May 24, 2012

Corey Batista to Play in NEIBA College All-Star Game

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Senior pitcher Corey Batista will represent the Bridgewater State University Bears at the 38th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) College All-Star Game at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Massachusetts on Monday, June 11th.

Campanelli Stadium is home of the Brockton Rox, a member of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL).  The gates will open at 6:00 PM and tickets will cost $5.  The game is expected to start at approximately 7:00 PM with a pre-game awards ceremony at 6:30.

A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Batista went 7-4 in 2012 with a school record-tying nine complete games in 11 starts.  He registered a 3.12 earned run average with 70 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings of work.

Batista led the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in innings pitched and complete games, and tied for the league lead in starts.  He also ranked second in strikeouts behind teammate Jim Balboni (79 K's), tied for third in wins and finished eighth in ERA.

In 23 appearances over two seasons at BSU, Batista posted a record of 14-7 with 18 complete games and six shutouts.  He recorded a 2.52 career ERA and fanned 149 batters in 157 1/3 innings.

Batista is the Bears' all-time leader in complete games and shutouts (tied with Scott Favreau), and his 2.52 ERA is second only to Kevin Cadres' (1998-2001) career mark of 1.70.

The College Division team, made up of All-New England Division II players and New England Division III Senior All-Stars, will face the University Division squad consisting of Division I All-New England First and Second Team players.  The University Division team leads the all-time series, 22-12-2, as last year's contest ended in a 3-3 tie.  The 1981 game was played East vs. West.

The last representative for Bridgewater State at the College All-Star Game was second baseman Brad Koneski in 2009.  Batista is the sixth pitcher in BSU baseball history to play in the game joining Paul Duffy (1988), Mike Bruemmel (1990), Jim McDonald (1992), Mike Marini (1998), and Cadres (2000, 2001).  Duffy (Class of 2007) and Cadres (Class of 2009) are both in the Bears' Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bears' All-Time NEIBA College All-Star Game Selections (PDF)

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