May 14, 2014

Agostini and Medeiros Earn NEIBA All-New England Honors

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth juniors George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) were selected to the 2014 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division III first-team this afternoon. Less than 48 hours earlier, Agostini and Medeiros were both named to the All-Little East Conference, first-team.

The NEIBA All-Region Teams are comprised three squads, totaling 51 student-athletes from New England member institutions.  The Little East Conference earned the highest amount of selections (13), putting an additional three between the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Agostini is making his debut on the All-New England, 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.  He registered at least two base knocks in 21 appearances, including nine three-hit performances.  On March 22, Agostini was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI against RIT.  The junior was the Corsairs top run producer, driving in a team-high 40 runs. Agostini drove in at least two runs in eight games this season, including a season-best five at Keene State on May 2.

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.

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 circuit. UMass Dartmouth earned the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Little East Conference tournament.  The Corsairs defeated fourth-seeded UMass Boston and second-seeded Southern Maine before dropping 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.