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2013 DiamondDawg named D3 Player of the Year

Dexter (PC: Southern Maine)

GORHAM, Maine – D3baseball.com announced Wednesday morning that University of Southern Maine junior shortstop Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) has been selected as its 2015 Player of the Year when it released its annual postseason awards and All-America teams. Dexter played for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs during the summer of 2013.

In addition to his Player of the Year award, Dexter and senior pitcher Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) were picked to the D3baseball.com All-America first team.  

Dexter and Richards led Southern Maine to the Little East Conference regular season and tournament championship title, securing the Huskies third LEC title in the last four seasons and fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship.  The Huskies' finished the 2015 season with a 32-15 record and were the top seed in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship tournament.

Dexter, who was recently named the Little East Conference, ABCA New England and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Player of the Year, is earning All-American honors for the first time in his career.  The Huskies' slick-fielding shortstop led the Huskies with a .441 batting average, collecting 82 hits, including 21 doubles, three triples and eight home runs in 186 at bats.  Dexter also led USM in RBI with 43 and had 11 stolen bases on the season. Dexter set career-highs in batting average, hits, triples, home runs and RBI in 2015.

The winningest pitcher in the history of the Husky baseball program, Richards finished his senior season with an 11-5 record with nine saves and a 1.73 ERA.  Richards, who was named the D3Baseball.Com New England, NEIBA Regional and LEC Pitcher of the Year, pitched 114 1/3 innings allowing 22 earned runs on 94 hits and 19 walks while striking out a single-season record 108.  Richards became the fourth consecutive, and sixth all-time, USM hurler to earn the conference's top pitching honor.

Dexter and Richards helped lead USM to the 2015 Little East Conference Championship, marking the Huskies' third title in the last four seasons and were named the Co-Most Outstanding Players in the recent Little East Conference tournament.

Please note that a sentence was added to Southern Maine's release.



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