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May 14, 2013

Three PSU Baseball players named All-LEC

Cox, Beard, Wilson represent Panthers on Second Team

 
  Beard
   
  Wilson
 
  Cox
   

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University baseball team were honored Tuesday with selection to the All-Little East Conference Team for the 2013 season.

            Senior outfielder Steve Beard (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional), senior pitcher Rew Wilson (Niantic, Conn./East Lyme) and junior shortstop Brandon Cox (Nashua, N.H./South) 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.

            Beard, a 5'6", 160-pound senior, supplied a surprising amount of power for the Panthers this spring, leading the team with three triples and four home runs and sharing the team lead with 10 doubles.  He batted .301 and topped the Panthers with 143 at bats and 32 runs scored.  Beard had 12 multi-hit games, including three-hit outings against Southern Maine, Lyndon State, and Colby-Sawyer and a four-hit performance in Florida vs. Southern Vermont. He clouted two home runs in a game against Southern Maine, the top seed in this week's NCAA New England Regional at Cape Cod.

            Wilson, a 6'1", 205-pound right-hander, focused on pitching this year after splitting duties as a third baseman the past three years.  Wilson posted three wins and a save and finished with a 2.56 earned run average, working 63.1 innings and allowing just 42 hits and 18 walks while striking out 55.  He led the Little East in opposing batting average (.184) and ranked third in ERA and strikeouts. Wilson was named LEC Pitcher of the Week the first two weeks in April, earning ECAC New England Pitcher of the Week recognition and landing a spot on the D3baseball.com Team of the Week.

            Cox, a 6'0", 185-pound junior transfer from Merrimack College, started every game for the Panthers this spring, the first nine at third base and the next 31 at shortstop.  He led the team with 45 hits, 28 runs batted in and a .326 batting average and shared the team lead with 10 doubles. Cox had 14 multi-hit games, including three-hit outings against Lasell and Western Connecticut.  He also led all LEC shortstops in fielding percentage (.954) and fewest errors (8).

            Plymouth State finished the season with a 20-20 overall record and a 4-10 mark in the Little East, but fell short of qualifying for the LEC Tournament.

            The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com

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