Savino Leads Seven Great Danes Named In Baseball Awards
LOWELL, Mass. – Seven University at Albany baseball players have been named in the America East 2017 season awards, the conference offices accounted at the tournament banquet Tuesday night. The Great Danes landed two All-Conference First Team selections, three All-Conference Second Team selections, one All-Rookie selection, and two All-Academic selections.
Dominic Savino and Connor Powers were named All-Conference First Team relief pitcher and outfielder, respectively. On the Second Team, Jack McClure was named as one of four starting pitchers, Kevin Donati was named as shortstop, and Travis Collins was named as the Second Team utility player. Marc Wangenstein was named to the All-Rookie team, which selects nine players regardless of position. Finally, Savino was named All-Academic alongside Evan Harasta.
Savino, a sophomore from Smithtown, N.Y., earned a spot on the All-Conference team for the second consecutive season, after being named to the All-Rookie team in his freshman season in 2016. In 24 appearances this season, Savino accumulated a record of 5-3, and his five saves rank third in the conference. He pitched 52.0 innings, striking out 28. His 2.60 ERA this season ranks second in the conference behind fellow First-Team selection Nick Gallager from Binghamton. Academically, Savino has accumulated a 3.78 GPA studying Actuarial & Mathematical Science, and was one of three unanimous selections to the 2017 All-Academic team, next to David MacKinnon from Hartford and Collin Duffley from UMass Lowell.
Powers, a junior from Rockville Centre, N.Y., was UAlbany's only other First Team representative. Powers was second on the team and sixth in the conference this season in batting with a .333 average. He led the team with 16 doubles, and hit two triples, three home runs, and drove in 28 with an on base percentage of .410 and a slugging percentage of .503.
McClure, a junior from Fayetteville, N.Y., earned Second Team honors behind a 2017 campaign that resulted in a 3-1 record with a 3.06 ERA over 47.0 innings in 10 appearances. At one point during the season, McClure ranked 35th in the NCAA in ERA.
Donati, a sophomore from Pittsfield, Mass., was one of three players, including fellow All-Conference honorees Collins and Harasta, to play in all 48 games for UAlbany during the regular season. He led the team in batting with a .335 average. He also led the team with a .516 slugging percentage. Donati hit 13 doubles, four triples, and four home runs, and drove in 33.
Collins, a sophomore from Cranston, R.I., was one of two players, along with Donati, to start all 48 games for UAlbany. He hit 10 of UAlbany's 30 home runs during the regular season, leading the team and ranking second in the conference. Collins also led the team with 37 RBIs while batting .267 with a .321 on base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage.
Wangenstein, a freshman from Ronkonkoma, N.Y., started 39 games for UAlbany in his first season. He hit .234 with a .340 on base percentage and a .445 slugging percentage, hitting six home runs and driving in 18. Wangenstein was named Rookie of the Week in Week Three, after he hit 4-9 with a 1.222 slugging percentage in four games.
Harasta, a redshirt-senior from Webster, N.Y., earned his selection on the All-Academic team by accumulating a 3.68 GPA studying public health in graduate school, after earning his undergraduate degree last year in Human Biology.
The America East also announced its major awards alongside the All-Conference selections. UMBC's Christian Torres was named Rookie of the Year. Gallagher was named Pitcher of the Year. Stony Brook's Toby Handley was named Player of the Year. Finally, Binghamton head coach Tim Sinicki was named Coach of the Year.
UAlbany will kick off the America East tournament tomorrow against five-seed Maine in the tournament's first game, scheduled for 11:00 a.m.