April 4, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston baseball player James Dalton (Apopka, FL) has been named Little East Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 28-April 3, it was announced today by the conference. The award marks the second time in the southpaw's career that he's been recognized by the conference as he was also named the Pitcher of the Week last season during the week of April 4-11.

In two appearances this past week, Dalton posted a 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in nine and two-thirds innings of work. The Apopka, FL product limited his opponents to nine singles and five walks, while recording 10 strike outs. On April 3, Dalton scattered seven hits over the course of seven innings to earn the complete game victory over UMass Dartmouth. Earlier in the week, he tossed two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief at St. Joseph's (Maine).

On the year, Dalton boasts a 2-2 record and has won his last two decisions. The lefty leads the team with a 3.04 ERA and ranks second in the LEC among pitchers who have logged at least 25 or more innings of work. He leads the conference in strikeouts with 33 while holding opponents to a .231 batting clip. He has tossed two complete games and has only surrendered 24 hits in 26.2 innings of work.

For his career, the Apopka High School product has appeared in 41 games, going 16-7 with a 2.86 ERA in 169 2/3 innings of work. He's struck out 177 batters, while issuing just 73 free passes and has allowed 156 hits for a .230 opponents batting mark. Last season, Dalton was named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year as well as being named to the LEC First Team, the NEIBA All-New England First Team while being selected to the Rawlings/ABCA All-American Third Team.

The Beacons have won five of their last eight games and currently stand at 6-10 overall on the season with a 1-1 mark in the Little East Conference. They return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 5 when they host Framingham State University in a 6:30 p.m. non-conference matchup to be played at Yetten Field in Waltham, MA.