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Friday, May 27, 2005


Junior left-hander named to ABCA/Rawlings Division III second team

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. --  For the second consecutive year, junior left-handed pitcher Ryan DiPietro (KENSINGTON) has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings Division III All-America Baseball Team.

A second-team selection, DiPietro was one of five New England selections to the 53-player team which featured 17 players on the first team, 20 on the second team and 16 on the third team. A total of 18 pitchers were selected – five on the first and third  teams and eight on the second team.

College of Wooster senior shortstop Luke Ulman was named Player-of-the-Year. Ullman had 13 home runs and 58 RBI in leading his team to a berth in this week’s NCAA Division III national tournament.

DiPietro becomes the program’s 46th All-America selection since 1970 and the fourth Eastern pitcher  named to the All-America team more than once, joining pitching repeaters  John Caneira (1972-73-74), Brian Cassidy (1985-86) and Joey Serfass (2003-04).  Last year, DiPietro was a first-team All-America selection and was named co-national Pitcher-of-the-Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)  in leading the Warriors to a berth in the national championship game.

Earlier this month, DiPietro repeated as NEIBA New England Division III, NCBWA New England and Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year. He was 8-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 89 strikeouts 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. He  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.

DiPietro’s ERA was the third-best among this year’s 18 All-America pitchers.

This year, DiPietro showed a season-best 1.29 ERA after winning his fourth straight decision April 9 against Massachusetts Boston. He later 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.

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.

 Other 2005 All-America selections from New England were first-team senior third baseman Jeff Natale of Trinity College, second-team senior outfielder Eric Cirella of Salve Regina University, third-team junior right-handed pitcher Greg Talpey of Trinity College and third-team freshman outfielder Steve Smith of Bridgewater State College. 


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