Grasso tabbed as ABCA/Rawlings All-Region player of the year, four earn all-region honors

Grasso tabbed as ABCA/Rawlings All-Region player of the year, four earn all-region honors

SALISBURY, Md. – The American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings released the 2017 South ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Team this afternoon. Four members of the Salisbury University baseball team earned the organization's recognition while Pete Grasso led the way being named South All-Region Position Player of the Year.

Grasso completed a tremendous senior season serving as the ultimate utility player playing in 45 of 46 games, totaling team highs in hits (72), batting average (.381), and at-bats (189). On the mound Grasso posted a 9-1 record with a team best 2.17 ERA while totaling 89 strikeouts and allowing only 22 earned runs.

For his career Grasso will finish top-10 in multiple statistical categories for the maroon and gold including tied for fourth in games played (169); first in at-bats (690), hits (252), triples (13), and runs scored (198); second in RBI (177); tied for fifth in doubles (43); third in total bases (381); fourth in strikeouts (192); and third in saves (10).

Joining Grasso on the first team is fellow senior Tom LaBriola. LaBriola completed a solid senior season in which he started every game at catcher for the Sea Gulls, totaled team-highs in RBI (50) and doubles (16), and finished with 348 putouts while catching 13 runners stealing. He was named a first team All-CAC honoree for his efforts as well as being named to the All-South Region team.

Senior pitcher Jeff Oster and sophomore third baseman Jack Barry were named to the Division III South All-Region Team to round out the group. Oster completed his senior season with career highs in starts (14), wins (10), complete games (two), and strikeouts (93) which was also a team-high. For the season he averaged 8.15 strikeouts per nine innings pitched while holding opponents to a team-low .225 batting average.

Barry had a great second year for the Sea Gulls as he led the team in both home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.618) while finishing third on the team in doubles (11). He was the only player for Salisbury who tallied both double digit home runs and doubles this past season. Barry also finished one RBI away from tying for the team lead, knocking 49 in 2017.

This is the third postseason accolade Oster has garnered as he was an All-CAC first-team selection earlier this month as well being a All-Region selection. For Barry this is his third accolade as well being named a All-Region selection and was an All-CAC honoree.

To see the ABCA All-Region Team in its entirety, click here.

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