May 14, 2013

Worden, Medeiros Earn LEC Post-Season Baseball Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth baseball team have earned Little East Conference post-season honors.

Senior catcher Matt Worden (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and sophomore center fielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, MA/New Bedford HS/Eckerd) have been named second team All-Conference.

Worden started all but one of UMass Dartmouth's 41 games this season, appeared in each game, and hit .305 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 40 runs batted in. Medeiros started every game and hit .310 with 14 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 23 RBIs and 41 runs scored. He also stole 12 bases in 15 attempts.

"Matt has done everything we've asked of him all year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince. "He wasn't a catcher until his junior year here, and he changed out of necessity. He certainly has taken us to the next level. If you don't have that anchor behind the plate, you don't win consistently against good teams. Matt has done a fantastic job both offensively and defensively, and it's not just ability, it's a lot of hard work."

"I'm excited about Ryan," Prince continued. "I always knew he had the ability. He's worked hard and I think the sky's the limit for him; he could be the best player in the conference. Ryan is a very intelligent player who combines speed with power and plays with an edge. This year, he changed positions in the field and in the batting order. He's embraced it and he's really been a catalyst at the top of the order."

The Corsairs advanced to the Little East Conference tournament, where they finished second to Southern Maine.

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