Lambert Named ABCA/Rawlings New England Region Pitcher of the Year

Lambert Named ABCA/Rawlings New England Region Pitcher of the Year

Lambert Named ABCA/Rawlings New England Region Pitcher of the Year
Flaherty Picked as NEIBA Coach of the Year; Five Huskies on the All-Region Team

            GORHAM, Maine -- Five members of the University of Southern Maine baseball team, led by junior right-handed pitcher Ben Lambert (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings New England All-Region and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-New England teams that were released Tuesday afternoon.  The teams were voted by the members of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

            Lambert headlines the five Huskies selected, receiving the Pitcher of the Year honor and a spot on the All-Region first team.  Also selected to the All-Region second team were junior third baseman Andrew Hillier (Bangor, Maine) and senior infielder/relief pitcher Jake Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) as the utility player.  Named to the All-Region third team were junior shortstop Andrew Olszak (Danvers, Mass.) and senior outfielder Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee).

            In addition to the five players honored, veteran USM head coach Ed Flaherty was selected by the NEIBA as the New England Division III Coach of the Year.

            ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Americans will be announced the evening of Thursday, May 30.

            Previously named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year and a third-team D3baseball.com All-American, Lambert had a stellar year finishing 10-1 with a 1.38 ERA.  In 12 appearances this season, including 10 starts, Lambert hurled 71.2 innings allowing just 47 hits and 30 walks while striking out 67.  Opposition hitters batted just .182 against him.

            A three-time All-Little East Conference first-team pick at second base, and a four-time pick as relief pitcher, Dexter finished the season as the Huskies' second leading hitter batting .373 (75 for 201) with 13 extra-base hits and 39 RBI.  On the mound, the Huskies' closer had a 2-2 record with eight saves and a 1.49 ERA in 24 appearances.  He pitched 36.1 innings giving up just 21 hits and three walks while striking out 39.

            In four seasons with USM, Dexter batted .345 (234 for 679) with 43 extra-base hits and 104 RBI.  The career record holder for saves, Dexter compiled a 16-9 record with 34 saves and a 2.08 ERA in 91 appearances (147.1 innings) on the mound.

            A first-time all-region recipient, Hillier led the Huskies in batting with a .394 average with 16 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 39 RBI.  During the recent NCAA Regional Tournament, Hillier hit an amazing .640 (16 for 25) with four doubles and nine RBI.

            Olszak is making his first appearance on the all-region team.  The slick-fielding shortstop batted .337 (66 for 196) with 12 extra-base hits and 24 RBI, and posted a .967 fielding percentage.

            One of the region's finest defensive outfielders, Warren batted .356 (69 for 194) with 25 extra-base hits and 43 RBI.

            Southern Maine finished the 2019 season with a 37-9 overall mark, won the Little East Conference regular season title with a 14-2 mark, and reached the championship game in the NCAA regional tournament.

 

2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III New England All-Region First Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Colby Greenhalgh

Jr.

Johnson & Wales

RI

1B

Davis Mikell

Jr.

Castleton

VT

2B

Danny Roth

Jr.

Roger Williams

RI

3B

Mike Knell

Jr.

UMass Dartmouth

MA

SS

Joey Murphy

Sr.

St. Joseph's

ME

OF

Nick Herzog

Sr.

UMass Boston

MA

OF

Josh Goulet

Sr.

Plymouth State

NH

OF

Zack Smith

Sr.

Salve Regina

RI

OF

Matt Johnston

Jr.

MIT

MA

DH

Kyle Boudrias

Sr.

UMass Boston

MA

UT

David Larson

Jr.

WPI

MA

P

Ben Lambert

Jr.

Southern Maine

ME

P

RJ Hall

Sr.

Tufts

MA

P

Cal Slepkow

Sr.

Clark

MA

RP

Bobby Tramondozzi

Sr.

UMass Boston

MA

 

2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III New England All-Region Second Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Nick Raposo

Jr.

Wheaton

MA

1B

Traverse Briana

Jr.

Salem State

MA

2B

Nate Vigeant

Jr.

Rhode Island College

RI

3B

Andrew Hillier

Jr.

Southern Maine

ME

SS

Mike Khoury

So.

Brandeis

MA

OF

Steve Cochrane

Jr.

Mitchell

CT

OF

Jared Sharkey

Sr.

Wheaton

MA

OF

Tim Brigham

Jr.

Suffolk

MA

OF

Anthony Crowley

Sr.

Westfield State

MA

DH

Ryan Pumphret

Sr.

Lesley

MA

UT

Jake Dexter

Sr.

Southern Maine

ME

P

Michael Genaro

Sr.

Babson

MA

P

Mike Webb

Jr.

Rhode Island College

RI

P

Ryan Solimine

Fr.

Mitchell

CT

P

Patrick Callahan

Sr.

MIT

MA

 

2019 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III New England All-Region Third Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Jeremy Lhotka

Sr.

Coast Guard

CT

C

Greg Emanuelson

Sr.

St. Joseph's

ME

1B

Doug Schaffer

Sr.

Williams

MA

2B

Eric Pappas

So.

Williams

MA

2B

Mark Joao

Gr.

Springfield

MA

3B

Eddie Riley

Sr.

UMass Boston

MA

SS

Andrew Olszak

Jr.

Southern Maine

ME

OF

Nick Cordeau

So.

Fitchburg State

MA

OF

Christian Aybar

Sr.

New England College

NH

OF

Doug DelaCruz

Fr.

Mitchell

CT

OF

Devin Warren

Sr.

Southern Maine

ME

OF

Jared Gagne

Sr.

St. Joseph's

ME

OF

Jake Oliger

Jr.

Babson

MA

DH

Adam Diehl

Sr.

Johnson & Wales

RI

UT

Nate Tellier

Jr.

UMass Dartmouth

MA

P

Griffin Young

Fr.

Wheaton

MA

P

Connor Hewlette

So.

Roger Williams

RI

P

Tylor Arruda

So.

UMass Boston

MA

P

Matt Cronin

Sr.

UMass Dartmouth

MA

P

Kevin Gould

Sr.

Endicott

MA

 

New England Position Player of the Year
Nick Herzog, Sr., OF, UMass Boston

New England Pitcher of the Year
Ben Lambert, Jr., Southern Maine

 

 

 

 

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