Baseball Weekly Report - March 19
Danny Poma, Hofstra
Sr., OF, Monterey, Calif./Monterey
Poma batted .800 (8-10) with six doubles, a homer, four RBI's and eight runs scored as Hofstra swept a 3-game series from VCU for the first time. The senior was 3-for-4 in Friday's 7-4 win over the Rams and 4-for-4 with three doubles in Saturday's 13-4 triumph. Poma, who also stole two bases, had a 1.700 slugging percentage for the week.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Matt Davenport, William & Mary
Sr., RHP, Chesapeake, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Acad.
Davenport tossed a complete-game, 2-hit shutout in William & Mary 5-0 victory at James Madison last Friday. The senior right-hander, who only gave up a single in the second and third innings, struck out eight and didn't issue a walk as he faced just 29 batters in the game. Davenport is 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA this season.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Brendan Butler, Towson
Fr., 1B, Bel Air, Md./John Carroll
Butler returned from an ankle injury and batted .667 (4-6) with a triple, homer, five runs scored and four RBI's in the final two games of Towson's sweep of George Mason. The freshman was 2-for-3 in each game and scored multiple runs in both contests.
Corey Dick, UNCW
Fr., DH, Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle
Dick batted .455 (5-11) with a double, homer, four runs scored and three RBI's as UNCW went 3-1 on the road last week. The freshman had multiple hits in the first two games last week and smacked his first career homer in Sunday's 7-0 win at Delaware.
DELAWARE (8-11, 3-3 in CAA)
The Blue Hens dropped two of three to UNCW over the weekend, picking up a 3-2 victory on Saturday. Senior Corey Crispell (2-1) limited the Seahawks to two runs on six hits over 7.2 innings to earn the win on Saturday and Devon Pearson recorded his second save after retiring the final four batters. Junior Alex Maruri provided all of the offense in the win with a 3-run homer. Nick Ferdinand has a team-best six multiple hit games this season. Maruri and Tyler Powell are each riding six-game hitting streaks. UD hosts Towson this weekend.
GEORGE MASON (11-9, 2-4 in CAA)
The Patriots lost four of five last week and were swept in a three-game CAA series at Towson. Mason opened the week with a 12-10 victory at Richmond as Nick Allen hit a game-winning 3-run homer in the ninth and Dan Schafferman went 3-for-6 with three RBI's. Schafferman is tied for second in the CAA with 22 RBI's for the season. Zach Helgeson smacked his league-leading 8th homer in Friday's 6-1 loss at Towson. Brig Tison had seven hits last week and ranks seventh in the CAA with a .410 batting average.
GEORGIA STATE (9-12, 2-1 in CAA)
The Panthers went 2-3 last week, but both wins came against league foe Northeastern. GSU rallied for 11 runs in the ninth, including 10 with two outs, to defeat the Huskies 13-12 on Friday. The Panthers, who had 43 hits in the series, also erased a 7-3 deficit to win 9-8 on Saturday. Junior Greg Bowder batted .583 (7-12) for the week with four RBI's. He had two hits and two RBI's in Friday's ninth-inning rally. Freshman Alex Prescott's first career hit was a game-tying 2-run double in the Friday comeback. The Panthers won their opening CAA series for the fourth consecutive year and have won five straight series versus NU.
HOFSTRA (8-9, 4-2 in CAA)
The Pride vaulted into second place after sweeping a three-game series from VCU for the first time since joining the league in 2002. Senior Danny Poma hit .800 (8-10) in the series with six doubles, a homer, four RBI's and eight runs scored. Also having big weekends at the plate for Hofstra were Matt Ford (.615), Austin Nyman (.500, 4 steals) and Jared Hammer, who batted .417 with eight RBI, including a three-run homer in 8th that gave Hofstra the lead for good in Sunday's 12-5 triumph. Ford has a 16-game hitting streak. Hofstra's bullpen allowed just three runs in 8.1 innings in the VCU series with Bryan Verbitsky and Joe Burg getting saves. Hofstra already has a league-best 57 stolen bases this season, which has eclipsed its total of 43 from last year.
JAMES MADISON (5-14-1, 0-6 in CAA)
The Dukes went 0-4 last week and have dropped nine in a row. It's JMU's longest skid since 2007 and the Dukes are 0-6 in CAA play for the first time ever. The Dukes' pitchers posted a 4.37 team ERA, which was their best week of the year. Freshman Patrick Toohers took a no-hitter into the 6th versus W&M on Saturday and allowed just one hit in 6.0 innings of work with five strikeouts. The Dukes batted just .142 as a team and were held to three runs over 36 innings. Freshman Chad Carroll hit a team-best .286 with a double and triple last week. JMU is 1-9 since an injury to All-CAA infielder Ty McFarland.
