MANSFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was voted the Northeast-10 Rookie Hitter of the Year, as he highlighted eight Penmen All-Conference honorees when the league office announced its end-of-the-year awards Wednesday.
Mulcay is the third NE10 Rookie of the Year to come from SNHU, joining Al Stanton (2011) and Ben Criscuolo (2014), while also earning a spot on both the All-Conference Third Team and All-Rookie Team. Through 36 games, Mulcay is batting .274 (32-117) with seven home runs, 31 RBI and 27 runs scored. The catcher is getting on base at a .418 clip and slugging .487, while producing a .988 fielding percentage behind the dish and throwing out just shy of a quarter of would-be base stealers. He is currently riding a five-game hitting streak.
The two-time NE10 Rookie of the Week (April 23, May 7) currently ranks sixth in the conference in home runs, 10th in walks, 13th in slugging percentage and 22nd in OBP. His seven long-balls are the most in a single-season for a SNHU freshman.
Sophomore Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) was named to the NE10 All-Conference Second Team with a breakout season. The third baseman is batting .337 (64-190) with a home run, 39 RBI, 46 runs and 20 extra-base hits. He is slashing .429/.505/.934 and is 14-for-15 in stolen base attempts. Blandini has enjoyed a pair of hitting streaks of at least nine games, including a 14-gamer from March 28-April 18.
Blandini leads the league in triples (10), while ranking fourth in total bases (96), fifth in RBI and runs, sixth in extra-base hits, ninth in both hits and slugging percentage, 12th in steals, 13th walks (26), 15th in batting and 16th in OBP.
Blandini was joined on the Second Team by senior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio), who claimed a First Team honor a year ago. In 44 games, Potter is 50-166 with 21 extra-base hits, including 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 36 runs scored, while slashing .392/.560/.952.
The April 30 NE10 Player of the Week is currently second in the NE10 in home runs, fifth in extra-base hits, sixth in slugging percentage, seventh in total bases (93), 14th in runs and 15th in RBI. Potter, who is currently in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak, is just two home runs shy of matching the single-season program record, following his two-run shot that tied the game in the ninth inning of Tuesday's eventual 3-2 win over Bentley University in the NE10 Championship first round.
Redshirt-junior Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) also earned a Second Team selection, repeating the accolade he received in 2016. After missing the first 19 games of the campaign following last year's season-ending injury, Walkinshaw has gone 5-0 with two saves and a 1.16 ERA in nine appearances, including a pair of starts, striking out 26 batters over 23-and-a-third innings. Despite missing the first third of the season, Walkinshaw is tied for 12th in the league in wins and is 14th in batting average against (.157).
Mulcay was joined on the Third Team by seniors Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) and Kyle Pangallo (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), as well as redshirt-sophomore Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.). Powers is 4-2 this season with a 2.79 ERA in 11 starts, punching out 76 over 71 frames. The May 7 NE10 Pitcher of the Week following his perfect game against Saint Michael's College on May 4, in which he struck out 11 batters, Powers is sixth in the NE10 in strikeouts, eighth in innings pitched and 13th in ERA.
Pangallo has taken his game to the next level this season, hitting .340 (55-162) with 29 RBI and 34 runs in 47 games, while walking 22 times to boost a .435 on-base percentage and producing a .463 slugging mark on the strength of 17 extra-base hits. The shortstop has also been a menace on the base paths, going 12-for-13 in steal attempts. Pangallo places sixth in the league in triples, seventh in doubles, 12th in batting and OBP, 17th in steals, 18th in hits and 20th in slugging.
Goldstein has been a pleasant surprise at second base for the Penmen, making just two errors in 36 games for a .981 fielding percentage. It is with the bat, however, where Goldstein has opened some eyes, as he is hitting .337 (33-98) with 14 RBI, 29 runs scored and 11 extra-base hits, while producing a slash line of .476/.469/.945. Goldstein leads the league after getting hit 15 times and ranks second in OBP and seventh in sacrifices.
Mulcay was joined on the All-Rookie Team by battery-mate Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.), who has one save with a 1.69 ERA in nine appearances out of the bullpen, striking out 10 and walking just two in 10-and-two-thirds.
The Penmen, seeded first in the Northeast Division, return to action Thursday, May 10 (3 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven, the Southwest's second seed, on Northeast-10 Championship Weekend, which SNHU will host at Penmen Field. Click HERE for more information.
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