Here’s a look at the Northeast Conference’s final weekly award winners in the sport of baseball. With all regular season play concluded, the NEC’s weekly awards program is suspended until late August.
He’s not a member of the Hackensack Fire Department, but Eric Snyder has put out plenty of fires in recent years.
Fairleigh Dickinson’s senior closer nailed down a 3-1 victory over New Jersey Tech on April 26, pitching 1.1 innings for his ninth save of the season.
In addition to securing a series victory for FDU, the save gave Snyder a piece of Northeast Conference history. Running his career save total up to 31, Snyder became the all-time NEC leader in that category. He and former Bryant hurler Mark Andrews (2009-11) are the lone men in NEC annals to reach the 30-save mark; the latter finished his career with exactly 30.
Since arriving in Hackensack, Snyder has been the stopper at the back end of the Knights’ bullpen. The 6-foot-2 right-hander made a league-high 12 saves as a freshman in 2012, helping the Knights end a 13-year postseason drought.
This season, Snyder owns a 2-0 record and 1.57 ERA in 17 appearances this year. He leads the NEC in saves and has yet to allow a home run.
All-time NEC Saves Leader
1. Eric Snyder, FDU, 31 (2012 – )
2. Mark Andrews, BRY, 30 (2009-11)
3. Andrew Huebner, WAG, 25 (2006-09)
Bran Gismonde, MON, 25 (1998-2001)
5. Mike Matta, MSM, 24 (2007-10)
It was one of the easiest decisions Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris has ever had to make.
One of the first NCAA Division I conferences to do so, the NEC proudly signed on as an official partner for the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign. The program, which was launched this past fall, is aimed at keeping women and men free from sexual assault.
“When the White House unveiled the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign in mid-September and highlighted the alarming statistic that estimates one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, it was abundantly clear that the NEC should join the campaign,” said the NEC Commissioner.
Enthusiastically enlisting in the fight against sexual assault, the NEC charged its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with the task of spearheading the effort.
The NEC’s SAAC leaders took the “It’s On Us” pledge on video, and urged others to do the same, during their annual meeting this past fall.
“[Our goal] is to not only promote awareness about sexual assault but to utilize our student-athletes to help spread the message of how we can help prevent sexual assault on college campuses,” said Morris.
In addition to student-athletes verbally persuade their peers to join the cause, the NEC has used numerous digital media to spread awareness and encourage participation.
An “It’s On Us” banner ad appears on the main page of the conference’s official website and the NEC’s official “It’s On Us” video can been viewed on-demand via NEC Front Row, the league’s online digital network. The conference has also used its Twitter and Facebook accounts to proliferate the message.
“The NEC is proud to participate in this program and applaud the many students across each of our ten member institutions who have already taken the pledge,” said Morris.
“If you haven’t taken the pledge, we urge you to join us in being part of the solution….take the pledge at It’sOnUs.org!”
For more on the campaign visit ItsOnUs.org.
This pledge is a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.
It is a promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.
To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Bryant went 3-0 last week and sophomore Matt Albanese went deep in all three contests.
Belting four homers in 10 at-bats and slugging 1.600, Albanese’s individual performance landed Bryant’s centerfielder on the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week list.
Albanese was one of two non-pitchers to earn Collegiate Baseball News’ weekly honor, joining South Florida first baseman Buddy Putnam.
Albanese became the second Bulldog to earn a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honor since the program joined the NEC in 2009. Kevin Brown, the 2013 NEC Player of the Year and a MLB Draft pick, won the award as a senior.
Read the latest list of Louisville Slugger Player of the Week honorees via Collegiate Baseball News
Albanese was also named the NEC Player of the Week on March 30. Here’s the recap of his week…
NEC Player of the Week
MATT ALBANESE, BRYANT
So., OF, R/R, 6-2, 200 lbs, East Haddam, CT/Xavier
Week 5 Stats: 3 app, .400 BA (4-for-10), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 1.600 slugging
All four of Albanese’s hits came in the form of home runs last week. The sophomore outfielder went deep in each of Bryant’s three victories en-route to a 1.600 slugging percentage. Compiling a .500 on-base percentage, Albanese did not strike out in any of the three games. He batted .400 with eight RBI, four runs scored, one walk and one HBP. Albanese homered twice during Bryant’s 7-6 comeback victory over UMass Lowell. The second-year Bulldog led off the fourth inning by blasting a solo shot and his two-run bomb in the seventh frame cut Bryant’s deficit to 6-5. Albanese provided the only runs starting pitcher Kyle Wilcox would need in a 3-0 win over Hartford. He launched a three-run bomb to left-centerfield to break a scoreless tie in the first half of Sunday’s double dip with the Hawks. In the nightcap, a 3-2 victory, Albanese’s two-run shot down the leftfield line pulled Bryant even at 2-2.