Ogren, Brnovich Headline Elon’s CAA Award Winners
RICHMOND, Va. – In an announcement made by the Colonial Athletic Association office on Tuesday, May 22, a total of eight Elon University baseball players were recognized with postseason honors. Leading the way were first team All-CAA selections Ryne Ogren (shortstop) and Kyle Brnovich (starting pitcher).
The duo was joined by a quartet of second team honorees in Cam Devanney (second base), Zach Evers (outfield), George Kirby (starting pitcher) and Garrett Stonehouse (DH). Joe Satterfield (third base) was a third team pick, while pitcher Jared Wetherbee was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. Voting for all of the awards was done by the league’s coaches.
Ogren repeats as a first team selection after leading the team and ranking fourth in the league with a .350 batting average. His 52 RBI paced both the program and the CAA. He also led the Phoenix with 72 hits and 16 doubles this season. Ogren also ranks among the top 10 in the CAA in hits (second), doubles (tied for third), runs scored (38, tied for ninth), total bases (97, seventh), walks (43, third), on-base percentage (.462, second) and slugging percentage (.471, ninth). In CAA games only, he hit .349 with 20 runs scored, eight doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI. The junior from Devon, Pa., ranks 67th nationally in RBI and 21st nationally with seven sacrifice flies. He earned one CAA Player of the Week honor this season.
Brnovich also picked up his second first team All-CAA honor as the sophomore concluded the regular season as the nation’s leader with 141 strikeouts. That number is an Elon program record and ranks fifth on the CAA’s single-season chart. He is just 10 strikeouts shy of matching the league record currently held by Houston Astros’ ace Justin Verlander. Brnovich is 8-2 with a 1.68 ERA in 2018 and has held opponents to a .152 batting average over 96.1 innings of work. The Milton, Ga., resident is a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year honor. Brnovich will represent the United States this summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. He earned three CAA Pitcher of the Week awards and was named as one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week once this year. Brnovich also ranks in the top 10 nationally with 4.67 hits allowed per nine innings (third) and 13.17 strikeouts per nine innings (sixth).
Devanney, a sophomore from Amherst, N.H., picked up the first all-conference honor of his career after hitting .288 with 26 runs scored, six doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI. In league games, Devanney hit .299 with 11 runs, two doubles and nine RBI. His .410 on-base percentage ranks 10th in the league, while his .429 OBP in CAA games was seventh in the conference. He garnered one CAA Player of the Week honor this season.
Evers, a senior from Arlington, Tenn., leads the Phoenix and ranks second in the CAA with 51 runs scored. His 25 stolen bases and five triples are also team-bests and are tied for the second-most in the conference. Evers hit .314 with 15 doubles, two home runs and 25 RBI out of the leadoff spot in 2018. He also rates among the top 10 in the CAA in doubles (tied for fifth), total bases (100, sixth), walks (38, fourth) and on-base percentage (.412, ninth). In CAA games, Evers hit .313 and led the league with 25 runs and 18 stolen bases. This is the first All-CAA honor of his career.
Kirby, a sophomore from Rye, N.Y., became the first Phoenix pitcher since 2010 to hit double-digit wins. He ended the regular season with a 10-2 record and 2.49 ERA. The righty struck out 93 and held opponents to a .238 batting average over 86.2 innings of work. His 10 wins are tied for the most in the CAA and are tied for third nationally. Kirby is third in the conference in strikeouts. In league games, Kirby also tied for the CAA lead in wins as he went 6-1 with a 3.26 ERA. He struck out 45 hitters in conference play. This is the first All-CAA honor of his career.
Stonehouse, a sophomore from Westport, Conn., earned the first all-conference recognition of his Elon career after hitting .268 with 32 runs scored, nine doubles, two home runs and 38 RBI. He was even better in conference games, as Stonehouse batted .287 with 11 runs scored, six doubles, one homer and 24 RBI in 24 CAA outings. Twice this season he has driven in five runs. Stonehouse was named the CAA Player of the Week once in 2018.
Satterfield, a sophomore from Greenville, S.C., also picked up his first career all-league honor. In 50 games, Satterfield hit .272 with 30 runs, six doubles, four home runs and 42 RBI. In CAA play, he posted a .273 batting average, scored 13 runs, had two doubles, two homers and drove in 17 runs to help the Phoenix to a second-place finish in the league.
Wetherbee, a freshman from Fiskdale, Mass., earned a spot on the all-rookie team after going 2-1 with four saves and a 3.75 ERA over 22 appearances this year. Wetherbee struck out 45 hitters and held opponents to a .138 batting average over 24.0 innings of work. His four saves are tied for the second-most by a freshman at Elon in the program’s Division I era, while his 45 strikeouts are ninth by a freshman in that same period. Wetherbee made seven appearances in CAA play, striking out 16 hitters in just 7.2 innings of work.
2018 CAA Player of the Year: Charlie McConnell, OF, Northeastern
2018 CAA Pitcher of the Year: John Rooney, LHP, Hofstra
2018 CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Dupree Hart, 2B, Charleston
2018 CAA Co-Rookies of the Year: Ian Fair, INF, Northeastern and Billy Sullivan IV, RHP, Delaware
2018 CAA Coach of the Year: Mike Glavine, Northeastern