Baseball America Tabs GW as Top Team in A-10
RHP Derrik Lutz Picked as Top Prospect, INF Tom Shanley Pre Season All-Conference
Jan. 31, 2006
DURHAM, NC - The George Washington University baseball program was chosen by Baseball America as one of the two best teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference and as the favorite to win the league and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
In its most recent issue, Baseball America also selected Colonials' RHP Derrik Lutz (Grantville, PA/ Lower Dauphin) as the A-10's Top Prospect and picked him for Player of the Year and all-conference first team. GW's Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) was also selected as pre season all-conference first team at third base.
The Colonials won their second straight A-10 West Division title in 2005 with a 17-7 conference mark and posted a conference-best 41 total wins. GW also advanced to the A-10 Tournament championship game.
Last year's squad was led by Lutz, who earned his second consecutive all-conference first team honor by leading the A-10 with a .889 winning percentage (8-1) and standing third in both ERA (2.79) and opposing batting average (.206).
During the summer, the junior was named to the prestigious Cape Cod All-League Team after allowing no runs, recording 39 strikeouts, walking three and yielding just 13 hits in 25.0 innings for the Chatham Athletics (West Chatham, MA) as a closer during its regular season. Lutz also tied for the most saves in the league with 12 and posted a 1-0 record in the CCBL playoffs, throwing an inning of scoreless relief.
In December, Lutz was chosen as a national baseball player of the year candidate as he was named to the 2006 Wallace Watch College Player of the Year list.
Shanley posted the third-best batting average (.366) in the A-10 last season and returns to the Colonials as a starter for his fourth straight year, moving from second base to third base in '06.
The A-10, the largest baseball conference in the country with 14 teams, will employ a one-division format in 2006. The top six teams will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship, to be held May 24-27 at Houlihan Park at Jack Coffey Field, on the campus of Fordham University.
GW opens its regular season Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the road against James Madison University.