GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference today announced its annual baseball postseason awards highlighted by University of Southern Maine senior right-handed pitcher Ben Ives (Portland, Maine/Deering) being named the Pitcher of the Year and veteran head coach Ed Flaherty being selected by his peers as Coach of the Year.
Six USM players were named to the All-Little East first or second teams. Ives, junior designated hitter Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) and junior relief pitcher Nick Douglass (Poland, Maine) were named to the first team while senior outfielder David Ricker (Winthrop, Maine), junior third baseman Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine) and sophomore outfielder Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) received spots on the second team. The head coaches voted upon the postseason awards and all-conference team.
Ives is the third USM hurler to be named the LEC's top pitcher joining Ryan Adams (2002) and Tim Therrian (2009) on the list of recipients. Flaherty was named the conference's top coach for the sixth time since 1997 when baseball was added to the roster of conference sports. Chadwick is the Huskies only repeat all-conference selection.
Named the Most Outstanding Player of the recent LEC championship tournament, Ives has had a brilliant season. Heading into the NCAA Regional Tournament, Ives is unbeaten with a 9-0 record and a 3.11 ERA. He ranks fifth in the conference in ERA, first in innings pitched, wins and games started, and second in strikeouts. Ives has hurled 84.0 innings allowing 78 hits and 13 walks while striking out 70.
Douglass became the Huskies closer this season and has compiled a 4-1 record with a conference-leading six saves and a 1.59 ERA. The southpaw has appeared in 18 games pitching 39.2 innings. He has allowed 21 hits, 29 walks and just eight runs while striking out 62, and opponents are hitting just .153 against him.
The Huskies' designated hitter, White leads the team with a .393 batting average (70 for 178) and has 45 runs scored, 10 doubles, a single-season school record nine triples, six home runs and 46 RBI.
A converted infielder, Ricker is batting .355 (60 for 169) with a team-high 48 runs scored and 13 doubles, six triples, five home runs and 32 RBI. Ricker leads the Huskies in on-base percentage (.474) that includes 14 walks and 27 times being hit by pitch.
The 2011 LEC Rookie of the Year and a first team all-conference as a third baseman, Chadwick moved to the outfield this season to take advantage of his athletic abilities. He backed up his rookie year by hitting .324 (55 for 170) this season with 34 runs scored, five doubles, five triples, five home runs and 32 RBI. He had the game-winning hit in the Huskies 2-1 win over Keene State College that moved in the Huskies into the championship game of the LEC tournament.
Splitting time between first and third base early in the season, Grady settled in at third base to give the Huskies solid defense at the hot corner and a strong bat in the middle of the lineup. Grady is hitting .354 (64 for 181) with 37 runs scored, 12 doubles, six triples, five home runs and 38 RBI.
Southern Maine, 27-17 overall, has been seeded sixth in the upcoming eight-team, double-elimination NCAA regional tournament being played in Mansfield, Conn. USM will face third-seeded Trinity College in a first-round game on Wednesday (4:30 p.m.).
Position Name Institution
Designated Hitter Tucker White University of Southern Maine
Catcher J.P. Stone Rhode Island College
First Base Joe Balowski Eastern Connecticut State University
Second Base Joan Mustafa Rhode Island College
Shortstop Kyle Allaire Rhode Island College
Third Base Greg Bates Keene State College
Outfield Conor Bierfeldt Western Connecticut State University
Outfield Erik Bergstrom Keene State College
Outfield Kyle Morrill Keene State College
Pitcher David Hoey Rhode Island College
Pitcher Ben Ives University of Southern Maine
Relief Pitcher Nick Douglass University of Southern Maine
Designated Hitter Luke Merrill Plymouth State University
Catcher David Simone Western Connecticut State University
First Base Matt Consiglio University of Massachusetts Boston
Second Base Zack Dandrea Western Connecticut State University
Shortstop Danny O'Connell Eastern Connecticut State University
Third Base Nick Grady University of Southern Maine
Outfield Forrest Chadwick University of Southern Maine
Outfield David Ricker University of Southern Maine
Outfield Adam Roderick Eastern Connecticut State University
Outfield Mike Yates Western Connecticut State University
Pitcher Bobby Chatfield Plymouth State University
Pitcher Jeff Pelkey Keene State College
Relief Pitcher Jeff Thomas University of Massachusetts Boston
Co-Players of the Year
Kyle Allaire, Rhode Island College
Conor Bierfeldt, Western Connecticut State University
Pitcher of the Year
Ben Ives, University of Southern Maine
Rookie of the Year
Adam Roderick, Eastern Connecticut State University
Coach of the Year
Ed Flaherty, University of Southern Maine
Team Sportsmanship Award
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth