted the Hawk pitching staff and led the team in wins, starts, innings pitched, and strikeouts. The righthander turned things up in conference play, going 4-3 with a 3.08 earned run average against Atlantic 10 opposition, while holding hitters to a .209 batting average.
Joining Cuoci on the All-A-10 Second Team, Hueth was the only Hawk to start all 49 games this season and tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10 with a team-leading 24 stolen bases, the second-most by a Hawk in a single season and the most since 1999. Hueth hit .308 on the season, good for second on the team, and scored a team-high 42 runs, while his 19 multi-hit games were the most on the squad.
Stetzar led the SJU pitching staff with 22 appearances, with 18 of them coming out of the bullpen. He posted a 3-2 record with a 2.92 ERA on the season; in league play, he turned in a 2-0 mark with a 1.82 ERA and held opponents to a .171 batting average while notching three saves in 11 appearances.
An Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection, Cossetti led the Hawks with eight home runs and 42 RBI, appearing in 47 games as both a catcher and a designated hitter. His .494 slugging percentage was also the high mark on the squad, and his .404 on-base percentage was among the team leaders as well.
Artz broke into the starting lineup early in the season and finished the year hitting .295, a number that jumped to a team-leading .358 in conference play. He stole seven bases on the year, all in Atlantic 10 contests, which ranked him second overall on the team and tied with Hueth for the most in league games. He also played strong defense in left and right field, as he was charged just a single error on the season.
Penn's Matt O'Neill and Christian Scafidi were voted the Big 5 Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Tatem Levins of La Salle was named the Big 5 Rookie of the Year, while teammate Connor Hinchliffe pulled in Student-Athlete of the Year honors. Penn also earned Team of the Year laurels, while the Quakers' head coach, John Yurkow, was named the Coach of the Year.
2019 All-Big 5 Team
C: Tatem Levins, La Salle
C: Matt O'Neill, Penn
1B: Dominic Cuoci, Saint Joseph's
1B: Sean Phelan, Penn
2B: Peyton Sorrels, La Salle
3B: Nick Lorusso, Villanova
SS: Josh Hood, Penn
OF: Ben Faso, La Salle
OF: Brendan Hueth, Saint Joseph's
OF: Peter Matt, Penn
DH: Andrew Cossetti, Saint Joseph's
UT: Craig Larsen, Penn
SP: Jordan DiValerio, Saint Joseph's
SP: Mitchell Holcomb, Penn
SP: Jimmy Kingsbury, Villanova
SP: Christian Scafidi, Penn
RP: Connor Hinchliffe, La Salle
RP: Cole Stetzar, Saint Joseph's
2019 Big 5 Baseball All-Academic Team
Jake Artz, Saint Joseph's
John Heilenbach, Villanova
Connor Hinchliffe, La Salle
Matt McGeagh, Penn