ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Lesley University freshman Tom Muratore (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) has been announced as the 2015 New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Year. Muratore, who was honored with the award following a vote of the league's coaches, was also placed on the NECC Second Team All-Conference. Joining him with Second Team honors is junior Gustavo Polidor (Caracas, Venezuela) and senior Robert Parson (Commack, N.Y.).
Muratore led all NECC pitchers in Conference play with 49.2 innings pitched, 41 strikeouts, five complete games, and two shutouts in eight regular season conference appearances. His 1.63 NECC ERA was good for third in the league and he held opposing NECC players to a paltry .219 batting average.
Polidor made his presence felt immediately in his first season with the Lynx as the junior hit .377 with eight doubles, one triple, 12 RBI, and nine runs scored in 18 conference games. Polidor also displayed fantastic defense up the middle for the Lynx.
Parson capped his career with his second NECC All-Conference honor. The senior hit .377 with seven doubles, one home run, ten RBI, and 17 runs scored in 15 conference games played. The leadoff man also swiped four bags and published a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage while displaying fantastic range in centerfield.
The complete list of NECC Awards is below. Please click here to view the official release.
2015 NECC Baseball Awards
Player of the Year – Niko Bedell, Becker, So., DH, Manorville, N.Y.
Pitcher of the Year – Al Jordan Johnson, Mitchell, Jr., Groton, Conn.
Rookie of the Year – Tom Muratore, Lesley, Fr., P, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Coach of the Year – Travis Beausoleil, Mitchell College
Team Sportsmanship Award – Daniel Webster College
2015 NECCC Baseball All-Conference First Team
- Catcher – Ryan Goodwin, Mitchell, Sr., Tunkhannock, Pa.
- 1st Base – Jordan Zima, Elms, So., Berlin, Conn.
- 2nd Base – Matt Consigli, Becker, Sr., Whitinsville, Mass.
- 3rd Base – Rafael Garcia, Mitchell, Sr., New Britain, Conn.
- Shortstop – TJ Sempkowski, Becker, So., Oceanport, N.J.
- Outfield – Neftali Arroyo, Mitchell, Jr., New Haven, Conn.
- Outfield – Brady Forrest, Elms, Sr., Hampden, Mass.
- Outfield – Kenneth Olszewski, Mitchell, Sr., Canterbury, Conn.
- Designated Hitter - Niko Bedell, Becker, So., Manorville, N.Y.
- Pitcher – Al Jordan Johnson, Mitchell, Jr., Groton, Conn.
- Pitcher – Tyler Shamas, Mitchell, Jr., Westbrook, Conn.
2015 NECC Baseball All-Conference Second Team
- Catcher – Craig Barnett, Newbury, Jr., Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia.
- 1st Base – Colby LaBadia, Southern Vermont, Sr., Howes Cavern, N.Y.
- 1st Base – Dakota Williams, Daniel Webster, So., Hudson, N.H.
- 2nd Base – Gustavo Polidor, Lesley, Jr., Caracas, Venezuela
- 3rd Base – Kyle Brigham, Daniel Webster, Jr., Hudson, N.H.
- Shortstop – Billy Stephen, Newbury, Fr., Windermere, Fla.
- Outfield – Michael Bombard, Elms, Fr., Chicopee, Mass.
- Outfield – Steven Broy, Newbury, Sr., Gorham,. Maine
- Outfield – Robert Parson, Lesley, Sr., Comack, N.Y.
- Designated Hitter – Robert Parson, Lesley, Sr., Comack, N.Y.,
- Pitcher – Ethan Forrest, Newbury, So., East Bridgewater, Mass.
- Pitcher – Tom Muratore, Lesley, Fr., Mamaroneck, N.Y.
- Pitcher – Tyler Wagar, Becker, So., Uxbridge, Mass.
2015 NECC Baseball All-Conference Honorable Mention
- Francis Baldino, Becker, Fr, OF, East Brookfield, Mass.
- Dan Ierardi, Daniel Webster, 2B, Dunstable, Mass.
- Richard Rios, Southern Vermont, Jr., Pico Rivera, Calif.