Four Blue Devils Named All-Conference
Four Central Connecticut baseball players were named All-Northeast Conference on Wednesday night. Junior Dylan DelaCruz was named to the First Team while teammates Tyler McIntyre, J.P. Sportman and Josh Ingham were named to the Second Team.
DelaCruz, a Second Team selection a year ago as a sophomore, led the Blue Devils in hitting and finished sixth in the NEC in hitting during the regular season at .352. He played and started all 53 of the Blue Devils' games this season, all in the outfield. His 74 hits are currently second in the league, as are his 17 doubles. His slugging percentage of .567 was third in the league.
DelaCruz also finished tied for fourth in runs scored (42), ninth in RBI (34), second in home runs (6) and led the league in total bases (119).
Sportman is an All-Conference selection for the third straight season. He was a First Team selection as a sophomore and a Second Team selection in his first season.
Sportman finished second on the team with a .327 average and led the team and NEC in doubles with 18. He drove in 33 runs and also led the league in sacrifice flies with nine on the year. Sportman played and started all 53 games in the outfield for the Blue Devils. He was eighth in the conference with 66 hits.
McIntyre is an All-Conference pick for the second time. He was a First Team selection as a junior in 2012. He finished the year with a .324 average and five home runs and a team-high 40 RBI. He was tied for fifth in the league in RBI. He finishes his three seasons with the Blue Devils with 17 career home runs, good for a tie for ninth in school history. He drove in 91 runs in three seasons with the Blue Devils.
Ingham is an All-Conference pick for the first time in his career, making the Second Team as a relief pitcher. Ingham made 13 relief appearances on the season and sported a 2.50 ERA and a team-high eight saves, good for second in the NEC. He also became the all-time saves leader in Central history and now has 19 saves in his career. Ingham, who made 49 starts in the infield for the Blue Devils, also batted .258 with 42 hits and 23 RBI on the year.
The Blue Devils finished the year with a 28-25 overall record and a 16-16 mark in league play. They finished in a tie for fifth place and missed the NEC Tournament for the first time since the 2005 season.