Wesleyan's Baratta Named Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. - Wesleyan senior Marco Baratta (Tenafly, N.J.) has been chosen as the NESCAC Player of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches. The right fielder paces the league with a .434 batting average, is tied for the lead in hits (56), and ranks second in on-base percentage (.526), slugging percentage (.643), RBIs (40) and total bases (83). Defensively, Baratta committed only two errors in 73 opportunities. He is the first Cardinal in program history to receive the award after helping Wesleyan earn the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC West Division for the fourth straight season. Baratta was also named to the All-NESCAC First Team for the first time in his career.
- Speros Varinos of Tufts was voted as the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year. The junior leads the league with 65 strikeouts in 58.1 innings on the mound, while posting the second-lowest ERA (2.31) and allowing 40 hits. He carries a 6-1 record into the NCAA Tournament. Varinos becomes the fourth Jumbo pitcher to be named NESCAC Pitcher of the Year, joining Kyle Slinger (2014), Ed Bernstein (2011) and Jon Lee (2001, 2003).
- Trinity senior Scott Cullinane was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year as well as being picked for the All-NESCAC First Team. The catcher caught 12 runners stealing during the season and recorded 34 assists, while committing nine errors in 223 total chances. Offensively, Cullinane finished the season batting .286 with a .378 slugging percentage, 23 runs and 15 RBIs. He is the second Bantam to collect the plaudit, joining Kent Graham (2009).
- Nineteen players were recognized the all-conference squad for the first time in their collegiate careers, with three players being repeat First Team honorees.
- Tufts paced all teams with six all-conference selections, while Amherst and Wesleyan collected five and four All-NESCAC picks, respectively.
- Tufts junior Harry Brown landed on the First Team for the first time in his career. The outfielder is first in the league with a .532 on-base percentage, second with a .420 batting average, tied for second in runs scored (39) and third in stolen bases (14). He has amassed a .563 slugging percentage, 50 hits and 26 RBIs heading into play this weekend.
- Amherst’s Dave Cunningham was a stalwart for the Purple & White this season, primarily at first base. The senior was second on the team in batting average (.354), slugging percentage (.522), on-base percentage (.431) and home runs (4). He also scored 25 runs and drove in 24. Defensively, Cunningham committed just one error this season in 239 opportunities for a .996 fielding percentage.
- Senior Guy Davidson of Wesleyan added a third all-conference award to his collection, having been named to the First Team last season and the Second Team in 2014. The shortstop ranks among the top five of several NESCAC offensive categories. Davidson paces the conference in total bases (89) and doubles (18), is tied for the league lead in hits (56), tied for third in runs scored (39), third in slugging percentage (.614) and fourth in RBIs (37). He also posted a .458 on-base percentage.
- Colby’s Soren Hanson was selected to the First Team for the second consecutive season. The senior first baseman paced the Mules with 34 hits, while posting a .324 batting average, a .415 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage. He also hit 12 doubles, scored 18 runs and drove in 15. When he was not playing first base, Hanson was on the mound where he recorded a team-low 3.11 ERA in 46.1 innings, and tied for fifth among all NESCAC pitchers with 50 strikeouts.
- Wesleyan junior Nick Miceli saw action in the outfield and on the mound for the Cardinals this season on the way to being named to the First Team. Miceli paces the league with five saves and ranks third with 57 strikeouts through 68.2 innings. He finished the season with a 6-1 record and a 3.41 ERA. At the plate, he batted .345 and slugged .445 with 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
- Tufts sophomore Tommy O’Hara became a two-time First Team honoree. Last year’s NESCAC Rookie of the Year paces the league with 45 RBIs, is tied for first with 40 runs scored and tied for fourth with four home runs. The third baseman has a .336 batting average, a .467 on-base percentage and a .483 slugging percentage heading into NCAA Regional play.
- Junior Jackson Volle of Amherst possesses a NESCAC-best 1.94 ERA over 60.1 innings of work on the way to a 6-1 record. He struck out 44 batters, allowed 43 hits and issued just 12 walks.
- Hamilton junior Ryan Wolfsberg rounds out the First Team selections. The outfielder leads the conference with a .645 slugging percentage as 16 of his 46 hits were for extra bases, including 11 doubles and four home runs. Wolfsberg also ranks third in the league in batting average (.418) and is tied for fifth in on-base percentage (.500) to go along with 31 runs scored and 30 RBIs for the Continentals.
- Williams’ Kellen Hatheway (Armonk, N.Y.) was chosen as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. The shortstop turned in a team-high .449 slugging percentage to go with a .331 batting average, 24 runs, 42 hits and 21 RBIs. He is the fifth Eph to receive the award, joining Robin Allemand (2007), Dan Benz (2006), Chris Bodnar (2002) and Jabe Bergeron (2001).
- John Casey of Tufts was selected by his peers as the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his 33-year career, having previously garnered the accolade in 2010. Casey guided Tufts to its first NESCAC Championship since 2011 after posting an 11-1 record in the NESCAC East Division. The Jumbos, who boast the top pitching and fielding teams in the NESCAC, enter NCAA Regional play with a 32-6 overall record.
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