#NECBASEBALL: Bryant’s Big Bopper Snags Louisville Slugger Weekly Honor

Bryant's Matt Albanese (above) won the 2014 NEC Rookie of the Year award after leading the circuit in doubles and runs scored.

Bryant’s Matt Albanese (above) won the 2014 NEC Rookie of the Year award after leading the circuit in doubles and runs scored.

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.

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