AMHERST, MA – Amherst College sophomore catcher Mike Samela (Westport, CT) has been named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England Division III Baseball Third Team, the organization announced today.
Fifty-two players from 27 New England schools were named to the NEIBA First, Second or Third Team. Samela is one of 10 NESCAC student-athletes to earn the All-Region honor and is the first Amherst player to be recognized since 2008.
Only four catchers were honored by the NEIBA, as Samela used a breakout sophomore season to establish himself as one of the region's top players at his position. In addition to throwing out nine base runners and stealing 13 bags of his own, Samela batted .381 and became the first player in Amherst history to hit at least five doubles, five triples and five home runs in a season. His .753 slugging percentage is the second highest mark in program history and currently ranks fourth in the NESCAC.
James Wood '10 of Trinity College was named the region's Player of the Year, while Tufts University's Chris DeGoti '12 and Wheaton College's Nolan Corr '12 shared Pitcher of the Year honors. John Casey of Tufts was named Coach of the Year for leading the Jumbos to the conference title and NCAA Tournament.
For more information on Samela's 2010 season, read about his selection to this year's All-NESCAC First Team. The 2010 NEIBA All-New England Division III Baseball Team honorees are listed below.
NEIBA ALL-NEW ENGLAND TEAMS
Second Team (continued)
DH – Collin Henry, Sr., Southern Maine