Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mayfield duo competing for Mid-American Conference batting title

Ohio University center fielder and Mayfield graduate Mitch Longo leads the Mid-American Conference with a .426 batting average.

A senior with the same last name might prevent one of the MAC's rising stars from earning a conference batting title as a freshman.

Eastern Michigan senior Lee Longo is one of the leading candidates to overtake Mitch in the batting race. Lee ranks fifth in the MAC with a .378 average.

Mitch and Lee have both appeared in 24 games. Mitch has a 48-point cushion over his brother, but Lee has experienced the rigors of MAC play.

Either way, it might be tough finding a better brother tandem in the country.

Mitch hits leadoff for Ohio. Lee, an All-MAC selection last season, bats cleanup for Eastern Michigan. Mitch owns a nine-game hitting streak while Lee has 12 multi-hit games.

Three players sit between the pair in the conference batting race: Kent State's Zarley Zalewski, Toledo's Deion Tansel and Bowling Green's Brian Bien.  

Having two entries in the race could bode well for the Longo family, and perhaps bring a MAC batting title to Mayfield.

MAC batting leaders

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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