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.
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