Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Catcher Mike Connolly is one of the 25 finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, bestowed annually by the College Baseball Hall of Fame on the Division I player who performs best on the mound and in the field.
Connolly is batting .333 with a home run and 12 RBI in 99 at-bats, also sporting a 4-3 record with a 1.65 ERA in 10 pitching appearances (seven starts), and holding opponents to a .202 batting average.
In Wednesday's 11-1 victory against the University of Maine at Farmington, Connolly played all nine positions.
He started at second base before moving to shortstop, third base, first base, all three outfield positions, pitching to one batter in the seventh and catching the eighth before sitting out the ninth inning.
Maine (27-17) leads the America East standings by 11/2 games over Albany, where the Black Bears are scheduled to play three games this weekend.
Shortstop Michael Fransoso stole his 16th base in 18 attempts last weekend to become the school's career leader with 70.
Mark Sweeney, who played from 1988-91 for the Black Bears and went on to become a major leaguer for 14 seasons, held the old record.
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