CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (May 10, 2017) – The Mercy College baseball team earned three All-ECC selections as announced by the East Coast Conference (ECC) on Wednesday, headlined by sophomore Anthony Murphy (Peekskill, N.Y. / Peekskill) earning Co-Rookie of the Year. Senior Matt Nalbone (Islip, N.Y. / Islip), Murphy, and sophomore Joseph Sadallah (Staten Island, N.Y. / Tottenville) were named Second Team selections.
Murphy earns the Rookie of the Year honor and Second-Team recognition after being the top rookie in the conference in batting average. The ECC Baseball Player of the Week and the two-time ECC Honor Roll recipient led the Mavericks with a .357 batting average, a .558 slugging percentage, a .439 on base percentage, 46 hits, 23 RBU, four homeruns, 72 total bases and recorded eight doubles. Murphy earned ECC Player of the Week awards after he had a near perfect week at the plate, going 6-for-7 (.857) on the week with two RBI. The sophomore came off the bench in the opening game of the doubleheader and went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, followed by a 2-for-3 performance in the nightcap.
Nalbone takes Second-Team honors after leading the Mavericks with 56 strikeouts this season, throwing 73.2 innings and earning four wins. Nalbone holds the No. 6 spot in the conference in strikeouts. Nalbone broke the school record for career strikeouts on April 21st when he tossed a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts to earn the 2-0 win over Queens College. After this performance, he earned ECC and ECAC Pitcher of the Week. Nalbone received ECAC Division II Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors two times this season, along with receiving ECC Pitcher of the Week awards two times as well.
Sadallah earns Second-Team honors after leading the Mavericks with 25 runs scored and six triples. He also was among the team leaders with a .293 batting average, .436 slugging percentage, .378 on base percentage, 41 hits, five doubles, one homerun, and 61 bases. Throughout the season, the sophomore received ECC Baseball Honor Roll, ECAC Baseball Division II Player of the Week, and ECC Baseball Player of the Week recognition for his standout performances. He was named ECAC and ECC Baseball Player of the Week after he batted a team-best .542 (13-for-24) on the week with six RBI, four triples and eight runs scored as the Mavericks went 3-2 on the week. The sophomore recorded a hit in all five games and had an RBI in three of the contests.