May 11, 2008

BULLDOGS PLACE 10 ON 2008 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS; TRIO NAMED TO NE-10 FIRST TEAM

May 11, 2008

BRYANT PLACES 10 ON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS; ALEXANDER, LOH, CAMPBELL NAMED FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS

Senior Eric Loh (above) and
sophomore Nick Campbell
(below) both join senior
Jason Alexander as NE-10
First Team selections in 2008.

RINDGE, NH -- Led by a trio of All-Conference First Teamers, the Bryant University baseball team was rewarded for a successful season as 10 Bulldogs earn All-Northeast-10 Conference honors as announced Sunday afternoon.

Three Bulldogs were named First Team selections, while three more earned Second Team honors and four garnered All-Conference Third Team nominations.

The trio of senior tri-captain Jason Alexander (Simsbury, Conn.), senior ace Eric Loh (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore phenom Nick Campbell (Raynham, Mass.) all garnered All-Conference First Team honors to lead the Bulldogs.

Alexander, a two-year captain and Bryant's starting third baseman, earns his second consecutive All-Conference nomination, after being named to the NE-10 Third Team as a junior in 2007. The senior leads the 2008 Bulldogs in the field and at the plate, posting a .315 batting average, a number bested by only fellow First Teamer Campbell.

Alexander boasts 70 hits on the year, also second only to Campbell, while starting all 58 games for Bryant. The captain has 11 doubles on the year with one home run -- a shot that came against Division I Brown University -- and a team-best 50 runs scored. Alexander adds 22 RBI with a team-high .438 on-base percentage and 11 steals.

In the field, Alexander posts a .943 fielding percentage and has appeared behind the plate in eight contests. His last start against Southern Connecticut in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals Saturday night tied Alexander for No. 1 all-time in career appearances (204) and career starts (202).

Senior ace Eric Loh anchors the Bryant pitching staff again this season and has posted a 10-2 record and 2.22 ERA in the year following his Third Team All-American selection. The 2007 Conference and Region Pitcher of the Year repeats as an All-Conference First Teamer in 2008, and has pitched three complete games in 12 starts. Opponents hit just .206 against the senior who has let up 22 earned runs in 89.1 innings pitched.

Loh leads the league in wins and has fanned a team-best 58 batters.

Sophomore Nick Campbell rounds out Bryant's First Team selections, as the centerfielder has been hot at the plate all season. Ranked the 15th hardest batter to strikeout in all of Division II, Campbell hits .357 with team highs in hits (87), at bats (244) and steals (17) with just 12 strikeouts on the season.

Campbell is No. 2 on the team in total bases (109), doubles (16), triples (3), runs (46), RBI (40) and on-base percentage (.408) and has made just one error in 58 centerfield starts. The sophomore also repeats as an all-conference selection, earning NE-10 Third Team honors as a freshman in 2007.

Rookie standout David O'Brien (Whitman, Mass.), junior tri-captain Pat McKenna (Orange, Conn.) and junior slugger Pat O'Connor (Mattapoisett, Mass.) make up the Bulldogs' Second Team selections.

O'Brien is 6-1 in a surprise year on the hill for Bryant. His 2.04 ERA leads all starters and he has 38 strikeouts in 66.1 innings of work. Although he began the season in the bullpen, the rookie's last nine appearances have all been starts as O'Brien has become a solid No. 2 starter behind Loh for the Bulldogs. O'Brien has thrown one complete game while opponents are hitting just .178 against him.

Shortstop Pat McKenna earns his second-straight NE-10 Second Team honor in his second year as team captain. The junior hits .290 in 58 games with 14 doubles, four home runs and a team-high four triples. McKenna has 33 RBI with 40 runs scored and 60 hits.

O'Connor, a Division III transfer this season, made his mark on the 2008 Bulldog squad immediately upon his arrival in Smithfield, RI. The junior leftfielder is batting .290 in 58 games with team highs in home runs (8) and doubles (20). O'Connor has a team-best 41 RBI and is tied for team-best in runs with 50. He has recorded 60 hits and has yet to make an error on the year.

O'Connor also leads Bryant in total bases (110) and slugging percentage (.531), and has 11 steals on the year.

Four more Bulldogs, sophomore closer Eric Polvani (Wallingford, Conn.), sophomore catcher Jeff Vigurs (South Windor, Conn.), sophomore rightfielder Taylor Ferguson (Charlton, Mass.) and senior designated hitter Mark Dondero (Medfield, Mass.) were also honored, garnering All-Conference Third Team honors.

