UMass Baseball Announces Team Awards & Captains
Dec. 18, 2008
Amherst, Mass. - Head Coach Mike Stone recently issued last year's team awards while also naming the team's 2009 captains. Seniors Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.), Jim Macdonald (Cheshire, Conn.), and junior Brian Baudinet (Watertown, Conn.) have been named team captains for the 2009 season. This season will be the second season that Tempesta has captained the Minutemen as he and former catcher Brian Garrity were team captains in the 2008 season. The three captains dominated numerous statistical categories last season including the top three spots in batting average, slugging percentage, total bases, and hits while Baudinet also led the team in homeruns.
The 2008 team awards were issued to Tempesta, Garrity, and former third baseman Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.). Tempesta was named the team's MVP while Franczek was honored as the Most Improved Player and Garrity earned the Dennis DellaPiana Award.
This is the third year in a row Tempesta has been a recipient, or co-recipient, of the E. Joseph Thompson MVP award as he shared the award with former teammate Bill Rankin after the 2007 season. The Brockton, Mass., native finished last season having started and played in 44 games leading the team in RBIs with 45, scoring 27 times himself.
Franczek earned the team's Coaches Award/ Most Improved Player honors finishing his career with 153 starts and improving in just about every statistical category in his senior season. The third baseman led the team in runs scored with 39, doubles with 15, and stolen bases with 16 while improving his hits (43), runs (39), and RBIs (20) from his junior season. Franczek also decreased his number of strikeouts from 22 to 17 in more at bats.
The Dennis DellaPiana Award is an award that honors the courage, determination, and sportsmanship in a UMass baseball player. The award was first given out in 1967 after former UMass baseball player Dennis DellaPiana lost his long-term battle with Hodgkin's disease. Former catcher Brian Garrity expressed these qualities as a team leader and senior captain last season. Garrity started 161 career games, notching 137 career hits, and 80 career RBIs.