NEW HAVEN, Conn. (June 12, 2017) -- Felician University baseball standout Ralph Caccavale on Monday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for May, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. Caccavale earned the award for demonstrating outstanding achievement on the field and in the classroom, while also making a positive impact in the community.
Caccavale batted .333 (8-for-24) during the month of May with a .429 on-base percentage. He scored four times, stole three bases and handled 25 errorless chances at second base. He batted .267 during the NCAA Division II Tournament East Regional, including batting .500 in the Golden Falcons' two wins of the competition.
His play was recognized twice during the month, as he was named the CACC Co-Player of the Week on May 1, and then was named to the All-CACC Second Team prior to the conference championship tournament. Caccavale ends his career as Felician's all-time leader in games played (202) and assists (493). His 151 career hits are 15th in program history.
The Massapequa, N.Y., native sports a 3.49 cumulative grade point average in his major of criminal justice. In 2016, Caccavale was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, while he was twice named to the CACC All-Academci Team. He is also a member of Chi Alphia Sigma College Athlete Honor Society.
Caccavale has also taken on the important role of creating and running a non-profit organization that has been designed to assist individuals who have loved ones affected by cancer, or are dealing with cancer themselves. Recently, Caccavale, along with family and friends, created in February "Compete4Cancer."
"We worked with the state government to legally get our 501(c)(3) status which was approved in the first week of May," Caccavale said. "We founded C4C to inspire hope and offer practical support. We host competitive events with professional sports teams, invite collegiate and club teams to pledge their seasons, and encourage greek-life students to rally their pledges. Funds raised through C4C events directly benefit student-athletes and greek-life students, through scholarships."
Through Caccavale's organization, collegiate teams of all levels can pledge their season and dedicate "wins, strikeouts, laps, goals, etc" as the money will be donated to the worthy cause.
"In baseball, for example, we will host a month for universities that agreed to work with C4C and we will donate $1 per strikeout for a specified time period to a charity of the school's choice," Caccavale added. "Not only will we donate, but any school that agreed to pledge their season will qualify to have a student-athlete chosen as a scholarship percipient. Students will be chosen to receive scholarships based on whether one of their immediate parents, or the student themself, was diagnosed with cancer. We hope to deeply impact families all over the country. We'll never make things right for families, but our plan is to make things easier!"
In addition to the wonderful work being done with "Compete4Cancer," Caccavale has also spent countless hours working at youth instructional clinics teaching kids the fundamentals of baseball.
Caccavale is the final student-athlete to earn the CACC's monthly honor for the 2016-17 school year. The conference hands out the award each month from September through May. Caccavale becomes the second member of the Felician baseball program to earn the CACC monthly award this year, as teammate Andrew LaMura captured the honor in March.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.