All Big Five Baseball Team Announced


PHILADELPHIA  – Temple junior third baseman Steve Nikorak (Stroudsburg, PA / Stroudsburg) and La Salle senior righthander Kevin Fuqua (Derwood, MD / Avalon School) 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.

In that same vote, Temple freshman Will Remillard (Cohoes, NY / La Salle Institute) was named the Rookie of the Year, La Salle sophomore Pat Christensen (La Jolla, CA / La Jolla) and Villanova senior Dain Hall
(Barrington, IL / Barrington)
were named the Student-Athletes of the
Year, and La Salle’s  Mike Lake was named the Coach of the Year. La Salle, which won 28 games and qualified for the Atlantic 10 Tournament, was named the Team of the Year.

Nikorak led the city in doubles (23), home runs (11) and RBI (58) for the Owls this season. The second team all-Atlantic 10 selection also batted .359 and scored
56 runs. Nikorak picked up four wins on the mound and recorded three saves for
Temple.   Fuqua was 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA for the Explorers and struck out 75 batters in 104.2 innings pitched. Also a second team All-Atlantic 10 pick, he ended his career as the all-time leader at La Salle in strikeouts and innings pitched.  Remillard was Temple’s starting catcher as a freshman, batting .321 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI. He also threw out 28 runners trying to steal.  Christensen saved a school record 13 games and posted a 1.24 ERA for La Salle, while earning a 3.60 GPA in the classroom as an accounting major. Hall batted .266 with 19 RBI and 13 steals for Villanova and had a 3.68 GPA as a finance major.

Lake repeats as the Big 5 Coach of the Year after leading the Explorers to 28 wins, yhe most since a school record 31 in 1985, and a return trip to the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Also on the All-Big 5 team are La Salle’s Fuqua, Christensen, Jeff Flax (North Potomac, MD/St. John’s), and Marc Schoch (Montoursville,
Penn’s Spencer Branigan (Ross, CA / The Branson School), Paul Cusick (Wilmington, DE/Salesanium), and
Will Davis (Atlanta, GA/Marist); Saint Joseph’s Kyle
Mullen (Berwyn, PA / St. Joseph’s Prep)
and Greg Kumpel (Cornwall, NY /Cornwall); Temple’s Nikorak, Ryan Ferguson (Glen
Mills, PA / Garnet Valley), Byron McKoy (Charlotte, NC / Independence),
and Adrian Perez (Woodland, CA / Yuba CC); and Villanova’s Matt Fleishman (East Northport, NY / Commack).


Name            School     Pos.  Hometown        AVG  HR   RBI

Will Davis           Penn     C    Atlanta, GA          .304 6    27

Spencer Branigan     Penn       1B   Ross, CA        .296 7    23

Jeff Flax            La Salle        2B   North Potomac, MD    .311 1    32

Adrian Perez         Temple          SS   Woodland, CA         .342 4    50

Steve Nikorak        Temple          3B   Stroudsburg, PA .359 11   58

Ferguson        Temple          OF   Glen Mills, PA       .316 10   48

Matt Fleishman       Villanova  OF   East Northport, NY   .325 5    42

Greg Kumpel          Saint Joseph’s  OF   Cornwall, NY         .384 3    32

Byron McKoy          Temple          OF   Charlotte, NC        .365 3    39

Marc Schoch          La Salle        DH   Montoursville, PA    .288 4    32


Name            School     Pos.  Hometown        ERA  W-L K

Paul Cusick          Penn       SP   Wilmington, DE       2.70 5-3  80

Kevin Fuqua          La Salle        SP   Derwood, MD          2.76 6-4  69

Kyle Mullen          Saint Joseph’s  SP   Berwyn, PA      3.45 6-5  68

Pat Christensen La Salle        RP   La Jolla, CA         1.24 2-2  13SV





























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