May 12, 2014

Medeiros Named Little East Baseball Co-Player of the Year

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) was named the 2014 Little East Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Year this afternoon, when the conference office announced its major awards program and all-conference teams. Six Corsairs were selected to the All-Little East teams to match the program's second highest total in the 18-year history of the conference's baseball awards program.

Junior George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and sophomore Steve Colella (Leominster, Mass.) joined Medeiros on the first-team, while juniors Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee), Alex Newton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) and Alberto Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass./O'Bryant) were voted to the second squad.

Medeiros is the second student-athlete in program history to be elected by the eight head coaches as the top player in the conference circuit, sharing the prestigious honor with University of Massachusetts Boston senior Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.). The centerfielder from Acushnet, Mass. is making his second-straight appearance on the All-Little East teams after garnering second-team accolades as a sophomore. According to the latest NCAA Division III statistical report, Medeiros is ranked amongst the national leaders in doubles (10th, 19), hits (18th, 65), and total bases (29th, 96).

Medeiros was the offensive catalyst for UMass Dartmouth, leading the squad in hits (68), runs scored (46), and total bases (101). He recorded a team-high 26 extra base hits, on 21 doubles, three triples, and two home runs, to produce a team leading .532 slugging percentage. A starter in all 43 games, Medeiros registered multiple hits in 21 of the 35 games he reached safely. He went 5-for-6 with two runs scored, three doubles and a triple against Western New England on March 16. The following afternoon, Medeiros drove in a season-high four runs against Springfield College. He also patrolled the middle of the Corsairs outfield, posting a .980 fielding percentage with 96 put outs and four assists.

Agostini is making his debut on the All-Little East, first-team, representing UMass Dartmouth at third base. The resident of Rehoboth, Mass. is ranked amongst the Little East leaders in batting average (2nd, .380), hits (2nd, 67), runs batted in (3rd, 40), and runs scored (4th, 41). Agostini hit safely in 37 of his 42 games this past spring, including a current 14-game hit streak. The junior was the Corsairs top run producer, driving in a team-high 40 runs. He drove in at least two runs in eight games this season, including a season-best five at Keene State on May 2.

Colella is the first starting pitcher in program history to earn All-Little East, first-team honors since Steve Pereira in 1998. The sophomore from Leominster, Mass. led the conference circuit in earned run average (2.06) and hits allowed (39), while ranking sixth in wins (5). In nine starts and 10 total appearances, Colella posted an individual record of 5-1. The right-hander limited his opponents to a .206 batting average over the course of 52.1 innings of work. He allowed 39 total hits, including 29 singles, 12 earned runs, and 25 walks, while striking out 27 batters. Colella earned his first victory in an UMass Dartmouth uniform against Trinity College (Conn.) on March 23, holding the Bantams to one earned run on five hits. Colella turned in his strongest performance of the season against No. 12 Southern Maine in the 2014 Little East Baseball Championship tournament, throwing a six-hitter with a season-high six strikeouts against the conference's top-ranked offense.

DeMedeiros is the second consecutive catcher in program history to earn an All-Little East, second-team citation, joining current assistant coach Matt Worden. The junior from Fall River, Mass. led the Corsairs in home runs (3), while ranking amongst the leaders in hits (3rd, 50), runs batted in (3rd, 28), batting average (4th, .323), and slugging percentage (4th, .452). DeMedeiros hit safely in 30 of his 40 appearances this past season, including 17 games with multiple hits. He closed his junior campaign with an eight-game hitting streak, including a .444 batting average (8-for-18) with four runs scored and eight RBI in the Little East Conference Baseball Championship tournament. DeMedeiros knocked in a season-high five runs, including a three-run homer, to power UMass Dartmouth to a victory over nationally-ranked Southern Maine in the second day of the conference tournament.

A starter in all 43 games in 2014, Newton garnered All-Little East accolades as a designated hitter. The Saco, Maine product batted .239 (39-for-163) with 22 runs scored and 29 runs batted in. Newton registered 10 doubles, a triple, and two home runs to post a .350 slugging percentage. He produced 10 multiple-hit games, including a 5-for-5 performance at Rhode Island College on April 16. Newton penned at least two RBI into his ledger six times on the campaign, most recently against Worcester State on April 28.

Vasquez is making his debut on the All-Little East first-team after playing 27 games at first base. The junior from Roxbury, Mass. hit .375 (39-for-104) with 18 runs scored, 13 doubles, a home run, and 20 runs batted in. Vasquez hit safely in 20 appearances, including 12 games with multiple hits. He went 5-for-6 with three runs scored, three doubles, a home run, and a season-high four RBI at Babson College on April 14. Vasquez was 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI at Eastern Connecticut in 2014 Little East Conference Baseball Championship tournament.

Under his leadership, Bob Prince led UMass Dartmouth to its most successful season in terms of victories (21) since 2004. The Corsairs posted an overall record of 21-22, including an 8-6 mark within the conference. UMass Dartmouth earned the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Little East Conference tournament and defeated fourth-seeded UMass Boston and second-seeded Southern Maine. The Corsairs dropped a pair of one-run games against nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut (7-6) and Southern Maine (3-2) to end their season on Day 3 of the tournament.

2014 All-Little East Baseball Teams
First Team
Catcher Matt Verrier Senior University of Southern Maine
First Base John Carey Senior University of Southern Maine
Second Base Pat McDonough Freshman University of Southern Maine
Third Base George Agostini Junior University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Shortstop Sam Dexter Sophomore University of Southern Maine
Shortstop Brendan Lynch Senior Eastern Connecticut State University
Outfield Ryan Medeiros Junior University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Outfield Jamill Moquete Senior University of Massachusetts Boston
Outfield Nik Ververis Senior Eastern Connecticut State University
Des. Hitter Chris Bernard Senior University of Southern Maine
Pitcher  Steve Colella Sophomore University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Pitcher  Tyler Leavitt Sophomore University of Southern Maine
Pitcher  Patrick O'Neill Sophomore Eastern Connecticut State University
Relief Pitcher Adam Merritt Sophomore Eastern Connecticut State University
Second Team
Catcher Cory DeMedeiros Junior University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
First Base Alberto Vasquez Junior University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Second Base Nick Vita Senior Keene State College
Third Base Daniel Mantoni Freshman University of Massachusetts Boston
Shortstop EJ Lavoie Freshman Western Connecticut State University
Outfield Nick Briatico Senior Western Connecticut State University
Outfield Forrest Chadwick Senior University of Southern Maine
Outfield Matt Foley Sophomore Rhode Island College
Des. Hitter Alex Newton Junior University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Pitcher  Pat Barnett Senior Eastern Connecticut State University
Pitcher  Kyle Szatrowski Junior University of Massachusetts Boston
Relief Pitcher Daniel Heefner Senior University of Massachusetts Boston
Co-Players of the Year
Ryan Medeiros, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Jamill Moquete, University of Massachusetts Boston
Pitcher of the Year
Tyler Leavitt, University of Southern Maine
Rookie of the Year
Paul McDonough, University of Southern Maine
Coach of the Year
Matt LaBranche, Eastern Connecticut State University