No Shortage of Web Gems on MDW at Dodd Stadium

The defense reached a championship level during the 2018 NEC Baseball Tournament.

Here’s a look at some of the top moments in the field…


Blackbird’s Big League Play

LIU Brooklyn second baseman Anthony Warneke produced a real eye-popper with his team protecting a 5-3 lead over Bryant in the sixth inning of Friday’s winners’ bracket game. Ranging deep to his right, Warneke snagged a ball that appeared destined for the outfield and made an acrobatic throw that beat Bryant’s Nick Angelini to first base.


Flashing Leather in the Outfield

It looked as if Nick Mascelli had just connected on Wagner’s first hit of the NEC Tournament. Batting with two out and no one on in the bottom of the first, the veteran infielder sent a sinking liner into right field. Coming in and moving fast to the foul line, LIU Brooklyn’s Dom Paiotti got there in the nick of time to snag a ball that seemed destined for the turf.


Silvestrone’s Snag In Center

Wagner’s centerfielder Joe Silvestrone began Saturday’s Championship Round contest with some championship caliber glove work. Leading off the game, LIU Brooklyn’s all-NEC outfielder Andrew Smith stroked a liner into shallow center. Silvestrone needed to slide but he made the catch at his shoe tops.


Loses Cap, But Makes The Play

Mount St. Mary’s leftfielder Myles Nicholson shows some speed while tracking down for this fly ball off the bat of Wagner’s Freddy Sabido during the fifth inning of Friday’s elimination game. His hat falls to the ground during the play, but the ball lands safely in his glove.

Rookie Bulldog Raking In The Honors

Bryant’s Ryan Ward spent the last five games adding to his league-leading totals and swung his way to a national weekly honor in the process.

Becoming the first NEC athlete to do so this season, Ward earned National Player of the Week status from Collegiate Baseball News.

He is the fourth player in Bryant’s history to receive the honor,  joining James Karinchak (2016, 2017), Matt Albanese (2015) and Kevin Brown (2013).

Ward, who owns a 19-game hit streak, batted .536 (15-for-28) last week. Eight of his knocks went for extra bases, including three homers.

The redshirt freshman leads NEC Baseball in batting average (.435), hits (64), doubles (17) and slugging percentage (.748).

He’s second in homers (7), runs (34), RBI (34) and on-base percentage (.469).






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.




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


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)