NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — University of Massachusetts Dartmouth juniors Nick Fuller (New Bedford, Mass.) and Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) recently signed contracts to play in the 2014 Cape Cod Baseball League this summer. Fuller is a member of the Wareham Gatemen pitching staff, while Medeiros will patrol the outfield for the Chatham Anglers.
"I couldn't be more excited to play in a league as prestigious as Cape Cod and represent the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth," Fuller said.
A starter in eight of his 10 appearances, Fuller won three of his final fours starts to complete his junior season with an individual record of 3-3. The New Bedford, Mass. product ranked among the Little East Conference leaders in earned runs allowed (3rd, 15), hits allowed (5th, 46), and earned run average (6th, 2.83), while leading the Corsairs in strikeouts (40). Fuller limited his opponents to 39 singles, five doubles, two triples, and 17 walks in 47.2 innings of work. The southpaw was a workhorse for UMass Dartmouth, throwing at least six innings in five of his eight starts, including two complete games. The ace of the staff produced three of his four quality starts against conference opponents. He held the opposition to two or fewer earned runs in eight appearances, while fanning at least five batters six times. Fuller punched out a season-high seven batters at Eastern Connecticut on April 27. He earned his final victory of the season against intra-state rival UMass Boston in the opening round of the Little East Conference Championship tournament, limiting the Beacons to three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, while striking out two over the course of six innings.
"It was almost a surreal moment signing a contract with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League," Medeiros said. "Having the opportunity to play for a team in the premier college baseball summer league is an honor. I will be playing with some of the best collegiate players in the country, and I look forward to representing myself and UMass Dartmouth."
Highly decorated, Medeiros is an All-New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division III first-team selection, D3Baseball.com All-New England first-team pick, 2014 Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, and two-time All-Little East Conference recipient. The native of Acushnet, Mass. led UMass Dartmouth in hits (68), runs scored (46), and total bases (101). Medeiros compiled 26 extra base hits, on 21 doubles, three triples, and two home runs, to produce a team-leading .532 slugging percentage. 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.
"I can't thank the UMass Dartmouth coaching staff enough, especially Coach Prince, for advocating for me over the past few months," Medeiros added. "They have done an incredible job building the Corsairs into one of the strongest Division III programs in the region, and it's a result of their hard work. They truly care about the players, and everything they do is to put us in a position to succeed ... both on and off the field."
Under his leadership, Bob Prince guided 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 defeated fourth-seeded UMass Boston and second-seeded Southern Maine before being edged nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut (7-6) and Southern Maine (3-2) to end their run on Day 3 of the conference tournament.