Ben Koenigsfeld Bio
Courtesy: Army Athletic Communications
MISCELLANEOUS: Another member of Army's record-setting senior class ... dual-position standout who has made large impact on Black Knight program since his arrival three years ago ... ... assumed regular turn in head coach Joe Sottolano's Patriot League pitching rotation immediately ... added starting job in Army outfield during sophomore season ... earned all-league honors on mound during debut campaign ... became first player in Patriot League history to claim first team all-conference honors at two different positions in same season two years ago ... copped first-team certificates as an outfielder and starting pitcher ... chosen Patriot League Pitcher of the Year as well ... added to resume with another first team All-Patriot selection in outfield last spring ... also chosen Patriot League Scholar-Athlete in sport of baseball ... casts impressive figure on mound ... rangy right-hander ... touches 92 miles-per-hour on radar gun ... pitches comfortably in upper-80s ... features ability to throw four pitches for strikes ... repertoire includes hard-sinking fastball, snapping curveball, darting slider and deceptive changeup ... owns great deal of natural ability ... developed into top of rotation starting pitcher two years ago ... slowed off mound by minor arm ailment last spring ... boasts ability and makeup to anchor staff ... versatile athlete capable of handling several positions ... expected to return to starting role in left field when not on pitcher's mound ... could land game duty first base if needed as well ... features excellent power from right side of plate ... displays ability to spray line drives to all fields ... developed into feared run-producer during initial entry into regular Black Knights' lineup ... valued power source ... snaps bat head through hitting zone ... boasts quick hands and keen eye at plate ... returns to prominent place in Army batting order ... excellent student as well ... selected by teammates to serve as one of squad's captains for second season this spring ... shares duties with Clint Moore ... three-year letterman.
MILESTONES: First player in Patriot League history to earn first team all conference honors at two different positions in same season following sophomore campaign ... copped first-team certificates as an outfielder and starting pitcher ... fifth Army player (seventh selection) to be chosen Patriot League Pitcher of the Year as well ... selected as Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player ... fourth Army player to win Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, joining Bryan Price (1997), Josh Minney (2000), Justin Long (2004) and Walker Gorham (2005) as others to have captured the award ... added to list of achievements with another first team all-conference selection last spring ... named to ESPN The Magazine University Division Academic All-America Third team following junior showing ... chosen the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the sport of baseball as well ... marked second straight year and the sixth time overall that an Army player had been named Patriot League Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... other Black Knights to claim the honor are Bill Mullee in 1996, Mike Scioletti in both 1997 and 1998, Schuyler Williamson in 2004 and Tyler Anderegg in 2009 ... selected to ESPN The Magazine University Division Academic All-America District 1 Second Team as a sophomore ... named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week on three occasions during Army career ... two-time Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week during sophomore campaign ... earned second team All-Patriot League honors as starting pitcher following freshman season ... named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll after each of first three campaigns ... tied single season school record by pitching in four shutouts during rookie showing ... standard initially established by former Army great Nick Hill in 2004 ... went 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts to establish new single season Army record for stolen base percentage ... chosen No. 86 on College Baseball Blog's Top 100 Players in the Country listing last winter ... named to the watch list for the inaugural Olerud Award, presented to the nation's top dual-position player, last spring ... first pitcher in Army history to win each of his first nine conference decisions ... boasts 17-10 overall record ... owns .630 career winning percentage and 5.17 career earned run average ... has struck out 155 and walked 62 during West Point mound tenure ... ranks tied for ninth on Army's career pitching victories list and 10th in career strikeouts ... ranks tied for fifth on Army's single season pitching wins list (8 in 2009) .... lists tied for sixth on Academy's single season innings pitched chart (84.2 in 2009) ... first Army player to capture first team all-league laurels of any kind at two different positions in same season since 1990 ... Shannon Smith claimed first team All-Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League honors at starting pitcher and first base that season ... ranks tied for 10th on Army's career batting average list with .349 mark ... boasts impressive .526 career slugging percentage ... listed as one of Patriot League's "Top Three Starting Pitchers" by Patriot League coaches in preseason poll conducted by collegebaseballinsider.com prior to junior campaign ... projected as one of three Patriot League Players of the Year by Collegiate Baseball magazine last winter ... named a "Top Player to Watch" by Collegiate Baseball magazine heading into final season ... selected as one of the top three starting pitchers in the Patriot League by conference coaches in a preseason poll conducted by collegebaseballinsider.com ... that listing also ranked his outfield arm as the best in the league and ranked him as one of the best pure hitters in that poll.
