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Six Golden Bears Earn All-CCC Recognition

Six Golden Bears Earn All-CCC Recognition
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 4, 2016) -
Highlighted by a pair of major award winners in senior right-handed pitcher David Cherry (Southbury, Conn.) and freshman lefthander Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.), six members of the Western New England University baseball team were recognized with All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) honors, which were announced this morning by the league office.
Cherry was named CCC Pitcher of the Year and Hamel earned Rookie of the Year accolades, while third-year head coach Dan Gomez was honored for the first time as CCC Coach of the Year after leading Western New England (28-9, 13-3 CCC) to a share of the regular season conference title and the top seed in the upcoming CCC Tournament.
Cherry earned a spot on the All-CCC first team, where he was joined by senior shortstop Kevin Marciano (Pepperell, Mass.) and junior first baseman Daniel Morin (Salem, N.H.). Hamel landed on the second team, along with senior third baseman Eduardo Colmenares (Caracas, Venezuela) and senior outfielder Doug Milne (Nesconset, N.Y.).
Cherry served as Western New England's ace this spring as the Golden Bears led the CCC and ranked ninth in NCAA Division III with a 2.95 earned run average through the end of the regular season. The senior posted a 6-1 record in seven starts with a 2.20 ERA (5th in CCC) and 47 strikeouts (6th) in 45.0 innings of work. Cherry went the distance four times, and limited opposing hitters to a .217 batting average.
The Southbury, Conn. native took the ball for Western New England on opening day and struck five batters over six innings as Western New England rolled to a 13-2 victory over Waynesburg (Pa). He followed that up two starts later with a career-high 12 punchouts in a seven inning complete game effort against Plymouth State, but took his only loss of the season as the Golden Bears fell, 2-1. Cherry won his last four starts of the spring, going the distance three times, including a ten strikeout performance in a 2-1, walk-off win over Endicott.
Marciano, Western New England's lone team captain, was again one of the best all-around players in the conference this season on his way to earning All-CCC first team honors for the second consecutive year. The senior shortstop hit .391 (T-7th in CCC) with nine doubles (T-10th), three triples (T-2nd), two home runs and 20 RBI. He also scored 43 runs (2nd), drew 12 walks and stole 15 bases (3rd) in 19 opportunities. Defensively, Marciano posted a .928 fielding percentage and turned 28 double plays, good for second in the CCC.
Marciano helped fuel Western New England's hot start to the season, as he opened the 2016 campaign on a ten-game hitting streak that included seven multi-hit performances. The Pepperell, Mass. native drove in at least one in 16 games, with four multi-RBI efforts.
Morin earns first team All-CCC honors for the first time in his career and his second overall All-CCC selection after providing power in the middle of Western New England's batting order. The Salem, N.H. native led the CCC in both home runs (six) and RBI (41) while hitting .341 with eight doubles and one triple.
Like Marciano, he opened the season on a ten-game hitting streak, which culminated in a 4-for-6 effort at the plate with a home run and five RBI in Western New England's 11-2 win over crosstown rival Springfield College on March 23. Morin also drove in at least one run in each of the Golden Bears' first ten games, and finished the season with nine multi-RBI performances.
Hamel made an immediate impact for Western New England during his freshman season en route to Rookie of the Year and All-CCC second team accolades. The lefty from Southwick, Mass. went 6-1 in his seven starts and ranked third in the CCC with a 1.58 earned run average. Hamel posted three complete games and struck out 33 batters in 45.2 innings on the mound.
He won his first five career starts, lasting seven innings in four of those contests, including a 2-1 win at Roger Williams on April 16 in which he was one out from recording a no-hitter. Hamel struck out a season-high eight batters over seven innings in a 10-3 win over Calvin (Mich.) in Florida on March 18.
Colmenares caps his short Western New England career with his second straight All-CCC selection after turning in another impressive season at the plate. The senior from Caracas, Venezuela hit .403 (52-for-129), good for second in the CCC, with six doubles, one triple, four home runs (T-3rd in CCC) and 38 RBI (4th). He also scored 40 runs (4th) and worked 13 walks while striking out just 11 times all season.
Colmenares opened the 2016 campaign with ten hits and six RBI over Western New England's first four games, and knocked in multiple runs on nine occasions this season. He posted a season-best nine-game hitting streak from 4/9-4/17, a stretch he capped with a walk-off single in the Golden Bears' 2-1 win over Endicott at Trelease Park that gave Western New England sole possession of first place in the CCC. Colmenares finished the season strong, earning CCC Player of the Week accolades for the second time after batting .643 with a double, two home runs and eight RBI to go with seven runs scored over the Golden Bears' last six games.
Rounding out Western New England's six All-Conference selections is Milne, who was a key contributor for the Golden Bears all season. The senior outfielder hit .344 (45-for-131) with 11 doubles (T-7th in CCC), two triples, and 23 RBI, while also walking 11 times and scoring 33 runs. He recorded multiple hits in six of Western New England's eight games in Florida, and drove in at least one run 16 times this season. In the Golden Bears' 11-2 win over Westfield State on April 13, Milne went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and four RBI. He earns All-CCC honors for the second consecutive season after collecting first team accolades last spring.
Western New England, which is seeking its sixth CCC title in program history and first since 2012, opens the CCC Tournament at home against sixth-seeded Curry tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.