After hitting at a .500 (8-for-16) clip in the four-game span, drilling two homers and tallying 10 RBI, Michael becomes the first Corsair to receive the league accolade this year. In addition to scoring a run in each of the four battles this week, he also doubled twice as he played a prominent role in UMass Dartmouth's success in the recent span. The Corsairs picked up wins over multiple regional rivals including a 5-4 road triumph over Wheaton (Mass.) on Tuesday followed up by a 13-10 victory over Tufts the very next day. The Blue and Gold then split its twin bill against conference foe Keene State, earning the pivotal decision in the night cap to clinch a LEC tournament berth.
It was the outfielder's RBI double in the fifth inning in Norton that pioneered the Corsairs' three-run rally over the Lyons as UMass Dartmouth picked up its seventh win in eight games. Upon returning home against the Jumbos, Michael collected a career-best five RBI as part of a three-hit afternoon to help the team overcome a pair of four-run holes in the 13-10 victory. In the win, the Norwood, Mass. product blasted a two-run shot over the left field wall for his first of the year.
Michael stayed hot at the dish on the road at Keene by drilling another blast as part of his second multi-RBI outing in as many contests, this time tallying four in game one. It was his fourth three-hit game on the season, completing the first nine innings just a triple short of the cycle. In the night cap, he showed excellent plate discipline by working three walks while still picking up a base-knock to extend his hitting streak to five.
In 35 games played this season, Michael leads the team in doubles (15) and walks (24). The Corsairs complete the 2018 campaign with a 23-13 record to enter the LEC Tournament as the #6 seed. The Blue and Gold will square off against the top-seeded UMass Boston on Wednesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. with live video and stat coverage available via littleeast.tv