Kyle Hald And Chris Baker Named Pre-Season All-CAA

January 25, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 25, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. -- ODU senior lefthander Kyle Hald has been named to the Colonial Athletic Association's pre-season All-Conference squad as selected by the league's head coaches. Junior firstbaseman Chris Baker (Chesapeake, Va.) was named honorable mention.

Hald was a first team All-CAA and ABCA All-District selection in 2010 as he led the league with 95 strikeouts, 42 of them looking. He tied for the CAA lead with eight wins (8-4), ranked second in innings pitched with 100 and fourth in the league with a 2.79 ERA. Opposing hitters had a .262 batting average against him which was ninth in the CAA. He also tossed shutouts against LaSalle and George Mason.

Chris Baker hit .369 with eight homers and 51 RBI last year. He was second on the team with 18 doubles and had a .644 slugging percentage.

Georgia State senior outfielder Mark Micowski was selected as the 2011 CAA baseball preseason Player of the Year.

Micowski earned first-team All-CAA honors in 2010 after batting .390 with five home runs and 40 RBI in his first year with the Panthers. He led the CAA with 69 runs scored, was tied for second in hits (91) and ranked fourth in stolen bases (17).

Micowski was one of three Georgia State players chosen to the preseason All-CAA baseball team. He was joined by junior third baseman Brandon Williams (.408, 10 HR, 73 RBI) and senior outfielder Ryan Fleming (.375, 13 HR, 59 RBI). James Madison also had three players recognized on the preseason squad - junior catcher Jake Lowery (.285, 8 HR, 41 RBI), senior second baseman Trevor Knight (.360, 13 HR, 45 RBI) and senior shortstop David Herbek (.304, 7 HR, 47 RBI).

George Mason and VCU each had a pair of players selected to the team. Representing the Patriots were junior utility player Brig Tison (.367, 3 HR, 33 RBI) and senior designated hitter Shane Davis (.283, 9 HR, 45 RBI). Making the squad from the Rams were junior first baseman Brent Mikionis (.343, 11 HR, 54 RBI) and senior relief pitcher Jonathan Watson (4-2, 2.51 ERA).

Rounding out the preseason All-CAA team were Delaware senior outfielder Pat Dameron (.353, 14 HR, 59 RBI), Old Dominion senior starting pitcher Kyle Hald (8-4, 2.79 ERA, 95 K's) and William and Mary junior starting pitcher Matt Davenport (8-2, 1.96 ERA, 88 K's).

Jake Lowery, JMU      C    Jr.
Brent Mikionis, VCU   1b   Jr.
Trevor Knight, JMU    2b  Sr.
David Herbek, JMU     SS  Sr.
Brandon Williams, GSU 3b  Jr.
Pat Dameron, UD       OF  Sr.
Ryan Fleming, GSU     OF  Sr.
Mark Micowski, GSU    OF  Sr.
Brig Tison, Mason     UT  JR.
Shane Davis, Mason    DH  Sr.
Matt Davenport, W&M   P   Jr.
Kyle Hald, ODU        P   Sr.
Jonathan Watson, VCU  RP  Sr.

CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Mark Micowski, Georgia State

Honorable Mention (players receiving multiple votes): Chris Forsten, C, William and Mary; Chris Baker, 1B, Old Dominion; Hunter Ridge, 1B, UNC Wilmington; Steve Ulaky, 1B, Delaware; Rob Lind, 2B, Georgia State; Nick Natoli, SS, Towson; Chris Wychock, 3B, Towson; Alex Foltz, OF, James Madison, Ben Winter, OF, Towson; Justin Malone, UT, Georgia State; Taylor Perkins, UT, VCU; Joey Wood, DH, Georgia State; Seth Cutler-Voltz, SP, VCU; Andrew Leenhouts, SP, Northeastern; John Farrell, RP, William & Mary