Three Selected to All-CC Baseball Team

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Three Muhlenberg baseball players who had breakout seasons in 2014 – two at the end of their careers and one at the start – received All-Centennial Conference honors.

Freshman outfielder John Icaza, senior third baseman John Scuderi and senior designated hitter Max Litvak were all selected to the All-CC second team. In addition, Icaza was named rookie of the year.

John Icaza  John Scuderi  Max Litvak

Icaza (above left) is the first Mule freshman to earn All-CC honors since 2006 and the first to make the second team since 1997. He also is Muhlenberg’s first rookie of the year in baseball; the award was given out for the first time last year.

Icaza was third on the team with a .322 batting average, tied for the team lead in home runs (3) and was third in stolen bases (8) and fourth in RBI (21). He hit a team-best .382 with all of his home runs and 16 of his RBI in CC games. Installed in the leadoff spot midway through the season, he had some of the Mules’ biggest hits, including a game-tying double in the ninth against Franklin & Marshall and a game-tying home run in the eighth against Johns Hopkins, both leading to wins.

Scuderi (above center) came back better than ever after hitting just .193 in an injury-plagued junior season, leading Muhlenberg in batting average (.358), hits (49), doubles (13), home runs (3), extra-base hits (17), RBI (30), slugging percentage (.533) and on-base percentage (.428) – all career highs. He was third in the CC with 18 RBI in league games and hit .533 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in four games against CC champion Haverford.

Scuderi finished his career tied for seventh in team history with 107 runs scored and as the program’s all-time leader with 403 assists. He also ranked in the top 20 in hits (143), doubles (28), extra-base hits (40), total bases (200) and RBI (78).

After two years as a bench player and pinch-hitter, Litvak (above right) won the starting DH job and finished second on the team in batting average (.322), doubles (12) and RBI (24). He added a triple, making him the only player in the CC with 13 extra-base hits in fewer than 100 at-bats. Litvak had three-hit games in CC wins against Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins and went 4-for-4 in a non-league win vs. Penn State Berks.

A career .325 hitter and Academic All-District selection, Litvak ended up with 26 extra-base hits in only 237 at-bats.

Picked seventh in the preseason poll, Muhlenberg finished third in the CC with a 9-8-1 record, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in six years and winning a postseason game for the first time since 2003.
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