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May 31, 2006

 

Ray De La Cruz Plays in NEIBA All-Star Game at Fenway Park

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College senior second baseman Ray De La Cruz (Providence, RI) was selected by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) to the New England Div. III All-Star Team and played in the 31st Annual College Baseball All-Star Game at Fenway Park on Sunday, May 28.

 

 

 

The Div. III team joined a team of Div. II All-Stars to face a squad filled with Division I All-Stars. The game was played after the Red Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

 

As a senior in 2006, De La Cruz was named a Third Team All-NEIBA All-Star. He was also named First Team All-Little East Conference for the second time in his career. He batted .368 (53-for-144) with 53 hits, 45 runs, seven doubles, four triples, four home runs, 18 RBI and 16 stolen bases. De La Cruz owned a .556 slugging percentage, a .465 on-base percentage and a .934 fielding percentage. He led the team in runs and stolen bases, and was second in hits and third in batting.

 

 

 

Head Coach Jay Grenierís team finished the season with a 21-20 overall record. The Anchormen notched their first wining season since 2003 and amassed the most wins in a season since the 1979 squad won 24. Rhode Island College also made its first Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Div. III Baseball Championship appearance in 19 years (1987) and downed fifth-seeded UMass Boston, 9-4, in the first round on May 19. The remaining games of the tournament were cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

 

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