May 1, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards for baseball on Tuesday with MIT centerfielder Jason Witzberger earning First Team All-Conference honors. The Engineers also secured the inaugural NEWMAC sportsmanship award as voted on by the players of each team. It is awared to the team that most closely demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.
Witzberger batted an astounding .478 in league play en route to All-Conference accolades. MIT's senior captain was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team and has served as one of the greatest players in MIT lore.
Although the Cardinal and Gray still have a few weeks left on the season slate, Witzberger has already shattered the Institute record for career stolen bases and he is on pace to set new school marks for career batting average and career on-base percentage. A converted lead-off hitter, Witz admirably moved to the three-hole this year and helped lead the Engineers to a third-place finish in the NEWMAC standings.
For the second straight season, Wheaton senior catcher Adam Laplante was named the NEWMAC Baseball Player of the Year and Wheaton head coach Eric Podbelski was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year as the conference champion Lyons took three of the four major awards. Wheaton junior pitcher Chris McDonough was named Pitcher of the Year while Babson freshman outfielder Peter O'Toole earned Rookie of the Year honors.