Bridis Named National Player of the Week, Shares League Honors with Bellardini

Trey Bridis and Alex Bellardini
Trey Bridis and Alex Bellardini

Trey Bridis has garnered National Player of the Week honors and shared weekly Horizon League honors with this teammate, Alex Bellardini, after the Penguins went 4-1 last week.

After a week in which he batted .500 and hit four home runs, Bridis was recognized on Monday at the national and conference level. Bridis was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, and he was also named the Co-Horizon League Batter of the Week. Bellardini was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week.

Bridis added a 1.042 slugging percentage, 12 total hits, six RBIs, a .586 OBP, 10 runs scored, 25 total bases, five walks and three stolen bases last week. The senior outfielder had a hit in all five games and recorded at least three hits in three of the contests. The Woodbridge, Va., native also hit a pair of leadoff home runs during the week. Bridis now has a career-high 11 home runs this season, which is tied for the third most in a single season in school history. He shared the weekly league honor with Northern Kentucky's Griffin Doersching.

Bellardini was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week after surrendering just one run on six hits over six innings to help lead the Penguins to a 14-7 win at Northern Kentucky on Saturday. The senior struck out four batters and only walked two while earning his second consecutive conference victory. He threw 88 of his 145 pitches for strikes and picked up his fourth win of the season in just this fourth start. The Elmira, N.Y., native was coming off another dominant performance against Oakland the week before that earned him his first weekly honor. He is the first player to garner back-to-back weekly league honors this season.

Youngstown State will conclude the regular season this week with four games. The Penguins will host Kent State on Tuesday at 11 a.m. for a special Akron Children's Hospital Kids Day, and they'll play a three-game series at UIC on Thursday through Saturday.

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