Seven From Baseball Earn All-Little East Honors

Seven From Baseball Earn All-Little East Honors

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A total of seven Baseball players were honored by the Little East Conference with two earning First Team honors, while five others earned Second Team accolades as announced by the executive office Tuesday afternoon.

Earning a spot on the First Team was first baseman Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) and designated hitter Dan Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.).  Second Team members included stating pitcher Matt Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) second baseman Josh Lopez (New Haven, Conn.), third baseball Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.), catcher Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) and relief pitcher Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.). 

The seven All-Conference selections tied the program record for most Beacons honored by the Little East Conference.  Last season UMB earned seven honorees on their way to earning the program's first At-Large bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament, where they finished third overall.

For Fowler, no other player in the Little East Conference had a bigger season.  The new program record holder for consecutive hits in a game at 36, Fowler has cemented his place as one of the top sluggers in all of New England.  As the league leader in RBI with 46, Fowlers also sits tied for fourth in total hits with 60.  His 28 walks and four triples has him sitting second in the Little East, while 97 total bases has him ranked fourth heading into the NCAA New England Regional Tournament.  His .385 average is currently the eighth best in the Little East.  He sits third on the team with 11 doubles, and leads the team in home runs with six.  He currently has a slugging percentage of .622 and an on-base percentage of .490 which ranks third in the LEC in both categories.

To-date he has recorded multiple hits in a game a total of 16 times, and posted a streak of six straight games with at-least two hits or more.  Fowler had one of his best offensive days when he went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI in the 10-4 win over UMass Dartmouth in the LEC Tournament.  The Barnstable native drove in a career-high four runs in two different games, and went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI against nationally-ranked and CCC champions Salve Regina University.  Against the MASCAC champions, Worcester State University, Fowler finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored, and a double.  Defensively he recorded a career-high 16 putouts in the win over Worcester State, and had 11 putouts on 11 chances in the win over Roger Williams University.

For Mantoni, he became the first player in program history to be named a two-time LEC First Team selection as a designated hitter, while also being named a two-time All-Region selection in 2016 and 2015.  The Northbridge native sits seventh in the LEC in hits with 56, and is tied for second in doubles with 18.  He is also ranked fifth in RBI with 39, walks with 25 and runs scored with 36.  Heading into the regional tournament, Mantoni is ranked fifth on the team with a .315 average and .402 on-base percentage, while also carrying a slugging percentage of .472.  On the year he was walked 25 times which is third-most on the team.  He currently has 16 games with two more hits, and went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the elimination game win over Keene State College during the Little East Tournament.  Mantoni went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the win over Keene State College in the LEC Tournament.  Went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and two RBI in the 10-4 win over Plymouth State University.

Searles became the first catcher to be named a three-time All-Little East Conference selection with Tuesday's announcement.  The Shelton, CT native led the LEC in walks with 33, and goes into the NCAA Regional Tournament with 25 hits, 10 doubles, four triples, one home run, 15 RBI and 33 runs scored.  Searles is one of the top catchers in the New England Region with his 12 runners caught stealing and .240 rcs%.  This season he has helped turn four double plays, and has 317 putouts, and 49 assists and only four errors for a .989 fielding percentage.  Tied the program record for triples in a game with two, which he recorded in the 11-6 win over Lasell College.  The senior threw out three runners against nationally-ranked SUNY Oswego, while also throwing out two-runners in the 5-4 win over Endicott College.  Offensively he drove in the game-winning walk-off run on a double against the GNCA champions Suffolk University on March 25.

Lopez had a resurgence in 2017 as he earned his first All-Conference selection in 2017, after being named the first Rookie of the Year in program history in 2015.  He waas a spark plug for the Beacons as they won their second conference tournament title in program history on Saturday.  Lopez sits tied for fifth in the LEC in average (.393), seventh in on-base percentage (.475), and is 19th in total hits with 46.  He is ranked sixth on the team with 54 total bases, and has recorded 34 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, and one home run for UMB.  Additionally, the junior recorded 18 RBI, 16 walks, and seven stolen bases.  Defensively, he has anchored the second base position with his 60 putouts, 72 assists, and 20 double plays turned.  The Connecticut native has been charged with just eight errors on the year for an impressive .943 fielding percentage.  He led the Beacons at the Little East Tournament with a .500 average, nine hits, seven runs scored, and an on-base percentage of .583.  In the win over UMass Dartmouth to advance to the LEC title game he went 4-for-4 with two runs scored.  During the regular season, he had a 3-for-4 day with three runs scored and two RBI in the 12-4 win over Western Connecticut State. Lopez posted at-least two hits or more in nine of the 10 games played from April 15-April 29, as the Beacons went 9-1 during that stretch. 

As the Beacons starting third baseman, Boudrias had a career year for the Beacons as he leads the LEC with a .408 average and total hits with 64.  The sophomore is ranked sixth in the LEC in doubles (16), eighth in on-base percentage (.467), 10th in RBI (32), and 14th in slugging percentage (.522). Heading into the Regional Tournament, Boudrias has 27 runs scored, and has been walked 18 times.  Boudrias is currently riding a 10-game hit-streak, and has record two or more hits in a game 20 times and three or more hits nine times.  He finished with a career-high four hits in a game twice.  Boudrias had a streak of two more hits in six straight games from April 7-13.  The sophomore earned his first four-hit game when he went 4-for-6 with three runs scored a double, and three RBI in the win over CCC champion Salve Regina University.  He also went 4-for-5 with a run scored, a triple, and an RBI in the win over Western Connecticut State.  Boudrias finished the LEC Tournament hitting .409, where he also had a team-leading nine hits, seven RBI, 11 total bases and 17 assists.

Tulley, who was named a Team of the Week honoree, dominated on the hill for the Beacons as he posted a 7-2 record and a 2.73 ERA in 52.2 innings of work. He allowed 19 runs, 16 earned, on 40 hits, and held opponents to a team-best .205 average. Tulley recorded 58 strikeouts, which led the team and is fifth most in the LEC.  The senior transfer tallied a season-high eight K's and allowed just two hits in the 6.1 innings to lead UMB to a 6-0 win over Plymouth State University.  Against Keene State College, he allowed just one run in six innings of work and fanned seven in a 7-1 win. He followed that up by recording seven strikeouts in a 6-3 win over the Owls in the LEC Tournament. Finally, Tulley pitched a shutout in the Beacons 4-0 win over WCSU on Senior Day, as he allowed just two hits over six innings of work.

As the Beacons go-to closer, Tramondozzi recorded 38 strikeouts, which led the bullpen, in 33.1 innings of work.  Tramondozzi allowed 11 runs, nine earned, and nine walks during his sophomore season.  He currently sits with a 2.43 ERA through the conference tournament.  The sophomore boasts a 3-2 record, and has a team-leading six saves in 21 appearances.  During the LEC Tournament he had his longest outing of the season to lead UMB to a walk-off win over Rhode Island College in the first round of the LEC Tournament.  Tramondozzi allowed just four hits as he pitched a shutout over 4.2 innings and had three strikeouts.  He recorded five K's against Wheaton College on March 16, and Combined for four K's in two innings of work and allowed just one hit in the May 4 game two win over Western Connecticut State.