RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University junior Matt Blandino (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) has been chosen as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week for the period ending Apr. 3, the CACC announced on Monday. Blandino shares the award for the second time this season.
Blandino, a 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander, pitched a 10-inning, three-hit shutout in Felician's 1-0 home victory over Caldwell University in Game 2 of a CACC doubleheader on Mar. 30. He tied a Golden Falcon record with 14 strikeouts, and did not walk or hit a batter. He allowed only one runner to get as far as second base. Blandino added 1 1/3 more scoreless frames in a relief appearance against Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday.
More information is available at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/bsb/2015-16/photos/Baseball__Weekly_Report_7.pdf.
Blandino is 3-2 with a 2.76 earned-run average in eight 2016 appearances (seven starts). In 49 innings, he has given up 45 hits, and leads the CACC with 55 strikeouts. Blandino is a 2013 graduate of Bristol Central High, and transferred to Felician after playing two seasons at Division-I Central Connecticut State University.
Blandino shared this week's award with freshman Jack Kelley of Nyack College.
Also on Monday, Felician softball sophomore pitcher Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y./Starpoint) was named to that sport's CACC Weekly Honor Roll.
Felician baseball is guided by 13th-year head coach Chris Langan of Hazlet. Blandino and the Golden Falcons (14-15, 6-2 CACC) are next in action on Friday, when they travel to Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. for a non-conference doubleheader against Mercy College.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.