May 15, 2012

2012 All-Little East Baseball Teams Announced

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Rhode Island College senior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, Mass.) and Western Connecticut State University junior outfielder Conor Bierfeldt (Torrington, Conn.) were selected as the Little East Co-Players of the Year this afternoon when the conference office announced its annual major awards program and All-Little East Baseball Teams. University of Southern Maine senior Ben Ives (Portland, Maine) was named the Pitcher of the Year and Ed Flaherty was tabbed as the Coach of the Year by his peers. Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore outfielder Adam Roderick (West Hartford, Conn.) was chosen as the Rookie of the Year. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth was the Team Sportsmanship Award recipients.

In addition to the major awards program, the Little East coaches determined the 25-member all-conference teams during an in-person meeting. The top team is comprised of 12 student-athletes, while 13 players were named to the second squad. Seven of the eight conference teams were honored on the 16th annual all-conference teams with the Huskies leading the pack with six selections.

Allaire became the first Anchorman to be selected as the top player in the Little East. The senior from Uxbridge, Mass. made his second straight appearance on the All-Little East, first-team as the shortstop selection. Allaire became the first Rhode Island College player to eclipse the 200-career hit mark, accomplishing the feat against conference foe Western Connecticut on April 28, 2012. He will depart the Providence, R.I. campus as the program's all-time leader in hits (216) and runs scored (132), while also owning the single-season hits standard (72). Allaire was selected to the Team of the Week for his performance during the week ending April 22. A starter in all 43 games, he hit safely in 37 contests including 23 with multiple base knocks. Allaire led the Little East in hits (71), while ranking among the leaders in batting average (5th, .397), on-base percentage (5th, .484), walks (5th, 26), and runs scored (6th, 44). In 14 conference contests, he batted .456 (26-for-57) with two doubles and eight runs batted in. Allaire recorded a season-best 16-game hit streak between April 1 and April 26. He registered a season-high four hits four times on the campaign, most recently against UMass Boston on May 4. Allaire drove in a season-best three runs against Roger Williams March 20. He was selected as the Little East Player of the Week once on the campaign.

Bierfeldt will be the first Colonial to mount the top player award on his mantle. The junior from Torrington, Conn. also made his debut on the All-Little East, first-team as an outfielder selection. Bierfeldt rewrote the Western Connecticut history book during his junior campaign, establishing a new single-season record for hits (61), triples (6), and runs batted in (50). According to the latest NCAA statistical report, he ranked among the Division III leaders in slugging percentage (3rd, .838), home runs (14th, 10), and runs batted in (16th, 50). Bierfeldt also led the conference in home runs, slugging percentage, and total bases (119), while ranking second in batting average (.430), doubles, and RBI. A starter in 36 of his 37 contests, he hit safely in 32 games. Bierfeldt feasted on Little East pitching, posting a .446 batting average (25-for-56) with 14 extra base hits—on 6 doubles and eight home runs—and 17 runs batted in. He enjoyed his most successful day at the plate in the first game of a doubleheader at Southern Maine on April 14, when Bierfeldt went 4-for-4 with a double and two home runs to drive in three. He also went 4-for-4 against Saint Joseph's College (L.I.) two days later. Bierfeldt recorded a season-high five runs batted in against Oneonta State on March 22. He was named the Little East Player of the Week twice on the season.

Ives became the third Southern Maine hurler to be voted as the top pitcher in the conference, and first since Tim Therrian headlined the major awards program in 2009. The senior from Portland, Maine made his first appearance on the All-Little East teams, earning first-teams honors. Ives led the conference in victories (9) and innings pitched (84), while ranking second in strikeouts with 70. A starter in 12 of his 13 appearances, Ives posted an undefeated mark of 9-0. He held his opponents to a .239 batting average, allowing 78 hits over the course of 84 innings. Ives recorded five quality starts during his senior campaign, including back-to-back wins against Western New England and Rhode Island College. He reached double figures in strikeouts twice during this past spring, including a season-best 11 against Lyndon State on March 3. Ives was brilliant in his last start, throwing a complete-game victory against No. 27 Keene State College in Game 10 of the 2012 Little East Baseball Championship. His performance strong-armed the Huskies into the championship game. Ives was named the 2012 Little East Baseball Championship Most Outstanding Player.

Roderick became the fifth Warrior to be earn the coveted top rookie award, and first since Melvin Castillo in 2007. The West Hartford, Conn. product also made an appearance on the All-Little East, second-team pick as an outfielder. Roderick ranked among the conference leaders in stolen bases (2nd, 23), triples (7th, 5), runs scored (8th, 40), and hits (12th, 58). Roderick hit safely in 31 of his 39 contests, including 20 multi-hit games, to sport a .365 batting average. He registered 14 extra-base hits, including eight doubles, and drove in 26 runs this past spring. Roderick launched his first collegiate home run against Western Connecticut on April 10. He penned a season-high four hits in his ledger against Little East rival Keene State on April 10, which sparked a season-best 10-game hitting streak. Roderick matched his season-high in runs batted in with three at the Colonials on April 17. His performance helped Eastern Connecticut reach the 29-win plateau for the 13th consecutive campaign.

Flaherty made his sixth appearance as the top coach in the Little East, after previously earning the award in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006, and 2009. He guided Southern Maine to its third Little East Baseball Championship this past weekend, when the Huskies defeated Plymouth State University 6-1 in the finale. In 2012, Flaherty led his squad to a record of 27-17, raising their season win total by five from the previous campaign. The Huskies sported an 11-3 mark in the conference circuit to clinch their seventh Little East regular-season title in program history. Southern Maine will enter the 2012 NCAA Division III tournament as one of the hottest squads in the 56-team field, winning 11 of its past 12 contests. The Huskies earned the sixth-seed in the Willimantic, Conn. Regional and will face New England Small College Athletic Conference champions Trinity (Conn.) in the first round at 4:30 p.m. on May 16.

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.

2012 All-Little East Baseball Teams
First Team
Position Name Institution
Designated Hitter Tucker White University of Southern Maine
Catcher J.P. Stone Rhode Island College
First Base Joe Balowski Eastern Connecticut State University
Second Base Joan Mustafa Rhode Island College
Shortstop Kyle Allaire Rhode Island College
Third Base Greg Bates Keene State College
Outfield Conor Bierfeldt Western Connecticut State University
Outfield Erik Bergstrom Keene State College
Outfield Kyle Morrill Keene State College
Pitcher David Hoey Rhode Island College
Pitcher Ben Ives University of Southern Maine
Relief Pitcher Nick Douglass University of Southern Maine
Second Team
Position Name Institution
Designated Hitter Luke Merrill Plymouth State University
Catcher David Simone Western Connecticut State University
First Base Matt Consiglio University of Massachusetts Boston
Second Base Zack Dandrea Western Connecticut State University
Shortstop Danny O'Connell Eastern Connecticut State University
Third Base Nick Grady University of Southern Maine
Outfield Forrest Chadwick University of Southern Maine
Outfield David Ricker University of Southern Maine
Outfield Adam Roderick Eastern Connecticut State University
Outfield Mike Yates Western Connecticut State University
Pitcher Bobby Chatfield Plymouth State University
Pitcher Jeff Pelkey Keene State College
Relief Pitcher Jeff Thomas University of Massachusetts Boston
Co-Players of the Year
Kyle Allaire, Rhode Island College
Conor Bierfeldt, Western Connecticut State University
Pitcher of the Year
Ben Ives, University of Southern Maine
Rookie of the Year
Adam Roderick, Eastern Connecticut State University
Coach of the Year
Ed Flaherty, University of Southern Maine
Team Sportsmanship Award
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth