May 21, 2014
NEIBA Release (PDF)
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – UConn first baseman Bobby Melley has been named the 2014 Division-I New England Player of the Year, the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) announced on Wednesday (May 21). Melley was joined on the All-New England First Team by outfielder Blake Davey, while pitcher Anthony Marzi earned a Third Team nod.
Melley (Barnstable, Mass.), who was recently named to the American Athletic Conference First Team, adds the accolade to a season in which he leads The American with a .360 average, 72 hits and a .478 on-base percentage. He is among the conference leaders with a .510 slugging percentage, 45 RBIs 102 total bases and 16 doubles. The sophomore has also cracked the first four home runs of his career in 2014.
Also a first team All-Conference member, Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) leads UConn and is tops among all New England players with 10 home runs in 2014. The junior also holds a .319 batting average with a .456 on-base percentage and .524 slugging percentage, with the latter two both coming in the top-three in The American. Davey is also among the national leaders with 46 runs scored and 18 hit-by-pitches.
As he did in The American, Marzi received a Third Team All-New England nod from NEIBA. The senior southpaw holds a 5-6 record in 2014, with a 2.81 ERA and a sterling .217 batting average against. Marzi has climbed the UConn record books during his final season in Storrs, coming in at second in the all-time ranks with 296.1 innings pitched and fifth with 214 strikeouts.
The NEIBA All-New England teams were voted on by the 17 Division-I coaches in New England. The list was compiled and distributed by the Bryant University Athletic Communications office.