CAA Baseball Weekly Report - March 18
Michael Bass, UNCW
Sr., IF, Fairmont, N.C./Fairmont
Bass batted .625 (10-16) with six runs scored and seven RBI's in UNCW's 3-1 week. He had a game-tying 3-run homer in a win over Coastal Carolina and hit .714 with three runs and three RBI's in two games at JMU. Bass is on a 15-game hitting streak.
Dominic Fratantuono, Towson
Jr., OF, Linthicum, Md./Cardinal Gibbons
Fratantuono batted .545 with three doubles, a homer, eight runs scored and 11 RBI's in Towson's 4-1 week, which included a three-game sweep at Hofstra. He had multiple hits and multiple RBI's in four of the five games and has reached base in 18 straight games.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
John Farrell, William & Mary
Sr., RHP, Andover, Mass./Andover
Farrell allowed only five hits over 8.0 shutout innings in William & Mary's 9-0 victory at Delaware last Saturday. He struck out eight and walked only two while improving his record to 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA for the season.
Isaac Lippert, Northeastern
So., LHP, Devon, Pa./Conestoga
Lippert gave up just three hits over 7.0 shutout innings in Northeastern's 10-1 win over ACC foe Boston College last Wednesday. He struck out two and walked one. Lippert faced just 23 batters over the seven frames.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Josh Merrigan, Georgia State
Fr., OF, Marietta, Ga./Walton
Merrigan batted .364 with a homer, four runs scored and three RBI's in Georgia State's three-game sweep of Old Dominion. The freshman was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI's in a 13-8 triumph over the Monarchs last Friday.
DELAWARE (10-8, 3-3 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 2-3 last week, including losses in the final two games of their CAA series with W&M. Delaware posted a 20-3 victory over W&M in Friday's opener and then scored two runs over the final 21 innings vs. the Tribe. Jimmy Yezzo batted .444 for the week with a double, homer and eight RBI's. He's hitting .432 for the season. Joe Giacchino batted .368 and scored seven runs from the leadoff spot. Cameron Travalini had a career-high four hits and four runs in the win over W&M and Brock Niggebrugge drove in four runs. Chad Kuhl improved to 3-1 after giving up a run on seven hits over 6.2 innings against W&M. He struck out five and dropped his ERA to 2.80.
GEORGE MASON (9-10, 3-3 in CAA)
The Patriots dropped a pair of non-conference games to Richmond before winning two of three from Northeastern to even their CAA record at 3-3. Junior Anthony Montefusco picked up the victory on Saturday after scattering six hits and giving up just one earned run in a 3-2 triumph. He didn't allow an extra base hit and improved to 2-2. Montefusco also batted .556 (5-9) with two doubles and an RBI in three games last week. Freshman Derek Evans was 3-for-4 with a game-winning homer in the 8th to give Mason a 3-2 victory on Sunday. Pitcher Jake Kalish allowed six hits and two runs over 7.0 innings.
GEORGIA STATE (14-6, 5-1 in CAA)
The Panthers moved into first place in the CAA following a three-game sweep of Old Dominion. GSU has won five in a row and 10 of its last 12. Shortstop Chad Prain hit .643 (9-14) with a homer, six RBI's and three runs scored vs. ODU and leads the league with a .474 average. Chase Raffield hit a two-run walk-off homer on Saturday as GSU rallied from a 10-1 deficit to win 12-10. Freshman Josh Merrigan hit .364 and drove in three last week and is batting .410 for the season. Closer Connor Stanley finished all three victories against ODU and picked up a win and a save. He's 2-0 with 2 saves and a 2.43 ERA.
HOFSTRA (4-14, 0-6 in CAA)
The Pride picked up a 6-2 win over Farmingdale State but was swept in its three-game CAA series with Towson. First baseman Jared Hammer batted .467 with six RBI's for the week. TJ Ehrsam moved into the starting lineup and hit .455 and scored three times. Nick Kozlowski threw well against Farmingdale, striking out a career-high seven batters of five innings. Hofstra has given up double-digit runs in all six CAA losses this season.
