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Patchogue-Medford grad on a home run tear for Albany, ranks second in NCAA in dingers

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Brad Malm just keeps going deep.

The Albany University shortstop out of Patchogue-Medford High School has hit a whopping eight home runs in the season’s first seven games, including three against one of the top college baseball programs in the country.

Malm, 22, of Medford smacked five dingers over the weekend during Albany’s four-game sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore. The barrage has the red shirt senior ranked second in the nation in home runs; he’s No. 1 in home runs per game.

Heading into this season, the 2017 Pat-Med graduate had hit a combined eight home runs over four seasons for the Danes — including the COVID-19 shortened 2020 campaign. While his production at the plate has improved steadily during his time with Albany, Malm’s season-high home run total was just four, in 2021.

Malm this season is hitting .345 (he has a double and single to go with his eight homers) with 16 RBIs.

Brad’s Georgia power trip

Malm’s home run prowess this season began quickly — on opening day, Feb. 18, at No. 16 Georgia. His eighth inning, two-run blast broke the Bulldogs’ bid for a shutout and made things interesting in Albany’s 4-2 loss in Athens, Ga.

The next day, Malm went deep twice over the centerfield wall at Foley Field, during a thrilling 7-6 loss to Georgia. His two-run shot in the top of the eighth put the Danes up 6-4.

Malm and Albany (4-3) return to the diamond on Wednesday at Farleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, New Jersey. You can click here to watch a broadcast of the Farleigh Dickinson game, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Albany’s first 18 games are on the road. The team’s home opener is March 25.

Mark your calendars

Later in the season, family and friends will have the opportunity to watch Malm play against Stony Brook. The Danes have a three-game set, April 8-10, in Stony Brook.

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