Local college notes

Mariners moments

• Mitchell College freshman pitcher Tyler Shamas was named to the D3baseball.com All-New England Region third team.

Shamas added to his list of honors this season, also making the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division III All-New England Third Team. He was the New England Collegiate College pitcher and rookie of the year and an all-conference first team selection. He made the all-tournament team.

He finished with a 9-1 record, including 6-0 in the NECC, and a team-best 2.48 earned run average. He ranked first in the league in strikeouts (30) and complete games (three) and second in earned run average (1.42). The Mariners went 23-15-1 overall, shared the NECC regular season title and earned their first ECAC Division III New England tournament berth.

Camel highlights

• The 11th-ranked Connecticut College women's sailing team is competing in the 2013 Inter Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championship in St. Petersburg, Fla., this week.

Eighteen teams will sail in the semifinals today and Wednesday. The top nine finishers move on to the final round on Thursday and Friday.

The Camels placed in the top five in their last two trips to the nationals, finishing second in 2011 and fifth in 2012.

"It is going to take a total team effort to be successful," coach Jeff Bresnahan said in a released statement. "We are ready. Atlantic Brugman and Claire Sacco have done a great job at leading our team of underclassmen to be ready for the semis and beyond. ... We are feeling good going into the semifinal round."

Brugman has earned ICSA All-America honors in each of the past two years.

Around the region

• Five former Montville High School baseball players competed on the collegiate level this spring.

Junior catcher Kyle Holland led Dakota State University, an NAIA program, with a .333 batting average and also had eight doubles and 15 RBI.

At Southern New Hampshire University, freshman reliever Tre Gonzalez pitched well in limited action. He made four appearances and didn't allow a run in 9.1 innings, giving up two hits while striking out 11 and walking seven.

Outfielder Tyler Contillo started 41 of 44 games for Wheaton College (32-12), which earned an NCAA Division III bid and went 2-2 in postseason. He batted .205 with six doubles, a triple and 15 RBI.

Max Hart, a freshman outfielder, played in 29 games for Brandeis.

Freshman outfielder/pitcher Corey Wilcox played a dual role for Springfield College. At the plate, he batted .228 with two RBI in 22 games, making 14 starts. He made four relief appearances.

• Kelsey Barlow of Montville and Sarah Emery of Stonington finished their Central Connecticut State University softball careers by playing in their first NCAA tournament.

CCSU went 1-2, beating Northwestern State 9-1 on Saturday in the NCAA Regionals at Baton Rouge, La. The Blue Devils (36-15) lost twice to LSU, 3-2 and 11-0.

Barlow batted .255 this season with nine home runs and 36 RBI while Emery served mainly as a pinch runner and had a hit in her only at-bat this season.

• Junior Dylan DelaCruz, a St. Bernard graduate from East Lyme, led the CCSU baseball team in several categories. He ranked first in batting average (.352), runs (42), hits (74), triples (five), home runs (six) and RBI (34) for the Blue Devils, who went 28-25 overall. He was recently named the Northeast Conference player of the week.

Junior Anthony Turgeon, a Fitch gradaute, started all 53 games, batting .174 with seven doubles and 15 RBI.

• Anna Maria College women's soccer defender Cristina Turley, a sophomore from Waterford, recently received the Coaches' Award for the second straight year.

• The Little East Conference honored East Lyme's Rew Wilson, a senior pitcher for the Plymouth State baseball team. He received second team honors after posting three wins, a save and a 2.56 earned run average. In just over 63 innings, he allowed 42 hits while striking out 55 and walking 18. He ranked first in opponents' batting average at .184, third in both ERA and strikeouts.

Wilson was named the baseball team's Panther Award recipient, which goes to the student-athlete in each sport that best represents Plymouth State on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

• Gen Barlow, a Norwich Free Academy graduate, capped a terrific senior season by helping the Bowdoin College softball team reach the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament title round. She led the team with 40 RBI and tied for first with seven home runs while batting .304 with eight doubles and two triples. For her efforts, she was named to the NESCAC second team.

• Sophomore Jack Porter, a Ledyard graduate, saw limited action as a pitcher for the Springfield baseball team. He appeared in five games, making one start, and went 1-1.

• Jennifer Thomas, a senior from Waterford, helped the Sprinfield women's lacrosse team to earn a second straight NCAA tournament bid. She appeared in 16 games, making 12 starts.

• NFA graduate Caroline Blanchard, a senior shortstop, was a major factor for the Trinity College softball team this season and earned NESCAC second team honors. She batted .304 with eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 40 RBI for the Bantams (16-18).

- Gavin Keefe


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