Polvani leads the conference in saves, also tying a single-season Bryant record, with 12 on the year. Ferguson is No. 2 in hits (64) with four homers and team-high 18 steals.

Behind the plate, Vigurs posts a .992 fielding percentage while hitting .266 with the Bulldogs' longest hitting streak of the season, registering hits in 16-consecutive contests from April 8 to April 26.

Dondero, the designated hitter in 2008, is hitting .294 in 44 games and his 42 hits and 26 RBI. A Northeast-10 Conference All-Academic selection in 2008, Dondero recorded the 10th-inning hit against Pace in Game Two on May 3 that clinched the outright regular-season title for the Bulldogs for the first time since 1998.

Southern Connecticut took three of four major awards, with Karl Derbacher earning Player of the Year accolades, Jim Fuller being named Co-Pitcher of the Year with Franklin Pierce's Mike Adams and head coach Tim Shea getting the Bob Bellizzi Coach of the Year nod. Bentley's James Roche was named the 2008 Freshman of the Year. 

Bryant is 39-19 on the year and won the Northeast-10 Conference regular season with a record of 25-5. The No. 12/28 Bulldogs now await word on the NCAA Tournament field, to be announced Sunday night.

Below is the complete list of all three All-Conference teams. 

2008 Northeast-10 Conference
Baseball All-Conference Teams
 First-Team                          Yr.             Pos.             School                                    
Mike Adams                         Jr.                SP                Franklin Pierce
Dustin Corbett                     Sr.                SP                Pace
Jim Fuller                              Sr.                SP                Southern Conn.
Eric Loh                                 Sr.                SP                Bryant
Tyler Bishop                         Sr.                RP                Franklin Pierce
Jack Cawley                          Sr.                C                Pace
Garrett Stenhouse               So.                1B                Bentley
Mike Baillargeon                 Jr.                2B                Assumption
Jason Alexander                   Sr.                3B                Bryant
Mike Diaz                             Jr.                SS                Southern Conn.
Jeff Bercume                         Jr.                OF                Merrimack
Nick Campbell                    So.                OF                Bryant
Karl Derbacher                    Jr.                OF                Southern Conn.
Kevin Renaud                      Sr.                OF                Franklin Pierce
Anthony Fiorillo                 Sr.                DH                Southern Conn.
Scott Savastano                    Jr.                Utl.                Franklin Pierce
 
Second Team                        Yr.             Pos.             School                                   
Matt Giusti                            Jr.                SP                Stonehill
Brian Maloney                     So.                SP                Franklin Pierce
Jarrod Marchesi                   Jr.                SP                Bentley
David O’Brien                      Fr.                SP                Bryant
Mackenzie King                   So.                RP                Pace
Matt Anderson                     Sr.                C                Franklin Pierce
Mo Davidson                        Jr.                1B                Southern Conn.
Kevin Bowerman                Jr.                2B                Southern Conn.
Mike DiReda                        Jr.                3B                Assumption
Pat McKenna                        Jr.                SS                Bryant
Tim Manton                          Sr.                OF                UMass Lowell
Derek Migrants                    So.                OF                Assumption
Pat O’Connor                       Jr.                OF                Bryant
James Roche                         Fr.                OF                Bentley
Derek Ingui                          Fr.                DH                Franklin Pierce
Jeff Barbale                           Jr.                Utl.                Assumption
 
Third Team                          Yr.             Pos.             School                                   
Mike Colebrook                 So.                SP                Assumption
Nick DeMidio                      Jr.                SP                Saint Rose
Ryan O’Rourke                    So.                SP                Merrimack
Kyle Vazquez                       So.                SP                Franklin Pierce
Eric Polvani                          So.                RP                Bryant
Jeff Vigurs                             So.                C                Bryant
Ryan Gargan                        Sr.                1B                Saint Anselm
Brendan Pyburn                   So.                2B                Merrimack
Javier Guzman                     Jr.                3B                Stonehill
Shawn Frigon                       Fr.                SS                Assumption
Andrew Babb                       Fr.                OF                Southern Conn.
Taylor Ferguson                 So.                OF                Bryant
Dave Fradette                       Sr.                OF                Stonehill
Kevin Rivers                        So.                OF                Franklin Pierce
Mark Dondero                     Sr.                DH                Bryant
Justin Cox                             Jr.                Utl.                Southern Conn.
 
Player of the Year: Karl Derbacher, SCS               
Co -Pitchers of the Year: Mike Adams, FPU and Jim Fuller, SCS
Freshman of the Year: James Roche, BEN                                          
The Bob Bellizzi Coach of the Year Award: Tim Shea, SCS

 

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