CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Rob Lind, Georgia State
Sr., 2B, Hartford, S.D./Iowa Western CC/West Central
Lind batted .769 (10-13) with three doubles, a homer, four runs scored and eight RBI in Georgia State’s three-game sweep of Hofstra over the weekend. The senior had at least three hits in all three games and was 4-for-4 with six RBI in a 13-0 win on Saturday. For the season, Lind is hitting .318 with seven homers, 42 runs scored and 29 RBI.
CAA BASEBALL CO-PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Logan Billbrough, William & Mary
Sr., RHP, Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto
Billbrough fired a complete-game 7-hit shutout in William & Mary 8-0 win at Northeastern last Saturday. The senior scattered seven singles and struck out a school-record 16 batters while walking just two. Billbrough improved to 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA on the year.
Will Campbell, Georgia State
Sr., RHP, Douglasville, Ga./Alexander
Campbell threw a complete-game, 4-hit shutout in Georgia State’s 13-0 victory over Hofstra last Saturday. The senior, who gave up only four singles, fanned four and didn’t issue a walk in the 85-pitch effort. Campbell is 7-1 with a 2.67 ERA for the season.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Lindemuth, William & Mary
Fr., 3B, Burke, Va./Lake Braddock
Lindemuth batted .556 (10-18) with five doubles, two homers, eight RBI and six runs scored in William & Mary’s four games last week. The freshman had three hits in three of the four contests and had at least one run scored and one RBI in each game.
DELAWARE (25-19 overall, 15-9 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 3-2 last week and moved into a tie for first place in the CAA after taking two of three at VCU. Steve Ulaky batted .409 with three runs scored for the week and was 7-of-12 (.583) in the VCU series. He leads the Hens with 41 RBI. Freshman EJ Stoltzfus hit .417 (10-24) for the week and drove in six. Stoltzfus and DJ Long each had nine-game hit streaks end at VCU on Sunday. Pat Dameron is now 15th in career hits (234) and 16th in career RBI (154) at UD. Corey Crispell (5-2) allowed just one run over the final six innings to earn the win at VCU on Saturday. Crispell, who fanned five, retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced, including the last seven in a row.
GEORGE MASON (18-28-1 overall, 5-19 in CAA)
The Patriots had a 2-3 week, highlighted by a dramatic 10-9 victory over Towson on Saturday. Freshman Blaise Fernandez hit a game-winning two-run double with two outs in the ninth, capping a 3-for-5 afternoon in which he drove in four runs and tied a school record with three doubles. Fernandez batted .353 with a homer and seven RBI for the week. Brig Tison extended his hitting streak to 26 games, breaking the school record of 25 set by Eddie Jordan in 2000. Tison leads the CAA with 80 hits and needs 17 more over the final seven games to reach the school record. Chris Cook was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, topping Evan Howard’s school mark set in 2002.
GEORGIA STATE (33-13 overall, 13-8 in CAA)
The Panthers swept their series with Hofstra to cap a 4-0 week and jumped into a tie for third place in the CAA standings. Rob Lind had a huge week at the plate, batting .769 (10-13) with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI. Six GSU players hit over .400 for the week, including Marc Micowski (.563) and Bryan Condotta (.462). Senior Will Campbell improved to 7-1 with a complete-game 4-hit shutout in GSU’s 13-0 win over Hofstra on Saturday. Campbell threw just 85 pitches and faced only two batters over the minimum. It was GSU’s school-record seventh shutout of the year and second complete-game shutout in six days. The Panthers set a school record with their 24th home win on Sunday.
HOFSTRA (11-26 overall, 9-15 in CAA)
The Pride dropped all four games last week, including three in their CAA series at Georgia State. Several Hofstra players had solid offensive weeks, led by Jared Hammer, who hit .462 with two RBI. Joe Perez also batted .462 with four runs scored and Danny Poma hit .357 and scored four times. Relief pitcher Stephan Kungl, who was a corner infielder in junior college, played first base against St. John’s and was 1-for-3 with an RBI. The Pride surrendered a season-high for runs in the 23-10 setback to the Red Storm. Hofstra faces local rival Long Island on Tuesday before heading to Miami (Fla.) for a three-game series.
