Jared Hammer, Hofstra
Jr., 1B, Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central
Hammer batted .667 (10-15) with four doubles, four runs scored and nine RBI's in Hofstra's 3-1 week. The junior had at least two hits and one RBI in all four games and raised his season average to .463. He slugged .933 for the week and also had two steals.
Oliver Hart, Northeastern
Jr., SS, Guilford, Conn./Xavier
Hart batted .875 (7-8) in Northeastern's 3-0 week. The junior shortstop had two doubles, a triple, four runs scored and two RBI's. He raised his average to .474 for the year.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Anthony Montefusco, George Mason
So., RHP, Medford, N.J./Shawnee
Montefusco threw 8.0 shutout innings in Mason's 1-0 triumph over Bryant last Friday. The sophomore scattered three hits and struck out 12, including eight of the first 13 hitters and the final three batters he faced. Montefusco 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA for the year.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Chad Carroll, James Madison
Fr., SS, Oakton, Va./Oakton
Carroll batted .545 (6-11) with two runs scored and three RBI in JMU's three-game sweep of Lafayette. The freshman had a game-winning RBI single in Saturday's 10-9 triumph over the Leopards. He's hitting .325 for the season.
Taylor Clarke, Towson
Fr., P, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Clarke allowed just one hit over 6.0 shutout innings in Towson's 6-0 victory over Central Connecticut. The freshman took a no-hitter into the 7th inning and was three outs away from recording Towson's first no-hitter in 27 years. He struck out five in the contest.
The Blue Hens took three of four from Faifield in their home-opening series and are on a three-game winning streak for the first time since last April. D.J. Long batted a team-best .462 (6-13) with two doubles, three RBI's and three runs scored. Outfielder Nick Ferdinand homered and drove in four last week, while freshman Ryan Hartley hit .444 and scored three times. Pitcher Eric Young was dominant again, allowing just an unearned run and five hits in a complete-game 4-1 win over Fairfield. He is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 24 innings of work this season. Young has struck out 19 and walked only three.
GEORGE MASON (6-4)
The Patriots won two of three in a weekend series with Bryant. Anthony Montefusco and Chris O'Grady combined on a 1-0 shutout win in the opener as Montefusco scattered three hits over eight frames and struck out 12. Sophomore Mick Foley's solo homer accounted for Mason's lone run. Dan Schafferman went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI as the Patriots won the finale 12-3. All nine Mason batters had at least one hit in the contest. Sophomore Jake Kalish allowed just one hit over the final four innings to earn a save.
GEORGIA STATE (6-6)
The Panthers went 1-3 on the road last week, including a 1-2 mark in the Bright House Invitational at Stetson. Freshman catcher Joel Van Asch batted .625 (5-8) last week and drew foul walks. He's hitting .357 for the season. Another freshman, Kody Adams, had a double and a triple. GSU's bullpen gave up just three runs in 12.1 innings over the weekend. GSU had two straight games decided on plays at the plate, losing 5-4 to Southern Illinois, but beating Penn, 4-3.
The Pride swept a doubleheader from Quinnipiac and split a twinbill with Fordham last weekend. Hofstra threw back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1975 against QU, winning 9-0 and 6-0. Junior David D'Errico allowed just three singles over eight innings in the opener as the Pride staff threw 22 consecutive scoreless innings. Freshman Dave Jesch gave up two hits over 6.0 innings in the nightcap versus QU. Junior Jared Hammer batted .667 (10-15) with four doubles and nine RBI's to pace the Hofstra offense, while Matt Ford hit .500 (8-16) with three doubles. Hofstra stole 15 bases in 18 attempts.
JAMES MADISON (5-5-1)
The Dukes got back to .500 with a three-game weekend sweep of Lafayette. Sophomore Conner Brown hit .545 (6-11) with two doubles and a homer and twice scored game-winning runs. Freshman Chad Carroll also batted .545 and catcher Bradley Shaban batted .417 with a homer. Pitcher Sean Tierney gave up just three hits in a complete-game, 7-inning shutout of Lafayette. He improved to 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA for the year. Freshmen Chris Huffman and Cody Miller earned their first wins with scoreless work out of the bullpen. Coach Spanky McFarland picked up the 450th win over his JMU career.
The Seahawks continued to pitch well but struggled offensively in a 1-3 week. Senior Tyler McSwain scattered four hits over seven shutout innings and struck out a career-high 10 in an 8-1 victory over UNC Asheville. McSwain is 1-2 with a 1.89 ERA and hasn't allowed a run as a starter. Mat Batts has a 1.71 ERA but an 0-2 record. Batts has struck out 22 in 21 frames and fanned seven in a loss to N.C. State. Senior Jake Koenig (.333) and senior Thomas Pope (.293) have been the top performers for a UNCW offense that has a .219 team batting average. The Seahawks have scored only 37 runs in 11 contests.
The Huskies are on a four-game winning streak following a doubleheader sweep of Bowling Green and a 9-6 victory over St. Bonaventure last week. Junior Oliver Hart batted .875 (7-8) with two doubles and a triple to raise his average to .474. Catcher John Puttress is hitting .458 on the year with three doubles and three RBI and freshman Rob Fonseca is batting .304 for the year after hitting .364 last week. Junior pitcher Dylan Maki threw a complete game versus BGSU, allowing just one earned run in a 5-2 triumph and striking out six.
OLD DOMINION (3-7)
The Monarchs fell to Richmond before splitting a doubleheader with Marist last week. In a 6-3 victory over the Red Foxes, Josh Tutwiler knocked in a pair of runs during a four-run 8th inning. ODU is batting just .217 as a team through 10 games. Brandon Smith (2-0) threw three innings of relief and picked up the win versus Marist. He allowed just two hits and struck out five.
The Tigers went 3-0 last week, sweeping a doubleheader from Central Connecticut before winning 9-2 at Navy. Towson's first victory over CCSU was the 600th in the career of coach Mike Gottlieb. Freshman pitcher Taylor Clarke threw a no-hitter for six innings in Towson's 6-0 triumph over CCSU and was three outs away from the first Towson no-hitter in 27 years before giving up a single. Ben Winter batted .500 for the week with three RBI and four runs scored. He scored three times as Towson beat Navy for the first time since 2001. Freshman Brendan Butler batted .400 for the week with four RBI.
The Rams went 3-1 last week, beating Norfolk State for the 1,000th win in program history before taking two of three from Monmouth over the weekend. Sophomore Bill Cullen batted .647 (11-17) for the week with three doubles, two triples and five RBI's. He had two or more hits in all four contests and raised his average to .431 for the season. Junior Blake Hauser has made a smooth transition to the bullpen, not having allowed a run over 8.1 innings in seven appearances. He has fanned 19 of the 27 batters he's faced.
WILLIAM & MARY (7-5)
The Tribe had a perfect 5-0 week, winning 10-2 over VMI before sweeping a four-game series with New York Tech. W&M outscored NYIT 45-3 in the four contests and swept a four-game set for the first time since 2008. Sophomore Ryan Lindemuth batted .500 (9-18) with three doubles, a triple, eight RBI's and 10 runs scored. Freshman Michael Katz hit .350 for the week with eight runs scored and eight RBI. W&M's pitching staff gave up only four earned runs in 43 innings for a 0.84 ERA. Senior Matt Davenport was 2-0 and gave up three runs over 16 innings while striking out 14.