Four Bulldog Players Honored By Atlantic 10
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Senior first baseman Jimmy Risi was voted second team All-Atlantic 10 to highlight four Butler baseball players receiving post-season notice from the conference office.
The four Bulldogs were honored after Butler finished 12-12 in its lone season in the A-10. Butler will be one of seven schools with baseball competing in the Big East Conference next season.
Risi, a native of Highland Park, Ill., was a second-team honoree after batting .339 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs. He led the A-10 in slugging (.579) and was second in doubles (18). In Atlantic 10 play, Risi hit .353 with 10 extra-base hits and 17 RBIs in 24 games. He reached base safely against A-10 opponents at a .471 clip.
In two seasons at Butler, the slugging lefty finished as a career .312 hitter with 19 home runs, 22 doubles and 86 RBIs. Defensively, he made just four errors for a .995 career fielding percentage. Risi was the 2012 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and a second-team all-league pick last season.
Kseniak, from nearby Noblesville and a graduate of Cathedral High School, was named to the all-rookie team after batting .278 with 14 RBIs against Atlantic 10 opponents. Overall, the starting freshman third baseman was second on the team in batting average (.269) and RBIs (27).
Byerly, a senior from Warsaw, Ind., was named academic all-league for the second straight year. Byerly, the team's closer, saved eight games this year. He set the single-season saves record last year, earning third team Academic All-American honors in 2012. Byerly, a marketing and finance major, ranked second on the team this season with a 3.50 ERA. He made 26 appearances, striking out 33 and walking just 11.
Caponi, a junior from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, started 44 games at shortstop this season and hit .260 with 10 doubles and 16 RBIs. His five sacrifices led the team. In A-10 play, the finance major Caponi posted a .374 batting average and was second on the team with a .379 on-base percentage.
Mike Vigliariolo of Saint Louis and Charlotte's Justin Seager were the conference's co-players of the year. Sean Furney (Rhode Island) was the pitcher of the year and Tanner Stanley (Richmond) the best rookie. Greg Ritchie of George Washington was voted Atlantic 10 Baseball Coach of the Year.