CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Thomas Pope, UNC Wilmington
Jr., C/OF, Clinton, N.C./Clinton
Pope batted .632 (12-19) with four doubles, nine RBI and three runs scored in UNCW’s 5-0 week. The junior had multiple hits in each game, including a pair of three-hit contests, and drove in at least two runs in four of the five games. For the season, Pope leads the CAA with a .462 batting average.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Cole Shain, William & Mary
Jr., LHP, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Shain scattered five hits over seven shutout innings in William & Mary’s 4-0 victory at Old Dominion last Sunday. The junior lefty struck out seven and walked one to improve to 1-3 on the season with a 3.47 ERA.
Ben Tomchick, Old Dominion
Jr., RHP, Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Tomchick gave up just three hits over seven scoreless innings in ODU’s 12-5 triumph over William & Mary last Saturday. The junior right-hander struck out eight and walked two. Tomchick is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA this season.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Matt Reistetter, Hofstra
Fr., C, Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge
Reistetter batted .429 (3-7) in Hofstra’s three-game series at James Madison. The freshman catcher had a two-run single that plated the winning runs in the Pride’s 4-3 victory at JMU last Friday. He was also 2-for-4 on Sunday and threw out a pair of would-be base stealers defensively.
DELAWARE (6-9 overall, 3-0 in CAA)
The Blue Hens opened CAA play with a three-game sweep of George Mason, which included a pair of extra-inning victories. It’s the first time since 2001 as an America East member that Delaware has started league action with a sweep. Senior Pat Dameron batted .333 (5-15) with six RBI in the series, including a walk-off three-run homer in the 11th inning of UD’s 10-7 triumph over Mason on Friday. Dameron is batting a team-best .386 with 14 RBI for the season. Steve Ulaky doubled to lead off the 10th and came around to score the winning run in Sunday’s 5-4 victory.
GEORGE MASON (9-7-1 overall, 0-3 in CAA)
The Patriots went 0-4-1 last week, including dropping all three at CAA foe Delaware over the weekend. Mason twice surrendered a lead in the eighth or ninth inning and stranded 56 runners on base during the week. Jeremy Haas went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI versus UD on Saturday, while Dan Schafferman hit a pair of doubles and drove in three in Friday’s 11-inning loss to the Hens. Schafferman is second in the CAA with a .449 batting average and has driven in a team-high 20 runs. Brig Tison had at least one hit in all three games at UD and is batting .395. Pitcher A.J. Johnson allowed just one earned run on six hits over seven innings on Sunday. For the season, Johnson is 2-0 with a league-best 0.86 ERA in 21 innings of work.
GEORGIA STATE (13-4 overall, 3-0 in CAA)
The Panthers won all four of their games last week, capped by a series sweep of CAA foe Towson. It was GSU’s first series win over the Tigers since 2007. Senior Ryan Fleming batted .400 with six RBI, five runs scored and 10 walks last week. He had a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning of Friday’s 6-5 win over Towson, a game-winning RBI double in the 8th inning of Saturday’s 5-4 triumph and smacked a 3-run homer in the first inning of Sunday’s 9-6 win over TU. Senior Rob Lind batted .600, drew nine walks and scored four runs last week. Senior Brett Maxwell is batting a team-best .442 with seven doubles. Senior Aidan Francis didn’t allow a hit in three innings of work in a 7-1 win over UNCA.
HOFSTRA (1-10 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Pride picked up their first victory of the season last Friday, knocking off James Madison 4-3 in their CAA opener. It was Hofstra’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2006. Shortstop Matt Ford batted .500 (6-12) in the series with a homer, two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. Dylan Nasiatka hit .545 (6-11) with a homer and three RBI and freshman catcher Matt Reistetter batted .429 with a pair of RBI and threw out 2-of-4 would-be base stealers. Sophomore pitcher David D’Errico earned the win on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out three and only gave up five singles.
