Conor Bierfeldt named to 2011 NEIBA All-New England Division III
Baseball Second Team

official release from Amy Lampe, NEIBA Publicist

BABSON PARK, MA (May 18) - The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) announced the 2011 Division III All-New England Teams today which featured 52 athletes from across the region.

Western's Conor Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) was named to the Second Team after an outstanding sophomore campaign.

The sophomore right fielder and pitcher, helped guide the Colonials to a 19-18 overall record this past spring. He was among the leaders in several offensive categories in the Little East Conference and was also named to the Little East Conference All-Star Second Team. He led the team with a .435 batting average and was tops on the club with five home runs, 41 runs batted in, 13 doubles and a .750 slugging percentage.

Eastern Connecticut State University senior Jim Schult was named the NEIBA Division III Player of the Year. Entering the NCAA Regional, Schult has started all 43 games for the Warriors as their top hitter batting .398 with 70 hits, 56 runs, 18 doubles and 11 homeruns with 62 RBI. His slugging percentage is .744 and he is 19-20 in stolen base attempts. On the mound, Schult has a season record of 9-1 with 80 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched.

Senior pitcher Ed Bernstein from Tufts University earned the NEIBA Pitcher of the Year award making 18 appearances entering this week's NCAA Regional. He has pitched 28 innings allowing no earned runs while striking out 40 batters and only walking 14. He has eight saves thus far and has only allowed 10 hits all season.

Western New England College's Matt LaBranche was named the NEIBA Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Bears to a 38-9 mark as they enter their sixth consecutive NCAA Championship after capturing their fourth straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) title this spring.

FIRST TEAM
DH – Ryan Dudzinski, SR, Western New England
C – Tyler DiPrato, SR, Keene State
1B – Mike Eaton, SR, Southern Maine
2B – Ryan Walsh, SR, UMass Boston
3B – Dan Haugh, JR, Wheaton
SS – Jake Northrup, FR, Endicott
OF – Bobby Doyon, SR, Keene State
OF – David Orlowitz, SR, Tufts
OF – Rob Perry, SR, Eastern Connecticut
OF – Todd Keneborus, SR, Saint Joseph's
UT – David Ahern, SR, Babson
UT – Jim Schult, SR, Eastern Connecticut
P – Corey Batista, JR, Bridgewater State
P – Ed Bernstein, SR, Tufts
P – Matt Rogers, SR, Western New England

SECOND TEAM
DH – Thomas Wheeler, JR, Amherst
C – Zach Roeder, JR, Middlebury
C – Matt Collins, JR, Tufts
1B – Mike Pratt, SO, Saint Joseph's
2B – Josh Mackey, SR, Southern Maine
2B – Mike Rubino, SO, Western New England
3B – Forrest Chadwick, FR, Southern Maine
3B – Jake Cintolo, FR, Suffolk
SS – Eric Jensen, SO, Wheaton
SS – Devan Jones, FR, Suffolk
OF – Conor Bierfeldt, SO, Western Connecticut
OF – Joshua Ferreira, JR, Bridgewater State
OF – Tyler Turgeon, SR, Eastern Connecticut
OF – Hal Landers, JR, Wheaton
UT – John Apostolo, JR, Mitchell
P – Shaun Slattery, SO, Worcester State
P – Roman Mondalto, JR, Westfield State
P – Frank Holbrook, SO, Wheaton
P – Chad Rafferty, SO, Saint Joseph's

THIRD TEAM
DH – Korey LeLievre, FR, Daniel Webster
DH – Marco Hernandez, FR, Williams
C – Mike Samela, JR, Amherst
1B – Nick Fluegge, SR, Worcester State
1B – Kevin Mortimer, JR, Trinity
3B – Corey McDonald, SR, Worcester State
SS – John Phelan, SR, Fitchburg State
SS – Kyle Allaire, JR, Rhode Island College
OF – Conor Cavanagh, SR, Lasell
OF – Kevin Heller, JR, Amherst
OF – Pat Warrington, JR, Southern Vermont
OF – Jeff Perillo, SR, Mitchell
OF – Richard Newton, SR, Colby
UT – Pat Nicholson, SR, Brandeis
P – Kevin Gilchrist, JR, Tufts
P – Ryan Healy, SR, Amherst
P – Christian Martin, FR, Bowdoin
P – Mike Lawlor, JR, Western New England


PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jim Schult, Eastern Connecticut

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Ed Bernstein, Tufts

COACH OF THE YEAR
Matt LaBranche, Western New England