Highlighted by a Co-Player of the Year honor for junior captain Joey Porricelli, the Merrimack College baseball program saw seven student-athletes in total receive Northeast-10 All-Conference honors when the league unveiled its all-league teams and major award winners on Wednesday.
Porricelli became the program’s first Player of the Year honoree since 2013 and third since 2006, joining Frank Crinella (2013) and Casey Cotter (2012) as recipients. The Monroe, Conn. native landed on the all-league first team at third base, as well. The Warriors’ seven total selections were tied for the second most across the NE10.
Merrimack’s leadoff hitter in every game this season, Porricelli’s career campaign has included a team-leading .319 average, eight homers and 37 RBI, which is tied for the team high. His .956 OPS, .559 slugging percentage, 105 total bases, 48 runs scored, 24 extra-base hits and 32 steals also rank first on the Warriors, while his 19 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI contests are also the highest on the team. Across the NE10, Porricelli boasts both the second most total bases, runs scored and extra-base hits, while he leads the league in both triples (5) and stolen bases. Nationally, Porricelli’s 32 thefts are tied for tenth across Division II.
In terms of program lore, the junior’s eight homers are the most the program has seen since 2002 and the second most in a single year this century. His 128 runs scored already ranks seventh all-time in school history, while he also sits fifth in total bases (265) and third in steals (67). Additionally, he ranks seventh in career homers (11) and broke the top 20 recently in career RBI (83).
Senior Cam Monagle joined Porricelli on the all-conference first team, receiving his first-ever all-league nod. Monagle’s career season continued yesterday, improving his overall record to 7-0 after his fourth victory of the season over Bentley. The Cambridge, Mass. native became just the third hurler in school history to record at least seven wins in a season, and is one victory shy of tying the single-season record. His 1.46 ERA ranks third in the NE10 and he entered yesterday’s start ranking fourth nationwide in earned-run average. He has posted career best in starts (9), complete games (2), shutouts (1), innings pitched (74.0) and strikeouts (45) this season.
Another first-time all-conference selection, junior Nick Shumski earned second-team honors at the shortstop position. Shumski’s breakout season as seen the Salem, N.H. native hit mostly in the No. 2 hole for Merrimack, setting career highs in all three slash stats (.278/.383/.392), hits (49), runs scored (39), extra-base hits (13), RBI (28) and a league-leading five triples. Shumski has also played an impressive shortstop as well, committing just six errors over 44 games for a .972 fielding percentage. He ranks second on the team with 17 multi-hit games, as well.
Sophomore Timmy Kalantzakos was the second of Merrimack’s starters to earn an all-conference nod, landing on the second team. The Andover, Mass. native took home his first career honor after ending the regular season with 10 straight quality starts to lead Merrimack in that statistic. Kalantzakos ranks second in the team in innings pitched (73.0) and ERA (1.97) while leading the staff in strikeouts (59). His sub-2.00 ERA ranks eighth across the NE10; the righty allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last six appearances of the regular season.
Senior Matthew Ronai concluded his four-year career with his fourth all-conference recognition in as many seasons. He landed on the 2019 NE10 All-Conference Third Team as outfielder, the first time he earned all-league honors at that position. Ronai leads Merrimack with 12 doubles on the year, and became just the sixth player in school history to total 200 career hits earlier this season. The middle-of-the-order bat posted his third straight 50-hit season in 2019, knocking in 23 runs while scoring 29 more. He led the team with a pair of four-hit games, as well.
The first of two all-rookie team selection, freshman Michael Golankiewicz earned a nod as one of the top newcomers in the conference. The corner outfielder enters NE10 Championship Weekend on an 11-game hitting streak, which is tied for the longest streak of any Warrior this season. Golankiewicz hit three homers, as well, which tied the most for a true freshman at Merrimack since 2002. His red-hot end of the regular season saw him increase his average to .267, totaling 36 hits and 26 RBI.
Freshman Kurtis Stadnicki also garnered all-rookie team accolades after serving as Merrimack’s primary backstop this season. The Concord, N.H. native ranked third in the NE10 in runners-caught-stealing with 15, gunning out 31.9 percent of the runners stealing against him. At the sticks, Stadnicki hit .262 on the year with seven doubles and 19 RBI, appearing in 29 games while making 28 starts.
Merrimack’s postseason continues as the Warriors return to NE10 Championship Weekend beginning this Thursday, when the Warriors will face Southern Connecticut at 10 a.m. at Onondaga Community College.