June 10, 2011

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Massachusetts third baseman Matt Gedman has been named the 2011 NCBWA District I Player of the Year, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America announced on Friday. Gedman is among nine standouts throughout the nation to earn recognition, a list that also included Connecticut's George Springer, Jacksonville's Adam Brett Walker, Virginia's Danny Hultzen, Evansville's Cody Fick, Wichita State's Chris O'Brien , Texas' Taylor Jungmann, Utah's C.J. Cron and UCLA's Trevor Bauer.

Some of the previous NCBWA District Players of the Year have been Howser Trophy recipients, such as Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech, Mark Prior of USC, Khalil Greene of Clemson, Rickie Weeks of Southern, Jered Weaver of Long Beach State, Alex Gordon of Nebraska, Brad Lincoln of Houston, David Price of Vanderbilt, Buster Posey of Florida State and Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State. The nation is divided into nine districts, with teams from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania making up District I.

Gedman, who was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 45th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft this past Wednesday, adds to a growing list of 2011 postseason accolades. He was previously named a first team All-Star by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) and was also selected to the Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Conference First Team this season.

Gedman finished his career with the Minutemen leading the A-10 with a .402 batting average this spring, becoming just the second UMass player to win the league batting title. Previously, Justin Howard hit an Atlantic 10-best .394 in 1993.

Gedman played and started 45 of UMass' 47 games in 2011 and posted the second-highest hits total in school history for a single season, going 76-for-189 at the plate, while ranking fifth all-time in single season batting average. He paced the Minutemen with 43 runs scored and recorded 32 RBI, 11 doubles, three triples and five home runs. The lefty boasted a team-best 108 total bases, contributing to a .571 slugging percentage and logged a .440 on base percentage, as well.

In the most recent NCAA statistics report, Gedman ranked 16th nationally for batting average and was among the top-40 hitters toughest to strike out, fanning only 13 times in 189 at bats in 2011.

Starting all of UMass' 24 conference games, Gedman hit .343 (35-for-102) in Atlantic 10 play with 25 runs scored, four doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI. Gedman was selected as the UMass Athlete of the Week back on Mar. 21 after helping the Minutemen to a 3-3 week at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. Over that six-game stretch, Gedman batted .500, going 15-for-30, with four multi-hit games, eight RBI, five runs scored and three doubles.

Gedman registered a team-leading 25 multi-hit games this season, including two five-hit contests that set a career high. He was second on the squad with nine multi-RBI games and posted the program's longest hitting streak in 10 years, 18 games, which tied for third-longest in the Atlantic 10 this season.

In 142 career games over four years with UMass, Gedman hit .334 (179-for-536) with 33 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 94 RBI and 99 runs scored.