Three First-Team Selections Highlight Five Washington U. Baseball All-UAA Honorees
St. Louis, Mo., May 13, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had five student-athletes named to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) teams, including three who earned first-team accolades, as announced by the Association office.
Senior pitcher Stephen Bonser, sophomore first baseman Zack Kessinger and sophomore pitcher Dom Quaranta each earned first-team all-UAA honors, while junior center fielder Kyle Billig and sophomore third baseman Chris Lowery were each selected to the second team.
Bonser garnered first-team all-UAA accolades for the second time in his career (2011), after earning second-team honors in 2012. He won a career-best seven games in 2013, moving him into a tie for ninth on Washington University’s career wins leaderboard (19). Bonser finished tied for first in the UAA with seven wins, and also ranked first in the conference with just seven walks allowed. He also ranked second in the UAA in games started (11), innings pitched (79 2/3) and strikeouts (56), and fourth in earned run average (2.49). In addition to moving into the top-10 in Washington University career wins, Bonser also ranks ninth for career ERA (2.99) and 10th for career innings pitched (210 2/3). He was named the UAA Pitcher of the Week Feb. 25 and selected to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week Feb. 26.
Kessinger received first-team all-UAA honors for the first time in his career. He led the Bears with 11 doubles and 39 RBIs this season, while ranking second for batting average (.372), hits (54) and homeruns (two). Kessinger finished the season with an 18-game hitting streak, and had 17 multiple hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games while starting 38 games at first base. He ranked second in the UAA in RBIs and fourth in batting average. Kessinger was named the UAA Tournament Most Valuable Player in March, and was selected as the UAA Hitter of the Week April 29.
Quaranta, who earned first-team all-UAA recognition for the first time in his career, finished with a perfect 7-0 record in eight starts for the Bears this season. He tied for first in the UAA for wins (seven) and ranked fifth in ERA (2.56). Quaranta’s 16 earned runs allowed was second-fewest in the UAA this season, while his 21 runs allowed ranked third. He was second on the team with 42 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings pitched, and allowed just seven extra-base hits in 2013. Quaranta was selected as the UAA Pitcher of the Week April 29 and named to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week April 30.
Billig was named to the all-UAA second team after being a first-team honoree in 2011 and 2012. He batted .311, recorded 15 multiple-hit games this season, and finished the year with a 12-game hitting streak, while starting all 40 games at center field. Billig ranked second in the UAA in at bats (164), and third in steals (20) and plate appearances (183). He finished second on the team with 38 runs scored and three triples, while ranking third with 51 hits, six doubles and 31 RBIs. Billig also had a team-best three homeruns. He became the career steals leader at Washington University (89), and moved into the top-10 of three other career offensive categories – second in runs scored (149), seventh in triples (11) and ninth in hits (164). A 2013 UAA All-Tournament Team selection, Billig was named the UAA Hitter of the Week Feb. 25.
Lowery was named to the all-UAA second team for the second year in a row. He led the conference with a .396 batting average, and also led the UAA and ranked third in NCAA Division III with eight sacrifice flies. Lowery ranked in the top five of the UAA in six other offensive categories – second in hits (57) and triples (3), third in slugging percentage (.528), and fifth in RBIs (34) and total bases (76). He recorded hits in 31 of 38 games played, including a team-best 20 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games.
The Washington University baseball team finished the season with a 25-15 record and tied with Case Western Reserve University for a share of the UAA championship in March.