Minutemen Pick Up Pair Of A-10 Baseball Weekly Awards
April 20, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Two members of the UMass baseball team were recognized for their contributions to the squad's 4-1 record last week as seniors Jim Macdonald and Mitchell Clegg both received weekly awards from the Atlantic 10 on Monday. Macdonald was tabbed the A-10 Player of the Week, while Clegg collected Co-Pitcher of the Week honors. It marks the first weekly awards for the Minutemen this season and the first time UMass has garnered both accolades in the same week since 1997.
Macdonald hit .450 over five games last week (9-for-20) with eight RBI, five runs scored, a double, two home runs and four walks for a .524 on-base percentage and a .800 slugging percentage over those contests. The designated hitter drove in runs in all five games and extended his hitting streak to six straight.
Macdonald had a monster weekend to help lead the Minutemen to a three-game sweep of A-10 foe Saint Joseph's by going 7-for-11 (.636) at the plate against the Hawks with four walks, six RBI and five runs scored. In game one of the series, Macdonald was a perfect 3-for-3, including a two-run homer that gave UMass a 2-0 lead on the way to head coach Mike Stone's 600th career victory. He then belted a three-run shot in game two that put the Minutemen out in front, 3-0 in that contest. Macdonald finished off by posting a 3-for-6 performance in game three and scored on junior Mike Donato's game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th as the team completed its first A-10 series sweep since 2007.
Clegg's masterful pitching performance highlighted Stone's 600th win as the left-hander became the first Minuteman to throw a nine-inning complete game shutout since Keith Doherty blanked Miami-Ohio, 4-0, on Mar. 14, 2005. Clegg worked all nine innings for UMass in the 3-0 victory as he scattered six hits, walked two and struck out seven to record his third win of the season (3-1).
The Minutemen, who have won eight of their last 11 games, will put a four-game winning streak on the line tomorrow afternoon, Apr. 21, as the squad travels to New Britain, Conn., for a 3 p.m. contest against Central Connecticut.
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