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Danny Mendick named to best shortstop watch list. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)

UMass Lowell River Hawks senior shortstop Danny Mendick is among 47 nominees nationally, and the only America East representative, named to the initial Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch.

The award recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented during the National College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

“It is a tribute to the work Danny has put in,” said UMass Lowell Head Coach Ken Harring. “I have not seen a better shortstop anywhere and to only have two errors at this point in the season is unheard of. What separates him is his character and work ethic.”

Mendick is second on the River Hawks with a .345 average at the plate and leads the team in hits (39), doubles (13) and RBI (19). He also boasts a .986 fielding percentage with only two miscues on 95 attempts, which is good for second in the America East among the leagues shortstops.

The shortstop is currently riding a 14-game hitting streak, the longest since classmate Geoff DeGroot hit in 15-straight in 2013, and has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games.

The River Hawks return to action this weekend with three games against the Hartford Hawks in West Hartford, Connecticut. UMass Lowell and Hartford will square-off in a doubleheader on Saturday and close out the series with a single game on Sunday.

UMass Lowell is 9-21 overall this season and 5-6 in America East play in only their second year as a NCAA Division I program.