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UMass Dartmouth senior righthander Matt Cronin was one of 14 student-athletes named on Thursday afternoon as a first team pre-season All-American by D3baseball.com, as the reigning New England Division III Pitcher of the Year and 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association All-American returns after ranking among the national leaders in several categories last spring.
A native of Framingham, Mass. and a graduate of Framingham High School, Cronin recorded one of the most dominant performances in Corsair history under Head Coach Bob Prince last season, as he posted a 6-1 mark with an 0.99 earned run average (second best in Division III play nationally) and became the 13th All-America honoree in program history. Matt was tabbed as New England Pitcher of the Year by the ABCA, D3Baseball.com and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association after garnering the same accolade from the Little East Conference, and he ranked fourth in hits allowed per game (4.95) and 11th in WHIP (0.91) nationally. Overall, Cronin allowed just 35 hits and recorded 67 strikeouts in 63.2 innings of work (9.47 per nine innings), and he played last summer in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League for the Harwich Mariners.
Cronin is one of two Little East student-athletes to earn pre-season All-America accolades from D3baseball.com, as Southern Maine senior Jake Dexter was also named as a first team honoree.
UMass Dartmouth, which posted 25 victories for the third time in four seasons last spring, opens its 2019 campaign on Friday, February 22nd by taking on Denison in a non-league outing in Ferrum, Va. that begins at Noon EST.