CAA Baseball Weekly Report - May 20
CAA BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Nick Ferdinand, Delaware
Sr., OF, Bensalem, Pa./Archbishop Ryan
Ferdinand batted .417 with a double, four home runs, five runs scored and seven RBI’s as Delaware won two of three over James Madison last week. The senior went deep three times and drove in five in Friday’s 12-4 victory over the Dukes and was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI’s in Thursday’s 8-7 win. He leads the CAA with 14 homers.
Kurt Wertz, Towson
Jr., DH, South Williamsport, Pa./South Williamsport
Wertz batted .333 with three home runs, five runs scored and eight RBI’s as Towson took two of three from Northeastern last weekend. The junior went deep twice, including a grand slam, in Thursday’s 14-1 win. In Friday’s 7-6 triumph, his three-run homer gave the Tigers the lead and he scored the game-winning run in the 9th.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Jason Inghram, William & Mary
So., LHP, Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield
Inghram allowed just one hit over 7.0 shutout innings in William & Mary’s 14-0 victory over Georgia State last Friday. The sophomore left-hander retired the Panthers in order five times and surrendered only a third-inning single to improve his record to 8-5 and lower his ERA to 2.53. Inghram is second in the CAA with 94 strikeouts.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Hissey, William & Mary
Fr., C, West Chester, Pa./Unionville
Hissey batted .538 (7-13) with a double and four RBI’s as William & Mary won two of three over Georgia State last week. The freshman catcher slugged .615 in the series and went 3-for-5 in both victories.
FIELD SET FOR CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: The field is set for the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship, which will be held May 22-25 at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. On Wednesday, #4 Towson faces #5 Northeastern at Noon, followed by #3 Delaware against #6 James Madison at 3:30 p.m. Top-seeded UNCW and #2 William & Mary earned first-round byes and will begin action on Thursday in the double-elimination event. All games of the CAA Championship will be broadcast live for free in high definition on CAA.TV and will be available on select CAA mobile apps.
DELAWARE (33-20, 15-12 in CAA)
The Blue Hens secured the #3 seed by winning the first two games of their series with JMU last weekend. Nick Ferdinand hit three homers and drove in five in Thursday’s 12-4 win and also had a homer and two RBI’s in Friday’s 8-7 victory. He was chose as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball for his performance. Jimmy Yezzo tops the CAA in batting (.406), RBI’s (63), doubles (27) and slugging (.719). Chad Kuhl improved to 10-2 by picking up the win on Thursday. He’s the first UD pitcher since 2001 to record double-digit wins in a season. Adam Davis allowed four runs over 7.0 innings and fanned seven to get his fifth victory on Friday.
GEORGE MASON (18-35, 7-20 in CAA)
The Patriots lost two of three to Connecticut, but won 4-3 in Saturday’s finale. Josh Leemhuis was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s in the victory. Anthony Montefusco earned the win after giving up just two hits over 7.0 shutout innings and striking out eight. He retired 10 straight batters from the fourth to seventh innings and evened his record at 5-5 for the year. Tanner Love threw 4.0 shutout innings out of the bullpen in Friday’s loss to UConn.
GEORGIA STATE (35-21, 14-13 in CAA)
The Panthers dropped two of three at William & Mary, posting a 12-4 victory in Game 2. Georgia State finished with 35 wins, which is the third-highest total in school history and the second-most in the regular season. Freshman Matt Rose batted .364 with a homer in the series and also got the win on the mound after allowing eight hits and four runs over 5.2 innings with five strikeouts. Chad Prain finished with 89 hits, which was two shy of the GSU season record. Josh Merrigan batted .353 with 36 RBI and 52 runs scored. He’s second among all freshmen nationally in hits and runs and fourth in batting average.
HOFSTRA (26-27, 11-16 in CAA)
The Pride swept a doubleheader (1-0, 5-1) from first-place UNCW on Friday, but fell just short of a CAA Tournament berth after a 12-10, 10-inning loss to the Seahawks on Saturday. Nick Kozlowski and Brett Schreiber combined on a four-hit shutout in Friday’s opener. In Game 2, Bryan Verbitsky had a no-hitter through the first five innings and gave up just a run over six frames with six strikeouts. John Tiedemann didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings. Kenny Jackson batted .364 with a double, homer, four runs scored and five RBI’s in the series. He scored the game’s only run in the opener, drove in a run in Game 2 and was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the finale. HU’s pitching staff set a season record with 365 strikeouts. The Pride went 23-16 after a 3-11 start.
