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Five Huskies Named to D3baseball.com All-Region Team

Five Huskies Named to D3baseball.com All-Region Team

            GORHAM, Maine -- Five members of the University of Southern Maine baseball were named to the d3bseball.com All-New England Region team that was announced earlier this week as a run-up to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Tournament this weekend in Appleton, Wisconsin.

            Named to the d3baseball.com All-New England second team were senior catcher Matt Verrier (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills), senior first baseman John Carey (South Portland, Maine), sophomore shortstop Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and senior outfielder Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine).  Selected for a spot on the all-region third team was senior designated hitter Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine).  This is the second d3baseball com all-region selection for Verrier, Chadwick, Bernard and Dexter.  Carey is making his first all-region appearance.

            The Huskies, 35-13 overall, open play in the eight-team, double-elimination NCAA Baseball Championship Tournament taking on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the last of four games on Friday (8:45 EDT) at the Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.

            USM, back in the national tournament for the second straight year, and eighth time since 1989, is seeking its third national title having previously won the crown in 1991 and 1997.  The Huskies were the national runner-up last spring losing to Linfield College, 4-1, in the championship game.

            Heading into the national tournament, Verrier is hitting .323 (52 for 161) with 12 double, a team-leading eight home runs and 40 RBI.  Earlier this month, Verrier was voted to the All-Little East Conference first team for the second straight year.

            One of four Little East Conference Rookies of the Year dotting the Huskies roster, Carey carries a .339 average (50 for 174) with 10 doubles, five triples, two homers and 33 RBI into Appleton.  He also was named to the All-LEC first team for the second consecutive season.

            Dexter leads the Huskies with a .393 batting average (77 for 196) with 14 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 32 RBI.  A former LEC Rookie of the Year (2013), Dexter was an All-LEC first-team pick for the second straight year.  At the NCAA Regional Tournament last week, Dexter batted .522 (12 for 23).

            Chadwick sports a .339 average (58 for 171) with 10 doubles, nine triples, six home runs and a team-leading 50 RBI.  Chadwick, the LEC Rookie of the Year in 2011, was previously named to the All-LEC team for the fourth consecutive year.

            Bernard, a first-team NEIBA All-New England selection along with Carey, has a .332 average (61 for 184) with a team-high 20 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 46 RBI.  A CoSIDA Academic All-Region pick this year, Bernard became a two-time All-LEC pick this season.

            The sports information directors at the various schools and conferences nominated players for the d3baseball.com awards.  The 2014 season is the third season that the d3baseball.com All-Region team and major awards have been presented, and more than 750 players were nominated.  The ballot was then made available to SID, who voted for a predetermined number of players in their region, as well as D3baseball.com staff and contributors.

 
 

2014 D3baseball.com All-New England Region  

Player of the Year: Tad Gold, OF, Sr., Endicott

Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Slinger, Jr., Tufts

Rookie of the Year: David Hesslink, SP, MIT

Coach of the Year: Matt LaBranche, Eastern Connecticut State

First team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

C

EJ Martinez

Endicott

Sr.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

1B

Apolinar De La Cruz

Wheaton (Mass.)

Jr.

Providence, R.I.

2B

Harry Oringer

Endicott

Jr.

Dartmouth, Mass.

SS

Dave Ruggiero

Worcester State

Sr.

Peabody, Mass.

3B

George Agostini

Mass-Dartmouth

Jr.

Rehoboth, Mass.

OF

Tad Gold

Endicott

Sr.

Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

OF

Ryan Medeiros

Mass-Dartmouth

Jr.

Acushnet, Mass.

OF

Jamill Moquete

Mass-Boston

Sr.

Boston, Mass.

DH

Griff Tewksbury

Bates

Sr.

Concord, N.H.

U

Mike Odenwaelder

Amherst

So.

Goshen, Conn.

SP

JJ Branch

Endicott

So.

Milford, Mass.

SP

George Lund

Roger Williams

So.

West Hartford, Conn.

SP

Kyle Slinger

Tufts

Jr.

Danville, Calif.

RP

Tyler Pogmore

Roger Williams

Sr.

Lebanon, Conn.

Second team

Pos.

Name

Team

Yr.

Hometown

C

Matt Verrier

Southern Maine

Sr.

Norway, Maine

1B

John Carey

Southern Maine

Sr.

South Portland, Maine

2B

Richard Fecteau

Salem State

So.

Newbury, Mass.

SS

Sam Dexter

Southern Maine

So.

Oakland, Maine

3B

Kyle Brigham

Daniel Webster

Sr.

Hudson, N.H.

OF

Forrest Chadwick

Southern Maine

Sr.

Gardiner, Maine

OF

Matt Consigli

Becker

Jr.

Whitinsville, Mass.

OF

Dylan Foster

Husson

Sr.

Oakland, Maine

DH

Brett Cahill

Salem State

Sr.

Gloucester, Mass.

U

Mike Bisceglia

Wheaton (Mass.)

Jr.

New Boston, N.H.

SP

David Hesslink

MIT

Fr.

San Diego, Calif.

SP

Jake Marchesseault

Johnson and Wales

So.

Wyoming, R.I.

SP

Nick Whittaker

St. Joseph's (Maine)

Sr.

Yarmouth, Maine

RP

Adam Merritt

Eastern Connecticut

So.

Seymour, Conn.

Third team

Pos.

Name

Team

Yr.

Hometown

C

Joe Coyne

St. Joseph's (Maine)

Jr.

Duxbury, Mass.

1B

Cody LaBadia

Southern Vermont

Jr.

Howes Cave, N.Y.

2B

Alex Pezzuto

Johnson and Wales

Jr.

Hastings, N.Y.

SS

Taiki Kasuga

Amherst

Sr.

New York, N.Y.

3B

Mike Vaccarelli

Eastern Connecticut

Sr.

Wolcott, Conn.

OF

Steve Ambrosino

Western New England

Sr.

Laurel Hollow, N.Y.

OF

Ryan Kelly

Salve Regina

So.

Waldkill, N.J.

OF

Creed Mangrum

MIT

Sr.

Sandy, Utah

OF

Connor McDavitt

Tufts

Jr.

Holden, Mass.

DH

Chris Bernard

Southern Maine

Sr

Scarborough, Maine

U

John Drago

MIT

Fr.

Peoria, Ariz.

SP

Trevor Breton

Western New England

Jr.

Enfield, Conn.

SP

John Cook

Amherst

Jr.

Winnetka, Ill.

SP

Ryan Hyjek

Salem State

Sr.

Tolland, Conn.

RP

Corey McNamara

St. Joseph's (Maine)

So.

West Newbury, Mass.

 
 
 

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