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O'Connell, Walker Honored At Baseball Preseason Banquet

HARTFORD, Conn. (February 9, 2008) — Former University of Connecticut standouts Tom O’Connell and Pete Walker received the UConn Baseball Distinguished Alumni Award Friday evening at the Hartford Convention Center as the teams held its Annual Preseason Dinner.

Former Major League Baseball player, coach and manager Lee Mazzilli was the guest speaker Friday evening at the preseason dinner.

2008 UConn Baseball Captains, Pat Mahoney and David Erickson, present Mazzilli with UConn apparel.

UConn Director of Athletics, Jeffrey Hathaway (left), poses with Mazzilli, UConn head baseball coach Jim Penders (right) and the two Distinguished Alumni Award winners Tom O'Connell (center) and Pete Walker (second from right).

Penders (right) presents O'Connell with his Distinguished Alumni Award plaque during Friday night's dinner.

Penders (left) presents Walker with his Distinguished Alumni Award plaque.

Special Adviser for Athletics, Dee Rowe (left), poses with O'Connell, Hathaway (center), Walker and Penders (right).

The Distinguished Alumni Award winners take some time to talk to members of the media.

Penders addresses the crowd.