Samela Selected to Play in NEIBA All-Star Game

AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst senior Mike Samela '12 (Westport, Conn.) has been chosen to represent the Jeffs at the 38th annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Star game on Monday, June 11 at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass.

With his selection, Samela becomes the third Amherst student-athlete in the last five years to be invited to participate in the prestigious game pitting New England's University (D I) and College (D II/III) Divisions. 

One of just three NESCAC players chosen to participate in this year's edition, Samela enjoyed another stellar statistical season, leading the team in batting average (.380), runs scored (30), RBI (33) and total bases (68), while ranking fourth in the league in slugging percentage (.562) thanks to 10 doubles, three triples and two homers.

Hitting safely in 28 of 33 games, he opened the year with a 13-game hit streak (.440), while batting .421 over his final 16 with 12 multi-hit games. Also excelling on the field, he committed just one error in 143 chances (.993), while catching seven runners stealing as the team's starting catcher.

Putting together one of the most impressive three-year stretches in program history, he joined Wes Adams '91 (1989-91) and Josh Carroll '98 (1995-97) as the only Lord Jeffs to bat at least .380 in three-consecutive seasons. He is also just the fifth player in NESCAC history to earn three-straight first team all-conference honors.

In addition to boasting the second highest single-season slugging percentage in Amherst history (.753, 2010), Samela is the only Lord Jeff to have ever hit five doubles, five triples and five home runs in a single year (2010). He ranks third all-time in triples (11) and is also among the school's career leaders in hits (139, 14th), doubles (30, 13th), home runs (12, 13th), RBIs (95, 11th), runs scored (96, 14th) and total bases (227, 9th).

The gates for the NEIBA All-Star game will open at 6 p.m. and tickets will cost $5 each. For directions and other information, please visit the official website of the Brockton Rox.