CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Mark Micowski, Georgia State
Sr., OF, Haddam, Conn./Xavier H.S.
Micowski batted .550 (11-20) with four doubles, 12 runs scored and eight RBI in Georgia State’s 5-0 week. The senior outfielder had a .654 on-base percentage after drawing five walks and he also stole four bases. For the season, Micowski is batting .337 with 22 runs scored and 22 RBI.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
D.J. Brown, James Madison
So., RHP, Locust Grove, Va./Orange County
Brown pitched his first career complete game, allowing only an unearned run in JMU’s 4-1 victory at VCU on Sunday. The sophomore right-hander gave up just seven singles and struck out a career-high nine. Brown retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced.
Brett Koehler, William & Mary
So., RHP, Glen Gardner, N.J./Voorhees
Koehler gave up just two hits and no runs in eight innings of work over three appearances last week. The sophomore earned a save in W&M’s 8-5 victory over George Mason on Friday and picked up the win in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph in 11 innings. Koehler struck out 10 and didn’t issue a walk last week.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Chad Kuhl, Delaware
Fr., RHP, Bear, Del./Middletown
Kuhl threw seven shutout innings and allowed only four hits in Delaware’s 7-2 victory at Hofstra on Sunday. The freshman right-hander struck out seven in earning the first win of his collegiate career.
DELAWARE (10-10 overall, 5-1 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 4-1 last week, including winning two of three at Hofstra over the weekend. Delaware is off to its best-ever CAA start with a 5-1 mark. Senior Nick Ferdinand batted .500 (8-16) with a homer, six RBI and six runs scored last week. Senior Pat Dameron became the 34th player in school history with 200 career hits with a double against Delaware State last Wednesday. Dameron is batting .400 for the season with 15 RBI. Freshman pitcher Chad Kuhl allowed just four hits over seven shutout innings at Hofstra on Sunday to earn his first collegiate win. Kuhl struck out seven. Rookie Dan Gatto picked up his first win versus DSU after throwing five shutout innings and fanning seven.
GEORGE MASON (9-11-1 overall, 0-6 in CAA)
The Patriots dropped four road games last week, including being swept at William & Mary. Mason has gone 0-8-1 since starting 9-3. Mason played without top hitter Dan Schafferman (.440, 20 RBI) and starter Jake Leonardo last week due to injuries. Freshman Blaise Fernandez is hitting .306 in 17 games while rookie pitcher Jake Kalish is 1-1 with a save and a 2.70 ERA in nine appearances. Junior pitcher A.J. Johnson allowed two runs over 7.1 innings at W&M on Sunday and is 2-1 with a league-best 1.27 ERA for the season. Starter Chris O’Grady limited W&M to one run on four hits over six innings on Saturday and struck out seven, but didn’t get a decision in the 2-1 extra-inning setback.
GEORGIA STATE (18-4 overall, 3-0 in CAA)
The Panthers are on a school-record nine-game winning streak after going 5-0 last week to complete a 9-0 homestand. Senior Mark Micowski batted .550 (11-20) with four doubles, 12 runs scored and eight RBI last week. He’s hitting .337 with 22 runs and 22 RBI on the year. Senior Rob Lind set a school record by reaching base 16 consecutive times, going 6-for-6 with 10 walks. He fell just two shy of the NCAA record of 18. Junior Brandon Williams hit .500 (9-18) with nine RBI and six runs scored last week and is batting .390 for the season. Senior Will Campbell and junior Justin Malone each picked up wins last week and both are now 4-0 with identical 3.00 ERA’s for the season. Coach Greg Frady earned his 150th victory at GSU in Sunday’s win over Murray State.
HOFSTRA (2-13 overall, 2-4 in CAA)
The Pride lost three of four last week, but picked up a 4-2 win over Delaware on Friday for their second CAA victory. Sophomore pitcher David D’Errico allowed just five hits and two runs over 7.2 innings to earn his second straight win. D’Errico took a two-hit shutout into the eighth. T.J. Thomas batted .500 (7-14) with three runs scored last week, while Joe Perez hit .385 with two doubles, a homer and five runs scored. Freshman Kenny Jackson batted .444 (4-9) and drove in three. Closer Jeff Guthridge allowed just one hit and struck out eight over 3.2 innings in three appearances last week. He earned a save versus UD.
