UMaine’s Fransoso named America East baseball MVP; Lawrence, Trimper also honored

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff
Posted May 21, 2013, at 6:17 p.m.

LOWELL, Mass. — The University of Maine baseball team claimed three of the top awards and placed seven players on the America East baseball all-conference teams announced Tuesday.

Shortstop Mike Fransoso was named the Len Harlow Player of the Year, Tommy Lawrence was tabbed the Pitcher of the Year and Steve Trimper garnered the Coach of the Year award.

Jack Parenty of Stony Brook was the Rookie of the Year.

The 34-20 Black Bears, who won the conference regular-season title at 20-9, had four first-teamers: Fransoso, Lawrence, catcher Mike Connolly and third baseman Eric White of Brewer.

Connolly also received a second-team nod as a starting pitcher. Second baseman Troy Black and outfielders Brian Doran and Sam Balzano of Portland were second-team picks.

Fransoso gains his third All-AE award, his second straight on the first team. The senior from Portsmouth, N.H., is the first UMaine conference player of the year since Curt Smith in 2008.

Fransoso led the league in runs batted in (45) and runs scored (41), ranked second in hits (68), stolen bases (19), slugging percentage (.508) and on-base percentage (.435), and was third in AE batting average (.356).

Lawrence, a junior transfer from West Haven, Conn., is the sixth Black Bear pitcher to gain the top honor and the first since Mike MacDonald in 2002. The right-hander went 9-3, with a record eight league wins.

His 2.59 earned run average was third in America East and he tied for second with 67 strikeouts. Lawrence held opponents to a .261 batting average.

Trimper picks up his first coach of the year honor in eight seasons with UMaine. One more win by the Bears would tie his best (35-22-1 in 2006) with the program.

Connolly, a junior from Middleboro, Mass., gains his first all-conference honors. He was 12th with a .311 average, a home run and 14 RBIs.

At catcher, Connolly threw out 25 of 49 base stealers (51 percent). On the mound, he was 5-3 with a league-low 2.04 ERA. He struck out 41 and walked 19 and limited teams to a .202 average.

White had a breakout junior season. After a slow start, he surged to a .329 batting average (5th in the league).

He belted five home runs to rank No. 2 in AE and also posted 31 RBIs (6th), scored 35 runs (5th) and was in the top 10 in slugging percentage (3rd, .474), on-base percentage (6th, .399), hits (5th, 57), runs scored (5th, 35) and total bases (4th, 82).

Black, a junior from Mississauga, Ontario, also was a second-teamer in 2011. He was second in batting at .368 and his .421 on-base percentage ranked third. Black had 60 hits (3rd) and 12 stolen bases (6th).

Doran, a sophomore from Ayr, Ontario, ranked eighth in batting (.321) and runs scored (31) with a homer, 22 RBIs and excellent range in right field.

Balzano, a sophomore, was 10th in batting .311 and provided 21 RBIs and a league-best 21 stolen bases. He was second with 40 runs scored and fourth with a .409 OBP and 25 walks.

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