Downing and Bonicki Earn NEIBA/ABCA All-New England Honors

Downing and Bonicki Earn NEIBA/ABCA All-New England Honors

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), released its Division III All-New England teams on Tuesday afternoon. Clark University senior Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) was named to the NEIBA DIII All-New England Second Team as a utility player while graduate student Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) was named to the Third Team as a shortstop. Downing was also named to the NEIBA DII/DIII All-Star Roster.

Downing contributed to Clark baseball's 2018 success at third base, in the outfield, and on the mound. He helped lead the team to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament with 56 hits including eight doubles, one triple and two homeruns. Downing ranked in the top three in the NEWMAC for batting averages at .373 and boasted an impressive .480 slugging percentage. He ranked fifth in the NEWMAC in RBIs with 34. As one of the most successful closing pitchers in the conference he accumulated 30 strikeouts over 21 innings pitched, had three wins on the season, and a conference high six saves. After his 2018 campaign Downing was also named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and to the All-New-England Region Second Team.

Bonicki ranked second in the NEWMAC for batting average hitting .392 at the conclusion of the season. He led the Cougars with 58 hits including 11 doubles, five triples and one homerun. He raked in 17 RBI's and scored a team high 43 runs to lead Clark to their NEWMAC tournament appearances.  Bonicki was a NEWMAC All-Conference First Team selection for the third time in his career.

NEIBA and the ABCA honored 55 players from 27 different schools, highlighted by the selections of Wheaton College sophomore Nick Raposo as the player of the year, and UMass Dartmouth junior Matt Cronin as the pitcher of the year. Additionally, UMass Boston skipper Brendan Eygabroat was tabbed as the NEIBA Division III Coach of the Year.

Downing was also selected for the NEIBA DII/DIII All-Star game. The 29-man College Division roster has been set for next Thursday's 44th Annual NEIBA Joe Walsh All-Star Game. The College Division team features 13 of the top Division II players in New England and 16 of the top Division III seniors in the region. The squad has players from 22 different institutions. The 2018 NEIBA Joe Walsh All-Star Game is set for 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.

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