McColl Named NEIBA Division I All-New England Player of the Year, Decker Named Coach of the Year

Photo: Gil Talbot
Photo: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard baseball team earned NEIBA Division 1 All-New England Player-of-the-Year and Coach-of-the-Year honors, while also adding two first team members and one for both second and third teams. 

Senior Patrick McColl led the team with a .399 batting average as well as the nation with a .515 mark to begin the season (March 25). He currently sits 15th in the country in the category and first among first basemen. The senior set a program-record for hits in a single season, finishing with 69, passing David Forst, who had 67 hits in the 1998 season. His 12 home runs on the season is best on the team and puts him second in program history for single-season home runs. He played a large part in the team's second Ivy League Playoff Series victory, knocking in five runs and hitting a three-run home run to the tie the game. Junior Ivy League Player-of-the-Year Jake Suddleson joins McColl on the NEIBA All-New England First Team.

For The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, Bill Decker, he earns his first NEIBA Coach-of-the-Year award at Harvard. After earning his 100th win with the program early in the season, Decker propelled his team to a 27-13 record, the highest win total since taking over the program. The team finished with a 14-7 Ivy League record, capturing every Ivy League series it played in and winning the Ivy League title to end the regular season. Then, the team swept Columbia in the Ivy League Playoff Series to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Junior Hunter Bigge earns two appearances on the list, as a second team for the designated hitter role and third team as a starting pitcher. The junior heads to NCAA Regionals with a .319 average, adding seven home runs and 34 RBIs, which he sits top-three in all three categories on the team. On the mound, the junior workhorse leads with 68.2 innings pitched and also leads with 67 strikeouts. The ace threw all nine innings in the first game of the Ivy League Playoff Series, allowing just one run and adding a home run at the plate.


Player of the Year – Patrick McColl – Harvard University 

Pitcher of the Year – Steve Theetge – Bryant University 

Rookie of the Year – Sal Frelick – Boston College 

Coach of the Year – Bill Decker – Harvard University


C – Sam Owens – Bryant University 

1B – Pat McColl – Harvard University 

2B – Cody Morissette – Boston College 

3B – Jake Alu – Boston College

 SS – Jimmy Titus – Bryant University 

OF – Sal Frelick – Boston College OF – Ryan Ward – Bryant University OF – Jake Suddleson – Harvard University 

DH – Gaby Cruz – Bryant University 

UTL – Chris Wright – Bryant University

SP – Dan Metzdorf – Boston College SP – Steve Theetge – Bryant University SP – Sean Mellen – Northeastern University 

RP – Jacob Wallace – University of Connecticut


C – Gian Martellini – Boston College 

1B – Griffin Dey – Yale University 

2B – Sean Sullivan – Dartmouth College 

3B – Evan Vulgamore – Quinnipiac University

 SS – Jake Gethings – Fairfield University 

OF – Andre Marrero – Quinnipiac University OF – Nick Angelini – Bryant University OF – Michael Woodworth – University of Connecticut

DH – Ian Fair – Northeastern University 

UTL – Hunter Bigge – Harvard University 

SP – Austin Pope – Fairfield University SP – Cody Lawyerson – University of Maine SP – Mason Feole – University of Connecticut 

RP – Chris Wright – Bryant University


C – Colton Bender – Quinnipiac University

1B – Jake Farrell – Northeastern University 

2B – Jake Gustin – Bryant University 

3B – Mason LaPlante – Yale University 

SS – Anthony Prato – University of Connecticut 

OF – Hernen Sardinas – University of Maine OF – John Toppa – University of Connecticut OF – James Ciliento – Bryant University 

DH – Jake Gehri – Yale University 

UTL – Ian Ostberg – Quinnipiac University

SP – Tyler Mattison – Bryant University SP – Hunter Bigge – Harvard University SP – Mason Pelio – Boston College SP – Tyler Poulin – Quinnipiac University 

RP – Andrew Workman – Quinnipiac University