SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Western New England University Baseball landed four first team selections among five student-athletes on the 2015 All-Commonwealth Coast Conference teams, which the conference office announced on Tuesday. The Golden Bears also received the Team Sportsmanship Award while senior Steve Buckley (Monroe, Conn./Masuk High School) and juniors Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela/Henry Clay School), Kevin Marciano (Pepperell, Mass./North Middlesex Regional HS) and Doug Milne (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East HS) all made their debuts on the first unit while Buckley and Marciano were second-team choices in 2013 and '14, respectively. In addition, junior David Cherry (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS) is an all-conference second team pitcher.
Matt Anziano (Belchertown, Mass.) also was named the CCC co-Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Anziano provides solid leadership behind the plate, while also setting a shining example in the classroom. Carrying a 3.96 grade-point average overall, Anziano is set to graduate with a degree in business. He has appeared on the Western New England President's List and holds membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies for his stellar leadership and academic performance. Entering the CCC Tournament, he is batting a solid .316 (25-for-79 with four doubles, two triples,11 runs batted in and 19 runs scored. Anziano has thrown out six opposing runners and has provided strength behind the dish for a WNE pitching staff that ranks second in earned-run average (2.92) in CCC play.
Buckley, a first baseman, is having his best season so far with a team-best .348 batting average while also leading the Golden Bears with 11 doubles, three home runs, 59 total bases, 27 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The criminal justice major ranks fourth in RBI and hits (39), third in total bases, second in the conference in doubles, first in sacrifice flies (4) while ranking top-10 in both slugging (.527) and hitting.
A shortstop, Marciano is the tablesetter with a WNE-high 46 hits for second in the CCC. The sport management major also leads the conference with 134 at-bats, fourth with 57 total bases, fifth with nine doubles, ninth with both 24 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. He is batting .343 while slugging .425 and owning a .395 on-base percentage. All those numbers eclipse last year's totals when he became a full-time starter and made all-conference the first time.
After playing his previous two seasons at the junior college level, Colmenares has made an immediate impact at second base for the Golden Bears. He tops the team with a .532 slugging percentage which is sixth in the CCC and three triples for first in the league. He also is fourth with three sacrifice flies and eighth with 21 RBI. The CCC Player of the Week for April 20 is hitting .342 going into the postseason and has a .396 on-base percentage
Milne, a sustainability management major, owns a slashline of .345/.430/.434 while ranking in the CCC top-10 in hits (4th, 39), sacrifice flies (4th, 3), runs (6th, 27), walks (7th, 15) and RBI (8th, 21). He has had 11 multi-hit contests, including the regular-season finale when he stroked three against Babson College to tie a season's best. The outfielder paces the team in runs, walks and on-base percentage.
Cherry has compiled a 3-3 record and CCC fourth-best 1.84 ERA over 44 innings on the mound. He also ranks fifth in the conference with nine strikeouts per 9 innings and opponents are hitting just .212 against him. Like many Golden Bears, the sport management major is having a career year--especially shaving over one-and-a-half runs off his ERA from last year and getting twice as many strikeouts (44) than in 2014.
2015 ALL-CCC BASEBALL TEAM
C - Nick Crivello, Curry, Sophomore
1B - Steve Buckley, Western New England, Senior
2B - Eduardo Colmenares, Western New England, Junior
3B - Joe Haley, Salve Regina, Senior
SS - Kevin Marciano, Western New England, Junior
OF - Cam Farnham, Endicott, Sophomore
OF - Ryan Kelly, Salve Regina, Junior
OF - Doug Milne, Western New England, Junior
DH - Alex Perry, Salve Regina, Freshman
P - JJ Branch, Endicott, Junior
P - Troy DeLeon, Roger Williams, Junior
P - Nick Quattro, Endicott, Junior
C - Chris Travers, Roger Williams, Senior
1B - David Neil, Salve Regina, Freshman
2B - Harry Oringer, Endicott, Senior
3B - Spencer Madden, Nichols, Freshman
SS - Alex Smith, Gordon, Junior
OF - Cameron Fiorentino, Eastern Nazarene, Sophomore
OF - Mark Fitzgerald, Gordon, Senior
OF - Addison Tarr, Gordon, Freshman
DH - Tyler Weninger, Wentworth, Freshman
P - Tyler Campo, Roger Williams, Junior
P - David Cherry, Western New England, Junior
P - Thomas Fitzpatrick, Curry, Senior
C - Jake Mailman, Wentworth, Senior
1B - Travis Pullen, Gordon, Senior
2B - Justin Wagner, Eastern Nazarene, Junior
3B - Scott Ouellette, Wentworth, Senior
SS - Jeremy Wagner, Eastern Nazarene, Junior
OF - John Arens, Curry, Junior
OF - Dean Demers, Gordon, Sophomore
OF - Matt Hardy, Nichols, Sophomore
DH - Anthony Serina, Endicott, Junior
P - Wesley Arning, Gordon, Senior
P - David Griffin, Curry, Freshman
P - Kyle Pheland, Salve Regina, Senior
PLAYER AND ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - Alex Perry, Salve Regina
PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Nick Quattro, Endicott
co-SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Matt Anziano, Western New England and Wesley Arning, Gordon
COACH OF THE YEAR - Dave Perdios, Curry
co-TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD - Western New England University and Eastern Nazarene College