UMass Baseball Duo Earns All-Region Accolades From ABCA
June 16, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass baseball's All-New England selections Jim Macdonald and Mitchell Clegg have been honored once more as the duo was recently named to the ABCA All-Northeast Region second team. This marks the first all-region recognition for the Minutemen since Matt Torra in 2005 and the first time multiple UMass players have earned all-region nods in the same season since 1998 (Bill Cooke and Muchie Dagliere).
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 and All-New England first team member, 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. He batted .391 in Atlantic 10 play to finish eighth among the conference's leaders and ranked first in hits (45) and RBI (37).
A left-handed hurler, Clegg was taken in the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft as the first pick of the 21st round (622nd overall) by the Washington Nationals and will soon begin his professional career as a member of the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League.
Clegg served as the No. 1 starter in the Minutemen's rotation for the bulk of this season and was tabbed an All-New England second team honoree. As a senior in 2009, 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.
Since 1967, a total of 32 UMass players have garnered All-Northeast Region accolades with nearly half coming during Stone's tenure as frontman for the Minutemen.