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Joe Duball's NH College Notebook: NH talent helps SNHU thrive

By JOE DUBALL
May 12. 2018 11:42PM
SNHU's Tom Blandini, shown in action earlier this season against St. Anselm, leads the Penmen in RBIs (42), runs scored (48) and hits (69) while leading the Northeast-10 Conference in triples (10). The sophomore from Bow was named to the conference Second Team. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)



Top New Hampshire talent is fueling another impressive year by the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team this spring. Among the Granite State standouts for the Penmen were freshman Dakota Mulcay, of Goffstown, and sophomore Tom Blandini, of Bow, who were both recognized by the Northeast-10 Conference in its end-of-the-year awards.

Mulcay took home a trio of honors, including Northeast-10 Rookie Hitter of the Year to go with selections to the All-Conference third team and the Northeast-10 All-Rookie team. Blandini found himself on the All-Conference second team following a breakout season at the plate and in the field.

Mulcay, who went to high school at Cushing Academy (Mass.), emerged as the No. 1 option at catcher for the Penmen this season and flourished in the feature role. Mulcay swatted seven homers, a program record for SNHU freshmen, while amassing 32 RBIs, a .262 batting average and a .394 on-base percentage in 130 at-bats. The home run total ranks sixth among Northeast-10 hitters while his 10th in the league with 28 walks. In addition, the freshman has thrown out seven of 22 baserunners this season while commiting just four errors in 292 total chances.

Blandini played in 24 games last season for SNHU and began to carve out a role toward the end of 2017. The momentum carried into this season, where the sophomore offered a little bit of everything from atop the order for the Penmen. Blandini leads the team in RBIs (42), runs scored (48) and hits (69) while leading the conference in triples (10) through 50 games. Blandini has walked almost twice as many times as he's struck out while going while stealing 14 bases in 15 tries.

Blandini and Mulcay will likely have a chance to improve on their season totals as SNHU is primed to earn a bid to the NCAA Division II East Regional, which will have its bracket announced tonight at 10 p.m.

St. Joseph's College of Maine had eight players honored in the Great North Atlantic Conference's end-of-the-year awards, including six players from New Hampshire. Josh Partridge (Deerfield) was named GNAC Pitcher of the Year while being selected to the All-Conference first team for the second consecutive year. Joey Murphy (Derry) and Jared Gagne (Dover) joined Partridge on the first team. Jake White (Salem) was a second-team choice while Chris Gerossie (Chester) and Anthony DiPrizio (Rochester) were selected to the third team.

Partridge took home Pitcher of the Year after posting a 2.45 earned run average with a 5-2 record and six saves while fanning 56. He held opponents to a .215 batting average over 44 innings and 23 appearances, a program record.

Softball

Plymouth State University's Caitlyn Miller and Ashley Deyo took home the Little East Conference's biggest awards on Wednesday. Miller, of Lee, was named LEC Softball Pitcher of the Year while Deyo, of Dover, was named conference Player of the Year.

Miller's 1.64 ERA was in the top 50 in the nation and the lowest among conference hurlers. The sophomore also led the LEC in wins (16), saves (five), appearances (31), shutouts (five) and strikeouts (106) across 158 ? innings.

Deyo registered at least one hit in 31 of 41 contests she appeared in this season while posting 15 multi-hit games. The junior finished the season with a .370 batting average and a .438 on-base percentage to go along with 47 hits and 26 RBIs.

Miller and Deyo were also named to the All-Conference first team, where they were joined by Hannah Seidner (Pembroke) and Abrie Davis (Amherst).

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute sophomore Jamie Cleasby was named to the All-Liberty League this week. The Windham native finished her second season with the Engineers sporting a 9-5 record and a 2.19 ERA in 22 appearances, including 18 starts. Cleasby struck out 88 while walking 33.

Women's lacrosse

Plymouth State goalie Clarissa Foote was named Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday. The Weare native has posted a 13-3 record with a 9.99 goals against average to go with 138 total saves this season. She leads the LEC in goals against average and win while posting save percentage of 49.1 percent. Foote is a three-time LEC Goalie of the Week selection this spring, including last week.

Sophomore Sydney Dubois, of Goffstown, was also recognized with an All-Conference first team nod with a 34-goal season for the Panthers, who played in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday.

Keene State College junior Chelsea Lewis was named to the Little East Conference first team on Tuesday. The former Londonderry High standout broke out for the Owls this season with team-highs in points (79) and goals (59) while starting every game.


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