New Hampshire Hardball

Awards pouring in for Blandini

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Senior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team, was selected as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Hitter of the Week the period ending Feb. 23, it was announced Tuesday.

The Penmen, ranked 23rd in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Poll, went 5-0 last week on their trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., outscoring their opponents, 72-15.

Blandini, who was named the Northeast-10 Player of the Week on Monday, put together a scorching week, as he slashed .619/.667/1.000/1.667, going 13 for 21 at the plate with four extra-base hits, including two home runs, eight RBIs and seven runs scored. Blandini recorded multiple hits in all five games, including a trio of three-hit performances.

He was 6 for 9 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Friday’s doubleheader sweep of Felician University and Mercy College, and then went 5 for 8 with a home run, three RBIs and four runs scored in a twin bill sweep of Dominican (N.Y.) College on Saturday. Blandini homered again Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, including the game-winner in the sixth, as the Penmen erased a five-run deficit to defeat the University of Bridgeport, 8-5.

In eight games thus far, Blandini is 15-for-33 (.455) with a .526 on-base mark and a .697 slugging percentage, which is good for an OPS of 1.223. He has two home runs, nine RBI and eight runs scored to his credit. Blandini leads the NE10 in hits, home runs, total bases and at bats, while ranking second in RBIs, fourth in runs scored, sixth in slugging, seventh in batting average and 11th in OBP.

Blandini and the Penmen kick off a four-game set at the New York Institute of Technology on Saturday with a doubleheader that begins at noon.

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