CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Josh Wright, Old Dominion
Jr., SS, Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby
Wright batted .385 with three homers, four runs scored and seven RBI as Old Dominion won two of three games at VCU last weekend. The junior shorstop went deep twice and drove in four in ODU’s 5-3 victory over the Rams on Friday and then belted a 3-run homer as the Monarchs posted an 8-5 victory in Sunday’s series finale.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Logan Billbrough, William & Mary
Sr., RHP, Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto
Billbrough gave up just four hits over seven shutout innings in William & Mary’s 12-1 victory over Hofstra on Saturday. The senior right-hander struck out 10 and extended his scoreless innings streak to 20. Billbrough is 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA for the season.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Pat Fitzgerald, Towson
Fr., 2B, Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall
Fitzgerald batted .357 with five runs scored in Towson’s 4-0 week, which included a three-game sweep of CAA foe Northeastern. He was 4-for-10 against NU and scored the game-tying run in the opener. He also was perfect in 17 chances defensively.
E.J. Stoltzfus, Delaware
Fr., IF, Brigantine, N.J./Holy Spirit
Stoltzfus batted .500 with three runs scored and three RBI in Delaware’s 3-1 week. The freshman infielder was 7-for-13 and drove in a pair of runs as the Blue Hens took two of three from Georgia State over the weekend.
DELAWARE (15-13 overall, 8-4 in CAA)
The Blue Hens remained tied for first in the CAA after taking two of three against Georgia State over the weekend. Delaware, which is off to its best CAA start ever, has already won three conference series this season which matches its total from a year ago. Freshman E.J. Stoltzfus batted .538 (7-13) in the GSU series and drove in two while rookie catcher Dylan Shupe hit .500 with a homer and three RBI last week. Senior Pat Dameron has reached base safely in all 28 games and is batting .365 with 22 RBI for the year. The Hens topped Temple 15-12 last Tuesday in the Liberty Bell Classic and will face Lehigh in the second round on Tuesday. UD won the Liberty Classic Classic last year.
GEORGE MASON (11-17-1 overall, 2-10 in CAA)
The Patriots went 1-3 last week, including a pair of setbacks to JMU over the weekend. Mason pitchers limited the Dukes to a .257 batting average, but JMU stole 17 bases in 18 attempts. Zack Helgeson had his first multi-homer game over the weekend and tops the team with seven homers and 25 RBI for the year. Dan Schafferman continues to swing a hot bat and is among CAA leaders with a .411 batting average. Senior pitcher T.J. O’Grady is having his best season with a 2-1 record and a 2.21 ERA. He is holding foes to a .218 batting average over 20.1 innings.
GEORGIA STATE (22-8 overall, 5-4 in CAA)
The Panthers split four games last week, but dropped two of three in their CAA series at Delaware. Outfielder Brett Maxwell hit .389 (7-18) for the week with two homers, four RBI and six runs scored. Maxwell is batting .404 for the year. Ryan Fleming homered twice in the UD series, including a game-winning 2-run shot in the 9th inning of Sunday’s 10-8 victory. Junior Justin Malone improved to 5-0 with a 3.99 ERA after limiting the Hens to two earned runs over 5.2 innings. Malone fanned seven and didn’t issue a walk. Jake Dyer earned his team-best fifth save on Sunday by working out of a bases loaded jam in the 9th. GSU had its streak of 14 straight games with double-digit hits end last Saturday.
HOFSTRA (5-17 overall, 5-7 in CAA)
The Pride lost three of four last week, including a pair in their CAA series at William & Mary. Outfielder Danny Poma batted .588 (10-17) with two doubles, three RBI, five runs scored and three steals. Poma is on a five-game hitting streak and has 11 multi-hit games this season. Freshman Logan Davis hit .357 with two RBI and three runs scored last week. Sophomore David D’Errico threw his first career complete game in a 6-2 win over W&M, scattering nine hits and allowing just one earned run. D’Errico is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA over his last four starts. Closer Jeff Guthridge has fanned 17 batters in his last 11.1 innings, but had his streak of 9.2 scoreless innings snapped at W&M on Sunday.
