Conor Bierfeldt named New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Player of the Year and to the First Team

Mike Yates named to NEIBA Second Team

official release from Amy Lampe - NEIBA Publicist

BABSON PARK, MA - (May 16) - The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) announced the 2012 Division III All-New England Teams today which featured 51 athletes from across the region. Western Connecticut State University junior Conor Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) was named the NEIBA Division III Player of the Year.

Bierfeldt finished the season with a .430 batting average while leading the Little East Conference with 10 homeruns on the season. He also added 61 hits with 16 doubles and six triples while scoring 48 runs and adding 50 RBI.

Senior pitcher Tyler Erickson from Castleton State College earned the NEIBA Pitcher of the Year award and enters this week's NCAA Regional with an overall record of 10-2. Erickson helped lead Castleton State to a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) title this spring with a 2.03 ERA, 75 strikeouts, and only 11 walks allowed. He limited the 342 batters he faced to a .199 average.

In his 16th season as head coach, Wheaton College's Eric Podbelski was named the NEIBA Coach of the Year after leading the Lyons to their 12th New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title this spring. Wheaton makes their third consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance with an overall record of 34-8.

2012 Western Connecticut Baseball Statistics

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Conor Bierfeldt, Western Connecticut

PITCHER OF THE YEARTyler Erickson, Castleton State

COACH OF THE YEAREric Podbelski, Wheaton

FIRST TEAM
DH – Tucker White, JR, Southern Maine
C – Brett Cahill, SO, Salem State
1B – Joe Balowski, JR, Eastern Connecticut
2B – Sean Riley, JR, Bridgewater State
2B – Tim Clark, JR, Western New England
3B – Mike Rubino, JR, Western New England
SS – Sam Sager, SR, Tufts
OF – Kyle Morrill, SR, Keene State
OF – Sean Ryan, JR, Wheaton
OF – Conor Bierfeldt, JR, Western Connecticut
OF – Jeff Scafidi, SR, Anna Maria
P – Tyler Erickson, SR, Castleton State
P – Chad Rafferty, JR, St. Joseph's
P – Ben Goldberg, JR, Trinity
P – Alec Palioca, SO, Wheaton

SECOND TEAM
DH – Peter Burgio, SR, Keene State
C – Mike Samela, SR, Amherst
1B – David Pierce, JR, Bridgewater State
2B – Ryan Zielinski, JR, Castleton State
3B – Nick Grady, JR, Southern Maine
3B – Greg Bates, JR, Keene State
SS – Stephen Rogers, JR, Trinity
SS – Kyle Allaire, SR, Rhode Island College
OF – Eric Bergstrom, SR, Keene State
OF – David Ricker, SR, Southern Maine
OF – Kevin Greene, JR, Westfield State
OF – Mike Yates, SR, Western Connecticut
UT – Jhonneris Mendez, JR, Suffolk
P – Andy Sadoski, SO, Bridgewater State
P – Frank Holbrook, JR, Wheaton
P – Ben Ives, JR, Southern Maine
P – Nick Douglass, JR, Southern Maine

THIRD TEAM
DH – Matt Collins, SR, Tufts
DH – Karl Quist, SR, Springfield
C – Nic Lops, FR, Saint Joseph's
1B – Jake Cintolo, SO, Suffolk
1B – Apolinar De la Cruz, FR, Wheaton
2B – Brandon Chase, JR, Saint Joseph's
3B – Kyle Brigham, FR, Daniel Webster
SS – Danny O'Connell, SO, Eastern Connecticut
SS – Jamill Moquette, SO, UMass Boston
OF – Conor Cavanagh, SR, Lasell
OF – Donnie Cimino, FR, Wesleyan
OF – Creed Mangrum, SO, MIT
OF – Matt Anthonis, JR, Western New England
UT – Bob Cook, JR, Amherst
UT – Alex Chetelat, SR, Newbury
P – Matt Kerr, SR, Salem State
P – Sean Meekins, FR, Trinity
P – Oliver Van Zant, JR, Bowdoin
P – Brendan Nugent, SO, Western New England