NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth juniors George Agostini (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass.) continued to collect postseason awards this afternoon as the members of the Corsairs' baseball team were named to the 2014 D3Baseball.com All-New England, first-team. Last week, the top-two batters in the UMass Dartmouth lineup were selected to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-New England, first-team.
Agostini and Medeiros are the first UMass Dartmouth players in program history to earn All-Region honors from the premier Division III baseball publication. The first-team selections from each of the eight regions will advance to the All-America ballot, which will be announced on Thursday evening prior to the NCAA Division III Baseball Awards Banquet in Appleton, Wis.
Agostini enjoyed his finest season in a Corsair uniform, recording single-season highs in hits (67), doubles (12), home runs (2), and RBI (40). The 2014 All-Little East, first-team selection hit safely in 37 of his 42 games to raise his batting average (.385) by .020 points from his sophomore campaign. Agostini is currently riding the team's longest hit streak (14 games) of the season. He registered at least two base knocks in 21 appearances, including nine three-hit performances. The third baseman drove in at least two runs in eight games, including a season-best five at Keene State on May 2. Defensively, Agostini registered 30 put outs and 81 assists.
Medeiros is the second student-athlete in program history to be voted the Little East Conference Player of the Year, joining 1998 NCAA Division III Player of the Year Pat Schultz. The centerfielder from Acushnet, Mass. made his second-straight appearance on the All-Little East teams, debuting on the first-team. He led UMass Dartmouth in hits (68), runs scored (46), and total bases (101). Medeiros compiled 26 extra base hits, on 21 doubles, three triples, and two home runs, to produce a team-leading .532 slugging percentage. He went 5-for-6 with two runs scored, three doubles and a triple against Western New England on March 16. The following afternoon, Medeiros drove in a season-high four runs against Springfield College. He also patrolled the middle of the Corsairs outfield, posting a .980 fielding percentage with 96 put outs and four assists.
Under his leadership, Bob Prince guided the Corsairs to their most successful season in terms of victories (21) since 2004. UMass Dartmouth posted an overall record of 21-22, including an 8-6 mark within the conference circuit. The third-seeded Corsairs defeated fourth-seeded UMass Boston and second-seeded Southern Maine before being edged by nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut (7-6) and Southern Maine (3-2) to end their run on Day 3 of the conference tournament.