Friday, June 18, 2010

Congrats to CMH Alum

from the Cardinal Stritch University Sports Information Office --

CMH Alum Mlachnik Named CCAC Player of the Year
Lindsay Christensen, Stritch Sports Information

N.B. Dean is a 2005 CMH grad, and his father, Dean, is a 1982 grad.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Though the year ended earlier for the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves then it did for many of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball teams, the Wolves still managed to walk away with a few postseason awards, including the biggest individual honor in the conference. After a standout season, junior Dean Mlachnik earned the CCAC Player of the Year Award, becoming the first Stritch baseball player to ever receive the honor. Senior Andy Abromaitis also received props for his efforts this season, making the Honorable Mention All-Conference team.

Mlachnik, a transfer, led Stritch in almost every offensive category and was named to the All-Conference team for third base. He ended the season with a .428 batting average and led the league in both doubles, with 22, and triples, with nine. He recorded a .728 slugging percentage and an on base percentage of .474. The Muskego, Wis. native earned 55 RBI, 15 more than any other Stritch player. Mlachnik had multiple hits in 21 games this season, including a five hit game on Apr. 2 against Calumet St. Joseph.

The CCAC Player of the Year brought both leadership and consistency to the Wolves. Mlachnik hit .857 with bases loaded and went a perfect 14-14 when runners were on third base with less than two out. He showed patience at the plate, walking 14 times, fourth best on the team. Mlachnik added to his bag of tricks with his base running, stealing 10 bases on the season, second only to the speedy Sterling Smith. With another year to play, Mlachnik has another whole season to shine for the Wolves.

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