Big Blast Ends Day 1 at #necbaseball Tournament

After Fairleigh Dickinson plated three runs to tie the game in the top half of the ninth, Sacred Heart’s Jayson Sullivan led off the bottom half of the inning.

“I’m going up there looking to get on base for the team, but I saw a hanging curveball and just went with it,” said Sullivan following the exciting celebration that ensued.

Sullivan “went with it” and the ball went over the left field fence in a hurry.

SACRED HEART 9, FDU 8.

 

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No NEC Hurler Has Saved More than this FDU ‘Fireman’

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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)

 

#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.

From the Northeast Conference to The Show…

He won the 2013 NEC regular season batting title.  He was a first team all-NEC Shortstop.  He was the 2011 NEC Tournament MVP.  He is the FIRST NEC player taken in the 2013 MLB Draft…

Congratulations to Sacred Heart’s John Murphy for going to the New York Yankees organization in teh 6th Round with the 194th overall pick.

SHU SS John Murphy fields his position

SHU SS John Murphy fields his position


The coolest thing about Murphy’s selection may not be the fact that he was the first NEC player taken. After all, a congratulatory tweet from a decorated former Big League skipper has to rank as a top highlight for
Murphy.

During his MLB career, Bobby Valentine managed the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and most-notably the New York Mets, whom he directed to the 2000 World Series. Here’s what the former MLB manager and new SHU Athletic Director had to say…

Sacred Heart's new AD took to Twitter to congratulate John Murphy.

Sacred Heart’s new AD took to Twitter to congratulate John Murphy.