YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference named the Silver Anniversary team for baseball on Tuesday, and Salisbury University saw five former players receive the honor of being placed on the team.
The Sea Gulls have seen a myriad of success since joining the CAC in the 1994-95 season. Salisbury has won 12 CAC championships since joining the conference, including four in a row from 2006-'09. Along with championships, the Gulls have earned 104 All-CAC selections, including five CAC Player of the Year awards.
Mike Celenza donned the maroon and gold from 2007-10, becoming one of the top batters to wear a Salisbury uniform during his four-year tenure. Celenza is the all-time leader for SU in hits (251), RBI (212), doubles (51), total bases (400) and games played (175). Along with those astounding numbers, the Gaithersburg, Maryland native recorded a .395 batting average over his career, which is third all-time for SU and blasted the second-highest amount of homeruns in program history with 31. Celenza won Player of the Year in the conference in 2009, and earned first-team All-CAC honors all four years.
Playing for the Sea Gulls from 1999-02 was Jason Ewing. Ewing put up spectacular offensive numbers during his career with SU, boasting the highest slugging percentage in program history (.662). Showcasing his power, Ewing belted 34 homeruns during his time with the Gulls, which remains a program record. Along with power, Ewing also demonstrated speed, stealing 77 bases, which is the third-most in team history and garnering 10 triples, which is tied for second in the program. In 2001, Ewing earned the CAC Player of the Year award and received first-team All-CAC honors all four years of his career.
Greg Lemon donned the maroon and gold from 2003-06 and was a top offensive and defensive weapon for the Sea Gulls. Lemon is the program leader in runs scored with 193 and has the third-most hits in the program with 239. Lemon also notched 50 doubles during his tenure, which is second in team history and is currently tied for second with 10 triples. Performing at a high level on the defensive end as well, Lemon holds the program record for most assists in a career with 512. Lemon earned the CAC Rookie of the Year award in 2003 and was received first-team All-CAC accolades in 2003, '05 and '06. Lemon received second-team honors in 2004.
Another offensive star for the Salisbury program was Nick Pegelow, who played for SU from 2003-06. Pegelow has had more at bats than any other Sea Gull with 644 and has the second most hits (241) and RBI (173) in program history. Pegelow was also one of the top defensive players in Salisbury history, earning the most putouts with 1,700 and the most chances with 1,785. Pegelow was named CAC Player of the Year for his play in the 2004 season and earned first-team All-CAC from 2004-06.
Bill Root wore the maroon and gold from 2011-14, making his way into the SU record books for several different categories. The Coatesville, Pennsylvania native currently sits at second in program history in stolen bases with 82 and fifth in runs scored with 167. Root also fired 215 hits during his tenure with the Sea Gulls, which earned him the sixth spot in that category for Salisbury. Displaying a mixture of power and speed, Root garnered eight triples in his career, which is tied for fifth in program history. In 2011, Root won Rookie of the Year in the conference and continued his success, earning first-team CAC honors from 2011-13.
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About the CAC Silver Anniversary Teams
The CAC Silver Anniversary Teams will be announced early in the regular-season for each respective sport. Each Silver Anniversary Team honoree will receive a commemorative gift from the conference, and many will be recognized by their institution/alma mater at some time during the academic year.
The University of Mary Washington, a charter member of the CAC, led the conference with 153 current and former student-athletes on the Silver Anniversary Teams, including 40 in men's and women's tennis combined. Salisbury University, which joined the CAC in the 1994-95 athletic season, was second with 122 Silver Anniversary Team honorees. CAC charter members York College of Pa. (60) and St. Mary's College of Md. (35) were next in line for most Silver Anniversary Team honorees.
The CAC was organized as a six-team affiliation in 1989 and began championship competition with the winter sports during the 1990-91 season. Membership changes in the last decade ultimately created a 10-team conference that has become one of the strongest in NCAA Division III.
CAC teams have won 18 national team championships, and dozens of other teams have finished in among the top four in NCAA Division III competition.