Juniors Ryan Costello and Dean Lockery of the Central Connecticut baseball team were named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division I All-New England Second Team it was announced Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils are in action at the Northeast Conference championship beginning Friday.
Costello, who was named to the All-NEC First Team at third base, led the conference with 21 doubles and tied for the league lead with nine home runs. Costello also ranked among the NEC leaders in runs batted in (48, 2nd) and runs scored (46, 3rd) while hitting .288. His 31 extra-base hits are the most at CCSU since Sean Allaire had 41 in 2010. His 21 doubles are the second-most in a single-season since Allaire had 22 in 2010.
Lockery, who was named to the All-New England Third Team as a sophomore, also earned All-NEC First Team honors for the second straight season at second base in 2017. He tied a school single-season mark and led the league with 48 walks, while ranking second with 68 hits and 20 doubles. Lockery also ranked among the league leaders in on-base percentage (.466, 2nd) and runs scored (45, 5th). He started all 53 games and led off a lineup that ranked second in the league with 309 runs scored.
In total, the NEIBA honored 42 players from 14 different schools. Rhode Island second baseman Chris Hess was named the Player of the Year and Fairfield's Gavin Wallace was selected the Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, Mason Feole of Connecticut was tabbed as the NEIBA Rookie of the Year, while John Stuper of Yale was recognized as the Coach of the Year.
CCSU, which earned the second seed, faces third-seeded Wagner on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Northeast Conference championship. Fans can watch the game online at NEC Front Row.