Date Posted:05/14/2004,  11:00AM

Baseball, Coach Connolly, Earn NESCAC Honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced their baseball All-Conference selections on Thursday and Bowdoin raked in three first-team selections, as well as Coach of the Year honors.

Sixth-year head coach Mike Connolly was tabbed as the NESCAC's Coach of the Year after leading the Polar Bears to a 24-13 record. The 24 wins marked the most-ever by a Bowdoin team in the 138-year history of the program, easily shattering the previous mark of 17 as the Polar Bears reached the NESCAC Tournament for the first time in school history. Bowdoin has seen their win total increase in each of Connolly's six seasons at the helm.

Kevin Bougie (Sanford, Maine) earned first-team honors for the second time in his career by leading the Polar Bears with 34 runs scored, while hitting .350 on the year. Bougie is Bowdoin's all-time hits leader, accumulating 173 hits in his four seasons.

Jared Lemieux (Readfield, Maine), the NESCAC's Rookie of the Year in 2003, earned first-team honors by leading Bowdoin in hits (52), runs batted in (41) and total bases (82). He batted .349 with five homers and played a stellar centerfield for the Polar Bears, committing no errors with 10 outfield assists.

Junior Tom McMahon (Weymouth, Mass.) powered his way to first-team honors by leading Bowdoin with nine home runs this year. His 17 career round-trippers rank him third all-time at the school. He also posted an impressive 37 rbi's while starting all 36 games for the Polar Bears.

Taking home second-team honors were senior outfielder T.J. McLeod (Gorham, Maine) and sophomore pitcher/outfielder Ricky Leclerc (Manchester, N.H.). McLeod was an outstanding table-setter for the Polar Bears this year, hitting leadoff and batting a team-high .371 with an outstanding .465 on-base percentage. He also stole 15 bases this year. Leclerc was excellent at two positions, posting a 5-1 record with a 3.28 ERA. He posted a team-high 45 strikeouts in 57.2 innings pitched. In the field, Leclerc batted .347 with four home runs.