D2CCA Crowns Viehoff East Region Pitcher of the Year

D2CCA Crowns Viehoff East Region Pitcher of the Year


PHILADELPHIA – Senior Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) of the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was selected as the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East Region Pitcher of the Year as one of eight Penmen to be honored with D2CCA East All-Region recognition Thursday afternoon.

Viehoff, who also earned a spot on the All-Region First Team, adds to his already-impressive list of accolades, which include National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Pitcher of the Year, NCBWA East All-Region First Team, Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year and NE-10 All-Conference First Team. Viehoff has gone 8-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 13 starts. Over 88 innings, the lefty has given up 49 hits, while striking out 108 and walking just 26. Over six outings from March 26-April 24, Viehoff, who has limited the opposition to just a .161 batting average this season, went 5-0 with a microscopic 0.42 ERA and 59 strikeouts in just 43 innings. Viehoff finished the regular season tied for second in the conference in wins and ranked third in both ERA and strikeouts.

Viehoff was joined on the First Team by fellow NCBWA East and NE-10 First Teamer, junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.). In 50 games, Helms is hitting .372 (70-188) to go along with eight home runs, 50 RBI and 55 runs scored. The center fielder has put together a slash line of .451/.644/1.095, while successfully swiping 23 of 28 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 students Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) and Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.), juniors Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) and Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.), and sophomores Justin Valdespina (Garfield, N.J.) and Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) were all tabbed for the Second Team.

Mastroberti, an NCBWA East Second Team and NE-10 First Team selection, is batting .359 (80-223) in 51 games this season, while hitting four home runs, racking up 58 RBI and scoring 52 runs. The second baseman is also getting on base at a .403 clip and slugging .596, 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 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.

Gendron, an NE-10 Second Team pick, has submitted a slash line of .250/.383/.489/.872 in 51 games thus far. The quad-captain has cranked 11 home runs, knocked in 42 runs and scored 52 times, while going 26-for-29 in stolen base attempts. The right fielder also has not committed an error in 74 total chances this season. Gendron led 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 and walks and 10th in total bases.

Bauer, an NCBWA East Honorable Mention and NE-10 First Team selection, has played in 47 contests, crafting a slash line of .282/.369/.483/.852, 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 51 contests, Cruz is leading in the team with a .380 batting average (71-187), 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. Cruz has also received NCBWA East Honorable Mention and NE-10 Second Team honors this season

Valdespina, an NE-10 Second Teamer, is 9-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 12 starts for the Penmen. The right-hander has allowed just 62 hits, while punching out 86 and walking 20 over 76 innings. Valdespina ranked second in the conference in wins, fourth in strikeouts and 11th in ERA.

Walkinshaw, who received an NE-10 Second Team nod, has been nearly lights out at the back of the bullpen this season for Southern New Hampshire. In 20 appearances, the closer is 3-0 with 11 saves and a 1.97 ERA. He has allowed 24 hits, while striking out 40 and walking just six over 32 innings. Minus the two home runs Walkinshaw relinquished this season, his ERA stands at a minuscule 0.84.

The Penmen are 45-6 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. The Penmen captured their second Northeast-10 championship last weekend and are currently making their fifth straight NCAA Championship appearance at the East Regional.

The second-seeded Penmen are back in action Friday, May 20 (1:30 p.m.) when they take on either third-seeded Saint Thomas Aquinas College or sixth-seeded Molloy College in an elimination game at the NCAA East Regional at Franklin Pierce University's Pappas Field.

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