Four NYIT student-athletes earn All-Star nods in summer college baseball leagues

Nick Vitale was selected as an All-Star in the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League.
Nick Vitale was selected as an All-Star in the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Four members of the NYIT baseball program have made their collegiate summer leagues' respective All-Star Games.

Ben McNeill, who emerged as the Bears' starting shortstop as a freshman last season, played for the North All-Stars in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League on Monday. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored. McNeill currently is hitting .267 playing for the Long Island Road Warriors.

Rising sophomore Nick Vitale and incoming freshman EJ Cumbo both played in the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game for the National Division, also on Monday. Cumbo went 1-for-2 and Vitale went 0-for-1. Cumbo and Vitale are playing for the Long Island Thunder, which is managed by Joe Lisio, a 25th-round pick in the MLB draft in 1994 out of NYIT.

Cumbo is hitting .375 and Vitale hitting .371 at the season's midpoint. Of players with at least 25 at-bats this season, the two NYIT student-athletes rank 12th and 14th in the league.

In the All-Star Game, opposing Vitale and Cumbo was NYIT rising sophomore Brendan Dowd, who played for the American Division, representing the Long Island Sound. Dowd has produced two homers this season, which is tied for fourth in the league.

In addition, a couple of other baseball talents are keeping busy this summer playing baseball.

Rising junior Nic Lombardi and rising sophomore Ryan Kuskowski also are playing in the Long Island Collegiate Baseball League as members of the Long Island Lightning. Kuskowski is hitting .400 (14-for-35) with two RBIs in 12 games.

And former NYIT right-hander Matt Diaz is pitching for the St. Joseph (Mo.) Mustangs in the MINK Summer College Baseball League. He has accumulated 17 strikeouts in 16 innings.