KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island baseball team has placed three players on the ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region Team as redshirt senior Mike Corin, redshirt junior Chris Hess and redshirt senior Matt O'Neil all collected first-team accolades. It marks the first time in program history that URI lands multiple first-team selections.
The 2017 ABCA/Rawlings All-Region teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. All ABCA/Rawlings first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. That team will be announced on Saturday, June 17.
Corin wrapped up his collegiate career as Rhode Island's single-season leader for home runs (19) and was one homer shy of matching Rhody's career record of 30 (Mike LeBel; 2009-13). He also turned in a team-best .646 slugging percentage and tied for the team lead in RBI, with 51. A native of North Providence, R.I., Corin finished the season with a .302 (57-189) batting average and a team-high 25 walks.
Hess - who was selected by the New York Yankees earlier this afternoon, in the 17th round of the MLB Draft - also was named to last year's ABCA All-Northeast Second Team. This season, he was the only player on Rhode Island's roster to appear and start in each of URI's 53 games. He led Rams with 33 extra-base hits (22 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs) and finished the season ranked third all-time at URI with 82 career extra-base hits (46 doubles, 19 triples, 17 home runs). The North Kingstown, R.I. native hit .347 for the season, registering team-highs in hits (77), runs scored (44) and stolen bases (12). Defensively, he helped turn 21 double plays this season.
O'Neil enjoyed a career year in his final season with the Rams, setting new single-season bests in every single offensive category. He tied for the team lead in runs batted in (51), ranked second in home runs (13) and third in doubles (10). He hit a 14th-inning walk-off grand slam against Fordham on April 30, and also smacked an extra-inning walk-off home run against Brown on April 11. The East Longmeadow, Mass. product finished the season hitting .310, after posting a .197 batting average a year ago.
Last season, Rhody had a program-record four players earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast accolades as Tyler Wilson and Martin Figueroa collected first-team honors and Hess and Jordan Powell were named to the Second Team.
About the ABCA
Founded in 1945, the American Baseball Coaches Association is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. It is made up of more than 8,200 members representing all 50 states and 25 different countries.