DANBURY, Conn., GREENSBORO, N.C., MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The accolades for Columbia baseball continue to pour in after three organizations made selections for their end-of-year awards. Highlighting the honors was Joey Falcone, who was named second team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Falcone is the first Lion to achieve All-America status since Gene Larkin in 1984.
In addition, Falcone was named to the Northeast-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region First Team where he was joined by David Vandercook. Gus Craig was named to the All-Region Second Team, respectively.
Falcone, who was tabbed as an ECAC First Team All-Star yesterday, hit .323 with 11 homers and 54 RBI on his way to unanimous first team All-Ivy League honors. The Brooklyn native’s hit total (62), doubles (19), homers and RBI all put him among Columbia’s single-season leaders. He earned Ivy League Player of the Week accolades twice and went 7-for-10 with eight RBI in the final two games of the ILCS to help Columbia hoist the Williams Clarence Matthews for the third consecutive time.
Vandercook proved to be one of the best two-way players in the area, hitting a career-best .308 to go with 14 doubles, seven dingers and 36 RBI. Defensively, the Boca Raton, Florida, product committed errors in just four games. Vandercook was also a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection.
Craig was the Co-Ivy League Player of the Year, batting a team-high .332 with nine long balls and 36 RBI. The rightfielder was named Ancient Eight Player of the Week on two occasions and his eight outfield assists was tied for fourth in the nation.
Also, head coach Brett Boretti was named ECAC Co-Coach of the Year, while senior designated player Joey Falcone took first team All-Star honors as announced by the Eastern College Athletic Conference yesterday.
Boretti’s Columbia squad also enjoyed a highly successful 2015 campaign, capped off by tallying an Ivy League-record three wins in the NCAA Regionals. Prior to their history-making run in the NCAA Tournament, the Lions earned their third consecutive Ivy League Championship and broke the school record for wins in a season. Finishing the season at 34-17 overall, Boretti’s squad picked up NCAA Regional wins over East Carolina, FIU and Miami. In addition to the team success, Boretti was also named Ivy League Coach of the Year to go along with senior Gus Craig being named Ivy League Co-Player of the Year and freshman Randell Kanemaru being tabbed the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.