CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Thomas Pope, UNC Wilmington
Jr., OF/DH, Clinton, N.C./Clinton
Pope batted .556 (10-19) with nine runs scored and seven RBI in UNCW’s five games last week. The junior hit .700 (7-10) and drove in seven as the Seahawks won two of three at Hofstra over the weekend, including a grand slam in Friday’s 11-6 win. Pope, who also walked four times, leads the CAA with a .423 batting average.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Justin Malone, Georgia State
Jr., RHP, Abingdon, Va./Abingdon
Malone threw a complete-game, 4-hit shutout in Georgia State’s 5-0 victory at Northeatern last Sunday. It was the first career complete game for the junior right-hander, who struck out five, walked one and surrendered just four singles. Malone, who is GSU’s all-time leader in saves, improved to 6-0 this season in 10 starts.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Aaron Barbosa, Northeastern
Fr., OF, Dracut, Mass./Dracut
Barbosa batted .588 (10-17) with two runs scored in Northeastern’s four games last week. The freshman was a perfect 4-for-4 against ACC foe Boston College and then went 4-for-5 in the Huskies’ series opener with Georgia State. Barbosa also stole four bases last week and ranks third in the CAA with 18 thefts on the year.
DELAWARE (22-17 overall, 13-8 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 3-1 last week, including taking two of three in a key CAA series with JMU to remain tied for second place. Pat Dameron batted .400 versus JMU with four doubles, a homer, six RBI and six runs scored. He also drove in the game-winning run in the 8th inning of Friday’s 5-4 triumph. D.J. Long contributed a two-run double that gave UD the lead on Friday. Steve Ulaky was 3-for-5 with a double, his team-leading 11th homer and four RBI in Saturday’s 10-5 victory. Junior Corey Crispell (4-2)allowed just two hits over the final 5.2 innings and fanned five to earn the win in relief on Saturday. Closer Steve Richter went 1-1 with a save in three outings.
GEORGE MASON (16-25-1 overall, 4-17 in CAA)
The Patriots defeated ODU, 10-8, last Friday for its lone victory in four games last week. It was Mason’s first CAA road win this season. Infielder Brig Tison extended his hitting streak to 21 games, which is tied for the 3rd-longest in school history and is four off the school record of 25 set by Eddie Jordan in 2000. Tison ranks 8th in the CAA with a .372 batting average and also has 13 doubles, three triples and 34 RBI. Freshman Jake Kalish batted .444 (4-9) in a pair of starts last week. Mason opens a nine-game homestand this week and will try to build on a 12-8-1 mark thus far at Spuhler Field.
GEORGIA STATE (29-13 overall, 10-8 in CAA)
The Panthers won two of three at Northeastern to cap a 2-2 week. GSU scored all 14 of its runs at NU in the 7th inning or later. New England native Marc Micowski batted .471 (8-17) with three doubles, a triple, six RBI and four runs scored. Micowski, who hit a three-run triple in Friday’s 7-3 win at NU, ranks 4th in the CAA with a .379 average. Junior Justin Malone threw a complete-game 4-hit shutout as GSU posted a 5-0 win on Sunday. It was the Panthers’ first complete-game shutout under coach Greg Frady. Malone, who is also GSU’s all-time saves leader, improved to 6-0 and is unbeaten in 10 career starts. GSU is a win away from becoming the fastest team in school history to reach 30 wins.
HOFSTRA (11-22 overall, 9-12 in CAA)
The Pride went 2-2 last week, including a 6-4 win over first-place UNCW on Sunday. Bryan Verbitsky hit the go-ahead homer in the UNCW win and then came from the outfield to the mound and saved the game with a strikeout with two runners aboard. Joe Perez homered in both games of Friday’s DH with UNCW and hit .353 with five RBI and four runs for the week. Kenny Jackson hit .467 and drove in four and Danny Poma batted .400 with four RBI. Jeff Guthridge pitched in all four games last week and made his first start versus NYIT after 65 relief outings. Guthridge was 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA and had 10 strikeouts over 8.2 innings. Everett Keller earned his first career win versus NYIT.
JAMES MADISON (27-14 overall, 12-9 in CAA)
The Dukes picked up a 6-1 win at Maryland before dropping two of three at Delaware. Matt Tenaglia batted .529 (9-17) for the week and had multiple hits in all four games, while Alex Foltz batted .467 with four walks. Jake Lowery homered twice at UD and leads the nation in homers (19), RBI (66) and total bases (150). Seth Tierney (6-1) made his first CAA start on Friday and limited UD to two runs over 6.2 innings. Tierney is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a .164 opponent average in the month of April. D.J. Brown (6-1) fanned five in 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in JMU’s 12-11 triumph over UD on Sunday. JMU closes an 8-game road trip at VMI before hosting UNCW in a a key CAA series.
