Briarcliffe College Men's Baseball Team
Wins 2011 USCAA National Baseball Championship
Briarcliffe is the first team in at least eight years to come out of the losers bracket and win three games on the final day of the tournament. - www.theuscaa.com
WHAT May 18, 2011 -- Briarcliffe College wins 6-2 over Southern VA in final championship game held at The Ballpark - Old Orchard Beach, Maine
WHO All-Tournament Team members: Joseph Russo (All-American), Thomas Butler (MVP), Joseph Solomeno (All-American Honorable Mention), and Chris Ahearn.
Tournament MVP Thomas Butler earned his second win of the tournament with a complete game performance. Butler retired 24 batters in a row -- at one point in the game limiting a powerhouse Southern Virginia lineup to four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Joseph Russo, Kevin Licul and Chris Ahearn had two hits apiece.
Briarcliffe College Men's Baseball Team Members: Eric Wiener of Deer Park, Thomas Butler of Hicksville, Christopher McCabe of Bellmore, Joseph Solameno of Holbrook, Sam Braverman of Westbury, Joseph Russo of Bohemia, Kevin Licul of Levittown, Anthony Mele of Bethpage, David Darcy of Levittown , Christopher Ahearn of Staten Island, Richard Doht of North Babylon, Daniel Harty of Westubry, Kurt Stettner of Port Jeff Station, Richard Ireland of Mattituck, Christopher Brezinski of Farmingdale, Richard Burgos of Central Islip, Sean Graham of Port Jeff Station, David Hoskin of Seaford.
HISTORY Briarcliffe has won the USCAA National Championship in 2011, 2010 and 2006.