Player of the Week: Mike Tamsin

Freshman designated hitter Mike Tamsin went 2-3 with three RBI in the baseball team’s 7-5 win over No. 16 Old Dominion on Sunday. The win moved Northeastern into a three-way tie for third place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

“I think we’ve exceeded the expectations of what we were thought to do,” said Tamsin, The Northeastern News Player of the Week. “Some predicted us to finish second to last in the conference, but we’ve shown what we can do, and sometimes we just need the hitting to come around.”

Tamsin has certainly shown what he can do in his first season, leading the Huskies with a .396 batting average and 21 RBI. Tamsin is also second in hits with 36 behind senior center fielder Chris Emanuele.

He was named CAA Rookie of the Week on March 28 and held a 13-game hitting streak earlier this season. Tamsin has shown he can perform in big games, batting .413 (12-29) against top-ranked conference opponents Old Dominion and James Madison.

“I was feeling really good [on Sunday],” Tamsin said. “The pitcher we were going against was undefeated and leading the conference in ERA, but I was reading the ball and seeing his sequence really well. But the only reason I got those RBI was because the guys in front of me got on base.”

Becoming a large part of the team’s success has been a surprise for Tamsin, who entered the team knowing it was loaded with established players.

“I thought going into this year that I would be a role player,” Tamsin said. “I didn’t think I would be hitting as well as I am, but I’ve grown comfortable and it’s been working out well. Batting third makes you a big part of the lineup and it’s nice to be an important part of the team.”

Tamsin acknowledges baseball is a team sport and he wouldn’t be having this much success without those batting ahead and behind him in the lineup.

“I’m thankful to be in the lineup as a true freshman, trying to make my swing a little smoother,” Tamsin said. “I’m sandwiched in the lineup with a lot of good athletes and hitters, and being a freshman they’d rather attack me with the good pitches than the guys around me.”

His place in the lineup has helped him hit well all season. He hit his first collegiate home run at Savannah State March 18 and reached base five times, doubling twice and drawing three walks, and recorded two RBI in 11-0 win over Delaware March 26.

Tamsin and his teammates will look to continue their success this weekend when they host William ‘ Mary for a three-game set starting Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

– Compiled by staff writer Matt Foster.

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