Four Minutemen Collect A-10 Postseason Honors
May 25, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Four members of the UMass baseball team were recognized with postseason honors from the Atlantic 10 on Tuesday as junior Eric Fredette picked up an A-10 All-Conference Second Team nod, senior Brian Baudinet was tabbed A-10 All-Conference Honorable Mention, freshman Ryan Cusick was selected to the A-10 All-Rookie Team and senior Mike Donato was named Academic All-Conference.
Fredette led the Minutemen with a .384 average this season, his first at UMass after transferring from Vermont. The second baseman played and started 45 of the squad's 46 games and totaled 32 runs scored, 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 31 RBI. His team-best 19 walks helped him boast a .443 on-base percentage, while he led the squad with 10 sacrifices, as well. Fredette registered a team-high 22 multi-hit games on the year and hit safely in 40 of the 45 contests he appeared in, reaching base in all but one. His 71 hits in 2010 ties him for ninth all-time in the UMass record book.
Against A-10 foes, Fredette batted .351 (39-for-111) with 12 runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and 20 RBI. He reached base in 25 of the 26 A-10 games he saw action in, including a 19-game hitting streak in conference play.
Baudinet, who was an All-New England Second Team selection in 2008, collects his first A-10 honor in his final campaign as a Minuteman. The UMass centerfielder started every game for a second consecutive season and registered a .321 batting average with 40 runs scored, 13 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and a team-best 46 RBI. He totaled 19 multi-hit games, 12 in A-10 play, and paced the Minutemen with 10 multi-RBI games, six against A-10 foes.
After setting a UMass single-game record with four home runs off four different pitchers vs. George Washington on May 2, Baudinet was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week. Playing in all 27 A-10 contests, Baudinet hit .358 (39-for-109) with 27 runs scored and 31 RBI to go along with nine doubles two triples and 11 walks.
A .310 career hitter, Baudinet leaves UMass ranked in the top-five in several career categories, including triples (2nd, 10), total bases (4th, 311) and hits (5th, 195).
Cusick's honor marks the second straight year that the Minutemen have been represented on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team as catcher Tom Conley was recognized with the award in 2009. Predominately seeing action as UMass' designated hitter, Cusick appeared in 35 games, starting 34. He hit .297 (44-for-148) with nine doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI. The squad's leadoff hitter, Cusick drew 15 walks and was 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts.
The two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week batted .292 (31-for-106) in 25 A-10 games, starting all 25. He scored 31 runs against conference opponents with seven doubles and five RBI, as well.
Donato was one of 10 student-athletes from around the league to earn an academic all-conference selection. A History major who boasts a cumulative 3.43 grade-point average, Donato was previously named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second team this spring and is one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He has been a member of the Dean's List, part of Chi Alpha Sigma (National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society) and aspires to become a teacher and work in a low-income community.
In his final season at UMass, Donato started 44 games in right field this spring, hitting .337 (61-for-181), good for second on the squad. He scored a team-leading 42 runs and had 13 doubles, four homers and 26 RBI. The outfielder batted .364 (39-for-107) in A-10 games with 20 runs scored, nine doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI. In the season finale against La Salle, Donato was 5-for-5 at the plate, a career best, and hit a home run in his final collegiate at bat.
A .301 career hitter with 102 RBI and 101 runs scored, Donato finished his UMass career ranked eighth all-time in doubles (38) and tied for 10th in hits (188).