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Himmelstein Named to the America East All-Conference First Team; Klukowicz and Gatto Also Earn Conference Recognition
Anthony Gatto was named to the America East All-Rookie Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC seniors Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) in addition to freshman Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) were named to the America East All-Conference teams, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Himmelstein , who was named to the Second Team a year ago, moved up to the First Team as a senior while Klukowicz was selected to the Second Team and Gatto was named to the All-Rookie squad.
After three steady years for the Retrievers, Himmelstein broke out in his final campaign, leading the league with nine homeruns. The first basemen also led UMBC in runs scored and finished second on the team RBIs (33), hits (52) and triples (2). In addition, he posted a .985 fielding percentage which also ranked second for the Retrievers, trailing only catcher Jason Allinder, among qualifying position players. Himmelstein finishes his four-year career in Baltimore having played in 178 games, the seventh highest total in school history, while hitting .308 with 18 homeruns, 99 runs scored and 117 RBIs.
Klukowicz earns a spot on the All-Conference Second Team after matching Himmelstein at the top of the conference in homeruns with nine and also pacing the Retrievers in multiple other offensive categories. The right fielder hit a team-best .359 as a senior, good for fifth in the America East, to go along with 47 RBIs, 55 hits and 23 extra-base hits, all of which led UMBC. Klukowicz finishes his time as a Retriever as a career .301 hitter with 14 homeruns and 90 RBIs.
Gatto’s recognition gives the Retrievers at least one player on the rookie list for a second straight season after Rob McCabe and D.J. Ream earned the acknowledgement in 2011. In his first year in the Black and Gold, Gatto hit .303, led the team with three triples and matched Klukowicz with 12 doubles. In addition he finished third on the squad with 22 RBIs and 29 runs scored as a freshman. On Mar. 19, Gatto became the first Retrievers since Himmelstein in April 2009 to be named the America East Rookie of the Week. In four games the preceding week, the outfielder/pitcher went 8-for-19 at the plate hitting three doubles, a triple and his first career homerun. In addition he threw two scoreless innings in two outings as UMBC went 3-1 against Buffalo and in-state rival Coppin State.
Regular season champion Stony Brook swept the individual awards as Travis Jankowski was named Player of the Year for the second straight season, Tyler Johnson was named Pitcher of the Year and Cole Peragine earned the Rookie of the Year award. In addition, mentor Matt Senk was named the America East Coach of the Year for the Seawolves.