JAMES MADISON (30-15 overall, 15-9 in CAA)
The Dukes climbed into a tie for first place in the CAA following a three-game sweep of UNCW. Johnny Bladel batted .533 for the week with two doubles, four RBI and five runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to 12 and is batting .489 during that stretch. Matt Tenaglia batted .462 for the week and pushed his hitting streak to 13. Jake Lowery hit his league-leading 20th homer and tied the JMU record for extra base hits in a season (43). He also reached the 70 RBI mark. Sean Tierney limited UNCW to six hits and no earned runs over seven innings in Friday’s 12-2 win. He struck out a career-high 11 batters and upped his record to 7-1. D.J. Brown also improved to 7-1 after working 6.1 innings of 3-hit relief on Saturday.
UNC WILMINGTON (23-21 overall, 12-9 in CAA)
The Seahawks fell 11-4 to Coastal Carolina and then lost all three games at JMU over the weekend to slide back to fifth place in the CAA standings. UNCW batted just .215 as a team last week and its pitchers compiled a 9.00 ERA. Junior Thomas Pope was a bright spot, batting .357 for the week. Pope continues to lead the CAA with a .417 batting average. Cameron Cockman batted .417 (5-12) with three RBI in the JMU series and had a hit in each game. Hunter Ridge is among the top 10 in the CAA in batting (.366/8th), runs (42/6th) and RBI (43/6th). UNCW hosts GSU in an important league series this weekend.
NORTHEASTERN (13-27 overall, 8-13 in CAA)
The Huskies topped William & Mary 5-3 on Friday for their only win in a 1-3 week. Senior Les Williams upped his record to 4-5 after scattering 10 hits over 8.0 innings and striking out 10 in the victory. Williams has a team-high 62 strikeouts for the year. Jon Leroux paced the NU offense last week, hitting .333 with a two-run homer in Sunday’s 5-4 setback to the Tribe. Freshman Oliver Hart batted .357 (5-14) last week and drove in four runs. Freshman Aaron Barbosa was 3-for-4 in Friday’s victory over W&M and picked up his team-leading 19th stolen base. NU has already surpassed its CAA win total from a year ago.
OLD DOMINION (21-20 overall, 13-8 in CAA)
The Monarchs had their only scheduled game last week against East Carolina rained out. ODU, which is in the midst of final exams, returns to action with a key three-game series at first-place Delaware on Friday. The Monarchs enter the series just a half-game behind the Blue Hens and JMU. ODU is the only team in the CAA to have three pitchers with at least six wins - Kyle Hald (6-2), Phil McCarthy (6-3) and Ben Tomchick (6-4). The Monarchs also have the league leader in saves in senior Adam Wisniewski with 10. Josh Wright tops ODU with 10 homers and ranks second in the CAA in slugging percentage (.723).
TOWSON (20-21-1 overall, 11-10 in CAA)
The Tigers went 4-1 last week and stayed in the hunt for a CAA Tournament berth by winning two of three at George Mason. Towson batted .425 as a team with 11 homers and 80 runs scored last week. Steve Rice batted .529 (9-17) with two homers, nine runs scored and seven RBI. Andrew Parker smacked three homers last week, while Nick Natoli hit his first two homers of the season and moved to 5th on Towson’s career hits list (238). Freshman Brandon Gonnella hit .583 with five RBI and five runs scored and also earned a win on the mound against Delaware State. Rookie hurler Chris Asher was 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 11.2 innings of work last week, getting wins over UMES and Mason.
VCU (17-24 overall, 9-12 in CAA)
The Rams posted a 9-1 victory over Delaware on Sunday after losing the first two games of the series by a total of three runs. Freshman Joey Cujas batted .545 (6-11) with two doubles and seven RBI versus UD. He had a pair of hits in all three games to raise his season average to .308. Taylor Perkins was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI in Sunday’s win. Perkins has driven in a team-best 33 runs. Senior David Benson tossed his first career complete game in the win, allowing only seven hits while striking out six. Benson, who has walked only one batter in his last four starts (24.0 innings), threw just 99 pitches in the win. Ten of VCU’s 12 CAA losses have been by three runs or less.
WILLIAM & MARY (23-23 overall, 13-11 in CAA)
The Tribe split four games last week, but took two of three at Northeastern to remain in the mix for a CAA Tournament berth. W&M has won six of its eight CAA series, including three on the road. Freshman Ryan Lindemuth batted .556 (10-18) last week with five doubles, two homers, eight RBI and six runs scored. Ryan Williams went 2-for-4 and drove in three as W&M edged NU, 5-4, on Sunday to win the series. Matt Wainmain (4-2) gave up one run on three hits and fanned eight over 6.0 innings in his first weekend start. Logan Billbrough threw his second complete-game shutout of the year in Saturday’s 8-0 triumph. Billbrough, who improved to 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA, scattered seven hits and struck out a school-record 16 batters.