WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University freshman catcher Matt Malcom (East Lyme) has been named Rookie-of-the-Year and second-team All-New England Region by D3baseball.com, announced today.
Malcom was one of only two freshmen named to the all-region team, which consisted of 14-player first, second and third teams. Each of the three teams consisted of one player at each position, one utility player, three starting pitchers and one relief pitcher.
The eighth annual all-region team was dominated by the Little East Conference, which won three of the four major awards and placed 13 players on the team, eight of them to the first team. Seven of the conference's nine teams were represented with at least one pick.
Earlier this month, Malcom earned identical Rookie-of-the-Year and second-team all-conference accolades from the Little East Conference.
Malcom (.360) finished second on the team this year in hitting. Starting as the cleanup batter the most times (20) by any player, Malcom started all 39 games in which he appeared and topped the club in extra-base hits (22), doubles (14), home runs (6), total bases (86), slugging (.619), RBI (29), runs (43), and putouts (280). He also led all players in multiple-hit games (19), had the longest consecutive on-base streak (16 games) and shared the team lead with eight multiple RBI games.
Eastern finished 23-18 under first-year head coach Brian Hamm, shared fourth place in the LEC with an 8-8 record and as the No. 4 seed, won one game in the LEC double-elimination tournament.