MANSFIELD, Mass. – Senior Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) of the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was selected as the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year and head coach Scott Loiseau was named the Coach of the Year as 13 Penmen were feted when the league office announced its All-Conference honors Tuesday afternoon.
Viehoff, who also garnered a spot on the All-Conference First Team for the first time in his career, has gone 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 11 starts. Over 76-and-a-third innings, the lefty has given up just 35 hits, while striking out 88 and walking just 25. Over six outings from March 26-April 24, Viehoff, who has limited the opposition to just a .136 batting average this season, went 5-0 with a microscopic 0.42 ERA and 59 strikeouts in just 43 innings. Viehoff, a two-time NE-10 Pitcher of the Week this season (April 11, April 25), is tied for second in the conference in wins and ranks third in both ERA and strikeouts.
Loiseau earned Coach of the Year recognition for the third time during his eight-year career with SNHU and will sit this honor next to awards from 2012 and 2014 in the trophy case. Loiseau has guided the Penmen to an overall record of 41-5 thus far after reeling off a program-best 19 straight wins from March 31-April 24. The team has matched Loiseau's 2014 squad for the second most wins in program history and needs just two more victories to equal the school record of 43, set by the 2012 team that advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C.
Mastroberti is batting .360 (73-203) in 46 games this season, while hitting three home runs, racking up 52 RBI and scoring 48 runs. The second baseman, who was chosen as the NE-10 Player of the Week on April 18, is also getting on base at a .402 clip and slugging .596, while going 14 of 16 in stolen base attempts. The quad-captain put together a 13-game hitting streak from April 10-April 24, during which he was 29-for-57 (.509) with 12 extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored, to go with a slash line of .554/.772/1.326. Mastroberti, who broke SNHU's singles-season record for triples, is pacing the league in hits, extra-base hits (30), triples (12) and total bases (121), while placing third in RBI and doubles (15), fourth in slugging, fifth in batting and eighth in runs scored. Defensively, the 32 double plays he has helped turn lead the league, while his 128 assists are sixth most.
In 45 games, Helms is hitting .375 (63-168) to go along with seven home runs, 43 RBI and 53 runs scored. The center fielder, who was picked as the NE-10 Player of the Week on April 25, has put together a slash line of .455/.643/1.098, while successfully swiping 21 of 24 bases. The quad-captain leads the league in doubles (16) and ranks second in slugging and extra-base hits (27), third in runs and total bases (108), fourth in batting and OBP, fifth in hits, home runs and RBI and eighth in triples (4).
Bauer has played in 42 contests, crafting a slash line of .292/.384/.519/.903, while launching nine home runs, driving in 56 runs and scoring 28 times. The first baseman has come on strong down the stretch, driving in at least one run in each of the last 14 games for a total of 29 RBI during that span. Bauer, who currently owns the SNHU single-season record for RBI, ranks second in the league in that category, while placing third in home runs, sixth in walks (24) and 13th in slugging.
Junior Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) earned a spot on the Second Team and was flanked by grad student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.), junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) and sophomores Justin Valdespina (Garfield, N.J.) and Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.).
In 46 contests, Cruz is leading in the team with a .376 batting average (64-170), to go along with a pair of home runs, 31 RBI and 56 runs scored. Cruz is pacing the league in runs and walks, while ranking third in batting and OBP, fourth in hits and eighth in doubles (13) and total bases (89). The slick-fielding shortstop also leads the NE-10 in assists (143) and is second in double plays turned (29).
Gendron has submitted a slash line of .268/.393/.530/.923 in 46 games thus far. The quad-captain has cranked 11 home runs, knocked in 42 runs and scored 50 times, while going 24-for-26 in stolen base attempts. The right fielder also has not committed an error in 70 total chances this season. Gendron leads the league in fielding percentage (1.000), while ranking second in home runs, fourth in steals, sixth in RBI and runs, seventh in slugging, ninth in extra-base hits (19) and walks (23) and 10th in total bases (87).
Goldstein has played in 46 games so far, batting .330 (60-182) with five home runs, 31 RBI and 51 runs scored. Goldstein is getting on base at a .434 clip, while slugging .522 and stealing 23 of 24 bases. The third baseman ranks fifth in the league in runs, triples (5), total bases (95) and steals, sixth in extra-base hits (20), seventh in OBP and ninth in both hits and home runs.
Valdespina is 8-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 11 starts for the Penmen. The right-hander has allowed just 57 hits, while punching out 78 and walking 19 over 68 innings. Valdespina ranks second in the conference in wins, fourth in strikeouts and 11th in ERA.
Walkinshaw has been nearly lights out at the back of the bullpen this season for Southern New Hampshire. In 17 appearances, the closer is 3-0 with eight saves and a 1.88 ERA. He has allowed 21 hits, while striking out 33 and walking just five over 28-and-two-thirds innings. Minus the two home runs Walkinshaw relinquished this season, his ERA stands at a minuscule 0.63.
Junior Alex Person (Foxboro, Mass.), who is a perfect 8-0 with a 2.97 ERA in nine starts this season, was tabbed for the Third Team. The right-hander has fanned 51 and walked 20, while allowing 53 hits, in 63-and-two-thirds innings. Person, the April 18 NE-10 Pitcher of the Week, is tied for second in the conference in victories.
In 13 appearances out of the bullpen, Gavin has given up just one run on five hits, while striking out 11 and walking six over 13 innings. Gavin, who has submitted a tiny 0.69 ERA, did not allow a run over the first 12-and-two-thirds frames to begin his career.
Zbierski has gone 16-for-42 in 16 contests, producing a slash line of .381/.447/500/.947. The catcher has driven in nine runs and scored six times, while collecting five extra-base hits.
The second-seeded Penmen play host to third-seeded Merrimack College on Tuesday, May 10 (6 p.m.) in a Northeast-10 Championship first round tilt at Penmen Field.
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