Donato Named A Lowe's Senior All-American
June 26, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - After being named one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in the Baseball Division earlier this April, 2010 UMass graduate Mike Donato earned a spot on the All-Senior All-America Second Team, it was announced this weekend at the NCAA College World Series.
The All-Senior All-America teams were released in conjunction with the presentation of the baseball division Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which was awarded to Daniel Bibona from the University of California, Irvine. Based on the cumulative balloting results of head coach, national media and fan voting, Donato, Bibona and the remaining eight finalists were placed on the All-Senior All-America first and second teams.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award program recognizes senior student-athletes who demonstrate the qualities both on and off the field of what it means to be a complete student-athlete, with specific attention paid to achievements in the classroom and community. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A History major who completed his academic career with a cumulative 3.43 grade-point average, Donato was previously named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second team this spring and was an Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference selection. While at UMass, Donato, who aspires to become a teacher and work in a low-income community, was a member of the Dean's List and part of Chi Alpha Sigma (National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society). He volunteered at Wildwood Elementary School as a teacher's aide where he helped instruct fifth and sixth grade students in Social Studies as well as Reading and Language Arts for children with special needs. He also worked as a mover for the Trash to Treasures organization and was one of several UMass student-athletes to participate in National Walk to School Day last fall.
As the SAAC representative from the baseball team, Donato brought toys from the SAAC toy drive to children in Shriner's Hospital in Springfield during the holiday season. While playing in the NECBL, he took part in running a community baseball camp in North Adams, Mass., during the summer of 2008.
In his final season with the Minutemen, Donato started 44 games in right field, 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).