Bucknell Baseball's Bob Donato Named ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region
June 14, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell senior Bob Donato (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-East Region Second Team, it was announced this week. It is the second postseason award for Donato, who last month was named First Team All-Patriot League, his second consecutive All-League citation.
Donato was Bucknell's top offensive player in 2012. He led the team in batting average (.362), runs (32), hits (64), doubles (16), home runs (6), RBIs (31), total bases (100), slugging percentage (.565), walks (25), on-base percentage (.444) and stolen bases (8). He was hitting above .400 as late as April 10 and put together a 21-game hitting streak from Feb. 18 to April 4. Overall, Donato had at least one hit in 38 of 46 games played this past year.
Donato, the John F. Zeller Award winner at the Bucknell Athletics Department's Senior Recognition Dinner, posted a team-high 19 multi-hit games this spring, was second on the squad with six multi-RBI outings and he reached base in all but two games. Perhaps Donato's best game as a senior came Feb. 25 at James Madison when he was 4-for-7 with eight RBIs, two home runs and three runs scored. He tied the program record for RBIs in a single game and came one hit shy of equaling Doug Shribman's total bases mark (12).
A four-year starter and the team's leadoff hitter, Donato graduated ranked in the top 10 on 11 Bison career record lists: doubles (1st, 56), games played (3rd, 186), total bases (3rd, 347), at bats (3rd, 677), games started (t-3rd, 179), hits (t-3rd, 210), home runs (4th, 23), sacrifice flies (6th, 9), walks (t-7th, 68), runs (8th, 129) and RBIs (10th, 105).
Donato helped the Bison to a 21-28 record in 2012, the fifth consecutive 20-win campaign for Bucknell.