Seven Student-Athletes Earn DIII Baseball Regional Honors

Seven Student-Athletes Earn DIII Baseball Regional Honors

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Seven Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference student-athletes have earned DIII New England regional baseball honors from D3baseball.com, American Baseball Coaches Association and Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Nathan Littman and Noah Milliard of Fitchburg State, Kevin Connelly of Framingham State, Anthony Crowley and Matt Nunes of Westfield State and Adam Barry and Jake Ryan of Worcester State all received honors from the various organizations.

Littman and Milliard both earned a spot on the ECAC DIII New England Baseball All-Star team. Last month, Littman earned up his first MASCAC All-Conference honor after posting a .304 batting average with six doubles, one triple, 15 RBI, 28 runs scored and a team-best 18 steals, while Milliard also grabbed his first MASCAC All-Conference accolade after hitting .397 (25-for-63), including 10 doubles, one triple, 13 runs scored, 14 RBI and one steal.

Connelly went a MASCAC best 7-1 on the year with five complete games and three shutouts. Connelly made 12 appearances with nine starts and allowed just 18 earned runs in 69 innings of work.  Connelly recorded 63 strikeouts on the season and averaged just over eight strikeouts per nine innings with a 2.35 ERA. He was named the 2017 MASCAC Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the first team while also being named to the ECAC and D3baseball.com All-Region list.

Crowley led Westfield State with a .395 batting average, seven home runs and 40 runs batted in.  He claimed the top spot in two of the three triple-crown categories in the MASCAC, leading in both home runs and RBI while finishing second in batting average. He was named a first team MASCAC All-Conference member and earned a spot on the D3baseball.com and ABCA All-Region teams.
 
Nunes held down the top spot in the Owls' rotation with a 6-2 record, five complete games, a 2.04 earned run average and yielded just 36 hits in 54.2 innings of work. Nunes joined Crowley as a honoree on the ABCA All-Region second team.

Designated hitter, Barry, has been slotted on the ABCA Second Team after being named to the MASCAC first team for leading the team in at bats (166), RBI (36) and home runs (4). In his 166 at bats, he registered 57 hits – 10 of which were doubles, two triples, and four home runs – for a .343 batting and a .500 slugging percentage. He currently holds the Worcester State record in career singles (154) and career at bats (593).

Senior outfielder, Ryan, earned a spot on both the MASCAC, D3baseball.com and Worcester Area All-Star second team as he led the team in batting average (.360), slugging percentage (.516), runs (44), hits (58), triples (3), walks (20), and stolen bases (7). He concludes his career tied with Eric Swedberg for the Worcester State all-time career record in triples (13) and is second in the books with 64 career walks.


Portions of this release courtesy of Fitchburg State, Framingham State, Westfield State and Worcester State Sports Information