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Baseball: Freshman Malcom is Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year

Baseball: Freshman Malcom is Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Freshman catcher Matt Malcom (East Lyme) has been named Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year and has been joined as a second-team all-conference selection by first-year sophomore outfielder/infielder Luke Broadhurst (Stafford) in the LEC season-ending awards program, released today.

The major award-winners and all-conference teams were voted upon by the LEC’s nine head coaches.

Malcom becomes the program’s first Rookie-of-the-Year since outfielder Adam Roderick in 2012 and first ‘true’ freshman to earn the honor since shortstop Melvin Castillo in 2007. A first-year transfer from the University of Connecticut where he retained four years of eligibility, Broadhurst played outfield, first base and second base this past year at Eastern. He made ten starts in right field.

Malcom and Broadhurst were the only two first-year players among the 24 all-conference picks. Malcom was twice named LEC Rookie-of-the-Week, with Broadhurst earning the honor once and freshman third baseman Owen Marica (Haddam) once.

Malcom (.360) and Broadhurst (.319) finished 2-3 on the team in hitting behind senior utility player William Coleman’s (Northford) team-leading .369.

Starting as the cleanup batter the most times (20) by any player, Malcom started  all 39 games in which he appeared and topped the club in extra-base hits (22), doubles (14), home runs (6), total bases (86), slugging (.619), RBI (29), runs (43), and putouts (280). He also led all players in multiple-hit games (19), had the longest consecutive on-base streak (16 games) and shared the team lead with eight multiplc RBI games.

Broadhurst, who batted primarily second and third in the order, started 32 of the 34 games in which he appeared with 11 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 68 total bases and 26 RBI. He was second to Malcom in extra-base hits (19), RBI, total bases and slugging (.602).  

Eastern finished 23-18 under first-year head coach Brian Hamm, shared fourth place in the LEC with an 8-8 record and as the No. 4 seed, won one game in the LEC double-elimination tournament, which ended Sunday.