Cardinals Place Six on All-NESCAC Baseball Team Including Coach of the Year Mark Woodworth - Andrew Yin '15 is Academic All-American
Wesleyan dominated the all-NESCAC baseball squad in 2013 with six honorees including Coach of the Year Mark Woodworth and first-team picks Donnie Cimino '15 (right) and Andrew Yin '15 (left). Named to the second-team were Sam Goodwin-Boyd '15, Nick Cooney '15 and Jeff Blout '14.
Woodworth earned Coach of the Year honors after his team finished the NESCAC regular season in first place, won the Little Three title, and hosted the NESCAC tournament. The team's 25 wins was the second-most in school history. His Cardinals led the NESCAC in hitting for the second straight year, as well as led in runs scored for the third time in the last four years. Woodworth was also named NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2002, and has led the Cardinals to the final four NESCAC tournament five times.
Cimino led the NESCAC in batting average (.399) for the second straight season, and broke the Wesleyan single-season hit record with 69. He also topped the NESCAC in hits (69) and RBI (38), and was third in on-base percentage (.467) and fifth in runs scored (35). He was named to the second-team All-NESCAC as a freshman, as well as second-team All-NESCAC as a sophomore defensive back on the Cardinal's football team.
Yin was fifth in the NESCAC with a .381 average, and enjoyed a 29-game hitting streak during the year. He was second in hits (67) and runs scored (38), and fifth in RBI (32). He surpassed the school record for hits in a season, topping the previous mark of 60. Named a first-team District II CoSIDA/Capital One academic All-American in early May, Yin went on to revceive national third-team academic All-America honors.
Both Cimino and Yin were the first sophomores to surpass the 100-hit plateau for their careers with 115 and 104, respectively.
Goodwin-Boyd hit .333 with a team-leading 17 extra-base hits and was second in the NESCAC in RBI with 35. He played errorless at first base in 314 chances and helped a Cardinal infield defense record its best season in 10 years. Blout and Cooney were instrumental in the Cardinal pitching staff recording the third lowest team E.R.A. (3.69) in 35 years. Blout went 5-2 and posted a 2.06 ERA, best among the Wesleyan starters and fourth-best in the NESCAC. He posted 45 strikeouts in 56.1 innings of work. Cooney went 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA, and ranked fourth in the conference for strikeouts per game with 8.84 as he collected 55 Ks in 56 innings.
Wesleyan won the prestigious Little Three, recording a 5-1 mark against Williams and Amherst. The Cardinals had a 25-15-1 overall record, went 9-3 in NESCAC West play, and were runner-up in the NESCAC tournament.