Chatfield, Merrill represent Panthers on Second Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two members of the Plymouth State University baseball team were honored Tuesday with selection to the All-Little East Conference Team for the 2012 season.
Senior lefthander Bobby Chatfield and senior designated hitter Luke Merrill were named to the All-LEC Second Team for the Panthers. The All-Conference teams are selected by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Chatfield, a 6'0", 170-pound southpaw, shared the team lead with four victories while posting a 3.89 earned run average. He allowed just 53 hits in 69 innings while striking out 71, matching the school record for strikeouts in a season (Marc LaMarche, 1989). Chatfield led the Little East in strikeouts as well as opponent's batting average against (.206), holding left-handed hitters to a .122 clip. Chatfield allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 12 appearances, including a four-inning, no-hit stint in relief against Keene State, earning his first save, and a complete-game four-hitter over top-seeded University of Southern Maine in Game 1 of the Little East Tournament when he took a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning.
Merrill, a 5'11", 195-pound senior, started every game this spring, batting .376 with a team-high 59 hits, 13 doubles, three home runs, and a team-leading 34 runs batted in. He opened the season with a 10-game hitting streak, including a 4-for-4 game in Florida against Oneonta State (N.Y.), and he had three hits in a game five times. Merrill, who started at DH the first half of the season before taking over at third base, hit a home run in the LEC Championship game against Southern Maine. He also made six appearances for the Panthers on the mound, working seven innings and posting a 0-1 record and one save with a 6.43 earned run average.
Plymouth State finished the season with a 20-22 overall record and a 5-9 mark in the Little East. The sixth-seeded Panthers pulled off three upset victories in four days to reach the title game of the LEC Tournament, defeating the #1, #2 and #4 seeds, including two elimination-game triumphs. Prior to this season Plymouth State hadn't won an LEC Tournament game since 2001.
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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