York Catholic High School graduate Brenden Kennedy has been named the Northeast Conference Baseball Rookie of the Week.
Kennedy is a freshman pitcher at Mount St. Mary's University, which competes on the NCAA Division I level.
The 6-foot, 3-inch, 175-pound Kennedy rose to the occasion with his team looking to lock up an NEC Tournament berth on the final weekend of the regular season. Earning the start for the second game of the Mount's three-game home set with first-place Bryant, the rookie righty pitched to an 0.83 WHIP while facing the conference leader in team batting average.
Kennedy limited the Bulldogs, who average a league-high 6.6 runs per game, to one run on four hits. He kept Bryant off the scoreboard for the first 4 2/3 frames, but a two-out, fifth-inning solo homer ended the freshman's shutout bid. Kennedy, who retired the last three batters he faced, turned a 2-1 lead over to the bullpen to start the seventh. The Mount eventually won the game, 5-3.
In his first collegiate season, Kennedy has pitched 43 2/3 innings with 22 strikeouts and has posted a 5.77 ERA and a 4-3 record. In conference play, Kennedy has logged 31 2/3 innings pitched with 14 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.69.
Kennedy and the Mount baseball team travel to Norwich, Connecticut, for the first round of the NEC Championship Tournament with a match-up against No. 1 seed Bryant on Thursday.
The Mount is 21-31 overall and 15-13 in NEC action.