JAMES MADISON (20-9 overall, 10-5 in CAA)
The Dukes split four games last week, but stayed tied for first in the CAA after taking two of three at Mason. Junior Jake Lowery hit .307 last week with three homers, four RBI, and seven runs scored. He also walked seven times and stole three bases. Lowery leads the nation in homers (14), runs (42) and slugging percentage (.881). Ian Haynes batted .375 last week and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases. David Herbek hit .389 last week with his 12th homer of the year and nine RBI. Herbek moved into the top 10 in career homers (32) and RBI (161) at JMU. Matt Tenaglia hit .438 with a homer and five runs scored. The Dukes stole 23-of-25 bases last week and now lead Division I in homers (53) and thefts (97).
UNC WILMINGTON (14-11 overall, 6-3 in CAA)
The Seahawks were beaten 20-5 by East Carolina last Tuesday in their only game of the week. Third baseman Matt Campbell extended his hitting streak to 16 games and has reached base safely in all 25 games with the Seahawks. Campbell leads UNCW with a .400 batting average, while Thomas Pope is close behind at .393. Cameron Cockman and Hunter Ridge each had two hits and drove in a run against the Pirates. Senior pitcher Daniel Cropper is off to a 4-0 start with a 2.90 ERA. He has 38 strikeouts in 40.1 innings.
NORTHEASTERN (5-19 overall, 1-8 in CAA)
The Huskies opened the week with a 2-1 victory over Boston College in 11 innings, but were swept in their CAA series at Towson over the weekend. Freshman Aaron Barbosa went 3-for-5 in the BC victory and batted .368 (7-19) for the week. Barbosa is riding a six-game hitting streak and ranks second on the team with a .309 batting average. Senior JT Ross limited BC to just one run on five hits over nine innings, but didn’t get the decision. Dylan Maki picked up the victory against BC after throwing a pair of shutout frames out of the bullpen.
OLD DOMINION (14-15 overall, 7-5 in CAA)
The Monarchs took two of three in their CAA series at VCU over the weekend. Junior Josh Wright batted .385 in the series with three homers and seven RBI. He went deep twice in Friday’s 5-3 victory and hit a three-run shot in Sunday’s 8-5 triumph. Wright leads ODU with nine homers and 26 runs scored. Senior Adam Wisniewski saved both games at VCU and now leads the CAA with eight saves. Freshman Dean Ali threw three shutout innings against the Rams and has a 0.66 ERA in eight CAA relief appearances. Senior Kyle Hald (4-2) struck out 11 over six innings last Friday and has a league-high 62 K’s in 49 innings this season. Hald lowered his ERA to 2.76 for the year.
TOWSON (11-16-1 overall, 6-6 in CAA)
The Tigers extended their winning streak to five after a three-game weekend sweep over Northeastern. It was just Towson’s fourth 3-game sweep of a CAA series since joining the league. Senior Steve Rice hit .357 with three triples and four RBI, while freshman Pat Fitzgerald batted .357 and scored five runs. Senior Austin Harclerode had his 4th career walk-off hit in a 10-9 triumph over UMBC. Towson’s pitchers have a 3.05 ERA over the last 10 games. Reliever Zach Umberger earned a win and a save in the NU series after allowing one run over 3.1 frames. Sophomore Michael Trionfo picked up his first win versus NU, giving up just two runs over eight innings while needing only 77 pitches.
VCU (10-16 overall, 4-5 in CAA)
The Rams were 1-3 last week, including a pair of setbacks against ODU over the weekend. Senior Michael Cheatham batted .667 (8-12) with three doubles, four runs scored and five RBI last week. He had a hit in all four games, including a pair of three-hit outings. Cheatham is hitting .536 with 10 RBI during his current 7-game hitting streak. Juniors John Lenherr (.412, 3 R) and Kyle Sutherland (.429) had solid weeks offensively while freshman Bill Cullen drove in five runs. Sophomore Kyle Haynes limited ODU to a run on four hits over eight innings in VCU’s 13-1 win on Saturday. Haynes fanned seven with no walks.
WILLIAM & MARY (16-15 overall, 9-6 in CAA)
The Tribe won two of three against Hofstra over the weekend to cap a 3-1 week. W&M has four consecutive CAA series for the first time since 2003. Sophomore Ryan Brown batted .600 (6-10) with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. Freshman Ryan Lindemuth hit .385 with four RBI and six runs scored. He also drew walks and was hit by three pitches. Senior Logan Billbrough gave up just four hits over seven shutout innings in a 12-1 win over Hofstra. Billbrough struck out 10 and extended his scoreless innings streak to 20. He is 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA for the year and has 42 K’s in 44.2 innings.