June 16, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UConn baseball sluggers Blake Davey and Bobby Melley were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Northeast Region First Team on Monday (June 16). The ABCA Northeast Region encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
The honors are among several this season for the two UConn players, as each was also named All-American Athletic Conference and NEIBA All-New England First Team. Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) was also tabbed as NEIBA's New England Player of the year.
Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) earned his laurel in his first year in Storrs. The junior transfer hit .319 this year, clubbing 10 home runs and driving in 32 RBIs. He also scored 48 runs, fourth in The American, and was third in the league in on-base percentage (.452) and slugging percentage (.512). Davey was hit by a pitch 21 times, tops in the conference, and added 30 walks and eight stolen bases.
Melley became one of the most prolific hitters in the country this year, batting .359 to lead The American in average. The sophomore first baseman added 16 doubles, four home runs and a team-high 47 RBIs, which placed him fourth in the league. In total, Melley rang out 75 hits and finished second in the conference with a .475 on-base percentage.
UConn's two members of the All-Region First Team give the Huskies at least one First Team member for the second straight season, after LJ Mazzilli earned the award in 2013. Jim Penders was named the region's Coach of the Year in 2010.