2010: Garnered fourth career All-Patriot League citation and third first-team honor when he was selected as a conference all-star in outfield ... also named to ESPN The Magazine University Division Academic All-America Third team ... chosen the Patriot League Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... named to the watch list for the inaugural Olerud Award, presented to the nation's top dual-position player ... batted .359 with 10 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 24 runs scored and 33 runs batted in ... garnered 78 total bases ... posted .549 slugging percentage and .418 on-base mark ... topped club with 51 base hits ... listed second among team leaders in doubles, tied for second in RBI, third in home runs and fourth in both slugging percentage and on-base percentage ... ranked 12th among Patriot League batting average leaders ... hit .431 with runners on base, .400 with runners in scoring position ... successfully scored runner from third base with less than two outs on 12 of 15 occasions for 80 percent success rate ... tied for team lead with nine multiple-RBI showings ... tied for second among team leaders with 14 multi-hit showings ... slapped three hits four times and four hits once ... started all 40 games in which he saw action ... posted .362 batting average in 17 Patriot League showings ... registered 15 RBI in those outings ... collected seven multi-hit efforts in conference action and four multiple RBI showings ... closed season with flurry at plate ... batted .538 (7-13) with three doubles, one home run, three runs scored and five runs batted in during Patriot League Tournament Semifinal series against eventual league champion Bucknell ... went 4-for-4 with one double, one home run, three runs scored and three runs batted in during game one loss to Bison ... came back and fired four solid innings off mound to help Army to season-saving win in nightcap of that twinbill ... drove in five runs with 3-for-4 performance against Eastern Illinois during spring-trip win ... doubled, blasted second career grand slam home run and scored twice to lead that 13-6 triumph ... went 3-for-3 with one home run, two runs scored and four RBI to lead Patriot League defeat of Lafayette ... also recorded three hits against Long Island and Ohio State ... smashed other home runs versus Dayton and Florida ... drove in four runs during Patriot League series opposite Holy Cross and arch-rival Navy ... posted 3-2 record with 5.02 earned run average in eight showings off mound ... allowed 50 base hits in 37.2 innings of work ... struck out 38 and walked only eight ... pitching opportunities limited due to minor arm ailment ... numbers much improved when discounting rough start to Patriot League season against Holy Cross ... yielded nine hits and six earned runs (13 overall) in just two innings of work against Crusaders ... allowed just one earned run in other nine innings of Patriot League action ... overall ERA dropped to 3.78 when discounting that showing ... took three-week sabbatical from mound to rest arm following that subpar performance ... returned to mound with a vengeance ... permitted three hits and one run over three innings of relief work to earn second career save against Lafayette ... followed up bullpen effort with brilliant six-inning shutout stint in key late-season start opposite Bucknell ... went 2-for-3 with one RBI at plate in that outing as well ... win helped Army claim regular-season conference crown ... allowed three runs on five hits across four innings in gaining no-decision versus Bison in Patriot League Semifinal Series ... began season quickly off mound ... named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week in successive weeks early in spring ... earned mound win at Wake Forest with 5.1 solid innings of work in season debut off "bump" ... allowed two runs on nine hits against Demon Deacons ... struck out five and did not walk a batter ... equally impressive next time out versus UNC Greensboro ... yielded just one run on two hits, while striking out eight and walking only one over six strong frames ... second win of season helped earn first conference pitcher of week citation ... added another Patriot League pitcher of the week certificate following next effort ... did not allow an earned run over six innings against Yale during spring trip showing in state of Florida ... struck out nine and walked only one in gaining no-decision opposite Bulldogs ... posted gaudy 1.56 earned run average while fanning 22 and walking only two across17.1 innings during first three starts of season ... went 2-0 with pair of Patriot League Pitcher of the Week citings thanks to those efforts.
