Courtesy of UBBulls.com
BUFFALO, NY – For the second time this season, University at Buffalo right fielder Vinny Mallaro has been named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. Mallaro is the lone UB player to earn the weekly recognition this season.
The junior capped off his best week of the season on Saturday as he helped lead the Bulls to a 3-1 record in a pair of non-conference doubleheaders. Mallaro finished off his impressive week batting .462 (6-for-13) with three home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored while garnering a slugging percentage of 1.231 and an on base percentage of .588.
The Rochester, NY native was a beast at the plate for UB as he opened the week with a 1-for-3 effort with a RBI as the Bulls defeated Niagara in the first game of the doubleheader before going 2-for-3 with the game-winning three-run homer to life UB to the 4-3 home victory and sweep of NU. Mallaro stayed hot on Saturday afternoon as he notched a career-game against Hofstra as he finished the game going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a career-high six RBI and three runs scored while leading UB to victory once again.
He now has three games this season with at least five RBI and he moved into 10th place in program history for home runs in a season with eight. The righty saw his career-long 15 game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday but he was able to extend his reaching base streak to 26 straight games, longest of his career.
On the year, Mallaro leads the team in all major hitting categories including batting average (.339), home runs (eight) RBI (41), runs (34), doubles (13), slugging percentage (.571) and on base percentage (.434).
The Bulls return to the diamond on Tuesday afternoon as they head to Niagara to take on their Big 4 foe in a doubleheader starting at 2:00 pm.