Worcester, MA --- Senior pitcher Conor Fahey (Cumberland, RI) and junior shortstop Paul Galligan (Weymouth, MA) were named to the New England Division III Regional All-Tournament team announced on Sunday. The tournament concluded Sunday afternoon when defending national champion Trinity defeated top-seed and host Eastern Connecticut 5-4 to advance to Division III World Series in Appleton, WI.
Fahey started a pair of contests in the tournament for the Engineers. He got the ball in the opener and went 7 2/3 innings in a 7-6 victory against Suffolk. Then pitching on just two days rest, Fahey threw 163 pitches and allowed just three earned runs as the Crimson and Gray dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to Eastern Connecticut in the loser's bracket championship game. He shared the tournament lead with 16 innings pitched and was second with 18 strikeouts.
Fahey concluded his outstanding season with a 8-2 record and a 1.55 ERA. The NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year and first team All-New England selection totaled 122 strikeouts in an impressive 104.2 innings pitched this spring. Fahey, the most decorated pitcher in the 106-year history of WPI baseball, finished his career with a 27-9 record with a 2.54 ERA and 325 strikeouts.
Galligan made the all-tournament team after finishing second in the eight-team, 14-game tournament with a .471 batting average. He collected eight hits in 17 at-bats en route to scoring six runs and driving in three. Galligan smashed a key homer in a win over NEWMAC rival Babson and swiped a pair of bases in the loss the Eastern Connecticut.
The junior ended the 2009 season with a .353 batting average, 46 runs scored and six home runs, good enough for second on the team in each category. His total of 59 hits ties him with senior Scott McNee (Falmouth, MA) and freshman Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA) for the most hits in a single season under head coach Mike Callahan.
WPI baseball finished 30-13, sharing a conference regular season for the first time. The Engineers won their second ECAC New England championship in the last three years and earned their first-ever bid to the NCAA Championships, where they finished third in the rugged New England region. The senior class of Fahey, McNee, Ethan Brown (Lunenburg, MA), Ben Erle (Boylston, MA) and Jonathan Quintero (Miami, FL) leave WPI with 84 victories, 22 more than any class in program history.
Most Oustanding Player - Jeremiah Bayer, Trinity (CT), Pitcher
Sean Killeen, Trinity (CT), Catcher
Kent Graham, Trinity (CT), First Base
John Parke, Eastern Conn., Second Base
Paul Galligan, WPI, Shortstop
Ethan Guerette, Husson, DH
James Wood, Trinity (CT), Outfield
Robert Perry, Eastern Conn., Outfield
Shawn Gilblair, Eastern Conn., Utility
Jeremiah Bayer, Trinity (CT), Pitcher
Conor Fahey, WPI, Pitcher
Ryan Piacentini, Trinity (CT), Second Base