Marco Baratta, Baseball, Wesleyan University
Marco Baratta of the Wesleyan University baseball team enjoyed a standout senior season for the Cardinals, and was named the 2016 NESCAC Player of the Year to highlight the campaign. He became the first Wesleyan baseball player in program history to earn the award, and was also named a First Team All-NESCAC selection. It was his first all-conference honor of his career.
The Tenafly, N.J. native led the league in several hitting categories in 2016; batting average (.434), on-base percentage (.526) and hits (56). In addition, he ranked second in slugging percentage (.643), RBIs (40) and total bases (83), third in triples (3), fourth in walks (24), fifth in doubles (12), seventh in runs scored (34) and eighth in home runs (3).
Baratta recorded a hit in all but three games (32-of-35) in 2016, and hit safely in 27 of the team’s first 28 contests. He played an instrumental role in the Cardinals’ success this spring, which resulted in the team’s fourth consecutive NESCAC West regular season title.
In addition to his postseason conference laurels, Baratta earned several regional accolades as well. He was named D3baseball.com First Team All-New England, NEIBA Division III First Team All-New England, a NEIBA Division III All-Star, and Division III New England Baseball First Team All-ECAC.
An American Studies major, Baratta not only excelled on the field, but also performed well in the classroom. He earned NESCAC All-Academic recognition in the spring of 2016 for the first time in his career.