BOSTON, Mass. – After posting their third straight 30+ win season, five members of Beacons baseball earned D3Baseball.com All-New England honors, marking the most in program history.
Earning First Team honors was senior Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) and junior Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.). Second Team honors went to Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.) and JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.), with Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) earning a spot on the Third Team.
A 2017 First Team honoree, Fowler becomes the first Beacon in program history to go back-to-back on the D3Baseball.com All-Region team. The new single season record holder in doubles with 22, the Barnstable native, ended his three-year career at UMass Boston as one of the most impressive hitters. In 2018, Fowler led the Beacons with a .384 average and had a combined 68 hits in 177 at-bats. On top of his 22 doubles, he also had two triples and seven home runs. His 50 RBI was tied for the team lead alongside Murphy, while his 45 runs scored was second most. He posted a team-leading .650 slugging percentage and finished with 115 total bases, one of only two players to record 100 or more total bases. His on-base percentage of .482 was also top on the Beacons, while his 32 walks had him sitting second at the end of his senior season.
Tramondozzi collected his first All-Region honor after becoming the Beacons all-time and single season leader in saves with 16 and nine respectively. In 20 appearances and 32.1 innings of work, Tramondozzi posted a 4-2 record and finished the 2018 campaign with 27 strikeouts. He averaged a bullpen leading 7.54 strikeouts per nine innings and had an ERA of 3.06. On the year he surrendered just six walks and 12 runs (11 earned). His best outing of 2018 came in the Beacons walk-off win over top-25 ranked Southern Maine. In 3.1 innings of work, Tramondozzi limited the Huskies bats to just two hits in the 4-3 conference win.
Murphy capped-off an impressive Beacons career with his second All-Region honor. In 2016, the Plymouth native earned Third Team honors after helping the Beacons to earn their first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. In 2018, Murphy was once again the top power hitter in New England. His 12 home runs led both the Beacons and the Little East Conference. He finished the season ranked fourth on the team with a .324 average and started in all 47 games. In 176 at-bats he combined for 57 hits, 11 doubles, 50 RBI and 49 runs scored. His slugging percentage of .591 was second best behind Fowler, while his on-base percentage of .452 made him one of the hardest outs at the plate. He was walked a team-leading 42 times and finished first on the team with six sacrifice flys. Defensively he proved to be one of the top second basemen in the conference as he recorded a .987 fielding percentage which was highlighted by 106 puts and 123 assists.
After being sidelined in 2017 with an injury Morin returned to the Beacons starting rotation, and quickly took over as one of the top lefty's in Division III. The Connecticut native led the Beacons pitching staff with an impressive 2.50 ERA in 11 total appearances and 57.2 innings of work. His 66 strikeouts led all UMB pitchers, while his 16 runs allowed was the fewest amongst the starting rotation. His sophomore campaign ended with a 6-1 record overall, while he held opponents to a mere .141 average. By far the best performance of his sophomore season came in the NCAA Regional Tournament when he went head-to-head with Ramapo College's ace. In seven innings of work, Morin allowed just one run on four hits and had six strikeouts to lead the Beacons to the 2-1 10-inning win over the Roadrunners. He registered a season-high 10 strikeouts over seven complete innings in the LEC Tournament win over Southern Maine.
McCormick's first All-Region honor came after taking over as the Beacons starting catcher in 2018. In 46 of the 47 games played during his sophomore season, the Rhode Island native posted a .354 average and combined for 63 total hits, which ranked him second on the team in both categories. Of his 63 hits, 16 were for extra bases (15 2B, 1 HR). McCormick posted a .455 slugging percentage and a .424 on-base percentage in 2018, which were both career bests. He finished the season with 41 RBI, which was third most, and had 42 runs scored. His 81 total bases was third behind the one-two punch of Fowler and Murphy. Behind the dish, McCormick combined for 249 putouts and 16 assists for a .989 fielding percentage. In the Beacons 13-0 seven inning win over Eastern Connecticut State, McCormick went 4-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and two doubles to lead the Beacons to their second-straight conference championship.