2009: Enjoyed record-setting season in first year splitting time between outfield and pitcher's mound ... became first player in Patriot League history to earn first team all conference honors at two different positions ... copped first-team certificates as an outfielder and starting pitcher ... chosen Patriot League Pitcher of the Year ... selected Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player ... emerged as Patriot League's top starting pitcher during second season in Black, Gold and Gray ... posted 8-4 record with 4.89 earned run average overall ... allowed 85 base hits in 84.2 innings of work ... struck out 63 and walked 33 ... limited opponents to .259 batting average ... fired four complete games ... drew 13 starts to rank second among team leaders ... topped squad in wins and complete games ... listed second in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts ... ranked 66th nationally in victories ... topped Patriot League hurlers in wins, complete games and opponent batting average ... ranked second in innings pitched, starts and strikeouts ... superb on mound during league action ... posted wins in all five starts ... went 5-0 with a 4.24 earned run average ... struck out 29 and walked 11 in those outings ... permitted only 27 base hits in 34.0 innings ... tossed four complete games in conference mound action ... yielded only six extra-base hits (4 doubles, 2 homers) ... limited Patriot League opponents to a stingy .218 batting average ... saw personal six-game winning streak snapped on mound during Patriot League Tournament semifinal loss to Holy Cross ... bounced back to permit only eight hits and one run over eight dominant frames to power Army's Patriot League Championship Series-clinching defeat of Lafayette ... struck out nine and walked one ... allowed just two Lafayette runners to reach scoring position over final four innings of work ... departed with Army enjoying commanding 8-1 cushion ... earned Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player honors for work both on mound and at plate ... batted .250 with one double, two home runs, two runs scored, five runs batted in, 10 total bases and an .833 slugging percentage during Black Knights' four Patriot League Tournament outings in which he batted ... won eight of final 10 decisions after starting season at 0-2 ...combined with classmate Kevin McKague on brilliant five-hit shutout of Northern Iowa during Black Knights' spring trip to Florida ... keyed Army's 3-0 defeat of Panthers by allowing only three base hits across seven-plus shutout innings of work ... struck out six and walked three ... permitted just four Northern Iowa hitters to reach base and only two Panther players to advance into scoring position ... earned initial Patriot League Pitcher of the Week citation on strength of that effort ... pitched Army to huge victory against Bucknell after Black Knights were swept by Bison on opening day of Patriot League play ... carried one-hit shutout into bottom of seventh inning against Bison ... remained in complete command, retiring eight consecutive hitters and 17 of the next 18 Bucknell batters entering seventh after allowing leadoff single to open game ... sat down nine consecutive Bison heading into seventh inning, as Black Knights held on to slim 1-0 edge ... allowed just two Bison base runners over first six innings and did not permit a Bucknell player into scoring position until seventh after Army had stretched its lead to 8-0 ... finished game yielding four hits (all singles), while striking out nine and walking only one ... turned in another solid outing following week against Holy Cross ... allowed single run in first inning, then fired six scoreless frames for complete-game victory after Crusaders had swept Army previous day ... allowed just one base runner to reach scoring position rest of game ... retired Holy Cross in order during five of the final six innings ... permitted only two base runners over final six frames and retired 18 of final 20 batters he faced ... notched other Patriot League victories against Navy, Lehigh and Holy Cross ... just as impressive offensively throughout first season as starting outfielder ... batted .342 with 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 39 runs scored and 38 runs batted in overall ... piled up 98 total bases ... registered .533 slugging percentage and .393 on-base mark ... successful on all 11 stolen base tries to set new Army single season stolen base percentage record ... drew 24 starts in left field, 18 in right field and six at designated hitter's spot ... registered 19 multiple-hit games and eight multi-RBI showings ... collected three hits six times and four hits once ... drove in four runs twice and five runs once ... authored season-best 11-game hitting streak ... batted safely in 36 of the 48 games in which he notched official plate appearance ... hit .375 with runners in scoring position and .368 with runners on base ... batted .521 versus left-handed pitching ... ranked third on squad with 19 two-out RBI ... also listed fourth among team leaders in slugging percentage, runs batted in and total bases ... stood tied for third in home runs ... ranked seventh among Patriot League leaders in stolen bases and ninth in both total bases and slugging percentage ... hit .365 in 17 Patriot League contests ... added two doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine runs batted in ... batted .400 with runners in scoring position during Patriot League play ... went 4-for-4 with two doubles, four runs scored and one RBI to aid season-opening defeat of Ohio ... notched four runs scored and four RBI to pace home defeat of Columbia ... garnered career-high five runs batted in during home date with Manhattan ... doubled, homered and drove in four runs to power Army's Patriot League Tournament semifinal series-clinching victory over Holy Cross ...hit .333 in three games at Austin Regional ... named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll at season's end.
