CAA Baseball Weekly Report - May 13
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Colby Roberts, James Madison
Sr., OF, Benton, Ark./Benton
Roberts batted .400 (8-20) with three doubles, a homer, six runs scored and eight RBI’s in JMU’s five games last week. He hit .467 and drove in six as the Dukes won two of three from Towson over the weekend, including a walk-off, two-run homer in JMU’s 8-7 victory on Sunday. He also drew four walks which gave him a .500 on base percentage.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Chad Kuhl, Delaware
Jr., RHP, Middletown, Del./Middletown
Kuhl scattered eight hits and didn’t allow an earned run while throwing his second complete game of the season in Delaware’s 6-1 win at Northeastern on Friday. The junior right-hander struck out seven and walked only one to improve his record to 9-2.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Michael Foster, Northeastern
Fr., IF/P, Pickering, Ontario/St. Mary’s CCS
Foster turned in impressive offensive and pitching efforts in Northeastern’s 2-2 week. The freshman batted .438, including .500 (6-12) as the Huskies won two of three from Delaware. He went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s in Sunday’s 5-3 victory. Foster also didn’t allow a hit and fanned four over two innings to pick up a pair of saves against UD.
Matt Rose, Georgia State
Fr., IF/P, Melbourne, Fla./Palm Bay
Rose excelled at the plate and on the mound in Georgia State’s 2-2 week. He batted .462 (6-13) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI’s and had at least one hit in all four games. Rose also earned the win in his first CAA start against Hofstra last Friday, giving up just four hits and three runs over 7.1 innings while striking out five.
FOUR TEAMS CLINCH TOURNEY BERTHS: Four teams - UNCW, William & Mary, Delaware and Towson - have clinched berths in the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship, which will be held May 22-25 at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. Northeastern, James Madison and Hofstra are battling for the final two spots in the six-team, double-elimination event.
DELAWARE (31-19, 13-11 in CAA)
The Blue Hens dropped two of three at Northeastern over the weekend but clinched a berth in the CAA Baseball Championship. UD beat the Huskies 6-1 on Friday as Chad Kuhl (9-2) won his fourth straight game by limiting NU to an unearned run on eight hits and fanning seven in his second complete game. Nick Ferdinand went 3-for-4 with his 10th homer and three RBI’s in the victory. Ferdinand reached the 50-RBI mark for the first time in his career. Zach Lopes hit .364 (4-11) and had a home run in the NU series. DJ Long has the longest consecutive games started streak in the nation at 212.
GEORGE MASON (17-33, 7-20 in CAA)
The Patriots were idle last week after their scheduled game with UMES last Tuesday was rained out. Mason closes the season by hosting Connecticut in a three-game series starting on Thursday. Offensively, Blaise Fernandez tops Mason with a .335 batting average. On the mound, Anthony Montefusco is 4-5 with a 4.54 ERA. He has struck out 72 batters in 71.1 innings.
GEORGIA STATE (34-19, 13-11 in CAA)
The Panthers split four games last week, but won two of three against CAA foe Hofstra over the weekend. GSU has captured 18 of its last 24 contests and seven of its last eight CAA games. Chris Triplett batted .357 with two homers, four runs scored and eight RBI’s last week. He had a two-run homer in Friday’s 10-3 win over Hofstra. Freshman Matt Rose hit .462 (6-13) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI’s last week and got the win on the mound Friday after limiting the Pride to four hits and three runs over 7.1 innings in his first CAA start. Jerry Stuckey picked up the saves in both wins last week. He allowed just one hit over 5.0 shutout innings and struck out four. Chad Prain, who is batting .410 with 48 RBI, needs four hits to equal the GSU record of 91 hits in a season.
HOFSTRA (24-26, 9-15 in CAA)
The Pride dropped two of three at Georgia State, posting a 12-9 victory on Saturday. Joe Perez batted .600 (6-10) with five RBI’s in the series, while Robbie Cafiero hit .556 (5-9) with a double and three runs scored and TJ Ehrsam had a .429 average, stole two bases and scored four runs. Freshman Kevin Brantley was 3-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday’s win and batted .333 with three runs scored and three stolen bases in the series. Bryan Verbitsky made his first plate appearances in two months and drove in two runs in the series. John Tiedemann earned the win on Saturday with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief while Brett Schreiber limited GSU to one hit in 5.0 innings of relief on Sunday.
