For the second straight season, Joe Giaimo '11 (#9, left side photo) was named first-team all-NESCAC in baseball following a vote of the conference head coaches. He also got a nod to the D3Baseball.com all-New England second team. Joining Giaimo with NESCAC recognition was Donnie Cimino '15 (#11, right side photo), who received second-team honors. In addition, Cimino was named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) all-star third team.
Leading the NESCAC in hits (57), doubles (16) and RBI (51) in 2012, Giaimo was fifth in the NESCAC with his .388 batting average. A year ago, Giaimo, who began the season in left field this year but finished up as the Cardinals' first baseman, hit .357. Leading Wesleyan in home runs (5) and runs scored (38) as well as hits, doubles and RBI in 2012, Giaimo, a four-year starter who missed the 2009 campaign due to injury but used his year of eligibility as a grad student this year, ended his career with 172 hits to rank fifth all-time at Wesleyan. He also collected 117 runs scored, 131 RBI, 46 doubles, six triples and 11 homers. His career average was a rock-solid .355 and he nabbed 22 stolen bases in 27 attempts, including 9-of-11 in 2012.
Cimino has the highest average in the NESCAC following the NESCAC tournament with a .400 figure in his rookie season. He rapped out 56 hits to rank second at Wesleyan and tied for second in the NESCAC. Cimino has an excellent chance to become the first player in Wesleyan history to reach the 100-hit plateau by the end of his sophomore season, needing just 44 safeties in 2013. All-time leading hitter Jeffrey Maier '06, who ended his four years with 189 hits, had 92 hits through two campaigns. Cimino ranked third in the NESCAC and second at Wesleyan in RBI with 37 while his 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts paced the Cardinals and tied him for second in the conference. He also had 11 doubles to finish second at Wesleyan in that department.
Wesleyan closed out the 2012 season with a record of 18-19, going 6-6 in NESCAC West play. The team's .320 batting average led the conference. Top achievements statistically by individual Cardinal players in addition to Giaimo and Cimino included Mike Barsotti '12 ranking first all-time in strikeouts with 233 over his 233.1 innings pitched over four years. Along with Giaimo, two other players finished in the top-10 all-time for hits at Wesleyan as Alex Meadow '12 ended up second with 182 and Kyle Weiss '12 had 153 to rank 10th.