ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Teams
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 25, 2016) – Four members of the Western New England University baseball team have been recognized with All-Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), it was announced last night.
Senior third baseman Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) led the way with his selection to the second team, while senior shortstop Kevin Marciano (Pepperell, Mass.), senior right-handed pitcher David Cherry (Southbury, Conn.) and freshman left-handed pitcher Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.) were all named to the third team. All four student-athletes are earning All-Region honors for the first time in their careers.
The NEIBA and ABCA/Rawlings All-New England teams recognize 54 players from 26 different programs. Western New England's four selections are tied with Suffolk and Salve Regina for the most from any school.
Colmenares, a two-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) honoree, was one of four players in the CCC to bat over .400 this season. The senior infielder hit .403 (58-for-144) with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs and 41 RBI (5th in CCC) while scoring 43 runs (6th) in 40 games. He also ranked second in the conference in on-base percentage (.471) and tied for fifth in slugging percentage (.556).
Colmenares opened the 2016 campaign with ten hits and six RBI over Western New England's first four games, and knocked in multiple runs on nine occasions this season. He posted a season-best nine-game hitting streak from 4/9-4/17, a stretch he capped with a walk-off single in the Golden Bears' 2-1 win over Endicott at Trelease Park that gave Western New England sole possession of first place in the CCC. Colmenares finished the regular season strong, earning CCC Player of the Week accolades for the second time after batting .643 with a double, two home runs and eight RBI to go with seven runs scored over the Golden Bears' last six games.
Marciano, who served as Western New England's team captain this spring en route to his second straight All-CCC first team selection, finished fifth in the conference with a .394 batting average. The senior shortstop recorded nine doubles (T-12th), three triples (T-3rd), two home runs and 20 RBI. He also scored 46 runs (3rd), drew 12 walks and stole 17 bases (T-3rd) in 21 opportunities.
Marciano helped fuel Western New England's hot start to the season, as he opened the 2016 campaign on a ten-game hitting streak that included seven multi-hit performances. The Pepperell, Mass. native drove in at least one in 17 games, with five multi-RBI efforts.
Cherry, the CCC Pitcher of the Year, capped his collegiate career by going 7-2 with a 2.70 earned run average (7th in CCC) in nine starts this spring. He posted five complete games (T-3rd), striking out 59 batters (2nd) and issuing just 15 walks in a team-high 60.0 innings of work.
Cherry won each of his last four starts of the regular season, going the distance three times, as the Golden Bears clinched the top seed in the CCC Tournament. He struck out at least eight batters in four of his nine starts, with his career-high of 12 coming against Plymouth State in a seven-inning complete game effort on March 26.
Rounding out Western New England's four All-Region honorees is Hamel, who made an immediate impact during his first season with the program en route to CCC Rookie of the Year and All-CCC second team recognition. Hamel tied Cherry for the league lead in wins with seven (going 7-1 overall), while posting a 1.88 ERA, good for third in the CCC. He struck out 37 batters and surrendered just 11 earned runs in 52.2 frames on the mound.
He won his first five career starts, lasting seven innings in four of those contests, including a 2-1 win at Roger Williams on April 16 in which he was one out from recording a no-hitter. Hamel struck out a season-high eight batters over seven innings in a 10-3 win over Calvin (Mich.) in Florida on March 18.
Western New England's (30-11, 13-3) successful 2016 campaign featured three separate winning streaks of at least seven games, including a program-best 8-0 start to the season that earned the squad its first national ranking since 2013. Third-year head coach Dan Gomez was named the CCC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career, and six of his student-athletes collected All-Conference honors.
May 4, 2016 Dan Gomez Named CCC Coach of the Year
May 4, 2016 Six Golden Bears Earn All-CCC Recognition
May 3, 2016 Golden Bears Move Up to Fourth in NEIBA Poll
April 30, 2016 Golden Bears Celebrate Senior Day with Two Wins over Curry
April 26, 2016 Western New England Remains at No. 5 in NEIBA Poll
April 25, 2016 Kevin Marciano Earns CCC Player of the Week Honors
April 19, 2016 Golden Bears Ranked Fifth in Latest NEIBA Poll
April 18, 2016 David Cherry Collects CCC Pitcher of the Week Honors
April 14, 2016 Western New England Rallies Past UMass Dartmouth, 6-5
April 11, 2016 Cherry & Mahoney Lead Golden Bears to CCC Sweep of Gordon
March 30, 2016 Golden Bears Suffer 10-1 Setback at UMass Boston
March 21, 2016 Ben LaCroix Named CCC Player & Rookie of the Week
March 16, 2016 Golden Bears Improve to 6-0 with 10-8 Win Over Clarkson
March 15, 2016 Eduardo Colmenares & Alex Loparco Earn CCC Weekly Awards
February 18, 2016 Golden Bears Selected Fifth in CCC Preseason Coaches Poll