2012-05-30 / Sports

FHS grad Kresky named NEC Player of the Year

BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer

Talk about graduating with honors. Fairleigh Dickinson University senior shortstop Ryan Kresky received the Northeast Conference’s highest individual honor when the Freehold High School graduate was named the NEC’s 2012 Player of the Year. He is the first FDU baseball player to win the award since 1994.

The award caught Kresky by surprise.

“I didn’t expect anything,” he said. “I just tried to stay consistent. I went out every day and did the same routine.”

Kresky’s consistency translated to an extraordinary season. He led the NEC in batting average (.377), on-base percentage (.495) and slugging percentage (.577). He ranked among the league’s top five performers in runs scored (39) and RBI (38) and led the NEC in on-base plus slugging percentage (1.072).

During the season, Kresky became the fourth FDU player to collect 200 career base hits.

At shortstop, Kresky compiled a .960 fielding percentage. He said he paid attention to his fielding when he played summer ball in 2011 and it paid off this spring.

Kresky’s leadership was a key to FDU’s performance this season. The Knights (25- 28-1) had 16 freshmen on the team and as a captain, Kresky’s leadership helped to mold a young squad into one that was good enough to qualify for the NEC playoffs. “I lead by example more than anything else,” said Kresky, who graduated earlier this month with a degree in communications. “I show how you work and stay mentally tough.”

Kresky’s biggest reward for his finest season was experiencing the NEC Tournament for the first time.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything else [except winning it].”

It was FDU’s first trip to the conference’s postseason tournament since 1999.

Kresky credited his success this spring to his experience playing in Sag Harbor, N.Y., last summer. After batting .344 as a junior at FDU, he had a solid season in Sag Harbor that lifted his confidence and carried over to the 2012 college season.

Kresky was also named FDU’s Player of the Year and the university’s Male Athlete of the Year. He was named to the All-NEC First Team and to the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association All-Star First Team. It was the third straight year Kresky earned NJCBA honors, but it was his initial appearance on the first team.

Kresky is hoping to have his name called when the major league draft is conducted on June 8. He had tryouts with the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 27 and May 28 and he would love to do his post-graduate work playing professional baseball.

Return to top