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Macdonald And Clegg Represent UMass Baseball On All-New England Teams

Senior co-captain Jim Macdonald was named an All-New England first team honoree on Thursday.

Senior co-captain Jim Macdonald was named an All-New England first team honoree on Thursday.

May 28, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass baseball's Jim Macdonald and Mitchell Clegg have been named to the All-New England first and second teams, the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association announced today. The designated hitter and left-handed pitcher are now eligible to play in the 2009 in the NEIBA All-Star Game on Thurs., June 4, at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass.

Macdonald is the first Minuteman since 2005 to earn a spot on the first team when Matt Torra (P) and Jason Twomley (OF) were honored. UMass' designated hitter, Macdonald hit .343 in his senior campaign, enjoying career highs in every offensive category with 40 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 53 RBI. An All-Atlantic 10 first team selection, Macdonald left his mark in the program's record book as his 2009 totals for hits (71), RBI, and total bases (114) rank in the top-10 all-time for a single season.

Clegg, who served as the No. 1 starter in the Minutemen's rotation for the bulk of this season, was named to the All-New England second team, marking a second straight year that UMass has landed players on the squad as Brian Baudinet and Adam Tempesta were recognized as second team members in 2008. As a senior this spring, Clegg posted a 7-1 record with 4.15 ERA in 91.0 innings pitched with 35 walks and a team-leading 81 strikeouts, limiting opposing hitters to a .251 average.

A two-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week, Clegg pitched a complete game shutout on Apr. 17, a 3-0 victory over Saint Joseph's for head coach Mike Stone's 600th career win. Then on May 1, Clegg struck out a career-high 12 batters vs. St. Bonaventure. His .875 winning percentage is tied for seventh on the UMass single season top-10 list while his 13 games started is tied for third and his innings pitched ranks tied for fourth.

 

 

Twenty-six players from 12 teams were named All-New England. In addition to the pair of Minutemen, the list included five players from Boston College, four each from Bryant and Rhode Island, three from UConn, two from Vermont and one each from Brown, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Maine, Northeastern and Sacred Heart.

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