HADLEY, Mass. - Marco Baratta '16 of the Wesleyan University baseball team was selected as the NESCAC Baseball Player of the Year, becoming the first Cardinal to earn the award. Baratta is joined by Guy Davidson '16 and Nick Miceli '17 on the First Team, while Eric Jones '16 earned Second Team accolades, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced Wednesday by the league office.
Baratta led the league with a .434 batting average, and tied for the league lead in hits (56). He also ranked second in on-base percentage (.526), slugging percentage (.643), RBIs (40) and total bases (83). The senior from Tenafly, N.J. also garnered NESCAC Player of the Week honors on May 2nd for his performance in the Cardinals' weekend series against Amherst, which saw Wesleyan clinch the number one seed in the West with a dramatic 4-3 victory in extra innings. During the series, Baratta batted an impressive .400 with an .800 slugging percentage. He was also instrumental in the Cardinals' comeback, which saw them erase a 3-0 Amherst lead.
This is the third all-conference selection for Davidson, who made the First Team in his junior year and earned Second Team laurels in his sophomore season. The New York native led the conference in doubles (18) and tied for the lead in hits (56). His .386 average ranked second on the Cardinals and sixth in the conference. Davidson finished his career with a total of 183 hits, which ranks fourth in Wesleyan history.
Miceli did a little of everything for Wesleyan this year, seeing time on the mound as well as the infield and outfield. The junior led the league with five saves and posted a 6-1 record with a 3.41 ERA. His 57 strikeouts ranked third, while his 68.2 innings pitched ranked second. At the plate, the West Hartford, Conn. native batted .345 with 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
Jones was a stalwart for the Cardinals behind the plate, starting 31 of Wesleyan's 35 games this season. The senior posted a .985 fielding percentage and a .303 batting average. His walk-off homerun in the 10th inning lifted the Cardinals to an exciting 7-6 come-from-behind victory against Trinity College in game one of the NESCAC Tournament.
Wesleyan finished the season with a 23-12 overall record and a 7-5 NESCAC West mark. The Cardinals earned the No. 1 seed in the West for the fourth consecutive season, but fell short of defending its back-to-back conference titles and narrowly missed out on a NCAA at-large bid.