Purritano quickly developed into one of the Ivy League’s top hitters during his freshman campaign. The native of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., finished the season with a .343 average, six doubles, three triples, five home runs and 30 RBIs in 108 at-bats. In conference play, he led the league with a .719 slugging percentage and tied for the lead with his five four-baggers. He also tied for second with 18 RBIs and finished fourth with a .368 average. Four of his long balls came in one weekend against Brown as he was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, the first known Big Green player to earn the honor.
LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (.385, 6 HR, 52 RBI) was pegged as the Freshman Player of the Year, while Cal State Fullerton right-hander Thomas Eshelman (12-2, 1.59 ERA) earned the Freshman Pitcher of the Year award.
Notes: The other seven Big Green players to earn this distinction are shortstop Brian Nickerson ’00 in 1997, designated hitter Mike Mileusnic ’03 in 2000, right-handed pitcher Stephen Perry ’07 in 2004, right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks ’12 and shortstop Joe Sclafani ’12 in 2009, catcher Chris O'Dowd ’13 in 2010 and right-handed reliever Thomas Olson ’15 in 2012.