JAMES MADISON (15-5 overall, 7-2 in CAA)
The Dukes split four road games last week, falling 7-3 at #5 Virginia before taking two of three at VCU for their 11th consecutive CAA series win. Senior David Herbek batted .385 (5-13) with a double, homer and five RBI. Catcher Jake Lowery leads the CAA in hits (32), runs (29), homers (9), RBI (32) and slugging (.889). Sophmore pitcher D.J. Brown threw his first complete game in Sunday’s 4-1 win at VCU, allowing only an unearned run and seven singles over nine frames while fanning a career-high nine batters. He retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. Senior Alex Valadja went a career-best seven innings at VCU on Friday and tied a career high with nine strikeouts.
UNC WILMINGTON (12-8 overall, 4-2 in CAA)
The Seahawks went 2-3 last week, but dropped two of three at CAA foe Towson. Junior Thomas Pope, who earned National Player of the Week honors from CollegeBaseballInsider.com on March 15, batted .421 with a homer, five runs and five RBI last week. He leads the CAA with a .451 average and is on an 11-game hitting streak along with Matt Campbell. Senior Daniel Cropper threw his third career complete game at Towson on Saturday, limiting the Tigers to a pair of runs on five hits while striking out eight. He is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA for the year. UNCW committed 11 errors last week which led to 17 unearned runs.
NORTHEASTERN (3-14 overall, 1-5 in CAA)
The Huskies dropped three of four last week, but earned a 7-4 victory at ODU on Friday for their first CAA win. Junior Matt Miller batted .438 (7-16) with three runs scored and an RBI last week. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games before having it snapped on Sunday. Freshman Jimmy Filter returned to the lineup and hit .313 (5-16) a double, triple and five RBI. Sophomore pitcher Chris Carmain threw six innings in three appearances out of the bullpen and gave up just one run on four hits while fanning nine.
OLD DOMINION (10-12 overall, 3-3 in CAA)
The Monarchs evened their CAA record at 3-3 after winning the final two games of their weekend series with Northeastern. Junior pitcher Ben Tomchick improved to 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA after striking out a career-high nine batters over seven innings in a 10-3 triumph over NU on Saturday. Outfielder Nate Hartman drove in six runs last week, including four in the first two games with NU. Shortstop Josh Wright was 3-for-5 with a single, double, homer and two RBI in Sunday’s 8-4 triumph against the Huskies. Junior Chris Baker is batting a team-best .326 with nine doubles and 26 RBI, which ranks 2nd in the CAA.
TOWSON (6-12-1 overall, 2-4 in CAA)
The Tigers went 2-3 last week, but captured two of three from UNC Wilmington over the weekend. Sophomore Andrew Parker batted .455 and scored four runs in the UNCW series, while freshman Dominic Fratantuono hit .333 versus the Seahawks with three runs scored and two RBI. Senior pitcher Charlie Cononie (2-2) picked up the win against UNCW on Sunday, allowing two earned runs on eight hits over a career-best eight innings. He matched a career high with nine strikeouts. Towson turned the second triple play in school history against Marist last Tuesday. The Tigers were 11-for-11 stealing bases last week.
VCU (7-12 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Rams posted a 2-3 mark last week, including dropping two of three to JMU in their opening CAA series. Senior John Lenherr batted .409 (9-22) with a pair of doubles, a triple and five runs scored. He had at least two hits in four of the five games to raise his average to .419. Junior Kyle Sutherland made four starts at catcher and hit .400 with four RBI while Taylor Perkins batted .316 and drove in six. Pitcher David Benson went 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in a pair of starts last week. He tossed 6.0 innings and fanned seven in both outings. Kyle Haynes gave up one run in six frames to get the win versus JMU on Saturday.
WILLIAM & MARY (10-13 overall, 5-4 in CAA)
The Tribe went 4-1 last week, highlighted by a sweep of George Mason for the first time since 1997. Junior Chris Forsten batted .615 (8-13) with a double, two RBI and four runs scored. His walk-off single in the 11th gave W&M a 2-1 victory over Mason on Saturday. Freshman Ryan Lindemuth hit .333 (6-18) and drove in three. Sophomore Brett Koehler gave up just two hits and no runs in eight innings of work last week. He picked up a win and a save in three appearances. Pitcher Cole Shain surrendered just one run over six innings in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Mason and lowered his ERA to 3.07.