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Mike Connolly begins his junior campaign as a cornerstone of the Spartan lineup in 2009. Connolly, who will hit in the middle of the Spartan order, will see most of his time at either designated hitter or in left field. Connolly hit .324 in 40 games last year with 26 runs scored, 16 RBI, six doubles, and two home runs. He has good plate discipline as he coaxed 15 walks and had an on-base percentage of .382. The coaching staff has seen a maturity in Connolly that will allow him to relax at the plate and be one of the top hitters in the conference. Defensively, Connolly has improved his arm strength as he is a solid leftfielder. Connolly is a secondary education-social studies major and is the son of Frank and Ruth Connolly.