PAWTUCKET, R.I.--Keene State College senior Michael Crimi was named the 2017 Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year as the LEC baseball awards were announced today.
Crimi, a native of Bethel, Conn., was also named to the First Team All-LEC in reward for his season. The Owls' No. 1 starter, Crimi posted a 7-3 record, making 11 starts and one relief appearance with a 2.51 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 79 innings of work, leading the league in the latter two categories. He had seven different games with at least seven strikeouts, including a season high 11 against Johnson & Wales on March 25. His career ERA of 3.15 will stand as the sixth best in school history, while his 144 career strikeouts are also sixth most, as are his 12 career victories. Crimi joins Cody Dube (2016) and Bill Williams (2000) as previous Keene State winners of LEC Pitcher of the Year.
Joining Crimi on the LEC First Team was sophomore outfielder Connor Longley. The Foxboro, Mass., native batted .395 in 30 games this year with eight doubles, two triples, four home runs, and 24 RBI, while fielding .981 in right field. Longley led the team in batting average, on base percentage (.462), slugging (.605), and tied for the team lead in triples and homers, while placing second on the squad in doubles and RBI.
Sophomore John Tarascio was named to the LEC Second Team as the designated hitter. From Wethersfield, Conn., Tarascio served as the Owls primary DH and hit .388 in 35 games with seven doubles, two triples, four homers, and 24 RBI. His .388 average was second on the team, as was his on base percentage (.417), slugging (.566) and RBI total, while tying for the team lead in home runs.