CAA BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Matt Campbell, UNC Wilmington
Jr., 3B, Salisbury, Md./Pitt CC
Campbell batted .600 (12-20) with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six runs scored in UNCW’s 2-2 week. The junior third baseman hit .625 (10-16) as UNCW rallied to take two of three in its CAA series at George Mason to move into a tie for first place.
John Lenherr, VCU
Sr., OF, Windom, Kansas/Johnson County CC
Lenherr batted .615 (8-13) with a double, triple and a team-best seven runs scored as VCU won two of three at Georgia State. The senior outfielder had at least two hits and two runs in all three games and raised his league-leading batting average to .448.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Logan Billbrough, William & Mary
Sr., RHP, Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto
Billbrough fired a complete-game, 1-hit shutout in W&M’s 6-0 victory over Delaware on Saturday. The senior gave up only a second-inning single and faced just 28 batters in the game. Billbrough, who struck out four, improved to 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA.
Charlie Cononie, Towson
Sr., RHP, Germantown, Md./Northwest
Cononie threw a complete-game 2-hit shutout in Towson’s 5-0 triumph at Hofstra on Sunday. The senior allowed two first-inning singles and then no-hit the Pride the rest of the way. Cononie, who struck out eight, improved to 3-2 with a 3.32 ERA.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Chris Ayers, VCU
Fr., DH/C, Chesterfield, Va./Manchester
Ayers batted .438 (7-16) with a double, triple, five runs scored and five RBI as VCU took two of three at Georgia State over the weekend. The freshman went 5-for-6 and drove in four runs as the Rams posted a 17-8 victory in Sunday’s series finale.
DELAWARE (12-12 overall, 6-3 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 2-2 last week, topping rival Delaware State 12-9 before dropping two of three to William & Mary. Senior Steve Ulaky batted .500 (7-14) with two doubles, four homers and nine RBI last week. Ulaky tied a school record with three homers versus DSU, including a pair in the eighth inning as the Hens scored nine times to rally for the win. Ulaky is batting .321 with a team-high 21 RBI on the year. Junior pitcher Eric Young picked up the win in Friday’s 6-2 triumph over the Tribe, allowing just four hits and no earned runs over 6.2 innings. He improved to 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA for the season.
GEORGE MASON (10-14-1 overall, 1-8 in CAA)
The Patriots beat UNC Wilmington 9-7 on Friday for their first CAA victory of the season, but lost a twinbill to the Seahawks on Saturday. Brig Tison and Zack Helgeson each hit better than .400 for the week, while Helgeson and Shane Davis each homered twice. However, Mason’s pitching staff posted a 7.71 ERA in four contests, which also included a 10-6 setback to Georgetown. Pitcher Chris O’Grady allowed just two runs in 5.2 innings versus UNCW on Saturday and has a 2.38 ERA in his last two starts. Second baseman Chris Cook has already been hit by a pitch 16 times this season and is on pace to shatter the school record of 22 set by Evan Howard in 2003.
GEORGIA STATE (20-6 overall, 4-2 in CAA)
The Panthers pushed their school-record winning streak to 11 games with victories over Kennesaw State (6-3) and VCU (11-8) before dropping the final two games of their series with the Rams. Senior Ryan Fleming batted .400 (6-15) for the week with three doubles, a triple, a homer, five RBI and four runs scored. Fleming leads GSU with six homers and 29 RBI on the year. Along with Fleming, Brandon Williams, Mark Micowski and Rob Lind hit over .400 for the week as the Panthers have recorded double-digit hits in 12 straight games. Senior pitcher Will Campbell improved to 5-0 with a 3.13 ERA after limiting KSU to four hits and three runs over 7.1 innings. Pitcher Aidan Francis (4-0) has won eight straight decisions dating back to last season, which is a school record.
HOFSTRA (4-14 overall, 4-5 in CAA)
The Pride captured their first CAA series of the season, taking two of three from Towson. Hofstra won the opener 5-4 in 11 innings on freshman Matt Reistetter’s bases loaded single. T.J. Thomas had two doubles and a triple in the series and drove in all three runs in Saturday’s 3-1 triumph. Jeff Guthridge threw 4.0 innings of 1-hit relief with five strikeouts to get the win on Friday. He hasn’t allowed a run over his last six appearances spanning 8.1 innings. Freshman Brett Schreiber got his first collegiate win and rookie Bryan Verbitsky picked up his first career save on Saturday as both worked two shutout innings.
