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Erik Merrill Named To LEC All-Conference First Team

Erik Merrill Named To LEC All-Conference First Team

PAWTUCKET, RI - PAWTUCKET, RI - Western Connecticut State University junior catcher Erik Merrill (Poughkeepsie, NY) has been named to the 2019 Little East Conference Baseball All-Conference First Team on Tuesday.

Merrill appeared in 28 games this season for the 8-23 Colonials.  He led the regulars in hitting with a .398 batting average and 11 doubles.  He also had one triple and was second on the team with 25 runs batted in and scored 18 runs.  Behind the dish, Merrill finished with a .965 fielding average with just five errors in 142 chances.

The LEC Baseball all-conference teams and major awards were announced following a vote of the league's head coaches. Plymouth State senior outfielder Josh Goulet was named the Player of the Year, while Eastern Connecticut freshman catcher Matt Malcom was named Rookie of the Year. Southern Maine junior Ben Lambert was named the Pitcher of the year, while Huskies' bench boss Ed Flaherty was named Coach of the Year.

Goulet became the first-ever Plymouth State player to be named to the Little East Player of the Year after leading the league in home runs (13), RBI (47), fielding percentage (1.000) and slugging percentage (.806), while ranking second in runs (47), doubles (16), total bases (116), and third in on-base percentage (.492) and stolen bases (24).The senior ranks in the top-10 in Division III in homers (seventh), slugging (fifth) and total bases (seventh), and is 13th in total bases.

Lambert became the seventh Southern Maine player to be named the LEC Pitcher of the Year. He is 9-0 in his 10 appearances this season, posting a 1.14 ERA and 62 strikeouts over his 63 innings. He leads the conference in wins and ERA, and is fifth in strikeouts.

Malcom was elected Rookie of the Year after batting .360 and slugging .619 while totaling 50 hits, 14 doubles, six homer 29 RBI and 43 runs scored, and posting a .984 fielding percentage in his 316 total chances behind the plate. He ranks fifth in the league in double, runs and slugging percentage, and sixth in home runs. Malcom is the sixth Warrior to be named the LEC Rookie of the Year. The junior ranks seventh in the nation in ERA and is tied for ninth in victories.

Flaherty was named Little East Coach of the Year for an LEC-record 10th time after guiding the Huskies to an overall record of 34-7 and the 2019 LEC regular season title with a league mark of 14-2. His 1,038 are the fifth-most in Division III history.

 

2019 LEC Baseball All-Conference Team

       
 

Name

Class

Institution

Player of the Year

Josh Goulet

Sr.

Plymouth State

Pitcher of the Year

Ben Lambert

Jr.

Southern Maine

Rookie of the Year

Matt Malcom

Fr.

Eastern Connecticut

Coach of the Year

Ed Flaherty

 

Southern Maine

       

First Team All-Conference

Position

Name

Class

Institution

First Base

Davis Mikell

Jr.

Castleton

Second Base

Jake Dexter

Sr.

Southern Maine

Shortstop

Andrew Olszak

Jr.

Southern Maine

Third Base

Mike Knell

Jr.

UMass Dartmouth

Catcher

Erik Merrill

Jr.

Western Connecticut

Designated Hitter

Kyle Boudrias

Sr.

UMass Boston

Outfield

Josh Goulet

Sr.

Plymouth State

Outfield

Nick Herzog

Sr.

UMass Boston

Outfield

Zach Quintal

Sr.

Southern Maine

Pitcher

Ben Lambert

Jr.

Southern Maine

Pitcher

Mike Webb

Jr.

Rhode Island College

Relief Pitcher

Bobby Tramondozzi

Sr.

UMass Boston

       

Second Team All-Conference

Position

Name

Class

Institution

First Base

Tyler Walsh

Sr.

Rhode Island College

Second Base

Nate Vigeant

Jr.

Rhode Island College

Shortstop

Charlie Huegi

Sr.

UMass Boston

Third Base

Andrew Hillier

Jr.

Southern Maine

Catcher

Matt Malcom

Fr.

Eastern Connecticut

Designated Player

Dylan Hapworth

Jr.

Southern Maine

Outfield

Sam Troiano

So.

Southern Maine

Outfield

Nate Tellier

Jr.

UMass Dartmouth

Outfield

Luke Broadhurst

So.

Eastern Connecticut

Pitcher

Tyler Arruda

So.

UMass Boston

Pitcher

Matt Cronin

Sr.

UMass Dartmouth

Relief Pitcher

Jake Dexter

Sr.

Southern Maine