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Dan Gomez & Bob Hamel Earn Major Awards from the ECAC

Dan Gomez & Bob Hamel Earn Major Awards from the ECAC

ECAC New England All-Stars Release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (June 8, 2016) – 
Western New England University head baseball coach Dan Gomez and freshman left-handed pitcher Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.) have both earned major awards from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), which released its Division III New England All-Star teams yesterday.
Gomez was named New England DIII Coach of the Year, while Hamel received Rookie of the Year accolades. Additionally, senior third baseman Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) and senior right-handed pitcher David Cherry (Southbury, Conn.) were recognized as ECAC second team All-Stars.
Gomez, who also collected Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Coach of the Year accolades for the first time in his career earlier this spring, guided the Golden Bears to a 30-11 record (including a program-best 8-0 start) and a 13-3 mark in league play. Western New England, which was picked fifth in the CCC Preseason Coaches' Poll, earned a share of the conference regular season title and the top seed in the CCC Tournament.
Hamel, the CCC Rookie of the Year and All-Conference second team selection, adds yet another honor to his impressive rookie campaign. The freshman southpaw made an immediate impact on the mound for Western New England this spring, going 7-1 with a 1.88 earned run average, good for third in the CCC. He struck out 37 batters and surrendered just 11 earned runs in 52.2 frames on the mound.
Hamel 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. He struck out a season-high eight batters over seven innings in a 10-3 win over Calvin (Mich.) in Florida on March 18.
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).
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 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.
Hamel, Colmenares and Cherry were also recognized by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) with All-Region honors. Colmenares led the way with his selection to the second team, while Hamel and Cherry joined senior shortstop Kevin Marciano (Pepperell, Mass.) on the third team.