JAMES MADISON (18-7 overall, 8-4 in CAA)
The Dukes went 3-2 last week, but lost two of three to ODU to snap an 11-series winning streak versus CAA foes that dated back to the end of the 2009 season. Senior David Herbek batted .450 (9-20) with four homers, four doubles, eight runs scored and nine RBI. Herbek, who was also 4-for-4 in stolen bases, is tied for the national lead in home runs with 11 along with teammate Jake Lowery. Freshman Tyler McFarland hit .476 (10-21) for the week, while Matt Tenaglia had five hits in Saturday’s doubleheader to break a 2-for-43 slump. Pitcher Alex Valadja improved to 3-1 after allowing just one run on four hits over 7.0 innings against ODU on Saturday. At one point he recorded 12 straight outs.
UNC WILMINGTON (14-10 overall, 6-3 in CAA)
The Seahawks split four games last week, but rallied to sweep a Saturday doubleheader at George Mason to remain tied for first in the CAA. Junior Matt Campbell batted .600 (12-20) for the week with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six runs scored. He hit .625 (10-16) in the Mason series to raise his average to .406. Shortstop Jake Koenig hit .583 as UNCW recorded a .379 team batting average for the week. Sophomore closer Blaze Tart limited Mason to one hit and fanned eight in a five-inning relief stint as the Seahawks rallied from a 6-0 deficit to win 7-6 in the series finale. Jack Lane tossed a career-high six innings of relief in the series opener and held the Patriots to two runs on four hits.
NORTHEASTERN (4-16 overall, 1-5 in CAA)
The Huskies won the middle game of a their three-game series at Richmond over the weekend. Junior pitcher Andrew Leenhouts was outstanding in NU’s 3-1 triumph on Saturday, limiting the Spiders to two hits over seven innings while fanning seven. It was his first complete game of the year. Catcher John Putress batted .333 with a double and five RBI in the series. Freshman outfielder Aaron Barbosa went 5-for-9 in Saturday’s doubleheader at UR and scored four runs. He also stole his seventh base of the season.
OLD DOMINION (12-14 overall, 5-4 in CAA)
The Monarchs went 2-2 last week, but won two of three at JMU over the weekend to move over .500 in CAA play. Senior outfielder Nate Hartman batted .462 for the week while Josh Wright belted a pair of homers as he played near his hometown of Bridgewater. Chris Baker went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in a 10-8 win in the series finale. Baker leads ODU with a .321 average and 29 RBI. Freshman Dean Ali threw 5.2 innings out of the bullpen last week, including over four innings of shutout relief against JMU. Adam Wisniewski picked up saves in both victories at JMU and leads the CAA with six.
TOWSON (7-16-1 overall, 3-6 in CAA)
The Tigers won the finale of a three-game CAA series at Hofstra, 5-0, on Sunday after dropping two games at 3rd-ranked Virginia earlier in the week. Senior Charlie Cononie threw a complete-game 2-hit shutout versus the Pride with eight strikeouts. After giving up a pair of first-inning singles, Cononie no-hit Hofstra the rest of the way and posted the first complete-game shutout by a Towson pitcher since 2008. He is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in his last five appearances. Chris Wychock became the 15th player in school history with 200 career hits. Freshman Dominic Fratantuono batted a team-best .444 at Hofstra.
VCU (9-13 overall, 3-3 in CAA)
The Rams won two out of three at Georgia State over the weekend, snapping the Panthers’ 11-game winning streak. VCU batted .405 against the CAA’s ERA leader and is now hitting .345 in league play. Senior John Lenherr batted .615 (8-13) and had at least two hits and two runs in all three games. Lenherr tops the conference with a .448 average. Junior Kyle Sutherland hit .636 (7-11) with a pair of doubles, while freshmen Chris Ayers (.438, 5 RBI) and Joey Cujas (.429, 5 RBI) also had big series. Closer Jonathan Watson was 1-0 and didn’t allow a run over three innings in two appearances.
WILLIAM & MARY (13-14 overall, 7-5 in CAA)
The Tribe was 3-1 last week, including a pair of victories in their CAA series at Delaware. Senior Logan Billbrough threw a complete-game 1-hit shutout in Saturday’s 6-0 win with four strikeouts. Billbrough allowed only a single in the second inning and faced just 28 batters in the game to improve to 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA. Junior Tadd Bower led W&M offensively, batting .308 with a grand slam. He also drove in the game-winning in a 4-3 triumph in Saturday’s second game. Bower is batting .326 with a team-high 19 RBI. Shortstop Derrick Osteen tops W&M with a .341 batting average.