NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three student-athletes from the Southern Connecticut State University baseball team – sophomores Chris Zbin (Colchester, Conn.) and Ryan Geffert (Plymouth, Pa.) and freshman Michael Cleary (West Boylston, Mass.) – along with head coach Tim Shea, have been recognized with National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association East Regional accolades. Zbin was tabbed for the First-Team, while Geffert and Cleary were Second-Team selections. In addition, Shea was named Regional Coach of the Year after guiding the Owls to a 38-13-1 mark and matching the program’s single-season record for wins. It’s the second time in the past three seasons that Shea has received this honor.
Zbin, also a Daktronics First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-Northeast-10 Conference honoree, finished the year with a 7-2 win-loss record and a 2.49 ERA. He struck out 101 batters on the season to rank second in the Northeast-10 Conference and second all-time in Southern Connecticut history for strikeouts in a single season.
Geffert, also a Daktronics Second-Team All-Region and First-Team All-Northeast-10 Conference honoree, closed the year with a .323 batting average to go along with 14 home runs and 60 RBI. He also scored 57 runs and posted a .647 slugging percentage. His home run and RBI totals this year were tied for third all-time in program history.
Cleary, the 2010 Northeast-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and a First-Team All-Conference pick, started all 52 games for the Owls. He posted a team-high .330 batting average with a .438 slugging percentage and .382 on-base percentage. He tallied 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, 64 hits, eight doubles and one home run. He finished the 2010 regular season ranked in the top-20 in nine offensive categories within the conference, including a tie for first in triples (5) and a tie for third in sacrifice bunts (9).