KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island's Jackson Coutts, Nick Johnson and Taso Stathopoulos have been named to the 2018 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division I All-New England First Team, announced Tuesday by the NEIBA. All three players collected third-team accolades.
A native of Orono, Maine, Coutts finished his freshman season leading the Rams with a team-best .310 batting average. He also led URI in conference play with 27 hits, 11 walks, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored against A-10 opponents, en route to earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team. Overall, he had 10 multi-hit games and reached base safely in each of Rhode Island's last 36 games.
Johnson ended his collegiate career tied for eighth all-time at URI with 65 career appearances and is one of just eight players in program history with double-digit saves. As a senior, he spanned 21.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and set a new Rhode Island record with 14.56 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. In his 29.2 innings of work this season, he recorded 48 strikeouts while allowing just 22 hits and 11 walks. His 1.21 ERA was tops on the team.
Stathopoulos finished his fifth and final year at URI with a career-best 1.95 ERA, making him one of just eight players in program history to turn in a sub-2.00 ERA over 35-or-more innings in a single season. In 55.1 innings pitched this year, he held opponents to a .241 batting average - tops among Rhody starters - and allowed just eight extra-base hits (six doubles, two triples).