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Thomas surges to No. 1 in NCAA statistics
Sophomore outfielder owns highest on-base percentage in nation at .542
April 15, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore outfielder Jake Thomas has put his name at the top of the NCAA charts this week. The pure-hitting lefty ranks No. 1 in the nation in on-base percentage with a lofty .542 mark just past the halfway point of the 2013 season. The NCAA released the updated statistics Monday afternoon and Thomas is ahead of Virginia’s Mike Papi (.541) atop the list.
Thomas reached base in 9-of-12 plate appearances against Albany this past weekend, helping the Bearcats capture the series with two wins. In the process, he bumped up his on-base percentage from .519 and took over the No. 1 position. Thomas has reached base in 26 of 28 games this spring and also leads the America East in average (.381), slugging (.536) and walks (27). Additionally, he ranks second in the conference in RBI per game (0.89) and fourth in runs scored (24) hitting from the third spot in the lineup.
He has already surpassed his RBI total from his freshman season and his on-base percentage is more than 100 points higher than the next-best America East hitter.
Binghamton plays a non-conference game at Marist Tuesday afternoon before returning home to host St. Bonaventure on Wednesday in a game that will begin a stretch of 17 straight at home.