CAA Baseball Weekly Report - May 6
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Michael Katz, William & Mary
So., 1B, Falls Church, Va./Bishop O’Connell
Katz batted .545 (6-11) with a double, triple, home run, five runs scored and eight RBI’s as William & Mary swept a three-game series from Hofstra. The sophomore drove in three runs in Saturday’s 9-1 triumph and knocked in four runs in Sunday’s 14-0 win.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Nick Berger, Northeastern
So., RHP, Commack, N.Y./Commack
Berger threw a complete-game, 2-hit shutout in Northeastern’s 1-0 victory at UNCW on Saturday. The sophomore struck out two and needed only 109 pitches to earn his fifth win. It was Berger’s fourth complete game and second shutout of the season.
Anthony Montefusco, George Mason
Jr., RHP, Medford, N.J./Shawnee
Montefusco fired a complete-game, 5-hit shutout and struck out a season-high 10 batters in Mason’s 1-0 win at ODU on Saturday. It was his first career complete game. Montefusco also drove in the only run of the game with an RBI single in the seventh.
Matt Soren, Delaware
Sr., RHP, Roslyn, N.Y./Roslyn
Soren allowed only three hits over 8.0 shutout innings and struck out a career-high 15 batters in Delaware’s 2-0 win over La Salle on Saturday. The sophomore had at least one strikeout in each inning and struck out the side three times.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Hissey, William & Mary
Fr., C, West Chester, Pa./Unionville
Hissey batted .778 (7-9) with three runs scored in William & Mary’s three-game sweep of Hofstra. The freshman catcher had two or more hits in all three contests and raised his batting average for the season to .250.
DELAWARE (30-17, 12-9 in CAA)
The Blue Hens reached the 30-win plateau for the 7th time in coach Jim Sherman’s tenure after beating Rutgers and taking two of three from La Salle over the weekend. Matt Soren struck out a career-high 15 batters and allowed just three hits over 8.0 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over La Salle on Saturday. Chad Kuhl blanked La Salle over 7.0 innings on Friday as UD’s pitching staff had a stretch of 28 consecutive scoreless frames. Dan Gatto tossed his first career complete game in the Rutgers win. Third baseman EJ Stoltzfus batted .538 with three RBI’s last week and is in the midst of a 7-game hitting streak. Jimmy Yezzo, who is among the nation’s leaders in batting (.431), is on the midseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award.
GEORGE MASON (17-33, 7-20 in CAA)
The Patriots went 2-2 last week, topping George Washington 6-5 and taking the middle game of their CAA series at ODU. Junior Anthony Montefusco threw a complete-game, 5-hit shutout and fanned a season-high 10 batters as Mason beat ODU 1-0 on Saturday. He also helped himself offensively by driving in the game-winning run with a single in the seventh, which was the Patriots’ only hit of the game. Catcher Patrick Esposito batted .471 with a double, triple, three RBI’s and three runs scored last week. He was 4-for-5 and drove in the go-ahead run in the victory over GW and was 3-for-5 at ODU on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (32-17, 11-10 in CAA)
The Panthers moved into a tie for fifth in the CAA after a three-game sweep of Towson. GSU, which has won five in a row and 16 of its last 20, reached the 30-win mark for the fifth time in seven seasons under coach Greg Frady. Freshman Josh Merrigan batted .500 with a homer, a triple, two doubles and six RBI’s against Towson. He ranks 3rd among all freshmen in the nation in batting (.357) and is riding an 11-game hitting streak. Chris Triplett hit .538 (7-13) in the Towson series with a homer and four RBI’s in Sunday’s 8-3 win. Freshman Matt Rose drove in two runs in a 12-11 victory over TU in the opener and threw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to get the win in the nightcap.
HOFSTRA (23-24, 8-13 in CAA)
The Pride rallied from a 7-1 deficit to top Rutgers 10-9 last Tuesday on Kevin Brantley’s walk-off homer, but was outscored 26-1 in getting swept at William & Mary over the weekend. Brantley batted .375 (6-16) for the week with a double, his first two homers of the year, three RBI’s and three runs scored. He also stole two bases. Graham Tebbit, Chris Harkey and Brett Schreiber each turned in two hitless and scoreless relief appearances last week, with Schreiber earning the win against Rutgers.
