Skyhawks Picked Third in Preseason Regional Poll
Bruno earns preseason recognition following All-Region campaign in 2010
Bruno has been named as the NCBWA's preseason All-East Region first baseman by the regional committee, which also selected the preseason East Regional rankings. Defending NCAA Division II East Region champions Franklin Pierce University is ranked first by the NCBWA, receiving six of seven first place votes (69 points), while Southern Connecticut State University earned the remaining first place vote (64 pts) and is ranked second. Stonehill collected 52 points, the University of New Haven is fourth (44) and Wilmington (Del.) University is fifth (37).
Bruno was a concensus All-East Region selection last spring, earning first team honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and second team accolades by the NCBWA and Daktronics. He started all 49 games for Stonehill last season and posted a .286 (53-for-185) batting average, with 32 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, team-high ten home runs (2nd NE-10) and 45 RBI (3rd) to go with a team-best 11 stolen bases on 14 attempts. His ten home runs are the most by a Stonehill baseball player since the NE-10 adopted the use of wood bats in 2003. Bruno was also named a first team All-Northeast-10 selection before being named MVP of the NE-10 Championships. He also participated in the 36th annual NEIBA All-Star Game at Fenway Park.
Bruno has started 122 of the 129 games he has played over his career at Stonehill. He has compiled 116 hits and a .261 batting average with 85 runs scored, 24 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs and 77 RBI with 16 stolen bases on 22 attempts.
Stonehill posted a 31-18 overall record in 2010, including a 17-9 clip in Northeast-10 play. The Skyhawks captured their third NE-10 Championship in program history, going 4-0 at the tournament as it closed out the season winners of 13 of its last 15 games, including a 12-game winning streak. The Skyhawks earned the NE-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and were seeded fourth in the East Regional. They posted a 2-2 record in their second NCAA regional appearance in program history.
Stonehill is scheduled to open its 2011 season on Friday, February 25, at the Ripken Experience Northeast Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks first home games are a scheduled non-conference doubleheader with Post University on Friday, March 25, starting at 1 p.m.