NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s graduate student first baseman Dominic Cuoci and sophomore outfielder Brendan Hueth were voted onto the Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference Second Team, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon. Freshmen Andrew Cossetti and Nate Thomas each received All-Rookie nods, while sophomore outfielder Jake Artz was tabbed for the All-Academic Team.
Cuoci led the Hawks with a .311 batting average on the year and also ranked second on the team in home runs with six and runs batted in with 39. He was named the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Player of the Week on March 25, and followed up with Big 5 Player of the Week honors earlier this afternoon. He notched a pair of five-RBI games, both coming in conference victories, and also hit a home run in each game of a doubleheader at UMass on the final day of the season.
Hueth was the only Hawk to start all 49 games this season and tied for fourth in the conference with a team-leading 24 stolen bases, the second-most by a Hawk in a single season, and the most since 1999. Hueth hit .308 on the season, good for second on the team, and scored a team-high 42 runs, while his 19 multi-hit games were the most on the squad.
Cossetti led the Hawks with eight home runs and 42 RBI, appearing in 47 games as both a catcher and a designated hitter. His .494 slugging percentage was also the high mark on the squad, and his .404 on-base percentage was among the team leaders as well. Cossetti was hit by a pitch 14 times this season, which tied him for fifth in the conference.
Appearing in all but one game this season, Thomas led the team and ranked in a tie for fifth in the conference with 35 walks. His five home runs, .417 slugging percentage, and .405 on-base mark were all good for third on the team, and his four walks against George Washington on March 31 tied him for the most by a player in a single game in the Atlantic 10 this season.
Artz broke into the starting lineup early in the season and finished the year hitting .295, a number that jumped to a team-leading .358 in conference play. He stole seven bases on the season, all in Atlantic 10 contests, which ranked him second overall on the team and tied with Hueth for the most in league games. He also played strong defense in left and right field, as he was charged just a single error on the season.
The Hawks finished the season at 21-28 overall and 13-11 in the Atlantic 10, tied for seventh place. It is the ninth consecutive 20-win season for SJU, and the sixth season in the last eight that the Hawks finished conference play at .500 or better.