Three Bears Named to NEIBA All-New England Team
BRIDGEWATER, MASS. -- Three members of the Bridgewater State University baseball team have been selected to the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division III All-New England Team.
Junior second baseman Sean Riley (Fairhaven, Mass.) garnered first team honors, while junior first baseman David Pierce (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore pitcher Andy Sadoski (Harwich, Mass.) were voted to the second team by the region’s coaches.
Riley, the 2012 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player of the Year, batted .373 (62-166) with eight home runs, 25 doubles, six triples, 52 runs scored and 40 runs batted in 45 games. He leads all of Division III in doubles and is second in totals bases (123), 11th in slugging percentage, 21st in runs scored and 24th in triples.
Riley eclipsed BSU single-season records for doubles, extra base hits (39) and totals bases. He, along with junior catcher Keane Costa (Fairhaven, Mass.) and junior centerfielder John Garabedian (Mansfield, Mass.), also set the school record for games played with 45.
Pierce posted a team-best .381 (61-160) batting average with 12 doubles, two triples, a home run, 13 stolen bases, 25 runs scored and 40 RBI, while playing a stellar first base (.997 fielding percentage). In 104 games over his first three seasons, Pierce has a career batting average of .347 (120-346) with 23 doubles three home runs, 64 runs and 67 RBI.
Sadoksi was an integral part of an outstanding pitching staff which set program marks for inning pitched with 362 and complete games with an impressive 30. He posted a team-best 8-1 record with a 1.72 ERA in 62 2/3 innings on the mound in 2012. Sadoski appeared in ten games making eight starts, and fanned 36 batters while opponents batted just .216 against him. His eight wins are second only to the BSU single-season mark of nine set by Chris Welch in 2000.
Under the guidance of Head Coach Rick Smith, the Bears finished the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 30-15, reaching the 30-win plateau for the fourth time in team history. Bridgewater posted a 12-2 mark in MASCAC play to capture the program’s 16th conference regular season title. The Bears won the MASCAC Tournament championship for the fifth time in the 12-year history of the event, and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second straight season and 14th time overall.