MADISON, N.J. - After the conclusion of the 2011 season four Landmark players were honored for their efforts with selection to the 2011 ABCA Rawlings Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team.
Moravian pitcher Brendan Close was honored with a first-team selection in the region, and then was joined by teammate Mike Zubia, Johnny Martinez of Juniata College and David Giglio of The University of Scranton who all earned third-team honors.
Close, who was named the 2011 Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year and to the All-Conference First Team, had a 10-0 record, a 1.00 ERA, four shutouts, 100 strikeouts and just five walks allowed in 80.2 innings, setting school record for wins, shutouts, strikeouts and innings pitched. Close, who was on the 2009 Landmark All-Conference First Team and the Second Team last season, has also set the school records with 22 career wins (22-3 overall), seven shutouts and 232 career strikeouts, and he issecond in innings pitched at 202.1 in three seasons while walking just 27 batters.
Zubia, who was also named to the 2011 Landmark All-Conference First Team, was Moravian's starting right fielder and the top hitter on the team this year. He hit .397 with 56 hits, 28 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, 16 stolen bases, eight walks and 36 RBIs. Zubia, who returned for a fifth season this year after missing his sophomore campaign with an injury, also had 72 putouts and two assists this spring. Zubia had a .319 career average to go with 88 hits, 52 runs, 20 doubles, five triples and 50 RBIs in 103 career games.
Martinez was a Third Team selection to the All-Region squad, marking the second straight year Juniata has been represented on the All-Region squad. Martinez, the Landmark's 2011 Player of the Year and a First Team All-Landmark selection, finished this season with a fourth-in-the-Landmark .382 batting average with 42 hits in 110 at bats. His 31 runs scored was good enough for eighth among Landmark leaders, and he led the conference with a .533 on base percentage. He tallied eight doubles, a triple, and five home runs this season, posting a .609 slugging percentage with his 67 total bases.
Giglio finished the season ranked in the top five in eight Landmark Conference offensive statistical categories, which included leading the league in RBI (52) and tying for the top spot in home runs (7). He was also second in slugging percentage (.621) and total bases (77), third in batting average (.387) and on-base percentage (.480), fourth in hits (48), and fifth in walks (22). In addition, he was named first-team all-Landmark Conference for the second straight season. Giglio has been a model of consistency since joining the Royal baseball program in 2008. He has hit better than .350 in each of his four years—.356 in 2008, .375 in 2009, .359 in 2010 and .387 in 2011—and finished his standout career with a .371 batting average, a .544 slugging percentage and a .441 on-base percentage. Among his 156 career hits were 35 doubles and 12 home runs, and he drove in 148 runs in 137 games. Giglio also hit safely in 97 games, including 41 multi-hit games.
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