CRINELLA BECOMES THE SECOND STRAIGHT MERRIMACK PLAYER TO EARN NORTHEAST-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Five Merrimack College baseball student-athletes has been named to the 2014 Northeast-10 All-Conference Teams which were announced by the conference office Wednesday morning.
Highlighting the end-of-year conference awards was sophomore Frank Crinella (East Longmeadow, Mass.) being named the Northeast-10 Player of the Year, becoming the second straight Warrior to earn that honor after 2013 alum Casey Cotter did likewise.
Crinella, a first-team all-conference selection, was joined by sophomore Sean O'Neill (Norwood, Mass.) and senior pitcher Conner McMahon (Westfield, Mass.) who earned All-Conference Second Team nods. Freshmen Cam DiSarcina (Shirley, Mass.) and Joe Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.) also earned NE-10 Conference All-Rookie Team honors to round out the quintet of Warriors.
Crinella followed up a remarkable rookie season with an even better sophomore campaign, as the second-year slugger was named First Team All-Conference at third base. The Springfield, Mass. native, has been a key component to the Warriors' success this season leading conference in nearly every offensive category, including 53 runs scored, 69 hits, six triples and 40 RBI. He also led the team with a .401 batting average, a .651 slugging percentage, six homeruns, 13 doubles while swiping 28 bases.
O'Neill, the team's primarily designated hitter, has been one of Merrimack's top power threats in the lineup batting .323 and recording 23 runs scored. The Norwood, Mass. native finished the season ranking third on the team with 25 RBI and a .403 slugging percentage while posting a .440 on-base percentage.
After missing his sophomore and most of his junior year, McMahon has enjoyed a successful senior year on the mound leading the team in the win column with five and recording a team-best 1.62 ERA over 61 innings. Over the season, the righty has tallied 58 hits, 22 runs (11 earned), and 54 strikeouts while finishing with a .249 opposing batting average.
DiSarcina and Velozo have both enjoyed successful freshman campaigns. DiSacrina earned All-Rookie Team honors as a utility player, while Velozo has made six appearances on the mound for the Navy and Gold.
DiSarcina ranked second on the team in RBI (34), doubles (9) and triples (3) while posting a batting average of .299 which ranks him fifth on the team. Velozo finished his rookie campaign with a 1-2 overall record on the mound as well as recording a 4.60 ERA over 29 innings. He finished the year with 13 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .277 batting average against.