May 19, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Three members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team and the team itself have earned post-season honors from the Little East Conference.
Junior catcher Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA/Lynnfield HS) was selected as the first team designated hitter, while junior closer Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA/Wahconah Regional HS) was selected as the relief pitcher on the second team. The Corsairs earned the league's Sportsmanship Award, and Head Coach Bob Curran was named LEC Baseball Coach of the Year.
Talis led the LEC in hitting, batting .443 with 62 hits in 140 at bats, 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs and a league-best 59 runs batted in. He scored 40 runs, had an LEC third best slugging percentage of .657 and led the league with an on-base percentage of .532,
Pedrotti posted a 3-2 record and a 1.53 earned run average in 14 appearances, tying for the LEC lead with four saves. He allowed 13 hits in 17 2/3 innings, walked seven and struck out 12 and limited opposing hitters to a .191 batting average.
Curran guided the Corsairs to a 20-19 record, the best overall mark UMass Dartmouth has posted in his six seasons at the helm. The second-longest tenured head coach in 44 years of Corsair baseball, Curran led his team to a 7-7 mark in the LEC, and they advanced to the LEC Tournament for the fourth time in six years.
"Goodness gracious, Zak's numbers were great," said Curran. "He carried us all year. His two years' worth of hard work paid off, he had a fantastic year. Brian showed he was a real team player; he went from being one of our top starters and did what was best for the team. He was very valuable for us in those tight games at the back end of the bullpen. The sportsmanship award shows that people think highly of us around the league, and that we do things in a first class manner."
Curran became the fourth Corsair head coach to earn Coach of the Year honors this season, joining Head Men's Soccer Coach Henry Almeida, Head Field Hockey Coach Nicole Castonguay, who both won LEC honors, and Head Diving Coach Danielle Morley, who was named New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Men's Diving Coach of the Year.
"That was a complete surprise, and a nice surprise," said Curran. "In a league with two Hall of Fame coaches and three teams going to the NCAAs, it's an honor, and it's a credit to our players and our assistant coaches."
"Bob fully deserves the honor," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "Bob and his staff deserve enormous credit for turning the baseball program around."
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