June 11, 2014

Sarni, Johannink and Brooks Headline 2014 ECAC Division III Metro Baseball All-Stars

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Purchase College senior Michael Sarni (Shelton, Conn.), Rowan University junior Dylan Johannink (Medford Lakes, N.J.) and Rutgers University-Camden freshman Joe Brooks (Backwood, N.J.) took top honors, as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2014 Division III Metro Baseball All-Stars and major award winners today. Sarni was named the Player of the Year, while Johannink was voted Pitcher of the Year and Brooks was selected as the Rookie of the Year. The voting was completed by the head coaches within the ECAC Division III Metro Baseball membership. 

Sarni batted .373 with 19 RBI this season for the Panthers. He recorded 38 hits in 29 games, including eight doubles and a pair of triples, helping Purchase to a 17-13 record and a berth in the 2014 ECAC Division III Metro-Upstate Baseball Championship. Sarni reached base at a .463 clip, stealing 37 bases in 41 attempts (90.2%) and scoring 34 runs. For his efforts, Sarni was also named an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-New York Region Second-Team selection, a D3baseball.com All-New York Region Third-Team honoree and the Skyline Conference Player of the Year.

Johannink was masterful on the mound for the Profs, posting a perfect 6-0 record and a 2.37 earned run average. He started in eight of his nine appearances this season, going the distance twice and striking out 54 batters in 57 innings. Johannink helped guide Rowan to a 33-12 record and its second straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship and berth in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. He was named the ECAC Metro Pitcher of the Week on March 25, a Second-Team ABCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region honoree, a D3baseball.com Mid-Atlantic Second-Team choice and the NJAC Co-Pitcher of the Year.

Brooks was a driving force behind the Scarlet Raptors’ first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. He batted .421 with 24 RBI for Rutgers-Camden, leading the NJAC in batting average and on-base percentage (.523). Brooks collected 67 hits and scored 49 runs, both of which were the second-best totals in the conference, while also connecting on eight doubles and a triple. He was also named to the D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region First-Team, the ABCA Second-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region, and the NJAC Rookie of the Year.

2014 ECAC Division III Metro Baseball Major Award Winners
Name Year Position Institution
Player of the Year      
Michael Sarni Sr. 2B Purchase College
Pitcher of the Year  
Dylan Johannink Jr. P Rowan University
Rookie of the Year
Joe Brooks Fr. DH Rutgers University-Camden


2014 ECAC Division III Metro Baseball All-Star Teams
First Team    
Name Year Institution
Andy Oliver Jr.  Stockton College
First Base    
Sal Taormina So. Kean University
Second Base    
Michael Sarni Sr. Purchase College
Third Base    
Joe Angelino Sr. The College at Old Westbury
Jose Garcia Sr. Ramapo College
Edward Bergmann Sr. Farmingdale State College
Ryan Pavlik Jr. Rowan University
John Rizzi So. The College of New Jersey
Designated Hitter    
Joe Brooks Fr. Rutgers University-Camden
Jason Yano So. Stevens Institute of Technology
Chris Falcone So. College of Staten Island
Dylan Johannink Jr. Rowan University
Second Team    
John Jonas Sr. Purchase College
First Base    
Kevin Licul Sr. The College at Old Westbury
Second Base    
Joe Venturino So. Ramapo College
Third Base    
Andy Lopez Jr. Kean University
Joseph Palmeri So. College of Staten Island
Vinnie Carminati Sr. Mount Saint Mary College
Eric Perez Sr. Rowan University
Brian Hennelly Jr. Stevens Institute of Technology
Designated Hitter    
Dan Diblasi Sr. St. Joseph's College Long Island
Matt Meleo So. Kean University
Alex Weingarten So. Farmingdale State College
Walker Larson Jr. Ramapo College