College of Staten Island southpaw hurler Chris Falcone is still enjoying the benefits of a super season. The first-year CSI sophomore has now been cited by the ECAC, as one of the Metro region’s first-team All-Stars in 2014. Fellow sophomore Joe Palmeri also earned on, joining the second team. The pair joins a duo of Stevens Institute of Technology players as the only CUNYAC representatives on the list.
Falcone enjoyed a stellar campaign in 2014, easily earning on as the team’s ace and as the CUNYAC’s Pitcher of the Year. Falcone finished the season with a 7-1 record complete with a slender 2.03 ERA that featured three shutouts and four complete games. Falcone led the team with a total of 53.1 innings logged, allowing just 12 earned runs and 12 bases on balls while scattering 75 strikeouts, the eighth-highest total in CSI single season history. Falcone joined Rowan University’s Sylam Johannik as the only hurlers on the ECAC Metro 1st-team.
Also honored with a host of citations was Palmeri, who earns similar fate from the ECAC. The Dolphins’ everyday shortstop logged a great 2014, leading the team with a robust .376 batting average. Along the way, Palmeri led all CSI players in hits (41), runs scored (33), and doubles (12). He also posted 16 walks, helping list his team-best on-base percentage to .465. Palmeri committed just 9 errors in 34 starts in the CSI infield, and bagged six total stolen bases. A mainstay in the lineup, Palmeri is a two-time CUNYAC All-Star.
Yearly ECAC Metro honors were won by Purchase State’s Michael Sarni, who won Player of the Year, while Joe Brooks of Rutgers University (Camden) earned Rookie of the Year honors.