JAMES MADISON (20-23, 8-12 in CAA)
The Dukes were off last week for exams and graduation, but return to the field for five games this week. JMU visits nationally ranked North Carolina for a pair of mid-week contests before hosting Towson in an important CAA series starting Friday. The Dukes have won six of their last nine games. JMU is second in the CAA with a .318 team batting average. Chad Carroll is hitting .400 with a nation’s best 8 triples and 43 RBI’s, while Conner Brown is batting .364 and has driven in 36 runs. Carroll has also stolen 17 bases. Johnny Bladel has drawn a CAA-high 44 walks and is second in the league in on base percentage (.495). Ty McFarland is tied for fourth in the CAA with 45 runs scored.
UNCW (34-14, 15-5 in CAA)
The Seahawks took two-of-three from Northeastern last weekend to clinch a berth in the CAA Tournament. UNCW is the only school to particpate in all 28 tournaments. Freshman Terence Connelly batted .556 (5-9) last week and has now reached base in 18 straight games. Michael Bass had his 42-game on-base streak halted in a 1-0 loss on Saturday, but is still third in the CAA with a .404 average as he attempts to become just the fourth UNCW player to hit .400. He also made the Golden Spikes Award Watch List. Pitcher Mat Batts (8-2) has fanned at least seven batters in his last seven starts and leads the CAA with 86 strikeouts for the year. Kelly Secrest allowed just one hit and struck out six over 4.0 shutout innings in relief last week and picked up two saves. He has five saves in 10 CAA appearances this season.
NORTHEASTERN (25-20, 9-12 in CAA)
The Huskies defeated UMass 6-3 at Fenway Park last Monday to win their first Baseball Beanpot title since 2009. Rob Fonseca, who homered over the Green Monster in the UMass win, batted .369 (7-19) for the week with three doubles, four runs scored and four RBI’s. Aaron Barbosa, who leads the CAA with 24 steals this season, became NU’s career thefts leader with 67. Barbosa has had four straight multi-hit performances. Sophomore Nick Berger (5-5) threw a complete-game 2-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory at UNCW on Saturday. It was Berger’s fourth complete game of the season and his second shutout.
OLD DOMINION (26-22, 15-12 in CAA)
The Monarchs went 3-1 last week, beating VMI 7-3 before winning two of three from George Mason over the weekend. Dean Ali and Jake Josephs combined on a shutout in Friday’s 3-0 triumph over Mason. Ali (3-3) struck out seven over 6.0 innings. Freshman Tommy Alexander allowed just one hit and struck out five over 4.0 shutout innings of relief to earn the win in Sunday’s 5-4 triumph in 11 innings. Freshman Connor Myers batted .571 in the Mason series. Ben Verlander drove in the game-winning run in Sunday’s victory and was 3-for-4 in Friday’s win. He’s batting a team-best .372 for the season.
TOWSON (22-25, 11-10 in CAA)
The Tigers posted a 4-2 victory over UMBC last Wednesday but were swept at Georgia State to cap a 1-4 week. Towson had leads of 6-1 and 4-0 in Friday’s twinbill at GSU and a 3-2 advantage on Sunday but couldn’t hold on. Senior Mike Bronakoski gave up just one hit over 5.0 innings in the win against UMBC. Towson continues to lead the nation in double plays with 66 in 47 contests. Peter Bowles was 2-for-5 with three RBI’s and Brandon Gonnella was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI’s in the opening game of the series at GSU and Bowles turned in a 3-for-5 effort in the nightcap.
WILLIAM & MARY (31-17, 14-7 in CAA)
The Tribe swept a three-game series from Hofstra and topped the 30-win mark for the eighth time since 2000. W&M’s pitching staff held the Pride to one run and a .167 batting average over 27 innings while striking out 24. John Farrell improved to 9-1 after throwing 7.1 shutout innings and fanning 10 in the opener and Jason Inghram threw 7.0 shutout frames in Sunday’s finale. Offensively, W&M batted .364 and scored 26 runs. Michael Katz hit .545 and drove in eight runs in the series, while catcher Ryan Hissey batted .778. Senior Jackson Shaver was 3-for-4 with a career-high five RBI’s in Saturday’s 9-1 victory.