2008: Second team All-Patriot League selection as starting pitcher ... one of three Army freshmen to land all-league status ... burst on Army scene in rookie showing ... assumed regular spot in Army starting pitching rotation immediately ... maintained role throughout season ... finished 6-4 with one save and 5.61 earned run average in 13 appearances overall ... drew 11 starting assignments ... allowed 82 base hits in 69.0 innings ... struck out 54 and walked 21 ... ranked second among team leaders in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts ... listed tied for third in appearances ... played pitching role in four of club's six shutouts to equal single season school record originally set by Nick Hill in 2004 ... overall numbers improved dramatically during Patriot League play ... posted perfect 4-0 record with 2.57 earned run average during five conference starts ... permitted just 30 base hits across 35.0 innings of league action ... held Patriot League opponents to .231 batting average ... struck out 22 and walked six ... fired complete-game, two-hit shutout against defending league-champion Lafayette during final weekend of conference play ... permitted Leopards only two harmless singles in nine innings during that dominant effort ... victory helped Army clinch its fourth Patriot League Tournament berth in five years ... shared team lead with six wins ... one of three Army pitchers to record five victories ... tossed six scoreless innings against Maryland-Baltimore County in second collegiate start ... picked up first victory by allowing Terriers just four base hits, while fanning seven and walking only one ... similarly impressive versus Holy Cross ... threw seven shutout innings at Crusaders ... yielded four hits, while fanning three and did not walk a batter ... allowed three earned runs or less in five of 11 starts ... put forth solid showing in starting debut versus arch-rival Navy ... allowed just two runs on nine hits over eight innings of work versus Mids ... struck out six and did not walk single batter in notching victory in service academy debut ... also posted wins against Lehigh and Sacred Heart ... earned first collegiate save with three-inning hitless stint opposite NJIT ... closed out Army shutout of Highlanders by fanning three and walking one ... batted .333 overall in limited plate appearances ... collected eight hits in 24 official trips to plate ... added five runs scored and one run batted in ... finished with .333 slugging percentage and .407 on base mark ... authored lone multiple-hit showing during Patriot League Tournament semifinal defeat of Bucknell ... went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in that affair ... notched first collegiate RBI versus Bucknell earlier in year ... scored two runs to aid Army non-league defeat of Columbia ... named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll at season's end.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Larry Beets at Ridgewood High ... three-sport standout ... starred in baseball, basketball and swimming ... two-time all-conference choice ... league pitcher of the year as a senior ... first team All-Suncoast selection ... chosen to participate in Florida all-star game ... authored amazing four-year tenure ... posted .403 career batting average, including gaudy .495 mark as a senior ... equally effective on pitcher's mound ... struck out 115 batters in 90.0 innings of work during final campaign ... helped squad to trio of district championships ... earned four varsity letters on diamond ... two-time letterwinner in both basketball and swimming ... served as team captain in baseball and basketball as a senior.
PERSONAL: Given name is Benjamin Joseph Koenigsfeld ... born July 29, 1988, in Tampa, Fla. ... parents' names are Terri and Randy Koenigsfeld ... enjoys jet skiing in free time ... majoring in American Law and Legal Studies.