UNCW (9-10, 5-1 in CAA)
The Seahawks maintained their spot atop the CAA standings after winning two of three at Delaware. UNCW also had a 6-3 victory at College of Charleston in which its pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts. The Seahawks set season-highs for hits (23) and runs and tied a school record for total bases (45) in a 22-3 triumph over UD on Friday. Matt Campell batted .444 with two doubles, a homer and six runs scored from the leadoff spot, while freshman Corey Dick hit .455 with a homer. UNCW batted .320 as a team for the week. UNCW won Sunday's finale 7-0 as freshman Jordan Ramsey scattered seven hits over 5.2 shutout innings to get his first collegiate victory. The Seahawks posted a 1.54 team ERA, led by a bullpen that allowed foes to hit just .170 over 13.2 innings.
NORTHEASTERN (9-6, 3-3 in CAA)
The Huskies split four games last week, defeating Brown 4-3 in their home opener before losing two of three at Georgia State. Catcher John Puttress batted .588 (10-17) for the week with three doubles, four runs scored and five RBI's. Puttress leads the CAA with a .448 batting average. Freshman Rob Fonseca hit .411 last week with two homers, four RBI's and five runs scored, while freshman Jason Vosler homered twice in Friday's setback at GSU. NU is batting .305 as a team and is averaging 6.4 runs per game. Junior pitcher Kevin Ferguson limited GSU to three earned runs over 8.2 innings and struck out eight in Sunday's 13-4 victory. He's 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA for the season.
OLD DOMINION (8-10, 1-2 in CAA)
The Monarchs had a perfect 4-0 week, beating in-state foe VMI twice before taking the first two games of a three-game set with UMass. Senior Ben Tomchick limited UMass to two earned runs over 6.0 innings on Sunday and fanned nine. ODU relievers Brandon Smith (5.2 IP), Erick Baker (3.2 IP) and Dean Ali (2.0) didn't allow a run last week. Freshman catcher Michael Perez batted .300 for the week and drove in the game-winning run in ODU's 13-12 win over VMI in 10 innings last Tuesday. The Monarchs play six games in seven days this week.
TOWSON (9-9, 4-2 in CAA)
The Tigers swept a three-game series from George Mason for the first time in a 3-2 week. Towson out-scored the Patriots 25-8 as Tigers' pitchers limited Mason to a .230 battng average and had 24 strikeouts with five walks. Sophomore Dominic Fratantuono batted .500 (7-14) for the week with two homers, eight runs scored and six RBI's. Sophomore Kurt Wertz returned from an injury and went 6-for-11 with three doubles, two triples and five RBI's in the Mason series, while freshman Brendan Butler was 4-for-6 with four RBI's and five runs scored in the final two games vs. Mason. Junior pitcher Michael Trionfo limited Mason to one run on four hits over 7.0 innings and struck out seven in Friday's 6-1 win. Chris Acker threw 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to get the win on Saturday.
VCU (11-9, 2-4 in CAA)
The Rams opened last week with an impressive 18-11 road win at East Carolina, but then were swept in a three-game series at Hofstra. Bill Cullen had a huge game at ECU, going 4-for-6 with three doubles, five runs scored and four RBI's, while Joey Cujas was 2-for-4 and drove in five. Cujas is second in the CAA with a .443 average, while Cullen is batting .409 with 23 runs scored. Freshmen pitcher Heath Dwyer earned the win at ECU after allowing three runs over the final 6.1 innings out of the pen. He's 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA for the year.
WILLIAM & MARY (15-7, 4-2 in CAA)
The Tribe went 5-0 last week, taking two games from Quinnipiac before sweeping a three-game series at JMU for the first time ever over the weekend. W&M won the opener at JMU 5-0 as Matt Davenport threw a complete-game, 2-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. Davenport is 4-0 with a 1.32 ERA for the season. Relievers Jay McCarthy and John Farrell didn't allow a hit over the final 4.1 innings in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Dukes. Junior Kevin Nutter batted .474 (9-19) with five runs scored last week, while freshman Josh Smith batted .333 with four runs scored and five RBI's. W&M's pitching staff leads the CAA with a 2.12 ERA and has 133 strikeouts with only 40 walks in 191.1 innings.