FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 18, 2005

 

Chris Higgins Selected to NEIBA All-Star Game at Fenway Park

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College senior outfielder Chris Higgins (Swansea, MA) has been selected by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) to the New England Div. III All-Star Team and will play in the 30th Annual College Baseball All-Star Game at Fenway Park on Sunday, June 5.

 

The Div. III team will join a team of Div. II All-Stars to face a squad filled with Division I All-Stars. The game will be played after the Red Sox host the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway. The approximate starting time is 6:30 p.m.

 

Higgins, who was Second Team All-New England, First Team All-Little East Conference and the teamís MVP, has played in 38 games, starting 34 of them. He is batting a team-high .404 with a team-high 61 hits along with two home runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 28 RBI, 26 runs scored, ten walks and three stolen bases. Higgins owns team-highs with a .449 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage. He also has a .956 fielding percentage. He was named the Little East Conference Baseball Player of the Week once this season.

 

The Anchormen are 19-19 overall and were the 2005 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament Champions. The Anchormen were a perfect 4-0 at the tourney from May 11-14. RIC opened with an 8-3 win over second-seeded Keene State on Wednesday, May 11, then defeated third-seeded Southern Maine, 7-4, on Thursday, May 12 and knocked off top-seed and tournament host Eastern Connecticut, 6-3, on Friday, May 13. RIC defeated fourth-seeded Western Connecticut, 6-3, in the Championship Game on Saturday, May 14. It is the first-ever Little East Conference title for the Anchormen.

 

In upcoming action, the Anchormen will travel to Ithaca to take part in the NCAA Div. III Regional Tournament on Thursday, May 19. It is the programís first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 25 years (1980).

 

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