WORCESTER – WPI sophomore Steven Gallagher (Coventry, RI) was honored by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and D3baseball.com while four others were also recognized by both of the associations.
Fellow sophomore Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, MA) was a first team selection while junior Matt Howard (Worcester, MA) was a second team pick. Joining Gallagher, who was a third teamer on all three lists, were seniors Nick Comei (Haverhill, MA) and Mike Duclos (Greenfield, MA). Comei was also invited to the NEIBA Joe Walsh All-Star Game which is slated for noon on Friday, June 2nd at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.
Gallagher, an All-NEWMAC first team member this season, is nationally-ranked in RBI per game (7th – 1.41), home runs per game (22nd – 0.27), RBI (23rd – 52), home runs (23rd – 10) and sacrifice flies (26th - 6) as of May 22. The sophomore also posted a .345 batting average, 50 hits, nine doubles, 44 runs and 22 walks, as well as a .426 on-base and .628 slugging percentage which were all up from his initial campaign. The RBI and sacrifice fly totals lead the conference while he is third in home runs, fourth in runs. He had an eight-game hitting streak from April 8th until April 18th that featured a pair of 2-for-3 outings with 11 RBI and six runs scored in the twinbill at Coast Guard which led to NEWMAC and D3baseball.com weekly honors.
Tropeano, a NEWMAC All-Conference first team member, paced the league in runs, runs per game, hits, stolen bases, stolen bases per game and batting average. Nationally he is seventh in runs per game (1.51), eighth in stolen bases per game (0.81), ninth in runs (56), 11th in stolen bases (30), and 26th in batting average (.430). At the conference level, the sophomore is also ranked third in triples (4) and on-base percentage (.492). He ended the season on a 15-game hitting streak that featured 11 games with two or more hits after enjoying an eight-gamer to begin the campaign and a 10-game streak from March 11th to April 3rd.
Howard, a .388 hitter with 23 extra base hits, 19 walks, 48 RBI and 32 runs scored in 37 games played, led the conference with 162 chances and 154 putouts and was second with 13 double plays and was fourth on the list in home runs (6) and RBI (22) in just NEWMAC games. Overall he only trailed Gallaher with 48 RBI. Howard was also third with 15 doubles, fourth in slugging percentage (.653) and fifth in total bases (96). He went on an 11 game hitting streak from March 6 until March 24 which featured seven multi-hit contests, seven doubles and a home run. Howard registered a hit in 30 contests, including 20 with two or more.
Comei, another All-NEWMAC first teamer, batted a career-best .390, which ranked 159th out of 200 Division III student-athletes, to go with career highs of 28 walks, 36 singles, 12 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 18 stolen bases, 39 RBI, 43 runs, a .497 on-base percentage and a .644 slugging percentage. The co-captain is second in stolen bases and OBP, fifth in runs, RBI and slugging percentage, sixth in assists (108) and total bases (94) and ninth in hits among NEWMAC student-athletes. He earned NEWMAC and D3baseball.com weekly accolades following a five-game multi-hit streak down in Florida. Comei was honored again by the conference two weeks later for his play during the early part of the home slate. He later went on a 10-game hitting streak April 8 to April 18.
Duclos posted a 1.56 ERA with six saves and 16 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched over 17 appearances. His save total ranked second and his three in NEWMAC play ranked third. The righty struck out the side in his first save of the season versus Gordon. He went on to record a save in both Emerson games and one each versus Coast Guard, Becker and Johnson & Wales.
The Engineers claimed their third consecutive NEWMAC West Division title and a share of the overall NEWMAC Regular Season for the first time since 2009. The club went 25-12 with a three-game sweep of Coast Guard, as well as both versus Emerson, MIT and Babson in divisional crossover games. It is also the fourth consecutive winning season, and eighth out of 12, for head coach Mike Callahan.