BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Senior Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) of the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was selected as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Pitcher of the Year and head coach Scott Loiseau was named the Coach of the Year as a total of six Penmen received NCBWA East All-Region honors Wednesday afternoon.
Viehoff, who also earned a spot on the All-Region First Team, was crowned the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year and picked as an NE-10 All-Conference First Teamer for the first time in his career last week. Viehoff has gone 8-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 12 starts. Over 81-and-a-third innings, the lefty has given up 41 hits, while striking out 100 and walking just 25. Over six outings from March 26-April 24, Viehoff, who has limited the opposition to just a .147 batting average this season, went 5-0 with a microscopic 0.42 ERA and 59 strikeouts in just 43 innings. Viehoff, a two-time NCBWA East Region Pitcher of the Week this season (April 14, April 28), finished the regular season tied for second in the conference in wins and ranked third in both ERA and strikeouts.
Loiseau, who picks up his second NCBWA East Region Coach of the Year nod (2014), also garnered his third NE-10 Coach of the Year honor last week. Loiseau has guided the Penmen to an overall record of 45-5 thus far, after reeling off a program-best 19 straight wins from March 31-April 24. The team has set a new program record for victories, surpassing the 43 wins by the 2012 team that advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C. Loiseau helped the Penmen capture their second Northeast-10 championship last weekend and have steered them to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Viehoff was joined on the First Team by fellow NE-10 First Teamer, junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.). In 49 games, Helms is hitting .373 (69-185) to go along with eight home runs, 50 RBI and 55 runs scored. The center fielder, who was picked as the East Region Player of the Week on April 28, has put together a slash line of .450/.649/1.099, while successfully swiping 22 of 27 bases. The quad-captain led the league in doubles and ranked second in slugging and extra-base hits, third in runs and total bases, fourth in batting and OBP, fifth in hits, home runs and RBI and eighth in triples.
Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.), an NE-10 First Team selection, received All-Region Second Team accolades. Mastroberti is batting .365 (80-219) in 50 games this season, while hitting four home runs, racking up 58 RBI and scoring 52 runs. The second baseman, who was chosen as the East Region Player of the Week on April 21, is also getting on base at a .410 clip and slugging .607, while going 15 of 17 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 single-season record for RBI, hits and triples, paced the league in hits, extra-base hits, triples and total bases, while placing third in RBI and doubles , fourth in slugging, fifth in batting and eighth in runs scored. Defensively, the 32 double plays he helped turn led the league, while his 128 assists were sixth most. Mastroberti, who has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 contests, was named the Northeast-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player after going 7-for-16 with two extra-base hits, including a home run, three walks, six RBI and four runs scored to go along with a slash line of .438/.500/.750/1.250 during the four games.
Bauer has played in 46 contests, crafting a slash line of .288/.376/.494/.870, while launching nine home runs, driving in 59 runs and scoring 30 times. The first baseman came on strong down the stretch, driving in at least one run in 15 straight from April 16-May 10. Bauer, who currently owns the SNHU single-season record for RBI, ranked second in the league in that category, while placing third in home runs, sixth in walks and 13th in slugging.
In 50 contests, Cruz is leading in the team with a .377 batting average (69-183), to go along with a pair of home runs, 35 RBI and a school-record 60 runs scored. Cruz paced the league in runs and walks, while ranking third in batting and OBP, fourth in hits and eighth in doubles and total bases. The slick-fielding shortstop also led the NE-10 in assists and was second in double plays turned.
The second-seeded Penmen are back in action Thursday, May 19 (3 p.m.) when they take on seventh-seeded Dowling College in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional at Franklin Pierce University's Pappas Field.
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