June 25, 2007
Emory athletes soar
in Eagles spring season
John Farina is sports information director for Emory Athletics.
The Emory Baseball Team’s 2007 season raised the program to new heights, as the Eagles came just one game shy of a national championship, finishing second overall in the nation.
Emory finished the season with a 43–10 record, setting mark for the most wins in Emory baseball history. Along the way, the Eagles of Head Coach Mike Twardoski captured the National Collegiate Athletic Association South Region championship, the University Athletic Association Championship and the Rawlings Southern Classic Championship.
Senior pitchers Jason Glushon and Ian Ganzer were a formidable tandem and combined for 23 victories. Glushon has recently signed a free-agent deal with the Oakland Athletics.
Juniors Frank Pfister and Joe Roth led the Emory position players with both their bats and gloves. Pfister, a third baseman, set an Emory record at the plate with a .387 batting average while, Roth’s 58 runs batted were the third-most in Emory history. In addition, Roth was named the nation’s gold-glove second baseman with a .987 fielding percentage.
The Emory golf team continued its legacy of success, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight year while ending the season ranked No. 10 in the nation.
Head Coach Mike Phillips saw his squad capture the UAA championship, the program’s 11th in 20 years of league competition and first since 2004. Emory also registered first-place finishes at the prestigious Gordin Collegiate Classic and Rhodes Collegiate Invitational.
Individually, senior Rod Olivero and sophomore Jeremy Evans earned all-region honors.
MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
The Emory Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Team reasserted itself on both the conference and national levels this season with the Eagles sending six qualifying runners to the NCAA Division III National Championship, one of which was named an All-American for his performance, and finished second at the annual UAA Championship meet.
Newcomer Frederick Linton led the Eagles at the National Championship meet, becoming the Eagles’ first All-American since the 2004 season. The junior finished fourth in the 400-meter dash, registering a time of 47.23 second in the preliminary race, the second-fastest time in school history.
The Eagles came within a whisker of claiming the UAA championship, finishing just 1.5 points behind the winning team. Linton became the UAA Champion in four separate events (the 200- and 400-meter dash, and as a member of the 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams), and was named the UAA’s Most Outstanding Performer for running events. Senior Rob Leventhal captured the UAA Championship in the 800-meter run, while senior Brandon Rowlett finished first in the high jump. The Eagles’ five total UAA Champions (three individual events and two relays) were a vast improvement from the previous season, when the Eagles registered just one UAA Champion.
The Emory softball team enjoyed a stellar season, finishing with an overall record of 33-8 that included the program’s sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament where it advanced to a coveted berth to the NCAA College World Series for the third time in school history.
Under the direction of Head Coach Penny Siqueiros, the Eagles finished with a No. 7 national ranking, its highest effort since the 2003 season.
Junior second baseman Ali Braverman was named a third-team All-American while a total of six players landed All-Atlantic Region acclaim.
The Emory men’s tennis team registered yet another outstanding season, advancing to the NCAA D-III championship match against University of California-Santa Cruz. The Eagles of Head Coach John Browning compiled a dual record of 22-9 and finished ranked No. 2 in the nation. Led by sophomore Michael Goodwin and senior Yoji Masuoka, Emory claimed the school’s 18th consecutive UAA championship.
Despite having five freshmen on a roster of eight, the Emory women’s tennis team showed a resolve that saw the Eagles finish the spring portion of its schedule with a 14-9 overall record.
And although the Eagles’ streak of four-straight national championships was broken, the team did record its 20th-consecutive UAA Championship while advancing to the NCAA South Regional Championship match.