Baseball Places Two on Philadelphia All-Big 5 Team

PHILADELPHIA –The University of Pennsylvania baseball team placed two individuals on the 2014 Philadelphia All-Big 5 team in senior outfield Rick Brebner, and junior right-handed starting pitcher Connor Cuff. Additionally, junior catcher Austin Bossart was named to the Big 5 Academic Team.

In his senior season Brebner led the Quakers in home run, with eight, and RBI with 31. The Langhorne, Pa. native earned Big 5 Player of the Week honors on April 8 after collecting nine hits, four home runs, and 12 RBI for the week. In addition to the Big 5 honor, he was also selected first-team All-Ivy for a second consecutive season.

On the mound, Cuff was 5-3 for Penn, while posting a 1.77 ERA in 66 innings of work. The junior from Western Springs, Ill. was second on the team in strikeouts with 49, while allowing only nine walks. Cuff earned Big 5 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 11, and Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 8. He additionally was named first-team All-Ivy for the first time this spring.

Named to the Academic team, Bossart drove in 19 runs for the Quakers, while throwing out 11 of 31 base runners from behind the dish during his junior season. He finished the academic year with a 3.48 GPA in economics. Bossart earned Big 5 Player of the Week honors on April 22, after totaling seven hits, including a home run, and three RBI in four games with Princeton.

Saint Joseph’s graduate student Collin Forgey (San Diego, Calif.) and SJU senior Jordan Carter (Collegeville, Pa.) were named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, in voting conducted by the city’s head coaches and sports information offices.

2014 PHILADELPHIA BIG 5 TEAM
NameSchool Pos. Hometown AVG HRRBI
Brian O’KeefeSaint Joseph’ C Albany, N.Y. .350 743
Robert AmaroTemple1B Bensalem, Pa..324 339
Todd CzinegeVillanova 2B Overland Park, Kan. .306 438
Kevin BaronLa Salle SS Towson, Md. .297 117
Stefan KancylarzSaint Joseph’s 3BMount Laurel, N.J. .349 429
Rick BrebnerPennOF Langhorne, Pa..285 831
Collin ForgeySaint Joseph’sOF San Diego, Calif..355 647
Chris HuethSaint Joseph’s OF Spring Lake, N.J. .307 430
Justin KorenblattLa SalleOF Clarksburg, Md. .372 334
Tommy CunninghamSaint Joseph’s DHLaurel, Md..324 644

NameSchoolPos. HometownERA W-L K
Jordan CarterSaint Joseph’s SPCollegeville, Pa.2.4510-4 81
Connor CuffPennSP Western Springs, Ill.1.775-349
Matt HockenberryTemple SP Hanover, Pa.3.185-671
Daniel ThorpeSaint Joseph’s SPCentreville, Va.3.1010-273
Matt MeurerVillanova RPKaty, Texas1.21 1-39SVS
Steven SchulerSaint Joseph’s RPPitman, N.J.0.77 5-16 SVS

2014 PHILADELPHIA BIG 5 ACADEMIC TEAM
Name School MajorGPA AVG HR RBI
Austin BossartPennEconomics3.48.297 4 19
Collin ForgeySaint Joseph’s General Studies3.73.355 6 47
NameSchool MajorGPAERA W-L K
Ryan KuehnTempleKinesiology3.523.524-224
Matt MeurerVillanova Mech. Eng. 3.261.211-332
Shawn O’NeillLa Salle MBA3.794.38 5-750