By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL, R.I. – Anytime you’re able to play four years of baseball at the collegiate level, it’s certainly a credit to hard work and perseverance.
Roger Williams University has started the season on a 16-6 tear and has strong, local leadership helping to guide the squad along in 2014.
Senior Mike Thomas – the former Plainville High School standout – is having another impressive campaign for RWU and his squad is mirroring that success.
Thomas has played in all 22 games to date this season – all starts – and has been batting around .210 for the Hawks.
He has 14 hits in 67 at-bats while posting 12 RBI on the campaign.
Thomas also collected two doubles, a home run, and scored a total of seven runs this spring.
He’s been hit by a pitch twice and has drawn four walks in a very busy slate of games.
And don’t forget about his throwing arm.
Thomas actually started a game on the mound against Bowdoin on March 10 and in his inning of work, he tallied a strikeout and earned a no decision in the contest.
In the field, Thomas has eight putouts and 33 assists from his normal position at third base.
In Williams’ 13-0 victory over Gordon on March 22, Thomas stacked up some big numbers.
Thomas went 1-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs in the winning effort.
But he smacked a homer out of the park and by the time the game was complete, Thomas added four RBI to his season tallies.
Thomas has three multi-hit games on the year and against Salem State on April 1, he went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a 8-7 loss.
Nine games into the season, Thomas was batting .300 but he dropped off a bit to .222 before rebounding to nearly .240.
This is typical for Thomas and before you know it, he’ll turn it on and get that batting average back into the .300 range.
Last season as a junior, Thomas played in 41 games – starting 40 at third base – and led Roger Williams in slugging percentage at .430 while also blasting a team