Baseball Names Captains For 2010
Sept. 4, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Seniors Brian Baudinet, Mike Donato and Jared Freni have been named the 2010 captains for the UMass baseball team, head coach Mike Stone announced on Friday. The trio will lead the Minutemen as they look to build off the team's 2009 success and vie for a second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament berth in the upcoming season.
"We are very pleased to announce that the UMass baseball team captains for the 2009-2010 season will be Brian Baudinet, Mike Donato, and Jared Freni," said Stone. "All three of these young men have performed at a high level on the field and, more importantly, have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and excellence off the field and in the classroom. We are confident that they will all provide great direction for our squad in the upcoming year."
Baudinet will be entering his second year as team captain in his final season with the Minutemen. The centerfielder, along with Donato, set a program record, starting all 53 games in 2009. Baudinet, a career .305 hitter, has played in 122 games with 113 starts in his first three seasons at UMass and has totaled 133 hits, 95 runs scored, 61 RBI, 23 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs and 24 stolen bases. As a junior, Baudinet set five program single season top-10 marks, including a team-high 54 runs scored and 35 walks. As a sophomore in 2008, Baudinet was named to the All-New England second team.
Donato is coming off a breakout junior season that saw him earn an All-Atlantic 10 first team selection. Starting all 53 games in left field in 2009, Donato batted .336 and totaled 73 hits, 36 runs scored, 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 40 RBI. He set a school record for single season at bats (217) and his 2009 hits total ranks tied for sixth in program history.
As a member of the Minutemen's weekend pitching rotation, Freni started a school record 15 games on the mound in 2009 and enters his senior season tied for sixth all time with 34 career starts. The right-hander has thrown a total of 165.1 innings thus far in his time at UMass and has 117 career strikeouts to his credit. He set career highs in both innings pitched (73.2) and strikeouts (56) in 2009 and fanned nine in his final appearance of the season against Charlotte at the A-10 tournament to set a personal single game best.
UMass enjoyed a remarkable run in 2009 as the squad rallied from a 1-7 start to conference play to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 with a record of 16-11, the most league victories for the team since 1997. Overall, the Minutemen posted a record of 27-26, their highest wins total since 2001.
The 2009 team awards will be announced at the upcoming UMass Baseball Golf Tournament on Sept. 18 at The Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. Registration information is available at UMassAthletics.com.
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