Goldstein Crowned D2CCA East Region Player of the Year


PHILADELPHIA – Graduate student Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was chosen as the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) East Region Player of the Year on Thursday, while junior Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) and redshirt-junior Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) were also honored with D2CCA East All-Region accolades.

Goldstein, an All-Region First Team selection, was also chosen as an NCBWA East All-Region First Team pick Wednesday, in addition to being named the NE10 Player of the Year and an All-Conference First Teamer last week. Goldstein is slashing .322/.470/.480/.950 in 48 games this year, going 57-for-177 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 48 runs scored. Goldstein, who has racked up 16 extra-base hits, is 20-for-25 swiping bags and has made just eight errors in 188 chances, primarily at the hot corner. His 37 walks and 15 hit by pitches are the third most in a single season in program history, while his six triples are fourth and 48 runs are eighth.

Goldstein, who put together a 13-game hitting streak from March 15-April 12, has hit safely in 35 games and has also reached base safely in 43 contests, including the first 35 straight to begin the year.

Goldstein leads the league in runs, walks, hit by pitches and triples, while ranking second in on-base percentage, third in stolen bases, fifth in assists (120), 11th in total bases, 12th in hits, 14th in RBI, 16th in slugging percentage and 19th in batting. Nationally, Goldstein is 11th in triples, 33rd in walks, 39thin hit by pitches and 61st in stolen bases. 

Powers joined Goldstein on the First Team, following previous First Team selections to the NCBWA East All-Region and NE10 squads. Powers is 5-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 11 outings, including eight starts. Powers, who has gone the distance on five occasions, has allowed just 46 hits in 74-and-a-third innings, while striking out 89 and walking only 12. His five complete games have come in his last five starts, going 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA and a 57-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 45 innings during that stretch. Powers, who has held opponents to a .176 batting average, is tied for third on the program's single-season list for complete games and tied for eighth in strikeouts. Powers leads the conference in complete games, ranks second in strikeouts, third in strikeouts per game (10.78), seventh in ERA and eighth in innings pitched. He leads the nation in WHIP (0.78), while ranking seventh in hits allowed per nine innings (5.57), eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.42), 15th in ERA, 33rd in complete games, 36th in strikeouts, 38th in walks allowed per nine innings (1.45) and 44th in strikeouts per nine innings (10.78). Powers beat Franklin Pierce University on three occasions this season, helping the Penmen sweep the Ravens in a three-game set for the first time in program history.

Sullivan, an NCBWA East All-Region Second Team and NE10 First Team pick, earned a spot on the All-Region Second Team. Sullivan has crafted a slash line of .276/.377/.492/.869 in 50 games, going 51-for-185 with 11 home runs, 44 RBI and 41 runs scored. He has collected 17 extra-base hits and made just four errors in 360 chances for a .989 fielding percentage. Sullivan, whose 11 long-balls are the second most in a season in program history, while his 44 RBI are seventh, is leading the conference in home runs, while ranking third in RBI, fourth in hit by pitches, fifth in total bases, sixth in runs, and 13th in slugging. He raised his average 27 points in 11 games from April 27-May 9. During that time, the May 2 NCBWA East Region Hitter of the Week went 15-for-37 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 12 runs, to go along with a slash line of .405/.511/.838/1.349.

SNHU has crafted an overall record of 41-9 and has won 20 of its last 23 contests. The squad captured its first outright NE10 Northeast Division title with a 20-1 mark and reached the semifinals of the NE10 Championship before receiving the top seed and hosting duties for the East Regional as it garnered its sixth NCAA Tournament berth. 

The top-seeded Penmen return to action Friday, May 19 (3 p.m.) when they take on fourth-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post in their NCAA East Regional Championship opener at Penmen Field.

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