May 21, 2013

Sean Furney Named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year

2013 Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference Team

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island senior pitcher Sean Furney (Warwick, R.I.) has been named Atlantic 10 Baseball Pitcher of the Year, in voting conducted among the league's head coaches. Furney becomes the fifth player under head coach Jim Foster to receive one of the A-10's major awards as Jeff Roy (2012) and Dan Rhault (2009) earned Player of the Year honors while Tim Boyce and Steve Holmes were the Conference's Pitchers of the Year in 2010 and 2006, respectively.

Four other Rams earned All-Conference accolades as junior Jeff Roy (Cranston, R.I.) was named to the Second Team, freshmen Steve Moyers (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Brad Applin (Malden, Mass.) were All-Rookie picks and redshirt senior Mike LeBel (Quincy, Mass.) was named to the All-Academic Team.

Furney finished the regular season with a 1.98 ERA - second-best in A-10 behind teammate Steve Moyers. He earned National, New England and Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week honors in early April, after facing the minimum 27 batters in a complete-game shutout win over Dayton. He also combined to post a 0.75 ERA and a .167 opposing average (7H/1R) over 12.0 innings pitched at #9 Florida State and #8 Ole Miss. In his two seasons at URI, Furney has allowed just three homeruns over his last 157.1 IP.

Roy enters the postseason with a perfect 30-30 record in stolen base attempts, ranking him first in the Atlantic 10. He is the only player in the country with 30+ stolen base attempts that has not been caught stealing. He wrapped up the regular season with 63 hits - including 11 bunt singles - 44 runs scored, a .394 on-base percentage and 132 putouts in centerfield.

Moyers earned a spot in the Rams' weekend rotation just before the start of conference play and proved himself to be every bit deserving of the opportunity. He finished the regular season with the Atlantic 10's best ERA (1.76) and posted a minuscule 1.37 ERA in conference games. At Xavier, he retired the first 13 batters he faced while tossing seven scoreless innings in starts vs. both St. Bonaventure and Winthrop. He has allowed just four earned runs over his last 34.1 innings pitched and currently ranks fifth in the nation with just 5.43 hits allowed per nine innings pitched.

Applin posted a perfect 0.00 ERA and held Atlantic 10 hitters to a .133 opposing average over eight conference appearances (15 IP). Since giving up four runs in Rhode Island's season-opener at #9 Florida State, he has allowed only one earned run over his next 13 appearances (22.1 IP). Overall, he has given up just 10 hits over 22.2 IP this season.

A Senior CLASS Award Candidate, LeBel earns his second All-Academic award after maintaining a 3.21 cume GPA over the last five years. Throughout his time at URI, he has earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference, All-Championship and All-Rookie honors as well as NEIBA All-New England accolades. Additionally, he is the program's all-time record holder in runs scored (192), home runs (30), extra-base hits (95), RBI (159), total bases (433) and assists (587). He also ranks second all-time in hits (192), doubles (53), triples (12) and stolen bases (81). Additionally, he has started in each of his 224 career games played.

The third-seeded Rams open play at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship on Wednesday evening, when they take on sixth-seeded La Salle. First pitch at Charlotte's Charlotte's Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium is slated for 5 p.m.