McGuirl completes rookie season with selection to NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll
COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College baseball freshman Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, May 6. McGuirl helped the Purple Knights spring an upset of 15th-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Thursday.
McGuirl batted .500 (4-for-8) with a .750 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage during a trio of contests with the Ravens who, in addition to their national ranking, were first in a pair of pair of regional polls. He smacked two doubles with four RBIs, two runs, four walks and no strikeouts in 13 plate appearances, and was also flawless in 27 innings at shortstop.
In the Purple Knights' 5-3 upset of the 15th-ranked Ravens on Thursday, McGuirl provided a two-out RBI single in the fourth to bring his team within 3-2 before knocking a sac fly to cap a three-run eighth, plating the game's final run. He was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. In a 9-8 loss in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday, McGuirl went 1-for-1 with one run, one RBI, a double and four walks, nearly helping his team overcome a seven-run deficit. His two-out double in the bottom of the ninth scored the eighth run before the potential tying run was thrown out at the plate on the play. In game two, McGuirl was 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double. He scored the go-ahead run with two down in the seventh inning, as the Purple Knights led 4-2 in the eighth before falling 9-4.
As one of two Purple Knights to start all 40 games, McGuirl completed his rookie campaign with a team-high-tying 22 RBIs despite making 38 appearances out of the No. 9 spot in the order. He had a team-high seven sac bunts, finished second in bases on balls (16), third in on-base percentage (.331) and fourth in runs (15). McGuirl's RBI total was the highest by a Saint Michael's freshman since senior teammate Chadwick Estey had 22 in 2009.
The Purple and Gold finished the 2012 season 11-29 overall and 4-17 in the NE-10's Northeast Division during its first year back in a conference since 1998. The squad's overall win total matched the number of victories it compiled during the springs of 2010 and 2011 combined.