CAA Baseball Weekly Report - March 5
Scott Sarratt, Georgia State
Sr., C, Statesboro, Ga./Statesboro
Sarratt batted .500 (6-12) with two doubles, two runs scored and five RBI's as Georgia State went 3-1 against SEC and ACC foes. The senior catcher was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a 10-7 triumph over Georgia, was 3-for-4 with two RBI's in a 5-4 victory over Boston College last Friday and drove in a pair of runs in a 7-6 win over BC on Sunday. For the season, Sarratt is batting .444.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Jordan Ramsey, UNCW
So., RHP, Lexington, N.C./North Davidson
Ramsey threw 6.2 shutout innings but didn't get a decision in UNCW's 2-0 setback in 10 innings to San Diego. The sophomore allowed only four hits and struck out six while locked in a scoreless battle with former first-round pick Dylan Covey of USD. Ramsey hasn't allowed an earned run over his last 14.2 innings.
Patrick Toohers, James Madison
So., RHP, Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep
Toohers allowed just two hits and one run over 7.0 innings to earn the win as JMU defeated Hartford 11-3 last Friday. The sophomore right-hander struck out a career-high seven batters and walked only one.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Hissey, William & Mary
Fr., C, West Chester, Pa./Unionville
Hissey batted .400 (6-15) with a homer and four RBI's as William & Mary took three of four from Penn last weekend. In Saturday's 8-2 victory over the Quakers, he was 3-for-4 with his first collegiate homer and three RBI's.
CONFERENCE PLAY STARTS THIS WEEK: Conference play in the CAA gets started on Friday with four league series. Delaware travels to Towson, James Madison hosts Hofstra, Northeastern heads to Old Dominion and Georgia State entertains George Mason.
The Blue Hens won two of three from Monmouth over the weekend. Junior transfer Zach Lopes batted .727 (8-11) with three runs scored for the weekend and had a hit in seven straight at-bats from Friday to Sunday, which was the 3rd-longest streak in school history. First baseman Jimmy Yezzo extended his hitting streak to 20 games, while Ty Warrington has a six-game streak. Closer Stephen Richter picked up a win last week and has a 0.00 ERA with nine strikeouts this season. Adam Davis earned his first win after throwing 3.2 scoreless innings of relief.
GEORGE MASON (6-4)
The Patriots went 3-1 last week, earning a road win at Georgetown before taking two of three from Fairfield. Junior Blaise Fernandez batted .538 (7-13) with two doubles, a triple, three RBI's and three runs scored. Tucker Tobin stayed hot offensively and is batting .452 with a team-high four homers and 13 RBI's for the season. Junior pitcher Jared Gaynor limited Fairfield to seven hits and one run over 7.0 innings but didn't get a decision last Saturday. Freshman reliever Mark Maksimow threw 4.1 shutout innings in three appearances last week.
GEORGIA STATE (7-5)
The Panthers went 3-1 last week, including their first win over Georgia (10-7) since 2001 and a series victory over Boston College. GSU came from behind in all three victories. Catcher Scott Sarratt batted .500 for the week and drove in five. Freshman Matt Rose batted .333 with five RBI and also threw three scoreless innings on the mound vs. UGA to earn his first save. Outfielder Chris Triplett hit homers vs. UGA and BC that gave GSU leads it wouldn't relinquish. Sophomore Caden Bailey extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Coach Greg Frady recorded his 200th career victory with the Panthers on Sunday.
The Pride went 1-2 at Western Carolina last weekend. Junior Kenny Jackson batted .583 (7-12) with two homers, three RBI's, four runs scored and two stolen bases. He had at least two hits in all three contests. Senior pitcher Joe Burg allowed only five hits and one earned run over 6.0 innings in Saturday's 5-2 win. He struck out six and walked one to improve to 2-1. Five Hofstra relievers combined to allow seven hits and one run over 10 innings with 13 strikeouts. Bryan Verbitsky recorded his third save of the year and is second on the Pride's all-time saves list with 11.
JAMES MADISON (6-6)
The Dukes went 4-1 last week, including a four-game sweep of Hartford. Senior Casey Goss batted .474 (9-19) with a double, triple, homer, eight RBI's and seven runs scored. He also stole two bases. Freshman Bobby San Martin, who started his career 0-for-8, hit a two-run homer on Saturday and a walk-off two-run shot in the 11th on Sunday. Three other Dukes batted .350 last week, led by Matt Tenaglia at .368. Pitcher Patrick Toohers allowed just a run on two hits over 7.0 innings on Friday, while sophomore Luke Drayer gave up one earned run over 5.0 innings on Saturday to improve to 2-0 for the season. Closer Chris Huffman threw 4.1 innings and earned his first save. He has a 0.00 ERA.
The Seahawks went 2-1 in three extra-inning games in the Hughes Bros. Challenge. Senior Michael Bass batted .333 with three runs scored and two stolen bases to raise his total to eight. He has a 13-game on-base streak and a seven-game hitting streak. Ryan LaGrange's first career homer was the game-winner in the 3-2 victory over Stony Brook. UNCW's pitchers combined for a 2.61 ERA last week. Jordan Ramsey threw 6.2 shutout innings vs. San Diego and hasn't given up an earned run over his last 14.2 frames. Mat Batts allowed one run on six hits over 6.1 innings with five strikeouts against SBU. UNCW is 3-0 this season against teams that played in the College World Series last year.
The Huskies won all three games at the Snowbird Baseball Classic last week and are now 4-0 in Florida. Shortstop Jason Vosler batted .417 (5-12) with a double, two runs scored and four RBI's last week and is hitting .405 for the year. Catcher John Puttress is on a four-game hitting streak after a slow start. Connor Lyons (.351) and Aaron Barbosa (.316) are also batting over .300. Pitcher Nick Berger improved to 2-1 after giving up just one earned run over 7.0 innings and striking out four.
OLD DOMINION (6-3)
The Monarchs swept a four-game series from Temple over the weekend. Senior Austin McGowan batted .412 with three doubles, four RBI's and five runs scored in the series. Josh Eldridge also scored five times and Ben Verlander and Tyler Urps had four runs scored. On the mound, Dean Ali allowed four hits over six innings and fanned five to earn his first win of the year. Andy Roberts, Brad Gero and Brandon Smith combined for a 4-hit shutout as the Monarchs defeated Temple 3-0 on Sunday.
The Tigers are off to their best start since 2001after winning two of three games at Duke over the weekend. Catcher Andrew Parker batted .357 with four doubles, four RBI's and three runs scored in the series and has six doubles for the year. Dominic Fratantuono has hit safely in 13 straight games, including all nine this season. Senior Mike Ryan is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA out of the bullpen. He's given up just three hits over 9.0 innings with seven strikeouts. Defensively, the Tigers have made only eight errors all season (.979 fielding%). Parker has thrown out of 8 of 10 runners attempting to steal.
WILLIAM & MARY (7-4)
The Tribe took three of four from Penn over the weekend. W&M continues to start games fast, outscoring its opponents 35-8 over the first three innings of play. Outfielder Willie Shaw batted .375 with two homers, seven RBI's and five runs scored in the series. Both homers came in a 7-5 victory over the Quakers in the opener. Freshman Ryan Hissey batted .400 (6-15) with a homer and four RBI's. On the mound, senior John Farrell threw a complete game as W&M won Saturday's opener 8-2. He gave up a pair of unearned runs on six hits and struck out five.