Aggies Baseball and Softball Earn Conference Placements, Honors

May 12, 2008

Baseball: Aggies Selected for ECAC South Region Championships; Jakubowski Named Player of the Year

The Delaware Valley College Baseball team has been selected to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region Championships and will meet Wesley College in the semifinals held at Alvernia College on Friday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m.

The Aggies (24-17) are the third seed for the five-team tournament and will take on a Wolverine squad that is 27-14 and seeded second. The ECAC Championships kicks off on Wednesday with a first round match-up of No. 4 Washington & Jefferson College (22-16) hosting No. 5 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (23-20). The winner of that game will meet top-seeded Alvernia (31-12) in Friday's other semifinal game at 2:00 p.m. The ECAC South Region Championship Game - also at Alvernia - is slated for Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Admission for the ECAC Championships is free. A tournament preview will be released later this week.

In other baseball news, DelVal senior third baseman Zach Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) has been named the 2008 Freedom Conference Player of the Year, while teammates Kyle Bobb (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) and Mike Isgro (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) also earned spots on the all-conference team.
Bobb, a senior, was selected by the Freedom coaches as a first-team first baseman. Isgro took home first-team utility honors, while the sophomore's performance on the mound also garnered him second-team accolades.

It marks the sixth time since 1998 that an Aggie baseball player has received the conference's Player of the Year Award. Jakubowski joins Matt Altieri (1998), Jason Stackhouse (1999) and current assistant coaches Tony DeLude (2001 and 2002) and Mark Roth (2003) on the coveted list.

Jakubowski, who had never before been named to the all-conference team, has notched eye-popping numbers this season. He has started all 41 games for Delaware Valley and leads the Freedom in batting (.465), hits (67), total bases (106), RBIs (47) and triples (9). He is also second in the conference in both slugging (.736) and on-base percentage (.529) and also has 39 runs scored, nine doubles, four home runs and six stolen bases to his credit.

Jakubowski's nine triples have not only set an Aggie single-season record, but also have him currently ranked second in Division III in the category. His hit total has him tied for second on the school's single-season list, and he is in the top 10 in RBIs (third), batting (10th) and runs scored (10th). For his career, Jakubowski owns the Delaware Valley record for triples (15), while his 106 RBIs and 162 hits have him ranked fourth and sixth, respectively.

Bobb's all-conference accolade is the first in his four-year career. He has started 36 games on the field and owns a .346 batting average, 45 hits, four doubles, 22 runs scored and 22 RBIs. Bobb is also 3-1 on the mound and has a .989 fielding percentage. He is currently ninth on the all-time Aggie list with 131 hits.

Isgro, who was named a second team, all-conference quarterback in football this season, was honored for his performance both on the field and on the mound. As an outfielder/designated hitter, he is currently batting .367 with nine doubles, four triples, two home runs, 27 runs scored and 27 RBIs. Isgro has also been the ace of the Delaware Valley pitching staff and has compiled a 6-2 record, 49 strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA in 54 innings of work.



For the second year in a row, Delaware Valley College sophomore outfielder Bethany Pavlik (Lewes, DE/Sussex Tech) was named to the all-Freedom Conference first team for softball.

Pavlik was the lone Aggie to be recognized by the conference coaches, despite the senior-laden team clinching a second consecutive playoff berth and eventually reaching the Freedom Conference Championship Game for the first time in school history.

Pavlik, who has also garnered all-conference, second-team honors in field hockey in both of her collegiate seasons, led Delaware Valley in nearly every offensive category this season, including home runs, with a school-record eight. She batted .385 with a .679 slugging percentage, a .431 on-base percentage, 42 hits, 30 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, eight doubles and 33 RBIs. Pavlik also tied a school-record with two home runs in a win over Manhattanville College that clinched the team's playoff berth.

Pavlik's two-year totals of 13 home runs and 49 RBIs have her on pace to break the career records of 19 home runs and 95 RBIs that teammate Nicole Dorney just finished setting in her four years with the Aggies.

Delaware Valley set a school record for wins this season with 18 (18-19). Three of the victories came in the Freedom Conference playoffs, as Pavlik and the Aggies knocked out defending champion King's College (two wins, including a 14-inning marathon) and went the distance with eventual champion DeSales University.