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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

DiPIETRO REPEATS: NEW ENGLAND’S TOP PITCHER
Joined on All-New England team by teammates Koch, Mehrbach, O’Brien

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – For the second consecutive year, junior left-handed pitcher Ryan DiPietro (KENSINGTON) has been named New England Division III Pitcher-of-the-Year by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) and he has been joined on the All-New England team by three teammates.

Named Monday as the Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year for the second straight season, DiPietro was joined on the All-New England  first team by senior shortstop Tom Koch (WARWICK, RI) and junior third baseman Zach Mehrbach (LYME, NH).  Senior right-handed pitcher Ben O’Brien (MONTVILLE) was among 17 individuals named to the third team. Mehrbach was named at the utility position.

A total of 49 individuals representing 24 institutions were named to one of the three                                             DiPIETRO

All-New England teams. Fifteen players were named to the first team and 17 to both the second and third teams.

Eastern’s three first-team selections were the most first-team picks of any institution. No institution had more than Eastern’s four overall selections.

As seniors, Koch and O’Brien are eligible to compete for the Division III Senior All-Star Team  in the 31st Annual New England College All-Star Game,                  scheduled Sunday, June 5 at Fenway Park at 6:30 p.m.

 

DiPietro had beennamed the New England Pitcher-of-the-Year when the

Pictured from left: Koch, Mehrbach, O'Brien

award was given for the first time last year. He was a first-team All-New England selection, as well, last year and a second-team pick as a freshman in 2003. This year, DiPietro led Eastern’s staff in wins, innings and strikeouts and starters in ERA for the second straight year and in wins and strikeouts for the third straight year.

This year, DiPietro was 8-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 70 1/3 innings, pitched a six-inning no-hitter and pitched seven perfect innings in combining on a no-hitter. Five times he struck out at least ten batters in a game – including ten or more in his final four starts. He struck out a  season-high 15 against just one walk in the combined no-hitter against Westfield State College in the northern-opener.

DiPietro showed a season-best 1.29 ERA after winning his fourth straight decision April 9 against Massachusetts Boston and defeated UMass Boston in his only Little East Conference Tournament start, pitching a four-hitter over eight innings with ten strikeouts. He is currently ranked 12th nationally in Division III in strikeouts per game (11.4), 25th in wins and 30th in ERA.

Last year, DiPietro garnered a multitude of honors, among them NCAA Division III National Player-of-the-Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and first-team NCAA Division III All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Through three years, DiPietro has won 29 of 32 decisions with 336 strikeouts and 81 walks and a 1.50 ERA in 257 1/3 innings. He ranks fourth all-time at Eastern in wins, second in strikeouts, fourth in ERA and seventh in innings.

Mehrbach, Koch and O’Brien were recognized with All-New England honors for the first time. Monday, Mehrbach became the program’s fourth straight Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year while Koch and O’Brien were first-team all-conference selections.

Mehrbach and Koch both started all 43 games for the 30-13 Warriors this spring and ranked 1-2 in batting with career-high batting averages of .397 and .367, respectively.  O’Brien led the pitching staff in appearances (21), ERA (0.74) and saves (6). led Eastern this year in batting (.397)

 Mehrbach, the team’s starting third baseman, hit safely in 40 of 43 games, including 23 of the final 24. And finishing batting 106 points higher than his sophomore season. After having a nine-game hitting streak snapped, he hit safely in his next 14 before going hitless for one game, then ended his career on another nine-game streak. He led the Warriors in this past weekend’s Little East Conference Tournament with a .429 average. Mehrbach leads the conference with 71 hits, 38 RBI, 14 doubles, 91 total bases, is second with 40 runs  and  fourth with a .397 batting average.

Koch had a career-high .367 average – 131 points better than his mark as a junior --  and also drove in a career-high 28 runs and was second with 18 stolen bases. He had more than 50 hits (54) for the second time in his career. Defensively, he set a career record with 541 assists – two shy of the New England Division III record. Six times during the year he had three or more hits, including a 4-for-4 game with four runs and three RBI April 16  against the University of Southern Maine. Koch was second to Mehrbach with a .400 average in last weekend’s Little East Conference tournament. Up north, he failed to hit safely in more than one game only once, putting together hitting streaks of ten and eight. He concluded his career with a .302 batting average, 198 hits, 159 runs scored and 58 stolen bases and finished second all-time by appearing in 195 games. As a junior, he also set the current program season record with 148 assists.

