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Hyde named to All-ECAC Division III baseball team

CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- Bates catcher Mekae Hyde '15 received Second Team All-ECAC honors on June 12 as the Eastern College Athletic Conference announced its Division III New England Baseball All-Star Awards.

The honor is the second this postseason for Hyde (Lewiston, Maine). Last month he was named First Team All-NESCAC by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, joining Ryan Sonberg '13 and Kevin Davis '14 as All-NESCAC picks.

Hyde was the top catcher in the NESCAC this season -- no other catcher was named to the all-conference first or second teams. After a solid rookie season, in which he batted .319 with two homers and 14 RBIs, Hyde picked up where he left off, putting together a .324 batting average, with 33 hits, 17 RBIs and a .471 slugging percentage, while leading the team with three home runs. Hyde tied for third in the NESCAC in homers and ranked 15th in slugging percentage (.471). He appeared in 18 games behind the plate for the Bobcats, sporting an impressive .980 fielding percentage. Hyde also appeared in six games as an outfielder, where he was error-free for the season.

Hyde joins 24 other players as All-ECAC Division III New England selections, and he is one of only two sophomores represented. The team and major award winners were selected based on a vote of regional coaches, or their respective designee.