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Baseball Leads SUNYAC in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper "Watch List"

Plattsburgh State has landed five players – seniors Tory Bouyea, Donny Coolidge, Danny Roeser and juniors Pat Shaughnessy, Dan Tracy – on the 2011 NCAA Division III "Players to Watch List" by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Among State University of New York Athletic Conference programs, Plattsburgh led the listings with the second-most in school history (the 2007 team had six), followed by nationally-ranked Cortland with four and Oneonta, two.

A Somers (N.Y.) High School product, Tracy is coming off a record-setting performance in 2010. The first-team All-SUNYAC right-handed pitcher led the SUNYAC with nine wins (9-0) while setting the Plattsburgh record for season victories. He also tied the all-time mark of 14 wins that was originally established 41 years ago and hasn't lost a game in his two-year career that spans 31 appearances. He posted a 4.43 earned-run average.

The homegrown Bouyea (Plattsburgh HS) became a starter immediately at shortstop for the Cardinals after playing his freshman campaign at Clinton Community College. He led the Cardinals last season in batting with a .392 average, to go along with 10 doubles and 38 runs batted in. He set school single-season records for at-bats (158), runs scored (48) and hits (62) en route to All-SUNYAC First Team accolades. A SUNYAC all-tournament performer, he also became the 10th player in school history to reach the 100-hit plateau.

A second baseman from Plattsburgh High, Shaughnessy hit for a career-high .367 average, tied a school record with six home runs and set another with 86 total bases. The first-team All-SUNYAC choice led the club in slugging percentage (.619) and on-base percentage (.461) en route to being the only Cardinal chosen to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Upstate Team. He drove in 37 runs and scored 46 times himself.

Coolidge had a career year at the plate despite missing the previous two years due to military commitments. The third baseman hit .349 with school records of 16 doubles and 44 RBI while making second-team all-conference. He also stole 22 bases, ranking fourth on the school’s all-time single season chart.

Roeser, a junior college transfer from Rockland Community College, batted .291 with a home run and 29 RBI in his first season with the Red and White. He tied Coolidge for the team lead with four triples – two shy of the school record for a season. He was an all-conference second team outfielder.

The list was chosen by Division III baseball coaches across the country, and spotlights a select group of student-athletes at each position. It appears in the January issue of Collegiate Baseball, a publication that covers all levels of college baseball.

Plattsburgh, which is expected to return most of last year's team that established program benchmarks with a 30-10 record and national rankings in the coaches and media polls, opens 2011 at Baseball Heaven on March 4-6 against Old Westbury, Southern Maine and Ithaca.

All told, the Cardinals have produced 34 CBN preseason "All-Americans" since 2004. Bouyea and Tracy are repeat selections from 2010. Bouyea, Shaughnessy and Tracy were also chosen to the Rawlings all-region team by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association.

In addition, Plattsburgh is in the "receiving votes" category of the CBN preseason coaches' poll. If the poll were extrapolated beyond the Top 30, the Cardinals would be ranked 38th in the nation. This is the first time that the program has been recognized by CBN, which has tabbed Heidelberg as the No. 1 team. Besides Plattsburgh, SUNYAC teams Cortland, at No. 2, and Oneonta, "receiving votes," are also represented in the poll. Defending national champion Illinois Wesleyan is ranked fifth. 

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