PAWTUCKET, R.I. – For the second consecutive year, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) teamed up with the Pawtucket Red Sox to hold “ECAC All-Star Night with the PawSox.” Prior to Monday night’s PawSox game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at McCoy Stadium, the ECAC honored its 2014 spring sport all-stars.
“The PawSox are a first-class organization and we are grateful to have partnered up with them for the second straight year,” said ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss. “ The ECAC would not exist without our student-athletes and to see them recognized for all their hard work was wonderful.”
Following a pre-game barbeque down the first base line, the all-stars gathered on the field prior to the first pitch to be recognized. The student-athletes had their accolades and name read aloud by the public announcer, before being greeted at the pitcher’s mound by Commissioner McGinniss and PawSox pitcher Matt Barnes. Barnes, a native of Bethel, Conn., is a former pitcher for ECAC Member, University of Connecticut. Commissioner McGinniss wrapped up the pre-game festivities by throwing out the first ball.
“I have never been a part of anything like this,” said freshman Steven Drury of Fitchburg State University,” It was definitely a cool experience and something I will remember for a very long time.”
This spring, the conference honored 559 student-athletes from 201 institutions on its spring all-star teams. All 559 all-stars, ranging from all three collegiate divisions, represented an ECAC member institution and were elected first team all-conference in his/her respective league or nominated by his/her institution. The team is then voted upon by the head coaches or selected representatives from each institution from the appropriate division.
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