Whitmarsh Picked for All-Star Game at Fenway|
May 30, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Senior Amherst College baseball player Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA), who led the Jeffs in hitting with a .435 batting average this spring, will play third base for the College Division Team at the 27th annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game this Friday at noon at Fenway Park. Whitmarsh's College Division All-Stars - comprised of Division II and III standouts from across New England - will challenge a University Division Team made up of select Division I players.
|Whitmarsh hit safely |
in 33 of the Jeffs'
34 games this season
A host of current and former major leaguers have appeared in the game in recent years, including Jeff Bagwell (Hartford), Gary DiSarcina (UMass), Mark Sweeney (Maine), Charles Nagy (UConn) and Ron Villone (UMass). The game returns to Fenway after a four-year stint at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut - home of New York Yankees Class-AA affiliate Norwich Navigators.
A First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team ABCA All-New England selection, Whitmarsh was the NESCAC's second leading hitter on the strength of a school record 28-game hitting streak. He finished the season hitting safely in 33 of the Jeffs' 34 games and led Amherst in nearly every offensive statistical category including hits (54), home runs (6), RBIs (27), doubles (14), total bases (88), slugging percentage (.710) and on-base percentage (.493), and was second on the team with 27 runs scored.
Whitmarsh posted 16 multiple hits games, including a four-for-five performance in the Jeffs' playoff clinching win over visiting NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury College on May 5 - the game after the Panthers ended his school-record hitting streak at 28. He was also named the team's MVP earlier this month.
Amherst won its last four league games to finish 20-14 overall and 8-4 in conference play, placing second in the NESCAC West Division standings and qualifying for the conference's four-team postseason championship tournament. The Jeffs will lose just four players to graduation and return 23 players when spring practice starts next season.