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Bereszniewicz and Nevares named baseball all-region
Pair earns second team ABCA All-Northeast honors; Bereszniewicz also grabs All-ECAC honors
June 16, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton baseball seniors Bill Bereszniewicz and Daniel Nevares have earned ABCA All-Northeast Region honors, the association announced Monday afternoon. Each player was picked to the second team, as voted by the region’s head coaches. Bereszniewicz also picked up second team All-ECAC honors in a separate vote of that organization’s head coaches. The pair led the Bearcats to their second consecutive America East crown and NCAA Regional appearance in 2014.
The Northeast Region is comprised of 39 teams spread across nine different conferences, including the BIG EAST and Atlantic-10. Binghamton was the only America East team to put multiple position players on the all-star team.
It’s the first time since 2010 that BU has produced two or more all-region players (Corey Taylor and James Giulietti in 2010). Bereszniewicz is the first Bearcat to earn ECAC honors since current Double-A pitcher Murphy Smith was the 2009 ECAC Pitcher of the Year.
“This is a well-deserved honor for two outstanding young men who had great seasons and have meant so much to our program,” head coach Tim Sinicki said.
Bereszniewicz was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft after a record-breaking senior season. A first-team all-conference player who led the America East in hitting (.367) and stolen bases (23), he is now starting his professional career with the Arizona Dodgers of the Arizona Rookie League.
The center fielder hit .401 over the last two months of the season and set the school single-season record with 77 hits. Bereszniewicz led the conference in four offensive categories (average, hits, triples with 5, stolen bases) and also produced countless highlight-reel catches in center field. He was the lone Bearcat to start all 52 games and currently ranks 38th in the country in triples, 46th in stolen bases and 57th in batting average.
For his career, Bereszniewicz compiled 208 hits – sixth on BU’s all-time list. He also totaled 122 runs, 74 RBI and 42 stolen bases (second all-time).
Nevares started 50 games at second base this season and registered team-highs of 35 RBI and 21 extra-base hits. He had an on-base percentage of .412 and hit .352 with 23 RBI in his final 22 collegiate games. He ranked third in the America East in home runs (5) and slugging (.479) and was sixth in both on-base percentage and RBI.
Nevares also put together an eye-popping week in early May with three home runs and 11 RBI in a three-game series. He was recognized as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and was highlighted as a “Top Performer” by the NCAA.
In the field, He turned 27 double-plays, helping the Bearcats set a new program standard with a league-leading 41 twin-killings.
In four years, Nevares compiled 200 hits (7th all-time), 46 doubles (4th) and 102 RBI. He started 186 career games, forming one of the finest multi-year middle-infield tandems in school history (with shortstop John Howell).
ABCA All-Region Selections (Division I)
2004 – Jay Balback, 3B (first team)
2005 – Mathieu Bergeron, 3B (second team)
2007 – Matt Simek, 2B (first team)
2009 – Murphy Smith, SP (first team), Corey Taylor, OF (second team)
2010 – Corey Taylor, OF (second team), James Giulietti, SP (second team)
2013 – Jake Thomas, OF (first team)
2014 – Bill Bereszniewicz, OF (second team), Daniel Nevares, 2B (second team)