DURHAM, N.C. – Back on April 25, North Carolina Central University first baseman Christian Triplett (Wilkesboro, N.C.) blasted two home runs over the famed Green Monster at Fenway Park, the legendary home of the Boston Red Sox, against Florida A&M during the HBCU Legacy Weekend Celebration, presented by the City of Boston, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Area Church League, Inc.
On Wednesday (Aug. 5), representatives from the Boston Red Sox were in Durham to present Triplett, the first college student-athlete to conquer the Green Monster twice in one contest, with the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
Representing the Red Sox were President/Chief Executive Officer Larry Lucchino, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President/CEO Charles Steinberg, and Special Advisor to the Red Sox Frank Jordan. Among those supporting Triplett from the local area were NCCU Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White, NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree, NCCU Baseball Head Coach Jim Koerner and Durham Mayor Bill Bell, along with Triplett’s parents Thomas and Crystal and 17-year-old brother Wesley.
In addition to his two home runs that afternoon, Triplett added a single to go 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs batted in against the FAMU Rattlers.
The accounting major boasts an overall grade point average of 3.76. He is a member of NCCU's Honors Program, is a Chancellor's Scholar and Dean's List honoree.
In May, the Wilkesboro, North Carolina native was named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District First Team for District 3 as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).