Five Named To The All-NESCAC Baseball Team

May 17, 2006

Five members of the Middlebury College baseball team were honored today when the NESCAC announced its all-conference team. Junior Joe Ramoin (Nederland, Texas), sophomore John Lanahan (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomore Jack Britton (Carmel, Calif.) were all first-team selections, while senior Ryan Armstrong (Whitman, Mass.) and sophomore Nick Lefeber (Branford, Conn.) were named to the second team. Head Coach Bob Smith was also honored, by being the named the NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers. The Panthers will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance this week when they travel to Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod to take part in the NCAA New England Regional from May 17-21.

Britton is a first-team selection after being dominate down the stretch for the Panthers this season. He is 5-2 on the year with a sparkling 2.03 ERA. He has 58 strikeouts in 62 innings of work, starting 10 games and completing four this season. He struck out 10 and allowed no earned runs in a complete game victory in the NESCAC Championship win over Tufts.

Lanahan is also a first-team selection for the Panthers, after an impressive year at the plate. The sophomore has been on a tear, upping his average to .417 after the NESCAC Tournament. The third-baseman leads the team with seven homers and 46 RBI, while ranking second on the team with 11 doubles.

Ramoin is named to the first-team after hitting a solid .386 this season. The junior right-fielder tied an NCAA record with four doubles in a game this season, and has a team-high 19 for the year. He has also driven in 26 runs to go along with the 30 he scored.

Armstrong earns second-team honors after earning first-team honors last season with a school-record .495 average. The senior left-fielder has enjoyed another impressive season at the dish, hit .395 with five doubles, two triples and 30 RBI on the season year.

Lefeber is named to the second-team after leading the team in hitting for the entire season, returning from Phoenix with a .531 average. He is now hitting .443 on the season, with a team-high 54 hits and 40 runs scored. The catcher also had seven doubles, three triples and a pair of homers to go along with his .504 on-base percentage.

Smith earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time after previously earning the award in '99. He has led the team to its first NESCAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance this spring with a school-record 24 wins against nine losses.