July 11, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy baseball second baseman Mike Guadagnini (Virginia Beach, Va.) has been selected as an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American, it was recently announced by Ping!Baseball.
Guadagnini is one of 10 freshman second basemen recognized among the first team, second team, third team and honorable mention lists. He is one of two Patriot League rookies that earned the award, as Lafayette pitcher Zach Fritz was a third-team selection.
This past May, Guadagnini was named a First-Team All-Patriot League second baseman. He became just the second Navy freshman in school history to earn first-team all-league kudos by the Patriot League, joining Tony Mauro (1996) on the elite list.
Guadagnini tied a Navy freshman record with five home runs in 2008 en route to a .324 batting average with 24 RBIs. He also smacked eight doubles, scored 29 runs and swiped five bases while appearing in 50 games - 44 of which were starts. Against UMBC on April 8, he smashed two home runs to become just the second Navy freshman in program history and the first since Terry Cook in 1974 to go deep twice in the same game. Defensively, Guadagnini boasted a .964 fielding percentage in 192 chances and assisted in 18 double plays turned.
With the help of Guadagnini, Navy (32-25-1, 11-9 Patriot League) hosted the Patriot League Championship last spring and finished the season by recording a school-record third-straight 30-win campaign.