UMass Collects Four All-Atlantic 10 Baseball Accolades
May 19, 2009
DAYTON, Ohio - Four members of the UMass baseball team garnered postseason recognition from the Atlantic 10 on Tuesday as junior Mike Donato and senior Jim Macdonald were named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team, freshman Tom Conley earned a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie team and senior Mitchell Eilenberg was honored as an Academic All-Conference selection.
Donato and Macdonald are the first Minutemen since 2005 to be recognized with all-conference first team accolades. An outfielder, Donato has started all 49 games thus far and has registered a team-leading 70 base hits on the year, good for seventh on UMass' all-time single season list. Shattering his previous career highs in every statistical category, Donato is batting .347 with 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 35 runs scored and 38 RBI. In A-10 play, the right fielder posted a .386 average, ranked third in the league in hits (44) and totaled six doubles, one triple, four homers, 24 runs scored and 26 RBI.
Macdonald leads UMass in batting average (.356), RBI (49), home runs (9) and slugging percentage (.626), while also contributing 40 runs scored, 11 doubles and two triples. The designated hitter is ranked 10th in the A-10 in RBI, a total that ties him for ninth in the team single season annals. Macdonald finished A-10 play first in the conference in hits with 45 and RBI with 37, tied for second in total bases (72) and eighth in batting average (.391).One of three co-captains for the Minutemen, Macdonald also tallied 37 RBI in league games with 27 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple and six home runs. He was named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week on Apr. 20 and was selected as the UMass Athlete of the Week once this season, as well.
Conley is the second UMass player in history to earn a spot on the all-rookie squad as current senior Adam Tempesta was honored in 2006. A tall task for a rookie, Conley stepped into his role as the Minutemen's starting catcher this spring and has played in 45 games. At the plate, he is hitting .309 with 31 runs scored, seven doubles, one home run and 15 RBI, but has also been a defensive presence with 15 runners caught stealing and three pickoffs. In Atlantic 10 play, Conley batted .321 with 20 runs scored and 10 RBI in his first collegiate season.
Eilenberg represents the Minutemen on the Academic All-Conference team for a second straight year, the honor coming on the heels of an CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection just over a week ago. A double major in Management and Economics, Eilenberg boasts a 3.79 grade-point average and has consistently appeared on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor roll throughout his career at UMass.
The senior right-hander holds school records for career (10) and single season saves (7), along with career appearances (66). This season, he holds a 3-4 record with two saves and a 5.14 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 35.0 innings pitched.
UMass will begin play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the No. 4 seed, taking on No. 5 Fordham tomorrow afternoon at noon at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.
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