May 24, 2006
KINGSTON, R.I. Rhode Island junior Steve Holmes (Lincoln, R.I.) was named the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, Tuesday, as the A-10 announced its all-conference baseball teams.
Holmes, who also earned First-Team All-Conference honors, joined junior first baseman Ryan Cunningham (Centerville, Va.), sophomore shortstop Mike O'Malley (Nashua, N.H.), senior catcher Josh Nestor (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore designated hitter Zach Zaneski (Waterford, Conn.), all named second-team selections, on the squad.
Senior captains Wayne Russo (Warwick, R.I.) and Tom Venedam (Suffern, N.Y.) were also named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference team.
Holmes enters the A-10 Tournament with a 10-1 overall record, which established a new mark for single-season wins at URI, and boasts a career record of 22-3, which ties the school record for career victories. He leads the conference in wins and has posted a conference-low 1.14 earned run average, while ranking fourth with 87 strikeouts. Also URI's career-leader in strikeouts (249) to date, he has compiled 95.0 innings work while holding the opposition to a .191 batting average.
Cunningham leads the Rams (and is sixth in the A-10) with nine homeruns, 42 RBI (10th in A-10), 64 hits, 39 runs scored, 13 doubles and a .536 slugging percentage (ninth in the A-10). Also ranked second with a .330 batting average, he has only made eight errors in 450 chances for a .983 fielding percentage.
O'Malley stands second for URI with 55 hits and 73 total bases, starting all 48 of the Rams' games at shortstop. He is also third with a .329 batting average and fourth with 28 RBI and a .437 slugging percentage.
Nestor is batting .323, fourth-best on the team, with four homeruns and 26 RBI. He ranks second with a .500 slugging percentage and third with a .441 on-base percentage.
Zaneski ranks eighth in the conference with a .357 batting average and third with a .457 on-base percentage. He also has eight doubles, 18 RBI and a .484 slugging percentage.