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3 Little East Baseball Players Selected To NEIBA All-Star Game

3 Little East Baseball Players Selected To NEIBA All-Star Game

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior middle infielders Travis Bass (West Hartford, Conn.) and John Parke (Middlefield, Conn.), as well as, University of Massachusetts Boston left fielder Drew Tambling (Sterling, Mass.) are expected to compete as members of the College Division baseball team Sunday, June 6 at the 36th Annual New England College All-Star Game at Fenway Park in Boston.

The College Division all-star team is comprised of 16 Division III seniors and 15 Division II players and will face a team of University (Division I) all-stars Sunday at 3 p.m. NCAA regulations prevent Division III underclassmen from competing in all-star games.

Bass and Parke's statistics this season were nearly identical. This year's starting shortstop, Bass started all 46 games in which he appeared, batting .338 with 41 RBI and 21 extra-base hits and shared the team lead with 66 hits and led the team with107 assists. Parke, the starting second baseman who started all 45 games in which he appeared, batted .337 with 49 RBI and 24 extra-base hits, 65 hits and 105 assists. Parke was the team's leadoff hitter in 28 games and Bass batted second 42 times.

Both Bass and Parke were three-time All-New England selections in their careers. Bass was a three-time third-team pick, earning that honor as a freshman at Castleton State College in 2007 before transferring to Eastern. Parke was named to the second team this year after earning third-team mention in each of the previous two seasons.

Bass concluded his three-year Eastern career with a .358 batting average, 186 hits, 151 runs, 109 RBI, 47 stolen bases, and 306 assists. Including his freshman year at Castleton, Bass totaled 250 collegiate hits. Parke, the team's starting leftfielder as a sophomore, batted .345 with 220 hits, 164 runs, 124 RBI, 54 stolen bases and 304 assists.

The Warriors won 31 and lost 15 this season and shared the Little East Conference regular-season title and qualified for their 31st NCAA tournament in the last 35 years under head coach Bill Holowaty.

Tambling's selection to the NEIBA All-Star Game caps his most productive season in Boston. A starter in each of his 45 games, the Sterling, Mass. product established a new program record for stolen bases (34), while ranking second in home runs (9), and third in batting average (.364, 71-for-195). The All-New England, second-team selection hit safely in 39 contests, including registering multiple base knocks 22 times. He posted two hitting streaks of 15 games, most recently between April 24 and May 15. Tambling enjoyed finest performance at the plate in Danbury, Conn., where he went 4-for-7 with a season-best three RBI against the Colonials. He also made his debut on the All-Little East, first-team.

Tambling helped the Beacons shatter the program's single-season wins mark (32). UMass Boston reached the NCAA Division III National Championship Round after winning the New England Regional as the No. 7 seed. The Beacons defeated top-seeded Tufts University twice to book their trip to Appleton, Wis. UMass Boston earned the automatic qualifier into the national tournament after posting a 4-0 mark in the Little East Baseball Championship, marking the first title in program history.   

A total of 13 institutions were represented on the Division III all-star team, with Eastern, Wheaton College and Western New England College garnering two selections each.

The University Division leads the all-time series 22-11. The teams also played to one tie and one all-star game was divided in East and West. The University Division ended a brief two-year College Division winning streak with an 11-0 victory last June at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass.

(Information obtained from Eastern Connecticut State University sports information)