May 19, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla.---Josh Harrison was named Co-Player of the Year, headlining six Cincinnati all-conference selections, the BIG EAST announced on Monday night on the eve of the league's championship event. Harrison, who was also a first team All-BIG EAST choice, was joined on the first team by senior outfielder Tony Campana.
Harrison, UC's starter at second base, becomes the first Cincinnati player since 1995 to be named league player of the year, while the six All-BIG EAST players are the Bearcats' most since six were tabbed in 2000. Harrison shared the top honor with Louisville's Chris Dominguez.
In addition to Harrison and Campana's first team accolades, junior pitcher Dan Osterbrock and third baseman Mike Spina were placed on the second team, while classmate Cameron Satterwhite, an outfielder, along with senior catcher Ryan Baker earned third team plaudits.
Harrison (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton), now a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, put up a huge junior season, doing most of his damage in the second half. During the regular season, Harrison tied for the top spot on the team with a .372 batting average and was among the league leaders in runs, hits, doubles, RBI, average, stolen bases and total bases. He also formed a potent three-headed attack with Campana and Jamel Scott that helped UC lead the BIG EAST in stolen bases. In the final 33 games of the year, Harrison batted nearly .500, adding nearly 100 points to his season batting average. He also finished the regular season with 29 stolen bases.
Campana (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) is a first team honoree after garnering second team accolades last season. One year after leading the nation in stolen bases per game, Campana is atop the BIG EAST this season with 44 thefts. Entering post-season play, Campana is hitting a career-best .343 and is among the BIG EAST's bests in hits and triples.
Osterbrock (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) is one year removed from an All-BIG EAST first team appearance and enjoyed another outstanding campaign in 2008. The southpaw was victorious in seven of his final eight starts of the season and ranks highly in the BIG EAST in wins with eight, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games. During his most recent start, Osterbrock became UC's career leader in victories with 20.
Spina (Newberry, Fla./Florida CC) is having a huge first season in a Cincinnati uniform, leading the BIG EAST in RBI and slugging percentage and ranking second in home runs. Spina's 17 long balls this season rank him third on the UC single season list, while his 68 RBI place him fourth.
Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) enjoyed a stellar second season as a Bearcat, hitting .353 and adding substantial power and run-production to the UC line-up. The rightfielder ranked second on the team in both home runs (13) and RBI (57) and is among the top players in the BIG EAST in doubles.
Baker (Portland, Maine/Daytona Beach CC) was a rock at catcher for the Bearcats, starting 49 of 55 games. A defensive standout for UC, Baker helped a defense that ranked third in the BIG EAST in stolen bases allowed with 32. At the plate, Baker hit a career-high .291, while belting a personal-high nine home runs and adding 30 RBI.
UC, the number two seed for the BIG EAST Championship, gets underway at Bright House Field on Tuesday, playing in the 5 p.m. contest. The Bearcats will see a familiar set of faces as they will take on seventh-seeded West Virginia, the same team they swept last weekend at Marge Schott Stadium.