JAMES MADISON (24-28, 11-15 in CAA)
The Dukes split four games last week and earned the #6 seed for the CAA Tournament after beating Delaware 11-6 on Saturday. Ty McFarland batted .533 (8-15) with a homer, six runs scored and four RBI’s. He also drew five walks. Casey Goss hit .500 and also homered. Freshman J.T. Root scattered five hits over 5.0 shutout innings and fanned four in a 13-4 victory over Liberty last Tuesday. Freshman Mark Gunst limited UD to one hit over the final 5.2 innings on Thursday. Johnny Bladel worked a career-long 7.2 innings and fanned six in Saturday’s victory at UD. Bladel also walked twice last week to raise his league-leading total to 50 for the season. JMU hit 12 homers in its final nine games.
UNCW (37-19, 18-8 in CAA)
The Seahawks went 1-3 last week, but still earned the #1 seed in the CAA Tournament for the second year in a row and the eighth time overall. UNCW homered four times in Saturday’s 12-10 win over Hofstra, including a game-winning 2-run shot from Luke Dunlap. UNCW also got two homers from Tyler Molinaro and one from Ryan LaGrange. Mat Batts gave up just five hits and an unearned run in his sixth complete game of the year but suffered a 1-0 loss to HU on Friday. Batts tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and has a CAA-best 106 for the season. Justin Livengood gave up just one hit in 5.0 shutout innings of relief, while Blaze Tart allowed four hits over 4.1 frames and got the win over HU.
NORTHEASTERN (28-24, 12-15 in CAA)
The Huskies locked up the #5 seed in the CAA Tournament with a 6-3 victory at Towson on Saturday. Rob Fonseca had a homer and two RBI’s in the win and he also homered in a 7-6 setback on Friday. Left-hander Kevin Ferguson scattered six hits and gave up three runs in his third complete-game effort on Saturday. He tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and upped his record to 7-4. Ferguson’s 89 strikeouts for the season are the fifth-most in NU history. Michael Foster saw his his 11-game hitting streak come to an end on Saturday. NU belted six homers in the series at Towson.
OLD DOMINION (30-24, 15-12 in CAA)
The Monarchs closed the season with a 3-1 week, beating Longwood (9-8) before taking two games at Wofford (13-10, 8-1). Junior Ben Slaton batted .467 and drove in eight last week, including a career-high six RBI’s in Friday’s win at Wofford. Austin McGowan hit .625 over the four games with five RBI. Josh Eldridge was 4-for-6 with two homers and four runs scored in 13-10 victory at WU, while Ben Verlander smacked his 11th homer. Five ODU pitchers held the Terriers without an earned run on Saturday. ODU reached 30 wins for the first time since 2011 and had 20 victories at home.
TOWSON (25-28, 14-13 in CAA)
The Tigers earned the #4 seed in the CAA Tournament after winning two of three over Northeastern. Kurt Wertz batted .333 with three homers, five runs scored and eight RBI’s. Wertz belted a grand slam in the opener, had a three-run homer that gave Towson the lead in Game 2 and then scored the winning run in the ninth on a Brendan Butler single in the ninth. The Tigers’ 14-13 CAA record is their best since going 13-11 in 2005. Towson leads the nation with a school-record 74 double plays in 53 games. The Tigers, who are making their fifth CAA Tournament appearance, reached the championship game in 2005 and 2008.
WILLIAM & MARY (35-20, 17-10 in CAA)
The Tribe went 3-1 last week, including winning two of three against GSU to earn the #2 seed and a first-round bye in the CAA Tournament. Ryan Lindemuth batted .583 against GSU with three doubles, four runs and six RBI’s. Freshman Ryan Hissey hit .538 and drove in four during the series and Jackson Shaver belted a grand slam in Thursday’s 15-3 win. John Farrell upped his record to 10-2 with a victory on Thursday, while Jason Inghram gave up just one hit over 7.0 shutout innings and fanned 10 in Friday’s 14-0 triumph. W&M’s 35 wins are just two shy of the school record of 37. The 17 CAA victories are a school record and the second-place finish is the best ever for the Tribe.