May 5, 2010

Jose Macias Named Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year; Baseball Has 10 Honored by Conference

Dowd, Hendricks, Macias on First Team; Ingui, Munoz, LaCroix, Adams, Nicholas on Second Team

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Jose Macias Jose Macias has been named Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year.

RINDGE, N.H. (May 5, 2010) – Junior right-hander Jose Macias (Bronx, N.Y.) of the No. 25/26 nationally ranked Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, as announced on Wednesday by the conference office. In addition to Macias, senior right fielder Phil Hendricks (Pittsfield, Maine) and sophomore catcher Mike Dowd (East Bridgewater, Mass.) were both named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference First team. In all, 10 Ravens were honored by the conference.

After the above First Team selections, junior third baseman Derek Ingui (Sterling, Mass.), junior left fielder Mike Munoz (Bronx, N.Y.), freshman center fielder Nick LaCroix (Grafton, Mass.), graduate student right-hander Mike Adams (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and junior right-hander Rob Nicholas (Southborough, Mass.) were all named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference Second Team. Three Franklin Pierce freshman landed on the conference's All-Rookie Team: LaCroix and right-handers Rob Blanc (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Joe Flynn (Plymouth, Mass.).

In his first year on the mound after playing shortstop last season, Macias has been one of the best pitchers in the country, let alone the Northeast-10. Through May 2, his 0.93 earned-run average was good for second in the country. Macias is also third in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (4.63), fourth in strikeouts per nine innings (12.57) and seventh in strikeouts (95). His unblemished 8-0 record ties him for 28th in the country in wins. Macias leads the Northeast-10 in earned-run average, opposing batting average (.150, 35-for-234) and strikeouts and is second in wins. His highlight of the year came on March 15 in Florida, when he threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts against Saint Michael's. The no-hitter was part of a streak of 16.2 innings without allowing a hit for Macias, which is believed to be a program record. Six times this year he struck out 10 or more batters, including a season-high 13 against Saint Anselm on March 25. Macias was a two-time Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week selection and was named to the College Baseball Foundation/Diamond Sports weekly National All-Star Lineup on March 23.

Mike Dowd Mike Dowd has been named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference First Team.

It is the third consecutive year a Raven has been honored as Pitcher of the Year by the Northeast-10. Kyle Vazquez won the award outright a year ago, while Adams was named Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2008.

In his first and only year in Rindge after transferring from Rollins, Hendricks has hit .367 (62-for-169) to lead an offense that hit a conference-best .306 as a team. He is tied for second in the conference in doubles (16), ranks third in batting average and hits, is tied for seventh in runs scored (38), ranks eighth in on-base percentage (.416) and runs batted in (34) and is tied for eighth in total bases (86). In addition, Hendricks ranks second on the Ravens in slugging percentage (.509). He has hit one triple and two home runs, drawn 11 walks and has stolen 11 bases in 11 attempts. Hendricks has started every game in right field for Franklin Pierce this year and was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll twice.

An East Region Preseason All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association, Dowd has hit .318 (55-for-173) in his sophomore season, a number which puts him fifth on the team and tied for 12th in the conference. He is seventh in the conference in total bases (87), tied for seventh in home runs (6), 10th in runs scored (36), 11th in slugging percentage (.503) and tied for 12th in hits (55) and doubles (12). In addition, Dowd's five sacrifice flies tie him for the conference lead. He has driven in 29 runs, hit one triple, drawn 12 walks, been hit by seven pitches and holds a .376 on-base percentage. It is the second All-Conference selection for Dowd, who was named to the First Team as a freshman a year ago, in addition to collecting Co-Freshman of the Year honors.

LaCroix turned in arguably the best season of any freshman in the conference, as he hit .319 (51-for-160), 11th in the Northeast-10, on his way to landing on the Second Team. The center fielder is currently second in the conference in stolen bases (18), tied for fourth in home runs (7) and runs batted in (41), sixth in slugging percentage (.550) and total bases (88), tied for 12th in doubles (12) and tied for 15th in runs scored (33). LaCroix led all Northeast-10 freshmen in runs batted in, home runs, total bases and stolen bases and was second to only Robert Kelly of Saint Anselm in slugging percentage. He was twice named the conference's Freshman of the Week during the season and was selected to the Weekly Honor Roll one other time.

Phil Hendricks Phil Hendricks has been named to the All-Northeast-10 Conference First Team.

Another ABCA East Region Preseason All-America selection, Ingui is currently third on the Ravens with a .337 batting average (58-for-172), which is good for seventh in the conference. He is tied for fourth in the Northeast-10 in hits, is tied for eighth in doubles (13), ranks ninth in runs scored (37), ranks 10th in on-base percentage (.406), is tied for 11th in total bases (85), is tied for 12th in home runs (4) and ranks 13th in slugging percentage (.494). Ingui has hit one triple, driven home 25 runs, drawn 17 walks and stolen 11 bases in 15 attempts. It is the third All-Conference selection for Ingui, who was a member of the First Team last season as a sophomore and a Second-Team selection in his freshman season.

In his first season with Franklin Pierce after transferring from Dominican, Munoz is hitting .351 (58-for-165) to rank second on the team and fifth in the Northeast-10. He is currently fourth in the conference in on-base percentage (.440) and runs scored (42) and tied for fourth in both hits and walks (26). Munoz has hit seven doubles, one triple and three home runs to drive home 27 runs and post a .461 slugging percentage and has also stolen 13 bases in 18 attempts. He was a three-time Northeast-10 Weekly Honor Roll selection during the season. It is the first All-Northeast-10 selection for Munoz, but the second All-Conference selection, as he was an All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference First Team selection last season at Dominican.

A 2008 National and Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year selection, Adams has put together a 5-1 record and a 2.16 earned-run average over 50 innings in his final go-around with the Ravens. He is second in the Northeast-10 in opposing batting average (.151, 26-for-172), tied for 10th in wins and ranks 13th in earned-run average. Adams is fifth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (4.68). He has allowed 14 runs (12 earned) on 26 hits, walked 10 and struck out 35. Adams will leave as Franklin Pierce's all-time leader in innings pitched (277) and earned-run average (1.62). His 252 strikeouts and 23 wins are both second-best in program history. He was named Northeast-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 14. It is the third All-Conference selection for Adams, who was named to the First Team in both 2007 and 2008.

Nicholas is in his second season as Franklin Pierce's closer and ranks second in the Northeast-10 in appearances (20) and third in saves (9). Over 35.1 innings in 20 appearances out of the bullpen, Nicholas has allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 19 hits, walked 12, struck out 39 and posted a 4-1 record while allowing opponents to hit just .162 (19-for-117). It is his second All-Conference selection after landing on the First Team as a sophomore last season.

So far in his debut season in Rindge, Flynn has posted a 5-2 record with a 3.72 earned-run average over 58 innings on the mound in 11 appearances (10 starts). He is tied for ninth in the Northeast-10 with 61 strikeouts and is tied for 10th in the conference in wins. Flynn has allowed 27 runs (24 earned) on 61 hits and 14 walks.

Also a freshman, Blanc has been the eighth-inning man for Franklin Pierce for much of the season and is tied for fifth in the conference with 18 appearances, all out of the bullpen. He owns an unblemished 4-0 record and a 2.63 earned-run average with one save. Over 27.1 innings, he has allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on 28 hits, walked nine and struck out 35.

The Ravens (33-12-1, 19-6-1 Northeast-10) return to the field this weekend as the second seed and host of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Franklin Pierce opens play at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday against fifth-seeded Adelphi.

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