MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After ranking second in the NESCAC in on-base percentage and third in hits and runs, sophomore Alex Cappitelli of the Wesleyan University baseball team earned NEIBA/ABCA Division III All-New England Third Team recognition on Tuesday.
Cappitelli is making his first-ever appearance on the All-New England Team, as he was one of 20 players from the region to be named to the Third Team. He also garnered All-NESCAC First Team laurels on May 16.
The North Caldwell, N.J. native did it all for the Cardinals (22-16, 8-4 NESCAC West Division) this spring, as he led the team in runs (40), hits (51), batting average (.367) and on-base percentage (.497) en route to pushing the team to the 2018 NESCAC playoffs for the ninth time in school history.
The terrific outfielder additionally made his presence felt amongst the best in the NESCAC, ranking fourth in doubles (12) and fifth in RBIs (34), while finishing with the ninth-best slugging percentage (.496). His eye at the plate was tremendous, drawing the 10th-most walks (22) in the conference.
Cappitelli also performed his best when the lights shined the brightest, as he opened the scoring and put Wesleyan up for good with an RBI single in the fifth during a 3-1 must-win game against Bates in Game 3 of the NESCAC Tournament on May 12 at Trinity College.
During a back-and-forth, non-conference tilt against Coast Guard on April 11, the right-handed hitter belted the game-winning, two-run single with two outs in the eighth during a thrilling 13-12 win at Dresser Diamond. Cappitelli played the role of hero once again, connecting on the game-winning, two-run single in the top of the eighth during a 7-5 victory at Williams on April 28 during Game 1 of a three-game sweep for Wesleyan.
Cappitelli finished the season with five three-hit games, and a 4-for-4 effort with a double and the game-winning run in the 10th during a 2-1 win against Salem State on March 14 in Tucson, Ariz. He additionally went 3-for-4 with three runs, two doubles and an RBI during a 9-6 win over visting Amherst in the finale of a three-game series on April 21.