This year, O’Brien allowed only three earned runs: one in California, one up north in the regular season and one in the Little East Conference Tournament. His first win of the year came against nationally-ranked Chapman University and his final win came in the team’s final win of the year against the University of Southern Maine in the conference tournament. Beginning with the Chapman game, O’Brien pitched in 11 games without giving up an earned run. Of the 23 hits he gave up all year, 21 were singles and two were doubles. This year, he joined ten previous pitchers in program history to appear in as many as 50 games. In 93.0 innings over 50 career appearances in a there-year varsity career, he was 7-3 with seven saves and a 1.65 ERA  and gave up only ten extra-base hits (nine doubles, one home run).

2005 NCAA DIVISION III ALL-NEW ENGLAND BASEBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Pos.Name                                     Cl.                  Institution

DH Mark Baumer                            Jr.                    Wheaton College

  C Derek McIntosh                        Sr.                   Saint Joseph’s College, ME

1B Tamayo Manzanillo                  Sr.                   Suffolk U.

2B Ryan Kravontka                       Fr.                   Western New England College

3B Jeff Natale                              Sr.                   Trinity College, CT

SS TOM KOCH                           Sr.                  EASTERN CONN.

OF Keith Renaud                          Fr.                   Becker College

OF Eric Cirella                              Sr.                   Salve Regina U.

OF Chris Mahoney                        Sr.                   Western New England College

OF Steve Smith                            Fr                    Bridgewater State College

UT ZACH MEHRBACH                  Jr.                   EASTERN CONN.

  P Tip Fairchild                             Jr.                    U. of Southern Maine

  P RYAN DiPIETRO                     Jr.                   EASTERN CONN.

  P Greg Talpey                              Jr.                    Trinity College, CT

  P Charlie Furbush                       Fr.                   Saint Joseph’s College, ME

 

SECOND TEAM

Pos.Name                                     Cl.                  Institution

DH Greg Hickey                             Sr.                   Tufts U.

  C Ted Dziuba                               Jr.                    Babson College

  C John Grainger                            So.                  Keene State College

1B Bear Dunn                                 Sr.                   Worcester State College

2B Dave Riester                              Sr.                   Middlebury College

2B Wayne Duggan                        Jr.                    MIT

3B Jeff LaHair                                Jr.                    Worcester State College

SS Zach Schonberger                   Jr.                    Amherst College

OF Ryan Armstrong                     Jr.                    Middlebury College

OF Chris Higgins                          Sr.                   Rhode Island College

OF Mike Maguire                          Sr.                   Suffolk U.

OF Keith Cooper                            Sr.                   Wheaton College

UT Chris Haddad                           Sr.                   Salve Regina U.

  P Bryan Lambert                           Sr.                   Brandeis U.

  P Jason Connelly                         Jr.                    Western New England College

  P Joe Vladeck                               Jr.                    Amherst College

  P Matt Ponte                                Sr.                   Wheaton College

 

THIRD TEAM

Pos.Name                                    Cl.                  Institution

DH Christian Perry                         Sr.                   Bridgewater State College

  C Charlie Engasser                      Sr.                   Bates College

  C Kyle Zeller                                Jr.                    MIT

1B Greg Allain                                Sr.                   Endicott College

2B Chandler Barnard                        Fr.                   Trinity College, CT

3B Josh Santry                               Sr.                   Amherst College

SS Matt Batchelder                         Jr.                    Suffolk U.

OF Brett Bodine                             Sr.                   Johnson & Wales U.

OF Jay Houser                               Jr.                    Bridgewater State College

OF Jared Lemieux                           Jr.                    Bowdoin College

OF Rob Cipolla                              Sr.                   Wheaton College

UT Matt Bishop                              Jr.                    Endicott College

  P Aaron Narva                              So.                  Tufts U.

  P Chris Anderson                        Fr.                   Western New England College

  P Dan Howard                              Sr.                   Johnson & Wales U.

  P BEN O’BRIEN                          Sr.                  EASTERN CONN.

  P Brad Mountain                           So.                Eastern Nazarene College

PITCHER-OF-THE-YEAR

 RYAN DiPIETRO                            Jr.                   EASTERN CONN.

PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR

 Jeff Natale, 3B                                Sr.                   Trinity College, CT

COACH-OF-THE-YEAR

 Bill Decker                                                               Trinity College, CT

    

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