May 14, 2004
Baltimore, MD - Johns Hopkins senior righthander Jeremy Brown (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh), senior second baseman Tim Casale (West Hempstead, NY/Chaminade) and senior rightfielder Rob Morrison (Malibu, CA/Loyola) were named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District II College Division Baseball First Team on Thursday.
Brown, who was named the Centennial Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, leads Hopkins this year with eight wins, a 1.74 earned run average, 72.1 innings pitched, 83 strikeouts and a 1.73 opponents' batting average. He allowed one earned run in seven-inning complete game wins over Ursinus on March 27 and Franklin & Marshall on April 10, and gave up one earned run in consecutive nine-inning complete game victories over McDaniel on April 15 and Catholic on April 21. Brown is currently third all-time at Hopkins with 237 strikeouts and eighth with 23 career wins, while his .821 career winning percentage is the fifth highest in JHU history.
Casale, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, is batting .435 with team-highs of 57 hits, 40 runs scored and five triples. Additionally he has hit 11 doubles, knocked in 24 runs and stolen 24 bases in 26 attempts while posting 18 multiple-hit games this season. Casale went 6-for-12 with five runs scored in the league tournament and recorded five three-hit games from the leadoff spot this year. He has recorded a hit in 32 of the 35 games in which he has an at bat this season, and currently is ranked 26th in Division III in stolen bases per game.
Morrison leads the Blue Jays and ranks fifth in Division III with a .491 batting average and is second on the team with 54 hits. Morrison, who is currently riding a 16-game hit streak, has recorded a hit in 28 of the 30 games in which he has an at-bat this season. He went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in the win over Wheaton on March 20, has six three-hit games and 11 two-games games this year. In the May 1 win over F&M in the conference tournament Morrison went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a runs scored, and the following day was 3-for-6 with two runs batted in and three runs scored. Morrison, an All-Centennial Second Team selection, was also named to the men's soccer all-district first team during the fall.
Eberle is batting .349 this season with 22 hits, four doubles and 11 runs batted in. He went 4-for-4 with an RBI, and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI on March 14 against Ripon, and went 3-for5 with two runs batted in at Swarthmore on April 18. In the conference tournament championship Eberle was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, his first of the season.
Durgala, who was named to the All-Centennial Second Team, is batting .375 this year while tying for second on the team with 11 doubles and ranking second with 36 RBIs. He is also tied for second with five home runs, has scored 29 runs and recorded 36 hits this season while batting in the cleanup spot. Durgala went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs in a 17-4 win over No. 24 Wheaton (MA) on March 19, and was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two batted in during a 13-4 win over Washington College on April 9. Durgala also recorded three hits in two other games this season and added six two-hit games, including a 2-for-4, four RBI performance against the Diplomats on May 1 in the league tournament.
Brown, Casale and Morrison will be included on the national ballot, with the national team announced on Tuesday, June 1.
The District II College Division consists of all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Top-ranked Hopkins, which is 37-2 this season, will compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region next Thursday through Sunday.
2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District II College Division Baseball First Team P - Jeremy Brown, Johns Hopkins P - Tom McCullen, Rowan C - Bob Haile, Susquehanna IF - Tim Casale, Johns Hopkins IF - Calib Goist, Thiel IF - Geoff Neese, Dickinson IF - Nick Pegelow, Salisbury OF - Jared Krebs, Shippensburg OF - Mike Larson, California (PA) OF - Rob Morrison, Johns Hopkins DH - Ken Keiffer, Delaware Valley
Second Team P - Mike Gundy, Grove City P - Josh Leslie, Gannon C - Bryan Eberle, Johns Hopkins IF - Jonas Clark, Haverford IF - Mike Durgala, Johns Hopkins IF - Dave Miller, Lock Haven IF - Mike Ritter, Grove City OF - J. Patrick Bergamier, Albright OF - Matt Garner, Juniata OF - Patrick Moore, New Jersey City DH - Adam Camberg, Juniata