Four Barry baseball players were recognized for their outstanding efforts on the field Wednesday as Alexander DeGoti, Ryan Baldwin, Alex Lavandero and Luis Deville were named to the All-Sunshine State Conference team.
DeGoti, a senior from Miami, was named to the All-SSC first team in a historic year after transferring to Barry from Long Beach State. The shortstop ranked in the SSC in batting (seventh), slugging (fifth), on-base percentage (sixth), runs scored and stolen bases (second), and hits, home runs and RBI (third). He had 153 assists at shortstop, 14 more than anyone else in the SSC.
Among the Buccaneers, he led the team in batting average, at-bats, runs, hits, home runs, RBI, total bases, on-base percentage, stolen bases and assists. He also claimed 10th place on the school’s single-season home run list with 14.
The sophomore Baldwin is a first-teamer after winning SSC Freshman of the Year last season. The left fielder was tied for fourth in the SSC in homers (13), fifth in the SSC in walks and eighth in RBI. He was second on team in hits, at-bats, runs, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage.
Lavandero, a sophomore from Miami, was named to the All-SSC second team after being ranked in the SSC in opponents’ batting average (.243, fifth), total strikeouts (first), batters struck out looking (43, first) and wins (tied for fifth). The right-hander also led the team in strikeouts, inning pitched, wins and starts.
Deville, a junior righty from Miami, was also named to the second team after being ranked in the SSC in ERA (fifth) and opponents’ batting average (.241, fourth).
Nova Southeastern also had several players recognized, headlined by Alex Mateo, who was named SSC Pitcher of the Year and was a first-team starting pitcher.
Other Sharks who were honored included: Julian Loret de Mola (first-team starting pitcher), Devin Raftery (first-team relief pitcher), Brandon Gomez (first-team designated hitter), Kevin Suarez (second-team outfielder) and Jancarlos Cintron-Torres (second-team second baseman).
No. 4 Nova Southeastern was tied for the lead after the first of four days at the 2016 NCAA National Championship at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado. The Sharks’ counting scores totaled 2-over-par 290, putting them even with No. 1 Rollins.
Nova Southeastern’s No. 5 coming into the event, sophomore Mailen Domecq Chantry, is the tournament’s top individual so far after a 3-under 69. She poured in five birdies — including four in a span of six holes on Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6 — and 10 pars.
Nico Cavero had himself a day, and the Buccaneers followed suit. Cavero, a senior from Doral, shot a career-low 65, and Barry fired a collective 11-under 277 in the second round of the NCAA Division II Championships at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver.
The sixth-ranked Buccaneers moved into third place at 11-under 565 in the 20-team national tournament.
Saint Leo leads the tournament at 25-under 551, following a blistering 15-under.
Chico State shot 8-under in the second round and is second at 14-under 562. Florida Southern is three strokes behind the Bucs at 8-under 568. Central Oklahoma is fifth at 6-under.
Nova Southeastern’s Richard Mansell (68) is fourth with just 18 holes remaining.