June 18, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Recent Navy baseball graduate Thomas Hamilton (Houston, Texas) and rising junior Michael Speciale (Pearland, Texas) were both honored as ABCA/Rawlings Second-Team All-Northeast Region Team members, it was announced on Tuesday night.
The two Midshipmen selected for the all-region team marks a first in program history and represents the third-straight year a Navy player has been recognized by the ABCA.
Hamilton, Navy's 2008 team captain, started in all 58 games and finished his senior campaign with a .403 batting average, the 10th-highest mark in school history. The two-time First-Team All-Patriot League first baseman smashed the school's single-season hits record with 89 base knocks, which also surpassed the Patriot League mark of 88 hits held by Lehigh's Matt McBride in 2006. He also drove in 49 runs, the fifth-highest mark in program history, while reaching base safely at a .485 clip with a school-record 20 hit by pitches and 17 walks. During the postseason, he earned All-Patriot League Tournament Team honors after hitting .550 (11-for-20) with two doubles and four RBIs.
For his career, Hamilton collected a school-record 232 hits en route to a .335 batting average. He smacked 30 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and drove in 122 runs - third most in program history.
Speciale, a First-Team All-Patriot League outfielder this spring, also started in all 58 games and provided power and average in the heart of Navy's lineup - evidenced by a .350 batting average with a .594 slugging percentage. He set a program record with 58 runs scored and also surpassed the previous school record for hits in a season with 82 - 31 of which were of the extra-base variety. The product of Pearland, Texas, blasted 15 doubles, six triples and 10 home runs while knocking in 47 runs. He became just the third Navy hitter in school history to reach 10 home runs in a single season and the first to do so as a sophomore. In addition to his efforts at the plate, he was successful in 13 of his 17 stolen base attempts.
Navy (32-25-1, 11-9 Patriot League) hosted the Patriot League Championship this past spring and finished the season by setting school records for the most wins over a four-year (111), three-year (99) and two-year span (67).