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Baseball Lands Four On NEWMAC All-Conference Team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 1, 2003 – Springfield College senior pitcher/designated hitter Brian Puchalski has been named to the 2003 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference First Team in baseball, announced today.

SC junior shortstop Toby Cole, sophomore pitcher Brian Royal, and junior pitcher Todd Royce were all-conference second-team selections.

Puchalski, who hails from South Deerfield, Mass., entered this week’s action leading the league in batting. He has a .423 average with 33 hits, seven doubles, and 15 RBI. He is the Pride’s top reliever, compiling has a team-low earned-run average of 1.59 in eight appearances.

For Cole, who is from Blue Hill, Maine, this is his second straight all-conference selection. He is second in the league in RBI (31), fourth in doubles (10), tied for third in home runs (four), and eighth in batting (.374).

Royal, a sophomore from Orange, Mass., entered this week’s action second in the league in earned-run average and tied for seventh in strikeouts. The 2002 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year compiled a record of 4-2 record in eight starts, and registered a 2.76 ERA and a team-leading 38 strikeouts.

Royce, who is from Chester, N.H., is making his first appearance on the all-conference team. Royce entered the week 10th in the NEWMAC in ERA, and tied for ninth in strikeouts. In seven starts, he has a record of 4-3, including four complete games, and a 3.31 ERA. Royce walked just five batters in 49 innings.

The Pride (16-15) lost to Coast Guard, 6-5 in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. SC travels to Williams College on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.
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