OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Association of Division III Independents named St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) baseball outfielder Joe Mendez, its Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of March.
Mendez, a senior from Brooklyn, New York, had a monster month at the dish for St. Joseph's, hitting an impressive .469 (15-for-32) with a team-high five homers and 23 RBI as the Bears went 8-2 during the month. The outfielder recorded a hit in all but one of St. Joseph's ten games, including three contests with three hits. Mendez was a major run producer for the Bears, finishing with six multiple RBI games and scored 14 runs, concluding March with a .526 on base percentage and a dazzling 1.062 slugging percentage. The senior had his breakout day at the plate on March 29th in a doubleheader at Maritime, connecting on four dingers and driving in 11 runs on the day. Mendez drove in a career-high eight RBI and tied the school record for most homers in a game with three during the opener. With his fourth home run of the day against the Privateers, the outfielder became the Bears all-time career home run lead with 14 career long balls.