Spring Break Slugging Earns Palmo NESCAC Player of the Week

Spring Break Slugging Earns Palmo NESCAC Player of the Week

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst sophomore outfielder Joe Palmo was a consistent contributor throughout Amherst's opening week of games in Florida, and as a result, he has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week.

The award was announced by the league office Monday afternoon, with Palmo the first Mammoth baseball player honored this season.

Palmo had hits in six of Amherst's seven games this week, including three-hit performances in wins over Utica and UMass Dartmouth. 

With ten hits in 22 at-bats, Palmo hit .455 for the week and slugged .818. He had three doubles, one triple and one home run. 

His two-run round-tripper in the bottom of the ninth inning against Wisconsin Stevens-Point tied the game at five in an eventual 6-5 walk off win for the Mammoths. 

Palmo scored eleven runs this week, including crossing the plate four times in a win over Anderson (Ind.), when he went 1-1 and drew three walks. He drove in nine runs, and took nine walks while striking out just twice.

Amherst is 5-3 on the year ahead of their home opener, slated for this Friday at 3:30 PM against Dean College.