Four River Hawks Named to NE-10 Baseball, Softball All-Academic Teams

Brodie, Manton Complete Trifecta; Santos, Lajoie Earn Firsts

Apr. 22, 2008

LOWELL, MA - Seniors Julie Brodie (Chelmsford, MA) and Tim Manton (Swansea, MA) led two UMass Lowell softball and baseball players named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Academic Teams, released Tuesday.

The honor was the third in as many years for Brodie and Manton, who were each named to the first team in 2006 and 2007 while senior SS Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, MA) and junior Stacey Lajoie (Gardner, MA) each enjoyed their first appearances and were cited to the second team.

The UML softball team is currently 20-18 overall (13-5 in the NE-10, third), enjoying its 11th straight season in which it has won 20 or more games. UML visits Assumption Thursday at 3:00 and Pace Friday (3:00) and wraps the regular season with three straight home twin bills beginning Saturday against Saint Rose (1:00).

The River Hawk baseball team is 20-18 overall (14-7 in the NE-10, fourth) and has won nine of its last 11 games entering Thursday's home clash against Bryant (6:00).

For Brodie, who majors in both nursing and health education, the honor marks her second academic plaudit within a matter of days. She was recently named the softball team recipient of UML's National Student-Athlete Day award for achieving the highest grade point average on the softball team.

Currently, Brodie is hitting .296 with a team-high 29 runs while starting all 38 games as UML's leadoff hitter. She ranks among NE-10 leaders in both runs (eighth) and sacrifice bunts (fifth, six).

An accounting major, Manton has also been the consummate student-athlete with a 3.33 grade point average.

The 2007 recipient of the Cushing Award for UML Male Athlete of the Year, Manton is off to another stellar season with a .336 average with 29 runs, 24 RBI, 18 stolen bases (23 attempts) and 10 doubles. He also made four appearances as a pitcher, posting a 2-0 record with a 0.63 ERA over 14.1 innings.

Manton became UML's all-time leader in stolen bases last year and recently became UML's career leader in singles. He is also approaching the career marks in hits (259, third), games played (187, fourth) and total bases (325, fourth).

Despite missing six games, Santos has enjoyed a solid year thus far with a .287 average with 20 RBI, 14 runs and eight doubles. He has also been a standout in the classroom, having maintained a 3.27 average in the College of Management.

A transfer from the University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2006, Santos made an immediate impact and was named captain prior to the 2007 season.

A liberal arts major, Lajoie has maintained a 3.30 grade point average while continuing to rank among the top players in the NE-10. Starting all 38 games thus far, Lajoie is batting .345 while slugging .595 with 26 RBI, 24 runs and a team-high six home runs.

Lajoie ranks among NE-10 leaders in several categories, including home runs (third), slugging (sixth), triples (ninth, two) and total bases (ninth, 56).

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