SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 4, 2017) – Senior first baseman Daniel Morin (Salem, N.H.) was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Senior Scholar-Athlete, and six other Golden Bears were recognized when the CCC announced its All-Conference teams and major award winners on Thursday afternoon.
Morin also earned a spot on the All-CCC first team, where he was joined by sophomore outfielder Ben LaCroix (Branford, Conn.). Sophomore left-handed pitcher Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.), junior infielder Jared Rosenblatt (Avon, Conn.) and sophomore designated hitter Aaron Rios (Stratford, Conn.) were named to the second team, while sophomore shortstop Alex Loparco (Riverside, Conn.) and senior relief pitcher Jacques Boilard (Brimfield, Mass.) collected third team honors.
An electrical engineering major with a 3.79 cumulative grade point average, Morin was a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society inductee. He is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and National Technical Honor Societies, and is a two-time Academic All-CCC qualifier. The Salem, N.H. native becomes Western New England's second CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the last three seasons, after Matt Anziano was recognized in 2015.
For his accomplishments on the field, Morin earns his second consecutive All-CCC first team selection and third All-CCC honor overall after garnering second team recognition as a freshman in 2014. He has again been one of the top offensive players in the conference, hitting .351 (9th in CCC) with 14 doubles (2nd), two triples, three home runs (T-3rd) and 27 RBI (T-8th) in 37 games this spring. Morin has also walked 14 times and scored 25 runs while posting a .552 slugging percentage (4th) and a .439 on-base percentage.
The senior, who is currently riding a season-best seven-game hitting streak, is batting .462 (18-for-39) with five doubles, two homers and 11 RBI over his last 11 games. Morin has recorded 15 multi-hit games this season, and he became the 15th Golden Bear to reach the 100-RBI mark for his career after going 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, a home run and five RBI in a 17-2 win at Suffolk on April 18.
LaCroix earns All-CCC first team honors following a breakout campaign in which he hit .341 (10th in CCC) and also ranked in the top-10 in the conference in home runs (5, 1st), RBI (33, 2nd), walks (23, 2nd), on-base percentage (.446, 5th), slugging percentage (.515, 8th) and runs scored (28, T-9th). The sophomore, who is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, has recorded 16 multi-hit games while driving in multiple runs in eight contests. LaCroix was named CCC Player of the Week on April 10 following a stretch that included a 3-for-5 effort with two doubles, one home run and seven RBI in Western New England's 14-5 triumph over Wentworth on April 9.
Hamel, the 2016 CCC Rookie of the Year, earns his second straight All-Conference selection with second team recognition in 2017. The ace of Western New England's pitching staff, Hamel has gone 6-2 with a 2.12 earned run average and 44 strikeouts in 51.0 innings on the mound this season. He has posted complete game efforts in five of his eight starts, and pitched at least five innings on six occasions. On March 17 in Florida, Hamel struck out seven batters and surrendered just two hits and one unearned run during a seven inning complete game performance in Western New England's 7-1 victory over then-No. 13 nationally ranked the College of New Jersey. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine batters over just five innings in the Golden Bears' 13-6 win over Framingham State on March 11.
Rosenblatt is a first-time All-CCC performer after seeing his role expand this spring. The junior has posted career-highs across the board, as he is batting .303 (33-for-109) with six doubles, one triple, two homers and 26 RBI to go with ten walks and 18 runs scored. Rosenblatt has recorded at least one hit in 24 of the 33 games he has appeared in this season, including eight of nine during Western New England's season-opening trip in Florida.
Rios has been an immediate contributor during his first season with the Golden Bears after transferring from Framingham State. The sophomore is hitting .322 (29-for-90) with two doubles, one triple and 15 RBI in 30 games this spring. He has recorded at least one hit in 18 contests with nine multi-hit efforts.
Loparco, who has appeared in all 78 of Western New England's games since joining the program, collects his first All-Conference honor this spring with his selection to the All-CCC third team. The sophomore infielder hit .286 (42-for-147) during the regular season with ten doubles (T-6th in CCC), two triples (T-5th), three home runs (T-3rd) and 30 RBI (T-3rd). Loparco also scored 28 runs, good for ninth in the CCC, and stole seven bases. He posted 13 multi-hit efforts, including a 5-for-6 performance with a double and four RBI in Western New England's 13-6 win over Framingham State on March 11.
Rounding out Western New England's seven All-CCC selections is Boilard, who caps his career with a third team selection following a successful senior campaign as the Golden Bears' closer. The Brimfield, Mass. native has a 2.61 earned run average with eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings this season, and he is tied for second in the CCC with five saves.
Third-seeded Western New England (21-16) opens the double elimination round of the CCC Tournament at home on Thursday at 3 p.m. against sixth-seeded Gordon (11-20).