January 7, 2014

Aghdam Named Defensive Player of The Year at East Side Post 201 Annual Banquet

WORCESTER, Mass. - Rhode Island redshirt freshman Regan Aghdam received Defensive Player of the Year honors at the East Side Post 201 Raiders annual banquet, held on Dec. 28 in Worcester. 

In a season that saw the Raiders participate in the American Legion Baseball Northeast Regional tournament, Aghdam notched 81 assists and recorded 47 outs. He also was a part of eight double plays - including two in the regional opener against Colchester (Vt.) and two in the Raiders' win over eventual regional champion Branford (Conn.). 

As a pitcher, Aghdam made nine appearances – six of which were starts - and fanned 23 batters over 27.2 innings of work. 

At the plate, he racked up 27 hits - including eight doubles and a triple, drove in 17 runs and scored 30 runs of his own. Against Sudbury (Mass.) in the national bound semifinals, he went 3-for-6 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Additionally, Aghdam had hand in all three runs in the Raiders' third regional game against Rochester (N.H.).  

In five years as a Raider, Aghdam recorded 117 hits in 141 games (131 starts). He collected 29 doubles, four triples and had a key ninth-inning home run to keep the Red and Black alive in the 2011 Northeast Regional. He also combined for 69 RBI while scoring 115 runs and going 22-of-26 in stolen base attempts. 

On the hill, he has gone 8-3 over his career, recording two complete games and 50 strikeouts over 76 innings.  

Aghdam and his Rhode Island teammates will open the 2014 collegiate baseball season on Feb. 14, when they travel to Florida Gulf Coast for the first of four games against the Eagles.

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