NEW YORK - Sophomore designated hitter Alexander Aurrichio was named second team All-Northeast Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the organization announced recently in a vote by all 40 Division I head coaches in the region. He was the only Ivy League player named to the squad.
Aurrichio had a tremendous season at the plate for Columbia, which posted a 26-21 record in 2010 and won its second Gehrig Division title in three years. The second-year slugger batted .329 in 42 games with 13 home runs and 40 runs batted in, both team highs.
Also the starting goalkeeper on the men's soccer team, Aurrichio was a first team All-Ivy League selection, one of four Lions on the All-Ivy first team. He posted a .658 slugging percentage during the season, and stepped up his power production during Ivy League play, belting six home runs and driving in 17 runs.
He bookended the league slate with two huge hits. Aurrichio hit a game-winning, two-run home run against Yale in the Ivy League opener and his three-run blast in game two at Penn helped the Lions rally from a seven-run deficit to defeat Penn 10-9 and clinch the division title.
Aurrichio is currently playing for the Kamuela Paniolos in the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League, where is hitting .387 in eight games.
ABCA Northeast Region First Team
|Sean Allaire||Central Conn. State||SS|
|Pat Epps||Central Conn. State||OF|
|Jeremy Baltz||St. John's||OF|
|Nick Tropeano||Stony Brook||P|
|Kyle Hansen||St. John's||P|
ABCA Northeast Region Second Team
|Mickey Wiswall||Boston College||1B|
|Jesse Bosnik||St. Bonaventure||SS|
|John Spatola||Boston College||OF|
|Tom Coulombe||Rhode Island||OF|
|Tyler Johnson||Stony Brook||P|