UNC WILMINGTON (23-17 overall, 12-6 in CAA)
The Seahawks went 2-3 last week, but remained atop the CAA standings by winning two of three at Hofstra. Junior Thomas Pope batted .556 (10-19) with a double, homer, nine runs scored and seven RBI. Pope, who tops the CAA with a .423 average, was 7-for-10 in the Hofstra series with a grand slam. Alex Hill also had a solid series at HU, batting .636 (7-11) with four runs scored and three RBI. He had at least two hits in all three contests. Hunter Ridge was 5-for-10 and scored four times in Friday’s doubleheader sweep. Freshman pitcher William Prince gave just one run in four innings over three appearances last week. Prince has a 1.06 ERA for the year. UNCW opponents batted .361 for the week.
NORTHEASTERN (12-24 overall, 7-11 in CAA)
The Huskies lost three of four last week, but earned a 3-2 victory over Georgia State in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Friday. Junior Andrew Leenhouts (3-4) limited the Panthers to two runs on six hits over 8.0 innings and struck out seven. His streak of 25 consecutive scoreless innings was snapped in the 7th. Freshman Aaron Barbosa batted .588 (10-17) with two runs scored last week, including a pair of 4-hit games. Barbosa also swiped four bases and ranks third in the CAA with 18 steals. Matt Miller drove in all three runs in a 7-3 loss to GSU on Friday and had at least one hit in all three games of the series. Les Williams (3-5) gave up just one earned run in 7.2 innings in Friday’s first game.
OLD DOMINION (21-20 overall, 13-8 in CAA)
The Monarchs won the final two games of their weekend series with George Mason to remain tied for second place. It was ODU’s sixth straight CAA series victory. Brent Frazier batted .467 for the week with two doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored, while freshman Joey Burney hit .357 with four runs scored and four RBI. First baseman Chris Baker drove in seven runs last week and ranks third in the CAA with 44 RBI for the year. Ben Tomchick scattered eight hits and fanned seven over 8.0 shutout frames in Saturday’s 14-0 win over Mason. Tomchick improved to 6-4 with a 2.98 ERA. Phil McCarthy threw a complete game in Sunday’s 10-3 win over Mason, allowing eight hits and three runs.
TOWSON (16-20-1 overall, 9-9 in CAA)
The Tigers split a doubleheader at Bucknell in their only action last week. Towson won the opener 8-1 as freshman Chris Acker limited the Bison to two hits over five shutout innings to record his first career victory. Acker struck out five and walked only one. The Tigers lost the nightcap, 7-1, despite turning a double play in five consecutive innings. Towson leads the CAA with 45 double plays in 37 games this season. Nick Natoli went 3-for-7 in the twinbill and is now 7th on Towson’s career hits list with 227. He’s also sixth in career doubles with 48.
VCU (16-22 overall, 8-10 in CAA)
The Rams split four games last week, but went 1-2 in their CAA series at William & Mary. VCU won Sunday’s finale 8-6 as freshman Joey Cujas went 3-for-5 with four RBI and rookie Bill Cullen was also 3-for-5. Cujas hit .444 with five RBI for the week and Cullen batted .500 with three doubles. Taylor Perkins hit .429 and scored three times last week. John Lenherr saw his 12-game hitting streak end on Saturday, but is still ranked second in the CAA with a .389 average. Senior Jonathan Watson threw 2.2 scoreless innings and picked up a pair of saves last week. Blake Hauser scattered three hits over five scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over VMI to get his first win of the year.
WILLIAM & MARY (21-21 overall, 11-10 in CAA)
The Tribe took two of three from CAA foe VCU as part of a 3-1 week. Sophomore Ryan Williams hit .333 for the week with three homers, three runs scored and eight RBI. Derrick Osteen and Tadd Bower also added five hits last week. Junior Jay McCarthy (2-4) gave up just run over 6.0 innings and struck out seven in Friday’s 4-2 victory over the Rams. In Saturday’s 8-3 triumph, senior Logan Billbrough allowed two runs over 7.0 frames and also fanned seven. Billbrough improved to 5-2 with a 2.97 ERA. Brett Koehler leads the CAA with a 2.40 ERA after throwing 4.0 scoreless innings against VCU. He is 3-2 overall and earned his seventh save on Friday.