DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Matt Cronin (Framingham, Mass.) was named to the D3Baseball.com and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III All-America teams this past week. Cronin became the first player in program history to represent the Corsairs on the D3Baseball.com first-team while garnering second-team praise from the national coaches' association.
Cronin is the 13th player in program history to earn All-America honors and the first since Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass.) in 2015. He is just the third UMass Dartmouth student-athlete to be selected to the D3Baseball.com All-America teams since the national publication began sponsoring its national teams in 2007, joining DeMedeiros and Zak Talis (2012). Cronin is the third pitcher in program history—Ken Pedro (1985) and Kurt Dreher (1992)—to be honored by the ABCA.
Highly decorated, Cronin was named the New England Pitcher of the Year by the ABCA, D3Baseball.com, and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), while garnering All-Region first-team honors from ABCA, D3Baseball.com, and NEIBA. He was also tabbed as the Little East Pitcher of the Year and a first-team selection. Cronin recently signed a 10-day temporary contract with the Wareham Gatemen of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.
In his first season as a starter, Cronin quickly became the Corsairs' ace. The Framingham, Mass. product is one of the top hurlers in Division III, ranking second in earned run average (0.99), fourth in hits allowed per nine innings (4.95), and 11th in WHIP (0.91). He sported a 6-1 individual record in 11 appearances, including 10 starts. Cronin limited opponents to 35 hits and seven earned runs over 63.2 innings of work while striking out 67. His numbers could be even more impressive, considering he left with the lead in nine of his 11 appearances. Cronin started the season with 19 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. He nearly tossed a no-hitter against NCAA New England regionally-ranked Eastern Connecticut on April 28, surrendering a single with an out in the ninth. Cronin struck out a career-high nine batters against Western Connecticut. He strong-armed UMass Dartmouth past Plymouth State in an elimination game of the Little East Conference tournament, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out six in six innings.
In 48 career appearances, including 10 starts, Cronin registered an individual record of 8-3 with 12 saves. The hard-throwing righty has limited opponents to 20 earned runs over 98.2 innings for a 1.82 ERA. He surrendered 67 total hits, including three home runs, while striking out 102 career batters.
Head Coach Bob Prince guided UMass Dartmouth to an overall record of 25-15, marking the third time in the past four seasons the Corsairs have won at least 25 games. UMass Dartmouth was ranked among the top teams in New England throughout the campaign, rising to No. 6 in the NCAA Regional poll on May 3.