WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior centerfielder Alex Zachary (Enfield) has been selected as the 56th All-America player in Eastern Connecticut State University baseball history as a first-team NCAA Division III choice by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA), announced Thursday.
This year’s New England and Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year, Zachary becomes the program’s tenth player to earn All-America recognition in as many as two consecutive seasons, first since utility player Shawn Gilblair in 2006-07. He becomes the program’s 21st first-team All-America honoree.
Zachary was the only first-teamer from a New England institution among 15 players.
Previously this year, Zachary was named as the only player from New England to the D3baseball.com All-America first team and will compete in the NEIBA (New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association) All-Star Game Friday, June 2 at noon at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.
A second-year transfer from the Division II level who started all 79 career games at Eastern in center field, Zachary led Eastern for second straight season in hitting (.404), batting third in the order in all but two games.
In addition to hitting, Zachary led Eastern for the second straight season in hits (61), runs (42), home runs (9), total bases (106), and stolen bases (25-of-29). For the second straight year, he committed only two errors and concluded his Eastern career with a .981 fielding average on 213 chances.
"I speak for the program when I say we are extremely proud of Alex,” offered fourth-year head coach Matt LaBranche. “He represents everything that I think is right about our program. He's a classy young man who is a terrific player with ‘plus’ makeup. He will be tough to replace on many levels."
This year, Zachary broke the program record by hitting in 35 consecutive games (the last 20 last year and first 15 this year) and ended his career by reaching base in his last 20 games. He topped the team with 19 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games, reaching base in all but one game.
In his two-hit career, Zachary batted .391 (eight-best all-time) with 19 home runs, a .685 slugging average (third-best all-time), 124 hits, 50 extra-base hits, 85 runs, 80 RBI and 36 stolen bases. He hit safely in all but eight of 79 games.
Eastern won 21 and lost 16 this past year, split 14 LEC regular-season games and won one of three games in the LEC tournament.
Eastern players named All-America in at least two consecutive seasons:
Name Pos. Years Hometown
ALEX ZACHARY OF 2016-17 Enfield
Shawn Gilblair Utility/LHP 2006-07 Windham
Ryan DiPietro LHP 2004-05 Kensington
Joey Serfass RHP 2003-04 Newington
Nick Tempesta SS 2000-01 Brockton, MA
Basilio Ortiz OF 1990-91 Hartford
Brian Cassidy RHP 1986-87 Southington
Kevin Beaudoin OF 1983-84 Plainville
Don Fusari DH 1976-78 New Britain
John Caneira RHP 1972-74 Naugatuck