Western baseball leads nation in home runs and home runs per game in 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - (June 11) - The Western Connecticut State University baseball team led Division III with 39 home runs in the final 2012 NCAA national rankings, released on Monday.

The Colonials, 17-22, belted 39 home runs in 39 games. Shenandoah, Pittsburgh-Greensburg and Wisconsin Whitewater each finished with 37 home runs. They reached that total in 44, 40 and 50 games, respectively.

Western also took the nation home-runs-per-game title with one round tripper per game. Willamette and Pitt.-Greensburg followed with 0.95 and 0.93 averages, respectively.

Junior Conor Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) led the Colonials with 10 home runs and was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Star First Team, the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Player of the Year, earlier this spring. Zack Dandrea (Wanaque, NJ) and Bill Eannotti (Shelton, CT) followed with eight and seven dingers, respectively.

Bierfeldt's .838 slugging percentage ranked third among all Division III players this past season.