|Title:||Class of 2016|
A three-time All-NEWMAC honoree and career .357 hitter, Mike Sorrentino accumulated 152 hits, 92 runs, 87 RBI, 22 doubles, three triples, and nine home runs during his time on Boynton Hill.
A solid player on both sides of the plate, the catcher bookended his award-winning seasons with a team-leading .380 batting average as a sophomore and a .430 as a senior. He launched a career-best four homers as a freshman and went on to post career-highs of 28 runs, 36 RBI, and 12 doubles in his final season.
The Engineers went 8-4 in league play and earned an ECAC berth Mike’s sophomore year. The program’s first-ever postseason appearance was made possible by the combination of Mike and ace Eric Thiboutot. The battery went 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in NEWMAC play, defeating Wheaton, Springfield, and Coast Guard.
While his sophomore campaign was remarkable, it was Mike’s junior year that provided the postseason memories. The WPI Nine entered the NEWMAC tournament as the sixth seed and looked to climb the ladder, knocking off second-seeded Babson and third-seeded Springfield before suffering a two-run loss to top-seeded Wheaton in the winners bracket final.
“Mike was one of the best catchers and all-around baseball players I ever had the chance to coach and will go down in Engineer history as one of the greatest players that WPI has ever had,” mused former baseball head coach and current football head coach Chris Robertson. “Mike was a mature leader beyond his years and was an integral part in the first ever post-season appearance for WPI baseball in 2000. Mike could hit for power as well as average throughout his career as well as make any runner think twice about stealing a base. He was almost impossible to strike out at the plate and had countless big game hits throughout his career including a walk-off grand slam against Wheaton to give them their only conference loss of the 2000 season.”
Born and raised in Wakefield, Mass., he graduated from WPI in 2002 with a degree in civil engineering. Since then he has continued to play amateur baseball as a member of the Wakefield Merchants of the Intercity League. He currently works for BMC Engineering, where he provides structural engineering services for bridge maintenance and building construction projects. Mike and his wife, Tara, live in Wakefield with their daughter, Olivia; they are expecting their second child in January 2017.
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