JAMES MADISON (11-7, 4-1 in CAA)
The Dukes ran their winning streak to nine with victories over VMI (11-8) and UNCW (17-5) before losing 9-1 to the Seahawks on Saturday. JMU averaged 11.8 runs during the 9-game streak and eight games with 10+ runs. Senior Johnny Bladel hit .545 with a double, homer and five runs scored last week. Matt Tenaglia batted .500 and drove in four. Casey Goss went 5-for-5 with three runs and three RBI's vs. VMI and batted .462 for the week. Sophomore lefty Luke Drayer held UNCW to two hits over 5.1 innings and had a career-high six strikeouts on Saturday, but took the loss.
UNCW (12-7, 1-1 in CAA)
The Seahawks had impressive non-conference wins over Elon (7-3) and Coastal Carolina (13-7) before splitting their CAA series at JMU. Senior Michael Bass batted .625 (10-16) with six runs scored and seven RBI's last week. He raised his average to .443 and is riding a 15-game hitting streak. Ryan LaGrange batted .500 with five runs scored and five RBI last week and pushed his hitting streak to eight games. Junior Blaze Tart limited Elon to three unearned runs and four hits over 7.0 innings while fanning six. Jordan Ramsey allowed one run over 6.0 innings to get the win at JMU. He has a 0.38 ERA over his last 28.2 innings. Coach Mark Scalf won his 700th career game against Elon.
NORTHEASTERN (10-8, 2-4 in CAA)
The Huskies knocked off ACC foe Boston College (10-1), but lost two of three at George Mason over the weekend. Junior Connor Lyons batted .352 with three RBI's and four runs scored. He was 3-for-5 with two RBI's and two runs in a 12-5 win at Mason on Friday. Aaron Barbosa is on a season-best seven-game hitting streak. Michael Foster has five doubles this season, all of which came in four straight games from March 9-15. Lefty Isaac Lippert won his first game of the year after holding BC to three hits over 7.0 shutout innings. He struck out two and only faced 23 batters in the seven frames.
OLD DOMINION (9-9, 2-4 in CAA)
The Monarchs picked up a 5-3 win at East Carolina before falling 5-0 at #17 N.C. State and getting swept in a 3-game series at CAA foe Georgia State. Josh Eldridge drove in a pair of runs at ECU and leads the team with 18 RBI's for the season. Junior Ben Verlander hit two more homers last week and scored five runs. He's hitting a team-best .404 and is tied for the CAA lead with six homers. Freshman outfielder Connor Myers had eight hits and batted .400 last week.
TOWSON (11-7, 4-2 in CAA)
The Tigers went 4-1 last week, including a three-game road sweep of CAA foe Hofstra. It was the first time Towson had swept a CAA road series since 2003 and it upped their road mark to 9-3 this season. Towson batted .365 for the weekend and scored 43 runs. Junior Dominic Fratantuono hit .545 (12-22) with three doubles, a homer, eight runs scored and 11 RBI's. He had multiple RBI's in four of the five games and has a hit in 17 of 18 games this season. Senior lefty Mike Ryan improved to 5-1 on Sunday and lowered his ERA to 2.71. Towson led the nation with 20 double plays over the first 13 games.
WILLIAM & MARY (12-8, 2-1 in CAA)
The Tribe won the final two games of their CAA series at Delaware after dropping their first three contests last week. Senior pitcher John Farrell allowed just five hits over 8.0 shutout innings as W&M beat UD 9-0 on Saturday. He struck out eight and improved to 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA for the season. Ryan Lindemuth was 4-for-6 and scored twice in the victory, while Jackson Shaver doubled and drove in three. In Sunday's 4-2 win over the Hens, Jason Inghram gave up only four hits and struck out nine.