Baudinet And Tempesta Named To All-New England Baseball Team
May 30, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Brian Baudinet and Adam Tempesta of the UMass baseball team were honored this week when the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association announced its Division I All-New England Team for 2008. Both players were named to the All-New England second team and are invited to play in the NEIBA New England College All-Star Game to be played at Fenway Park on June 14. It is the first such award for both student-athletes and UMass' first All-New England picks since Matt Torra and Jason Twomley in 2005.
Baudinet, a sophomore from Watertown, Conn., made a huge impact in his first year as a full-time starter for the Minutemen. Playing center field and batting leadoff, he led UMass in batting average (.351), hits (61), home runs (5), walks (29), slugging (.466), and on-base (.442). Baudinet also was great in center field for the Minutemen, making 104 putouts, logging six outfield assists, and making just one error to post a .991 field percentage.
Tempesta, a junior second baseman and team co-captain from Brockton, Mass., had a stellar season in 2008. A starter at second base since his freshman year when he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, he batted third in the UMass lineup this season posted his third-straight season batting over .300. His .318 mark is the best of his career and he was the Minutemen's best run-producer, driving in 45 runs. Tempesta had a .381 on-base percentage and .428 slugging percentage to go along with his stellar play in the field, where he logged 83 putouts and 107 assists for a .969 fielding percentage.
Twenty-seven players from 12 teams were named to the 2008 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association's All-New England Division 1 first and seconds teams. Dartmouth's Bob Whalen was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to the #1 ranking in NEIBA poll. The University of Connecticut led all teams will four players on the All-New England first and second teams. Dartmouth, Northeastern and Vermont had three each.
The Minutemen, the 2008 Beanpot champions, will be honored at Fenway Park on Wednesday, June 11, when they will be guests of the Red Sox and throw out the first pitch before the defending World Series champs take on the Baltimore Orioles.