Eygabroat Named LEC Coach of the Year; Eight Earn All-Conference Honors

Eygabroat Named LEC Coach of the Year; Eight Earn All-Conference Honors

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A program record eight players earn All-Little East Conference honors alongside head coach Brendan Eygabroat, who for the second time in the last three seasons was named the Coach of the Year as announced by the conference office.

The eight All-Conference honorees breaks the 2016 record of seven, after the Beacons earned their first-ever regular season title and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Of the eight honorees, three were First Team selections, which stands as second most behind the 2010 season.

For Eygabroat the 2018 edition of the Beacons was truly one of the most dominant in UMass Boston history.  The Beacons' 34 wins currently sits as second most in program history behind the 2017 Beacons who advanced to the College World Series.  This year's Beacons absolutely cruised through the conference tournament as they went a perfect 4-0.  During their four games, the Beacons outscored their opponents 33-5.  The Beacons held the number one ranking in the country for three straight weeks, and never once fell out of the top-10 which is a new mark for any program in UMass Boston history.  The Beacons will enter this year's NCAA Tournament sitting third in the country, and will be the top-seed at the Harwich Regional for the second straight year.  Last season Eygabroat was named the D3Baseball.com New England Region Coach of the Year for the first time in his 14 seasons at the helm of the Beacons.  Earlier this season, he became just the second head coach in the history of UMass Boston athletics to record his 300th career win.

On this year's first team was senior Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.), junior shortstop Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.), and sophomore starting pitcher JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.). 

Fowler's senior season was another dominant one for the Barnstable native.  Heading into the regional tournament, Fowler leads the Beacons with a .383 average and has 59 hits in 154 at-bats.  He currently sits with 19 doubles, two triples and sits second on the team with seven home runs.  His .669 slugging percentage is tops for the Beacons offense, while his .490 on-base percentage also leads the team.  His 44 RBI and 43 runs scored has him sitting first and second respectively in UMB, while his 103 total bases is a team best. 

Huegi has had a career-season for the Beacons as the starting shortstop.  The Connecticut native is one of the Beacons top infielders with his 114 assists, and 65 putouts.  At the plate, Huegi has recorded 39 hits, six doubles, three triples, and has a .367 slugging percentage.  One of the team's top threats on the base paths, Huegi has 15 stolen bases, while also boasting four sac-fly's and one sac-bunt.  To date he has 32 runs scored and 25 RBI and has a total of 51 bases reached.

For Morin, his return to the Beacons pitching staff made an immediate impact in 2018.  In 10 appearances, Morin has registered a team-leading 60 strikeouts.   His 2.66 ERA leads the Beacons starters, while his 6-1 record is second best behind Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.).  Morin has recorded 50.2 innings of work and has allowed just 15 runs on 23 hits, and has allowed just two extra base hits in 2018.  He will enter this year's regional holding opponents to a mere .137 average.  In his lone conference tournament appearance, Morin fanned a season-high 10 batters to help the Beacons cruise to a 6-1 win over Southern Maine.

Earning a spot on the second team was senior second baseman Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.), junior third baseman Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.), sophomore catcher Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.), junior designated hitter Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.), and junior closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.).

Murphy's final season as a Beacon was another impressive one as he led the conference in home runs with 11.  Currently sitting fourth on the team with a .327 average, the Plymouth native has combined for 52 hits, 11 doubles, 45 runs scored, and 43 RBI. He has recorded 96 total bases and sits second on the team with a .604 slugging percentage.  He currently leads the Beacons with 36 walks.  In the field, Murphy has been the definition of consistency at second base with his 95 putouts and 108 assists for a .985 fielding percentage.  Earlier this year, Murphy recorded at-least one home run in four consecutive games.  He also drove in a season-high five runs in the 13-0 win over Western Connecticut State. 

Riley cemented his place as the Beacons go-to third baseman.  In 41 games played, the Quincy native has recorded 38 hits, eight doubles, one triple and four homers.  He sits with 60 total bases and 29 RBI.  His slugging percentage of .438 is a new career-high, while his eight stolen bases has him ranked fourth on the team.  In the Little East Championship game, Riley unloaded a two-run homer as part of the Beacons huge eight-run sixth inning to lift UMB to the 13-0 mercy rule victory over ECSU.  Defensively, Riley has been solid all year totaling 90 assists and 22 putouts, while only being charged with three errors for a .974 fielding percentage.

McCormick entered 2018 knowing that he was going to have to fill some big shoes with the departure of four-year starter Anthony Searles.  The Cumberland native, quickly took over as the Beacons starting catcher, and appeared in 41 of the team's 42 games played in 2018.  He currently sits second on the team with a .369 average and is tied for the team lead with 59 hits.  His 14 doubles is second most, while his 38 runs scored and 37 RBI has him amongst the team leaders heading into the Harwich Regional.  He currently boasts a .456 slugging percentage and a .432 on-base percentage.  This season he has totaled 215 putouts and 16 assists behind the plate.

Boudrias, who was sidelined by an injury to start the 2018 season, has emerged as the Beacons go to DH.  This season, Boudrias continued his climb in the all-time records as he looks to become one of the most consistent hitters in UMB history.  Currently sitting with 175 career hits, Boudrias is sitting seventh all-time in career hits.  Earlier this year he became just the ninth player in program history to record 150 in career hits, and is on pace to become just the fourth player to join the 200 hit club.  The Medford native sits fifth on the team with a .321 average and is tied for third on the team with 52 hits.  To date he has eight doubles, two home runs, 32 RBI, and 36 runs scored.  He has an on-base percentage of .360 and a slugging percentage of .407.

Tramondozzi has cemented his place as the top closer ever in UMass Boston history.  The all-time leader in career saves with 16, Tramondozzi also tied the single season record in 2018 with nine saves.  In 19 appearances, the righty has posted a record of 4-1 in 30.1 innings pitched.  To date, Tramondozzi has recorded 24 strikeouts and is averaging 7.12 strikeouts per nine innings.  He has a 2.08 ERA which is tops for the Beacons closers.  In his lone appearance during the LEC Tournament, Tramondozzi shut down the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine allowing just one hit in the ninth inning to eliminate USM from the tournament for the second time in the last three seasons.