JAMES MADISON (22-26, 10-13 in CAA)
The Dukes dropped a pair of games at #1 North Carolina, but returned home to win two-of-three in a critical CAA series with Towson. Colby Roberts batted .400 with six runs scored and eight RBI’s last week, including a walk-off, 2-run homer in Sunday’s 8-7 win over TU. Roberts is hitting .518 with 26 RBI’s over his last 14 games. Chad Carroll hit .583 with eight RBI’s in the Towson series. Cole McInturff batted .429 for the week, while Conner Brown homered twice in Saturday’s 16-3 victory over the Tigers. Outfielder Johnny Bladel earned his first career pitching win after allowing three runs on six hits over 6.0 innings and fanning seven in Saturday’s nightcap. Mark Gunst earned his second save on Saturday with 3.0 shutout frames.
UNCW (36-16, 17-6 in CAA)
The Seahawks fell 7-2 at #5 N.C. State but rebounded to win two of three in its big CAA series with William & Mary. UNCW’s pitchers combined for a 2.57 ERA last week and held W&M to a .225 batting average. Mat Batts (9-2) threw his fifth complete game in Thursday’s 7-2 win over W&M, holding the Tribe to two runs on eight hits. He fanned nine to increase his league-leading strikeout total to 95. Jordan Ramsey lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.96 despite taking the loss in Game 2 vs. W&M. Michael Bass drove in a career-high five runs in Saturday’s 11-4 victory and hit .357 for the week. Ryan LaGrange batted .353 with a homer and Tyler Molinaro hit .353 with two doubles and a triple last week. Freshman Terence Connelly has a 22-game on-base streak.
NORTHEASTERN (27-22, 11-13 in CAA)
The Huskies split four games last week, but won two of three against Delaware to enhance their chances of earning a spot in the CAA Tournament. Michael Foster, who is riding a nine-game hitting streak, batted .500 in the series and smacked a three-run triple in Sunday’s 5-3 win over UD. He also didn’t allow a hit in two innings on the mound and picked up a pair of saves. Foster leads NU in doubles (16), triples (4), homers (3) and RBI (32). Nick Berger (6-5) limited the Hens to one run on six hits over 8.0 innings in Saturday’s 3-1 triumph. He struck out seven in the game. Kevin Ferguson is now 10th in career wins (15) at NU after getting his sixth of the year on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (27-23, 15-12 in CAA)
The Monarchs picked up an 8-3 home victory over Norfolk State on Friday, but suffered a 4-2 road setback to the Spartans on Saturday. Mike Perez belted a pair of homers in the win over NSU and batted .429 over the two games. Josh Eldridge and Connor Myers each went 2-for-4 and scored a run in the victory. Pitcher Ryan Yarbrough took the loss on Saturday despite allowing just five hits and one earned run over 6.1 innings. All five ODU seniors - Erick Baker, Austin McGowan, Mike Ney, Shawn Sizemore and Brandon Smith - graduated over the weekend.
TOWSON (23-27, 12-12 in CAA)
The Tigers dropped two of three at JMU last weekend but secured a spot in the CAA Tournament. Peter Bowles, who batted .462 in the series, was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI’s in Saturday’s 11-7 win and went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBI’s in Sunday’s 8-7 loss. The outfielder also threw out two runners at the plate. Kurt Wertz had a career-high five hits in the finale and now has a team-high 49 RBI’s in 49 games. Wertz and Bowles combined to hit .560 (14-25) against JMU. The Tigers didn’t commit an error in 101 chances against the Dukes and raised their league-leading fielding percentage to .972. Towson leads the nation with 66 double plays in 50 games.
WILLIAM & MARY (32-19, 15-9 in CAA)
The Tribe lost two of three in their series at first-place UNCW, but needs just one more victory to clinch a first-round CAA Tournament bye. W&M defeated the Seahawks 5-1 on Friday as Brett Koehler (6-3) gave up only one run on seven hits over 7.0 innings while striking out six. Freshman catcher Ryan Hissey batted .364 with two RBI’s and two runs scored in the series. Ryan Williams drove in a pair of runs in Saturday’s 11-4 setback, while Ryan Lindemuth was 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI’s in Thursday’s 7-2 loss.