HADLEY, Mass. – As the Amherst College baseball team heads to New York today to begin play in the NCAA Regionals, they will bring with them four members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference Team, as well as Coach of the Year Brian Hamm.
The 2018 NESCAC All-Conference baseball teams were announced on Wednesday afternoon by the conference office. Joining Hamm as honorees is outfielder Ariel Kenney '18, who was named to the First Team, and Second Team selections Max Steinhorn '18, Harry Roberson '18 and Severino Simeone '20.
Voted on by the league's coaches, Hamm was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers for the second time in his nine years at the helm of the Mammoths, having also garnered the accolade in 2011. Hamm guided Amherst (24-12) to its first NESCAC Championship since 2013 and fourth overall, after posting an 8-4 record in the NESCAC West Division.
Kenney (Chula Vista, Calif.) ranks among the top-10 hitters in the NESCAC with a .362 average. He is slugging .559 heading into the NCAA Tournament, fifth in the NESCAC, and has 25 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Kenney has hit four homers and registered 11 doubles this season for the NESCAC Champions.
Nineteen players were recognized on the all-conference squad for the first time in their collegiate careers. One of three NESCAC student-athletes making a return trip to the All-Conference teams, Roberson (Arlington, Mass.) is an All-League selection for the third straight season. The senior shortstop hit .303 with 32 runs scored and 27 RBI, with an on-base percentage of .427. On April 30th, he broke the all-time Amherst baseball career hits record with his 191st career hit, a two-run double that eventually was the difference in a 2-1 win over Clark.
Steinhorn (Washington, D.C.) leads the Mammoths with a .372 batting average, tied for fourth in the conference. His 34 runs scored and 14 stolen bases are also team-highs. The senior second baseman makes his first appearance on the All-Conference team, and was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, putting him in contention for Academic All-America selection. Steinhorn had five hits in three games during the NESCAC tournament and was named NESCAC Player of the Week for the championship.
Simeone (Weston, Mass.) made 178 putouts at catcher with a .990 fielding percentage. He threw out 11 base runners with a .314 runners-caught-stealing percentage. At the dish himself, Simeone collected 17 runs batted in and scored 20 times himself. He hit five doubles, a triple and two home runs. On the base-paths, the sophomore backstop swiped five bases himself in just as many attempts.
Amherst begins their NCAA tournament play on Thursday at 4:30 with a first round game against Southern Maine. The double-elimination tournament continues through the weekend, with the winner heading to Appleton, Wisconsin for the NCAA World Series.