COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College baseball first-years Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) and Paul Prue (Dennis, Mass./Nauset Regional/Wheaton [Mass.]) were both named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team, the league office announced on Wednesday. Moran and Prue were two of 20 selections from around the league, as 11 Purple Knights have now been recognized in the past seven years.
The starting third baseman since day one, Moran hit .278 batting average, tied Adam Sargent's '97 program rookie record of 44 hits, and finished with a school-record 158 at bats. During the season, he had an NE10-long 20-game hitting streak. Moran was third on the team in batting while scoring 14 runs and driving in 12. He had eight doubles, a .348 slugging percentage and a .325 on-base percentage while fielding at a .933 clip.
Moran debuted with a 2-for-3 performance with a walk at American International College on Feb. 28, the first of his team-leading 12 multi-hit games. He was 3-for-3 with a run, two RBIs, a double and a home run at Mercy (N.Y.) College on March 17 and 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-3 win over Stonehill College on March 29. In a three-game sweep of Assumption College on April 28-29, Moran had two hits in each contest, going 6-for-13 with two runs and two doubles. He added two hits and an RBI at regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University last Thursday.
Prue, a left-handed pitcher who was in his redshirt first-year season after transferring from Wheaton (Mass.) College, started seven of his 10 appearances, striking out 36 through 49 innings while walking only 16. He had the lowest earned run average on the starting staff, allowing two earned runs or fewer in six outings.
Three of Prue's first four college appearances came from the bullpen, as he got his first start on March 13 against Wilmington (Ohio) College in Florida, where he worked six innings, allowed three runs - one earned - and fanned eight with one walk. Prue tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball against Stonehill College on March 29, striking out six and walking one. In his next start, he fanned eight and walked one in six innings while yielding three runs, two earned, in a no-decision at regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on April 4. Prue won at Assumption College on April 28, allowing three runs with three strikeouts and one walk in seven frames.
The Purple Knights, who played a program-record-tying 41 games, finished the season at 9-32 overall and 4-19 in the league, with 15 losses being sustained by three runs or fewer.