Jan. 18, 2001
BASEBALL EAGLES RECEIVE PRESEASON HONORS
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - - Three Boston College baseball athletes received preseason honors from Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
Junior Jeff Mackor (Salem, N.H./St. John's Prep), Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, earned Collegiate Baseball BIG EAST Top Player to Watch. He was also voted a top prospect and catcher with the best arm in Baseball America. Mackor returns to the Eagle squad after securing All-New England honors in 2000, when batted .307 and threw out 38 of 63 basestealers.
Boston College's 2001 team captain, Mike Hubbard (Braintree, Mass./BC High), was named BIG EAST Top Player to Watch (Collegiate Baseball) and voted the Best Defensive BIG EAST shortstop in Baseball America. Hubbard was a cog in BC's double play trio that finished sixth nationally in double plays per game (1.24). He ended the 2000 campaign hot, going .417 (5-for-12) in the BIG EAST tournament with a pair of doubles, a triple and four runs scored. Hubbard hit .263 on the season with 13 extra-base hits.
Fellow senior Jarett Mendoza (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) was also tabbed a Collegiate Baseball BIG EAST Top Player to Watch. In 2000, the center fielder hit .330 in 54 games. He finished sixth in the BIG EAST conference with four triples and eighth in the slugging percentage (.585).
Last season's 35-20-0 mark shattered the previous record of 26 wins in a season, set in 1999, during Head Coach Pete Hughes' inaugural season at the helm of the BC program. The Eagles also earned its second-ever BIG EAST Tournament appearance - first since 1991 - where they finished third. After the 2000 season concluded, the BIG EAST ranked eighth of all 31 Division I baseball conferences in the NCAA's RPI rating.