JAMES MADISON (13-3 overall, 5-1 in CAA)
The Dukes went 2-2 last week, but took two of three from Hofstra to capture their 10th straight CAA series dating back to last season. Sophomore Bradley Shaban went 8-for-9 with a pair of homers in JMU’s two victories, matching his career high with four hits in each game. Junior Ian Haynes belted a game-winning 3-run homer in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 13-12 win over the Pride. Catcher Jake Lowery hit his league-leading ninth homer on Friday and also continues to top the CAA in runs (26) and RBI (30). Junior pitcher Scott Mayer picked up his first win on Sunday, escaping from a bases loaded jam in the eighth before retiring the Pride in order in the ninth.
UNC WILMINGTON (10-5 overall, 3-0 in CAA)
The Seahawks ran their winning streak to six with a 5-0 week that included a sweep of CAA foe Northeastern. Junior Thomas Pope batted .632 (12-19) last week with nine RBI. He had at least two hits in all five games and drove in two runs in four of them. Pope tops the CAA with a .462 batting average. UNCW tallied seven doubles in Sunday’s 11-2 triumph over NU, which was the most since getting a school-record nine versus W&M in 2007. The Seahawks’ bullpen has given up just one unearned run in the last 30 innings and is limiting opponents to a .140 batting average. Sophomore Blaze Tart saved three of the five wins last week and has five saves for the year. He surrendered just one walk over three innings in three appearances.
NORTHEASTERN (2-11 overall, 0-3 in CAA)
The Huskies dropped all three games in their opening CAA series at UNC Wilmington. Senior Jeff Dunlap batted .444 (4-9) in the series with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI. NU got a solid pitching performance from junior Andrew Leenhouts in Saturday’s 5-2 setback as he gave up only one earned run on five hits over six innings.
OLD DOMINION (8-9 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Monarchs lost four of five last week, including a pair in their three-game series with William & Mary. ODU won Saturday’s game with the Tribe 12-5 as junior pitcher Ben Tomchick gave up just three hits over seven shutout innings and struck out eight. Tomchick is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA for the season and has issued only six walks in 25.1 frames. Freshman pitcher Dean Ali threw six scoreless innings and allowed three hits in a 6-1, 11-inning loss to Penn State. Freshman Joey Burney homered twice and drove in four in Saturday’s win over the Tribe and Josh Wright also went deep and had four RBI.
TOWSON (4-9-1 overall, 0-3 in CAA)
The Tigers battled to an 8-8 tie in their home opener versus Navy before losing three games by a total of five runs in their opening CAA series at Georgia State. Sophomore catcher Andrew Parker batted .533 for the week, including .778 (7-9) in the GSU series with two doubles, a homer and three RBI. Parker is hitting .364 for the year and has thrown out 14-of-27 runners trying to steal. Senior Nick Natoli extended his hitting streak to 10 games last week and leads the team with a .367 average. Senior Chris Wychock became the fifth Towson player with 50 career doubles and is now 11 hits shy of 200 for his career.
VCU (5-9 overall, 0-3 in CAA)
The Rams lost three of four in non-conference action last week, earning a 10-3 win over Holy Cross on Friday. Junior pitcher Seth Cutler-Voltz gave up just one run over six innings to earn the victory. Senior David Benson threw six scoreless frames and fanned nine in a 6-1 loss to Longwood. Sophomore Nick Kime batted .500 (7-14) with two doubles and two RBI last week. He had multiple hits in three of the Rams’ four games. Freshman Joey Cujas’ first career homer was a grand slam in a 16-14 loss to Princeton on Sunday. Michael Cheatham hit .500 with three RBI and Paul Nice batted .429 with three RBI.
WILLIAM & MARY (6-12 overall, 2-4 in CAA)
The Tribe went 4-1 last week, including a pair of wins in their three-game CAA series at ODU. Senior Derrick Osteen batted .500 (10-20) and drove in two runs. Junior lefty Cole Shain threw seven shutout innings in W&M’s 4-0 win at ODU on Sunday, allowing just five hits while fanning seven. Sophomore pitcher Brett Koehler tossed 7.1 innings in three relief appearances last week and gave up just two hits while striking out 10. He picked up a save in each of the Tribe’s victories at ODU. Sophomore Tadd Bower was 2-for-4 with two RBI in Friday’s 4-3 triumph versus the Monarchs last Friday.