Baseball's Mike Gedman, Softball's Salato Named UMass Athletes Of The Week
April 21, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Baseball's Mike Gedman and softball's Samantha Salato were named the UMass/Dinn Bros. Co-Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. The duo will be honored at this week's UMass Sports Luncheon, which will be held in the Student Union Ballroom. It will be Youth Day at the Sports Luncheon, featuring a special Youth Day price and menu.
Salato hit .571 (8-14) for the week, hitting an incredible seven home runs with a double in four games. The senior leftfielder drove in 11 runs and slugged 2.143 while scoring seven runs. She homered twice and drove in four runs vs. Providence, following that performance with a solo shot against Boston University. Salato played a key role in UMass 3-2 eight-inning win over George Washington as she homered for UMass' first run, doubled, and hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. To cap off the 4-0 weekend and extend UMass' Atlantic 10 record to 10-0, Salato hit a solo home run and a three-run home run for her third multi-homer game of the week against George Washington.
Gedman became the third member of the baseball team to be honored with a weekly award this week, joining seniors Jim Macdonald and Mitchell Clegg who were recognized as Atlantic 10 Player and Co-Pitcher of the Week, respectively. A two-way player for the Minutemen, Gedman contributed both at the plate and on the mound as the team went 4-1 last week, including an Atlantic 10 series sweep against Saint Joseph's.
Gedman played in four of the team's five games, making three starts and hit .500 (7-for-14), knocked in seven RBI and scored three runs. He belted his first three home runs of his career and registered a double for a 1.214 slugging percentage on the week, stole two bases and walked once, posting a .533 on-base percentage.
Gedman registered back-to-back career-high hit totals as he went 3-for-5 in UMass' 12-8 victory over Boston College and hit 3-for-4 in game two versus Saint Joseph's, a 10-2 win for the Minutemen. Against the Eagles, Gedman hit two home runs, drove in three and scored twice. He followed up by blasting his third homer on Saturday against the Hawks and posted a career-high four RBI. On Sunday, Gedman began UMass' rally against Saint Joseph's in game three with a double in the bottom of the eighth as the team went on to rally from a 9-3 deficit by scoring six runs over the eighth and ninth innings before winning on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th.
On the mound against Boston College, Gedman was equally as impressive. He pitched three scoreless innings of relief to silence the Eagles' bats, allowing just one hit to pick up his fifth save of the season. He is now tied for fourth all-time on the UMass single season saves list.
In addition to the special $5 kids menu for Youth Day, kids will have the opportunity to meet various coaches and athletes, as well as Sam the Minuteman, who will be there signing autographs. Some of the student-athletes expected to be attending are: Ricky Harris (men's basketball), Whitney Mollica (softball), Carley Normandin (softball), Corey Quirk (hockey), Will Ortiz (hockey), Andrea Morand (rowing) and Stu Amick (men's soccer).