Athletes Receive All-Conference Honors


AP Collegiate Athletes Tyler Wilson (A-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, 1st Team All Conference) and Erik Ostberg (American East Conference, Ostberg played principally at designated hitter while being among the league's leaders in batting average from the first game of the season. His .353 average places him sixth in the conference, while he ranks among the league leaders in on-base percentage (.460, 3rd), runs (41, 6th), runs batted in (46, T-3rd) and hits (65, 4th). In conference action, only Bengtson had more RBI than Ostberg's 24. A communication major, he held a 3.34 cumulative GPA heading into the season and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.2nd Team All Conference) received their awards this past Tuesday at their respective conference tournaments.

Wilson becomes the first player in the history of the Atlantic 10 Conference to earn back-to-back Pitcher of the Year awards as a freshman and sophomore. The Palmer, Mass. native - who finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play - went 11-1 overall to tie for the second-most wins among all NCAA Division I pitchers. He also ranks third nationally in both WHIP (0.79) and hits allowed per nine innings (4.53).

A five-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week and two-time New England (NEIBA) Pitcher of the Week, Wilson also earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week accolades on May 16, following a streak of 14.1 consecutive no-hit innings. 

In Atlantic 10 games alone, he posted a minuscule 0.58 ERA with a .106 opposing average over 62.0 innings pitched. His 71 strikeouts against A-10 competition is more than double the combined total of his hits allowed (22) and walks issued (13) during the course of his eight league appearances.

The sophomore southpaw is actively rewriting the Rhode Island record book as he set a new single-season record in wins (11) and, with 107 to date, became just the second player in program history to record 100+ strikeouts in a single season.

The University of Rhode Island has the number 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament while Hartford has the two seed in the American East Conference.

Former AP Academy Prospect Bob Hamel has been named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year. Hamel made an immediate impact for Western New England during his freshman season en route to Rookie of the Year and All-CCC second team accolades. The lefty from Southwick, Mass. went 6-1 in his seven starts and ranked third in the CCC with a 1.58 earned run average. Hamel posted three complete games and struck out 33 batters in 45.2 innings on the mound.