Three Washington U. Baseball Players Nab All-Region Honors
St. Louis, Mo., May 24, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis sophomores Zack Kessinger and Dom Quaranta were each named to the D3Baseball.com All-Central Region, while Quaranta and senior Stephen Bonser were selected to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Central Region Team.
Kessinger, the Bears’ first baseman, and Quaranta, one of Washington U.’s starting pitchers, each received All-Region honors for the first time in their careers, landing on the D3Baseball.com Central Region Third Team. Bonser, another starting pitcher, was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Second Team after earning third-team honors the past two seasons. Quaranta also earned All-Central Region honors from the ABCA/Rawlings as a member of the third team. All three were selected to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team earlier this month.
Bonser won a career-best seven games in 2013, moving him into a tie for ninth on Washington University’s career wins leaderboard with 19. He finished tied for first in the UAA with seven wins, and ranked first in the conference with just seven walks allowed on the season. Bonser was second in the UAA with 11 starts, 79 2/3 innings pitched and 56 strikeouts, while ranking fourth with a 2.49 ERA. He finished the season ranked ninth in school history with a 2.99 career ERA and 210 2/3 innings pitched. Bonser was named the UAA Pitcher of the Week Feb. 25, and was selected to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week Feb. 26.
Kessinger led the Bears with 11 doubles and 39 RBIs this season, and was second on the team with a .372 batting average, 54 hits and two homeruns. He closed the season with an 18-game hitting streak, and had 17 multiple-hit games and 10 multiple-RBI games while making 38 starts 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 and May 13.
Quaranta finished the season with a perfect 7-0 record in eight starts for the Bears, one win shy of tying Tom Eckelman (1961) for best single-season record (8-0). His seven wins tied for first in the UAA and ranked fifth in the league with a 2.56 ERA. Quaranta’s 16 earned runs allowed was second-fewest in the UAA, 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 May 13, and named to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week April 30.
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.