May 27, 2011

Dama and Hyatt Garner Academic All-District Nods

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT baseball players Aric Dama and Dan Hyatt were each named to the first team of COSIDA's Academic All-America program. The achievement highlights players who have performed both on the field and in the classroom and this year marks the third consecutive year that MIT has had players tabbed for the honor. The first team status also meant a chance at being named to the Academic All-America team, though neither Engineer was named when that list was released last week.

For senior catcher Dan Hyatt, this is his second time on the Academic All-District list, after being selected in 2009. The senior captain has played in all 40 games for the Engineers, hitting .348 and driving in 24 runs while scoring 23. He led the team with 47 hits and 9 doubles and was second in runs scored, batting average and RBIs. Hyatt also helped anchor a young pitching staff and was recognized with a spot on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) second team as well as the Academic All-Conference team.

In the classroom, the mechanical engineering major has maintained a 3.6 GPA. He has worked at Lockheed Martin as well as serving as a project leader at MIT's Sports Innovation Lab, where he is testing the effectiveness of catcher chest protectors against varying pitch speeds. The Wallingford, Conn. native has also graphed the data of baseball motions at the MIT Media lab and served as a teaching assistant for the Institute's Science of Baseball program.

Dama, a sophomore from Winfield, Ill., was named the NEWMAC pitcher of the year, earning him a spot on the All-Conference first team. Dama had a 2.45 ERA and a 5-2 record in 15 appearances for the Engineers after starting the season with a 1 hit shutout at Trinity. He spent much of the season in the top five in the country in earned run average and at one point, had a twenty-one and a third inning scoreless streak. His conference statistics are even more impressive, with a 0.57 ERA and a 3-0 record, including shutouts of Wheaton, Coast Guard, Springfield and Clark. He led the NEWMAC in strikeouts (55) and was sixth in ERA and eighth in opponent's batting average (.243).

A National Merit Commended Scholar, Dama has taken his talents to RBM Technologies, where he served as a winter extern, presenting a workflow model to help optimize business processes. He was also a sales Rep. at Vector marketing Corporation and volunteers as part of the Esplanade Association Community Service, while maintaining a 3.84 GPA in both computer science and mechanical engineering concentrations.

The MIT baseball team went 25-15 this year, reaching the NCAA Regional for the first time since 1974. The Engineers amassed a 12-6 record in the NEWMAC and finished third during the regular season. In the tournament they twice defeated Babson College to reach the championship game, but were defeated twice by Wheaton College by a pair of 4-3 scores.