KINGSTON, R.I. - Along with 2019 Rhode Island graduate Tyler Wilson, rising juniors Austin White and Xavier Vargas have been selected to play in Friday's 45th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Joe Walsh All-Star Game, which pits the region's top Division I players (University Team) against the top players from Divisions II and III (College Team). Additionally, URI head coach Raphael Cerrato will serve as one of the coaches for the University Team.
Limited to just seven starts due to injury, Wilson finished his final season at Rhode Island with a 3-0 record and a 2.45 ERA. Over 33.0 innings pitched, he recorded 38 strikeouts while issuing just five walks and allowing 25 hits. He punctuated his outstanding collegiate career with a 14-strikeout, complete-game (10 innings) victory over Saint Louis in an elimination game at the Atlantic 10 tournament. For his performance, he was named to the A-10 All-Championship Team, as well as one of Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week.
White turned in a perfect fielding percentage as Rhody's starting centerfielder this season, recording 110 putouts and six assists on 116 total chances. Offensively, he was second on the team in batting average (.298) hitting primarily in the leadoff spot. He also led the team in runs scored (36) and ranked second in stolen bases (13) and walks (34). Additionally, he boasted a .416 on-base percentage, which was tops among players starting in more than half of URI's 53 games.
Vargas was the only player on the Rams' roster to play in all 53 games and was in the starting lineup for each of those appearances. He led the team in total hits (65), batting average (.300) and runs batted in (38) while tying for the team lead in extra-base hits (14).
The 2019 NEIBA Joe Walsh All-Star Game is set for 12 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn.