La Salle's Ben Faso named Philly Offensive Player of the Year

Ben Faso named Philadelphia Offensive Player of the Year
The Philadelphia Baseball Review is excited to announce Ben Faso from La Salle University as the recipient of the 2018 Philadelphia NCAA Division 1 College Offensive Player of the Year award.

The junior first baseman led a potent Explorers offense, hitting .347 with three home runs and 36 RBI over 54 games. His 17 doubles on the season and 39.5 runs created topped all Philadelphia players. He also swiped nine bases and finished second in the city with 31 runs scored.

"Ben was the spark plug of our offense all year," said Explorers head coach David Miller in a statement. "From the first pitch of the season until the last Ben came to the ballpark ready to do what was necessary to lead us offensively. He bought Into my philosophy on using the whole field and it paid off. I believe only twice all season he didn’t have a hit in back to back games and added a 16-game hitting streak. That shows consistency and a dedication to his craft at the plate."

Faso's 16-game hitting streak was fifth-longest in program history and lasted more than a month. His 75 hits on the season ranked fifth best in program history and tied him for second on the year in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

A native of Media and a two-time All-Delco honoree, Faso has matured into one of the better collegiate offensive threats in the region. After hitting just .186 as a freshman, he's shown significant growth over the last two seasons and arguably is the top D1-bat from Philadelphia to be selected in next week's Major League Baseball amateur draft.

"Ben’s best years are ahead of him offensively and when he gets stronger [he] could be a legitimate power threat," Miller said.

Faso earned Big 5 Player of the Week twice and was the Philadelphia Baseball Review's Hitter of the Week four times this season.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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