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Athlete of the Week: Jeff Bridich '00

From JV to Star

Make way for Jeff Bridich.

The Harvard baseball team's junior designated hitter/left fielder, who wasn't even on the varsity roster last season and has started just 14 games in this one, is forcing Harvard Coach Joe Walsh to give him at-bats, and making the rest of the Ivy League take notice.

Bridich went 9-for-14 in a 3-1 weekend against second-place Brown, driving in eight runs and scoring five. He hit a three-run home run in the series opener, and went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the finale, both Harvard wins.

His batting average now stands at an even .400, with two home runs and 16 RBI. Bridich is also second on the team in slugging percentage, trailing

only senior center fielder Andrew Huling, at .600.

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"Bridich is getting up in RBI situations and leadoff situations and he's coming through," Walsh said. "He's seeing the ball real well right now and

he's taking the ball the other way and using the whole yard."

Bridich is playing like a regular veteran of Harvard-style baseball, dropping bunts, spraying the ball to all fields and taking extra bases.

Although he's only swiped three bags in four attempts this season, he's a

heads-up runner who charges the basepaths like a burly Rickey Henderson.

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