Three Huskies to Play in NEIBA All-Star Game

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Freshman George Springer led the Huskies in 2009 with 16 homeruns and 75 runs scored.
    Freshman George Springer led the Huskies in 2009 with 16 homeruns and 75 runs scored.

    May 29, 2009

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    STORRS, Conn. - Three Huskies were named to the 2009 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England Division I all-star teams, announced Thursday. Junior Peter Fatse and freshman George Springer were named to the Division I First Team, while senior David Erickson was a Division I Second Team selection.

    Fatse finished the 2009 season after a remarkable year, leading the Huskies with 17 stolen bases, while earning 2009 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team honors. His 2009 success put him among the best players in program history on UConn's career records list as he recorded 11 home runs this past spring, moving him into a tie at seventh place with 23 career home runs.

    His 131 RBI and 132 runs puts him at sixth and eighth, respectively, on the selected career lists. The junior had stellar numbers in 2009, finishing the year with 73 hits, 11 home runs 54 RBI and 57 runs scored, while ranking second on the team in three of those four statistical categories.

    Springer recently completed a successful first season with the Huskies, leading the team in runs scored (75), home runs (16) and RBI (57), while being third in hits with 76. As a freshman, Springer became one of the Huskies' most successful freshmen in program history as he climbed atop the UConn single-season record book with 16 home runs, the most in a single-season by a freshman.

    He also became the first ever UConn player to be named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, while earning a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team, becoming the first student-athlete to do so since the 2006 season. Springer currently holds the school record with the most runs scored in a single-season by any player with 75, while his 16 homers puts him into a three-way tie in third place on the UConn single-season home runs list. He was also named BIG EAST Player of the Week on May 3, marking the first weekly honor for the UConn ballclub in the last two years.

    With 76 hits in 212 at-bats, Springer batted .358 for the Huskies in 56 games played. He added 75 runs and 57 RBI to his tally as he stole 12 bases on the year. He recorded 14 doubles and three triples and walked 32 times, while helping the Huskies to their fourth 30+ win season in the last five years, finishing the regular season 36-24 overall.

    Erickson earned a spot on the Division I Second Team as he picked up two saves during the BIG EAST Championship Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. May 19-24 to give him 12 saves on the year, marking a new UConn single-season record. His 19 career saves moves him into second place among UConn's career saves leaders as he made 27 appearances in his final year with the Huskies.

    The senior captain gave up 23 hits, 16 runs and 10 earned runs in 28 innings of work, while combining for one shutout and striking out 33 batters.

    The 2009 First Team contains 13 athletes with five infielders, three outfielders, three starting pitchers, one relief pitcher and one designated hitter. The Second Team is also filled with 13 individuals, which follows the same setup as the First Team. The All-New England Division I teams constitute the University Division roster for the 2009 NEIBA New England College Baseball All-Star Game to be played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass. on June 4 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

    This will be the 35th Annual NEIBA New England College Baseball All-Star Game. The University team made up of the All-New England Division I First and Second Teams will face a College squad consisting of All-New England Division II players and a New England Division III Senior All-Star team. The University team leads the series 21-11-1, though the College Team has won the last two years.