May 14, 2013

Conor Bierfeldt named Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year... named to First Team along with Chris Alberto

official release from Jack Holleran - LEC Assistant Commissioner

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Southern Maine became just the second institution in conference history to earn at least a share of each of the four major honors, when the Little East announced its 2013 baseball awards program this afternoon.  In addition to the major awards program, the eight conference coaches honored 26 student-athletes on the All-Little East teams.  The top team was comprised of 12 players, while 14 student-athletes were recognized on the second squad.   

University of Southern Maine senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H.) and Western Connecticut State University classmate Conor Bierfeldt (Torrington, Conn.) were named Little East Co-Players of the Year, marking the second straight season the top award has been shared.  Huskies' junior Logan Carman (Newfields, N.H.) was selected as the Pitcher of the Year, freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine) was elected as the Rookie of the Year, and Ed Flaherty was tabbed as the Coach of the Year to complete the 17th edition of the baseball awards program.

Bierfeldt became the first baseball player in conference history to be honored as the top player twice in his career.  The senior outfielder from Torrington, Conn. is also made his third appearance on the All-Little East teams and second consecutive on the top squad.  Bierfeldt established a new Colonials single-season record for runs batted in (54), while setting the Western career standard for doubles (47), triples (13), and RBI (148).  In 39 games, he batted .396 (53-for-134) with 29 extra base hits and 54 runs batted in.  Bierfeldt registered 16 doubles, four triples, and nine home runs to produce 104 total bases and a .776 slugging percentage.  He recorded at least one hit in 30 games, including 17 multi-hits contests.  Bierfeldt went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five runs batted in as the Colonials defeated Fairleigh-Dickinson on May 1.  He also penned seven outfield assists and a .991 fielding percentage into his ledger.

White is the seventh Southern Maine student-athlete to be named the top baseball player in the conference circuit and first since Anthony D'Alfonso headlined the 2009 teams.  The senior outfielder from Deerfield, N.H. also made his second straight appearance on the All-Little East first team.  According to the latest NCAA Division III statistical report, White led the nation in triples (8), while ranking among the leaders in runs scored (2nd, 60), total bases (4th, 114), stolen bases (5th, 34), slugging percentage (12th, .745), and on-base percentage (13th, .526).  A starter in all 43 games, he hit .434 (72-for-166) with 30 extra base hits and 53 runs batted in.  The 2012 All-American registered 12 doubles, nine triples, and nine home runs to post a .777 slugging percentage.  White recorded at least one hit in 33 games this past spring, including producing a 12-game hit streak between March 22 and April 4.  He went 4-for-6 with four extra base hits –two doubles, two home runs—and a season-best six RBI against Salem State on April 4.  White was selected to the D3Baseball.com Team on the Week three times on the campaign, most recently for the week ending May 5.

Carman is the second straight and fourth overall Southern Maine hurler to be honored as the top pitcher in the conference.  The junior from Newfields, N.H. also made his debut on the All-Little East first team. In 11 starts this spring, Carman posted an overall record of 10-0 with a 2.03 earned run average.  He consistently pitched deep into the ballgame for the Huskies, registering seven quality starts.  Carman held the opposition to just 16 earned runs on 53 hits (40 singles) over the course of 71 innings of work.  He recorded 47 strikeouts on the campaign, including punching out a season-high seven against Farmingdale State on March 16.  On April 13, Carman hurled a complete-game victory against Rhode Island College, allowing three runs on just nine hits.  He will enter the NCAA Division III tournament just one win shy of tying the Southern Maine single-season wins record (11) that was set by Robert Aceto in 1991.         

Dexter is the sixth Southern Maine baseball player to be elected as the top rookie in the conference, joining current teammates junior outfielder Forrest Chadwick (2011) and senior first baseman John Carey (2010).  The freshman shortstop from Oakland, Maine also made his debut on the All-Little East first-team.  Dexter led the Little East in doubles (20), while ranking among the conference leaders in hits (4th, 63), runs scored (4th, 43), total bases (4th, 93), stolen bases (7th, 13), batting average (9th, .356), on-base percentage (9th, .425), and slugging percentage (9th, .525).  A starter in all 43 games, he hit safely in 36 contests, including a current 16-game hitting streak.  Dexter slugged his only two home runs of the season against NCAA tournament participant Endicott College on April 2.  He drove in 29 runs on the campaign, including a season-best four against Plymouth State on April 20.  Dexter also posted 153 assists and a .933 fielding percentage.    

Flaherty made his second consecutive and seventh overall appearance as the top manager in the conference.  Southern Maine is ranked ninth in the latest edition of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III poll, while earning the No. 16 listing in the D3Baseball.com survey.   
He had guided the Huskies to an overall record of 37-7, just two victories shy of matching the record for most wins in a season (39, 1997).  Southern Maine posted a 10-1 mark against teams ranked in the NCAA Division III New England Region.  Flaherty led his charges to an 11-3 mark in the conference circuit to capture the regular-season title and earn the right to host the 2013 Little East Baseball Championship tournament.  The Huskies outscored their opponents 43-13 en route to registering a 4-0 record to win the program's second straight and fourth overall tournament title.  Southern Maine earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship, which is set to begin on Wednesday, May 15.

Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III.  Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes.  Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

2013 Little East Baseball All-Conference Teams
 
First Team 
Catcher Matt Verrier Junior University of Southern Maine
First Base John Carey Senior  University of Southern Maine
Second Base Nick Vita Junior Keene State College
Third Base Nick Grady Senior  University of Southern Maine
Shortstop Sam Dexter Freshman University of Southern Maine
Outfield Conor Bierfeldt Senior  Western Connecticut State University
Outfield Forrest Chadwick Junior University of Southern Maine
Outfield Tucker White Senior University of Southern Maine
Designated Hitter Chris Alberto Senior  Western Connecticut State University
Pitcher Logan Carman Junior University of Southern Maine
Pitcher Tom Darby Senior Eastern Connecticut State University
Relief Pitcher Matt Purnell Senior Eastern Connecticut State University
       
Second Team
Catcher Matt Worden Senior  University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
First Base Greg Bates Senior  Keene State College
Second Base Anthony Pisani Senior  University of Southern Maine
Third Base Matt Vaccarelli Junior Eastern Connecticut State University
Shortstop Brandon Cox Junior Plymouth State University
Shortstop Brendan Lynch Junior Eastern Connecticut State University
Outfield Steve Beard Senior Plymouth State University
Outfield Kevin Carey Senior Rhode Island College
Outfield Ryan Medeiros Sophomore University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Outfield Jamill Moquette Junior University of Massachusetts Boston
Designated Hitter Chris Bernard Junior University of Southern Maine
Pitcher Kyle Szatrowski Sophomore University of Massachusetts Boston
Pitcher Rew Wilson Senior Plymouth State University
Relief Pitcher Andrew Richards Sophomore University of Southern Maine
       
Co-Players of the Year
Conor Bierfeldt, Western Connecticut State University
Tucker White, University of Southern Maine
 
Pitcher of the Year
Logan Carman, University of Southern Maine
 
Rookie of the Year
Sam Dexter, University of Southern Maine
 
Coach of the Year
Ed Flaherty, University of Southern Maine