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Murray '05 Selected to All- Conference Team!

Posted Monday, May 17, 2010 by Keith Richardson

Blejec Named Freedom Player of the Year

Senior Paul Blejec was named the Valiants' second Freedom Conference Player of the Year in two seasons on Thursday.
05/13/2010 2:03 PM -

ANNVILLE, Pa. – Senior left fielder Paul Blejec (Bronx, N.Y.) of the Manhattanville baseball team was named the 2010 Freedom Conference Baseball Player of the Year to lead six Valiant All-Conference honorees announced by the Freedom Conference on Thursday afternoon.


Blejec joins classmate Chris Nastasi (Bayville, N.Y.) and sophomores Chris Nardozzi (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Dan Fiorito (Yonkers, N.Y.) as All-Conference first-team honorees. Seniors Kevin Murray (Valhalla, N.Y.) and A.J. Triano (Rye, N.Y.) also were named to the Freedom second team to round out the conference postseason honors.


Blejec’s award makes him the second Valiant in the last two years to earn Freedom Conference Baseball Player of the Year honors, joining former teammate and current assistant coach Stephen Pinto ’09 in 2009 as the only Valiants in program history to receive such a conference honor.


Blejec has had one of the best offensive seasons in program history so far in 2010, leading the conference with 73 hits and still re-writing the Manhattanville single-season hits record that he broke on April 30 versus King’s College.  He stands 12 hits away from Pinto for first place in school history with 224 career hits. Blejec also leads the team with a .448 batting average and has five homers and 42 RBIs.


A mainstay in left field for three years, Blejec has nearly doubled his previous-best totals in most statistical categories this season including hits, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases (14) and total bases (105). He posted a perfect fielding percentage this season as well, making 78 put-outs with three assists. On a national level, his 59 runs rank him 13th in Division III, along with his 73 hits that have him ranked 12th nationally.


Nardozzi also increased in most stat categories this season with 57 hits, three home runs and 37 RBIs. He set the program’s single-season doubles record and is ranked ninth in D-III with 20 two-baggers so far this season, and has recorded 16 multi-hit performances so far, including a four-hit game against Eastern on March 20. The first baseman also boasts a fielding percentage of .988 and 242 put-outs.


Fiorito had multiple roles on the team this year and was a key component in the Valiants capturing the Freedom Conference Championship thanks to a grand slam against FDU-Florham in the title game. In his first season with the team, he ranks second on the squad batting .437 and recording 59 hits, which tie him for sixth on the school’s single-season hits list. His five home runs and 41 runs batted in rank him within the top-four on the team. When not at the plate, the sophomore also posted a 2-1 record and one save in seven appearances on the mound for the Valiants.


Murray picks up his second All-Conference selection after increasing his numbers from last year with 58 hits, six home runs and a team-high 50 RBIs and a .392 batting average.  Murray had 22 multi-hit games this season with nine doubles and a team-high four triples. He ranked in the top-three in most statistical categories including hits, RBIs, home runs, triples, runs scored, total bases, and walks. Used predominantly in the outfield, Murray has made 104 put-outs and has a .965 fielding percentage.


Manhattanville (22-19-1, 12-9 Freedom), which won the program’s second conference tournament championship last weekend,  will take part in its second NCAA Division III Tournament beginning on Wednesday. Check back to GoValiants.com on Monday morning for information on where, when and who the Valiants will face, and for links to radio broadcasts of every Manhattanville tournament game

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