May 16, 2013

Three Baseball Players Earn All-Region Honors

Three Suffolk University Baseball players earned All-Region honors by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) for the 2013 season. Senior outfielder Mike Cunningham (Syosset, N.Y.) and junior firstbaseman Jake Cintolo (Wrentham, Mass.) were named to the region's first team, while senior outfielder Chris Stanley (Placentia, Calif.) was a third-team selection.

Cunningham was earlier named the Player of the Year by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) for his 2013 campaign. The senior slugger finished the year batting .430 (61-for-142) with 10 home runs and 44 runs batted in. Entering the final weeks of the 2013 collegiate seasons, Cunningham was one of the top offensive producers among all NCAA Division-III programs, not just the New England region. As of the latest NCAA statistical rankings on May 12, Cunningham was the leading home run hitter in the region as his 10 home runs currently stand as the eighth highest total in the country. His .517 on-base percentage was number two in the region and 19th overall, while his .725 slugging percentage placed him third and 14th respectively among the leaderboards. Cunningham was also slotted as the fourth highest hitter in New England with a .430 average that places him 20th nationally. Among Suffolk single season records, Cunningham is the fifth all-time leading hitter for a season, while his on-base percentage is the second highest mark and he slugged at the fourth all-time best percentage. He becomes just the second Suffolk player to ever record at least 60 hits and 10 home runs in a single season.

 

Cintolo earns his third consecutive All-Region selection as he became the third player in Suffolk University program history to record 200 hits in a career earlier this season. He has recorded at least 60 hits in a season in each of his first three years bringing his career total to 206 just 17 shy of the Suffolk program mark of 223 (Mike Maguire '05) and the GNAC record of 239 (Alex Hurley '07, Johnson & Wales). During the 2013 campaign he hit at a .398 average (68-for-171) with a team-high 44 runs scored while driving in 37 runs on 20 extra base hits. Cintolo also set the all-time Suffolk single season record with 18 doubles on the season, a mark that currently ranks him second in New England and 20th among players nationally. Cintolo also ranks fourth among regional players in hits (68) seventh in runs (44). He also holds the GNAC and Suffolk career records for doubles with 51. He was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team earlier in May by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This summer Cintolo will travel to Virginia to play in the Valley Baseball League for the Winchester Royals an NCAA affiliated summer collegiate league.

 

Both Cintolo and Cunningham were also first-team All-Conference selections by the GNAC.

 

Stanley finished the season with a team-high 45 runs batted in, the sixth highest total currently in New England. He rounded out the year with a .350 batting average (56-for-160), scoring 37 runs with 15 extra base hits (11 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR). He finishes a four-year career that places him ninth all-time in Suffolk program history with 185 career hits as he started 151 games in the span, the second most of any player. Stanley hit safely in 28 of 43 games this season as he recorded multiple hits in 16 of those contests. Stanley was also tabbed as a second-team All-Conference honoree by the GNAC, while also earning selection on the conference's All-Sportsmanship team.

 

Suffolk finished the season with a 29-14 overall mark.

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