Scott Named Co-BIG EAST Player of the Year; UConn Places Three On All-Conference Squads



    Scott Named Co-BIG EAST Player of the Year; UConn Places Three On All-Conference Squads

    June 14, 2001

    Bridgewater, NJ - University of Connecticut centerfielder Mike Scott (Jr., Darien, CT) highlighted a list of three members of the UConn Baseball squad, which were named to the All-BIG EAST teams Wednesday night in Bridgewater, NJ. Scott, who was selected as the league's Co-Player of the Year along with Notre Dame's Steve Stanley, became the school's fourth athlete to receive the honor. The Huskies also placed first baseman Jon Gorrie (Jr., Northboro, MA) and utility player Peter Soteropoulos on the All-BIG EAST third team.

    A two-time All-BIG EAST First Team choice, Scott batted a conference-best .451 in league play this season. The junior topped the hits (46) and on-base percentage (.491) charts and ranked second in runs scored (24) in conference games. Overall, he batted .413 with three homers and 34 RBI and 85 hits. He added 16 doubles and four triples. His season hit full stride during a 21-game hitting streak, which started on March 2 at Georgia and ended on April 8 against Pittsburgh and during the span Scott went 44-for-88 (.500). He also turned in 24- multi hit games, which included a 5-for-5 effort against Virginia Tech (4/1) and a 5-for-6 display at Sacred Heart (3/15).

    This year, Scott led the Huskies in eight different categories: batting average (.413), runs scored (48), doubles (16), total bases (118), at bats (206), slugging percentage (.573), hits (85), triples (4). His 85 hits this year ranks as the best single-season total in UConn history as he passed Billy Rich who had 82 in 1997, while his .413 batting average stands in sixth.

    Scott joins former Huskies Dave Ford (1985), Sal Tinnerello (1992) and Jason Grabowski (1996) as the fourth Husky to earn the distinction. The BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 1999, Scott becomes the fifth player to claim both the rookie and player of the honors in a career.

    After being named to the All-BIG EAST Rookie team, Peter Soteropoulos (So., Peabody, MA) and teammate Jon Gorrie were named to the third team for their efforts. Soteropoulos, who was used as a pitcher at first base and in the outfield, was second on the team in hits (60) and total bases (87). He ranked third on the team in terms of batting average with a .364, runs scored (40). Soteropoulos also had 17 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games. On the mound, Soteropoulos made four starts and went 18 innings and went 2-1 on the year with a 4.50 ERA. Gorrie, who suffered an injury against West Virginia that ended his season, finished ninth in conference games only with a .377 batting average. When all games are taken into account, he was second on the squad with a .390, to go with 31 RBI and a pair of homers. He also finished second on the team in slugging percentage (.539) and doubles (15). On the single season lists the 15 doubles ties him for 12th as do his 16 stolen bases. Gorrie turned in 20 multi-hit games and also had a hitting streak that was pushed to 15.

    Notre Dame laid claim to the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year in Aaron Heilman (Sr., RHP), the Rookie of the Year with Steve Sollmann (Fr., 2B) receiving the award and the Coach of the Year as Paul Mainieri's Irish became the first conference team to earn the nation's No. 1 ranking earlier this season. A three-time All-BIG EAST first team pick, Heilman joins UConn's Charles Nagy (1987' 88') as the only hurlers to claim back-to-back Pitcher of the Year honors.

    BIG EAST PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Mike Scott, Connecticut, CF, Junior, 5-10, 175, Darien, CT Steve Stanley, Notre Dame, CF, Junior, 5-7, 150, Upper Arlington, Ohio

    BIG EAST PITCHER OF THE YEAR Aaron Heilman, Notre Dame, RHP, Senior, 6-5, 225, Logansport, IN

    BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Steve Sollmann, Notre Dame, 2B, Freshman, 5-10, 180, Cincinnati, Ohio

    BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR Paul Mainieri, Notre Dame (632-399-1, 19th season -- At ND: 300-119-1, 7th season)

    All-BIG EAST First Team P-Aaron Heilman, Notre Dame P-Danny Tamayo, Notre Dame P-Bobby Brownlie, Rutgers C-Jeff Mackor, Boston College 1B-Val Majewski, Rutgers 2B-Steve Sollman, Notre Dame SS-Alec Porzel, Notre Dame 3B-Andy Bushey, Notre Dame OF-Mike Scott, Connecticut OF-Steve Stanley, Notre Dame OF-Billy McCarthy, Rutgers UT-Shawn Tarkington, Seton Hall DH-Nick Piantek, Villanova
    All-BIG EAST Second Team P-Marc Goldberg, St. John's P-Joe Saunders, Virginia Tech P-Shane Rhodes, West Virginia C-Paul O'Toole, Notre Dame 1B-John West, Virginia Tech 2B-Matt Wolski, Rutgers SS-Mike Hubbard, Boston College 3B-Addison Bowman, Virginia Tech OF-Brian Stavisky, Notre Dame OF-Joe Cuervo, Seton Hall OF-Brad Bauder, Virginia Tech UT-Brian Macchi, Boston College DH-Chris Rosado, Boston College
    All-BIG EAST Third Team 1B-Brian Durkin, Boston College 1B-Jon Gorrie, Connecticut UT-Peter Soteropoulos, Connecticut OF-Marc Carlini, Georgetown DH-Matt Bok, Notre Dame P-J.P. Gagne, Notre Dame P-Joe Engel, Pittsburgh OF-Casey Grimm, Seton Hall OF-Chris Graziano, Villanova SS-Spencer Harris, Virginia Tech P-Billy Biggs, West Virginia C-Josh Cisneros, West Virginia 3B-Tim McCabe, West Virginia