Zack Helgeson, George Mason
Sr., DH, Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley
Helgeson batted .444 (8-18) with six doubles, a homer, four runs scored and four RBI's in Mason's 4-1 week. He had two hits in four of the five contests and seven of his eight hits went for extra bases, including his league-leading ninth home run.
Tyler Molinaro, UNCW
Sr., OF, Charlottesville, Va./Pitt CC
Molinaro batted .429 (9-21) with four runs scored and five RBI's in UNCW's 3-1 week. He had three straight three-hit games, including two in a CAA-series win at VCU. He also homered in a victory over College of Charleston.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Kevin Ferguson, Northeastern
Jr., LHP, Suffern, N.Y./St. Joseph's Regional
Ferguson threw seven shutout innings in Northeastern's 8-2 victory at Richmond on Sunday. The junior scattered seven hits and struck out eight. Ferguson improved to 4-0 on the season with a 1.72 ERA.
Michael Trionfo, Towson
Jr., RHP, Jacksonville, Md./Calvert Hall
Trionfo fired 6.2 innings of shutout ball in Towson's 6-1 win at Delaware last Friday. The junior allowed seven hits but stranded six runners in the victory. Trionfo improved to 4-1 on the season with a 2.62 ERA.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jordan Ramsey, UNCW
Fr., RHP, Lexington, N.C./North Davidson
Ramsey tossed 7.1 shutout innings in UNCW's 4-0 victory at VCU on Sunday. The freshman allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out six. Ramsey hasn't allowed a run over his last 13 innings.
DELAWARE (10-14, 4-5 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 2-3 last week, picking up a 3-1 win over Maryland and taking the middle game of their three-game CAA series with Towson. Senior Corey Crispell allowed just one unearned run on five hits over 8.0 innings and fanned seven in the 2-1 triumph over Towson. Crispell is 3-1 with a 1.79 ERA. Reliever Devon Pearson lowered his ERA to 0.71 after earning two saves in three scoreless appearances last week. Junior Nick Ferdinand batted .400 (6-15) with a double and three runs scored last week. He leads UD with six multiple-hit games. Alex Maruri and Tyler Powell are each riding six-game hitting streaks.
GEORGE MASON (15-10, 4-5 in CAA)
The Patriots had a 4-1 week, topping Georgetown and George Washington before winning its series with William & Mary. Senior Zack Helgeson batted .444 (8-18) with six doubles, a homer, four RBI's and four runs scored. He leads the CAA with nine homers on the season and has driven in 23. Brig Tison tops the CAA with 41 hits and is batting .390. Blaise Fernandez drove in the game-winning run in the 8th vs. GW. Freshman John Williams allowed just an unearned run on six hits over 7.0 innings and struck out seven in the 5-4 victory over GW. A.J. Johnson allowed two runs over 7.0 innings in Sunday's 8-2 win over W&M.
GEORGIA STATE (11-14, 4-2 in CAA)
The Panthers split four games last week, but won two of three in their CAA series with JMU. Senior Brandon Williams batted .467 (7-15) with two homers, seven runs scored and seven RBI's for the week and scored the winning run in the 9th as GSU edged JMU 9-8 on Friday. Joey Wood had the game-winning RBI on Friday and drove in all four runs in Saturday's 4-2 triumph over JMU. Wood and Williams combined for 3 homers in Sunday's 15-13 loss and were 12-of-27 with 11 RBI's and 10 runs scored in the series. Senior Jonathan Kolowich added a grand slam and a 3-run homer vs. JMU. Senior Ben Marshall limited JMU to one run on seven hits over 6.0 innings on Saturday. Jake Dyer returned to the GSU bullpen and picked up a win and a save in the JMU series.
HOFSTRA (10-11, 6-3 in CAA)
The Pride won two of three at ODU to cap a 2-2 week. Sophomore Kenny Jackson batted .412 (7-17) with two doubles, two RBI's and six runs scored last week. Jared Hammer has reached base safely in 28 straight games dating back to last season and is 2nd in the CAA with a .427 batting average. Chris Nardo and Taylor Stuart each hit their first career homers at ODU. Hofstra stole 11 bases last week to up its league-best total to 68. The Pride has the league's top three in SB's in Danny Poma (14), Dalton Rouleau (13) and Austin Nyman (12). Freshman pitcher Dave Jesch didn't allow a run in 6.0 innings of work in the ODU series, giving up just five singles and striking out seven. He improved to 3-0 for the season.
JAMES MADISON (6-17-1, 1-8 in CAA)
The Dukes went 1-3 last week but defeated Georgia State 15-13 on Sunday to snap a school-record 12-game losing skid and an 8-game CAA slide. Junior Casey Goss batted .556 (10-18) with two doubles, three runs scored, four RBI's and five stolen bases. He also handled 20 chances cleanly at second base. JMU stole 18 bases in 20 attempts last week, including a school-record 11 thefts in Sunday's win. Evan Scott hit .500 for the week, while Ian Haynes batted .438 with five stolen bases and Cole McInturff hit .400. Freshmen threw 24.1 of the 34.2 innings for JMU last week and redshirt freshman Michael Howerton recorded the team's first save of the season on Sunday after a scoreless ninth.
UNCW (12-11, 7-2 in CAA)
The Seahawks went 3-1 last week and won their third straight CAA series at VCU to stay on top of the league standings. Senior Tyler Molinaro had three straight 3-hit games and batted .429 for the week with a homer and five RBI's. Freshman pitcher Jordan Ramsey allowed just three hits over 7.1 shutout innings in a 4-0 win at VCU on Sunday. Ramsey hasn't given up a run in his last 13 frames. UNCW's bullpen has posted a 1.83 ERA over the past 11 games. William Prince posted saves in all three victories last week and Jack Lane earned two wins out of the pen and has only allowed 2-of-20 inherited runners to score. Ricky Holden lowered his ERA to 2.28 with 7.1 innings of relief at VCU.
NORTHEASTERN (11-7, 3-3 in CAA)
The Huskies rebounded from a loss to Central Connecticut by winning a pair of games at Richmond over the weekend. Northeastern scored 23 runs at UR and are averaging 6.7 runs per game for the year with a .301 average. John Leroux hit .461 with two homers and five RBI's to raise his average to .408. Freshman Michael Foster hit .555 (5-9) with two RBI's and also threw a scorless inning as a relief pitcher. Fellow rookie Jason Vosler smacked a grand slam in Friday's win at UR and has four homers and 17 RBI's on the year. On the mound, Kevin Ferguson improved to 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA after throwing seven shutout innings and fanning seven in an 8-2 victory over the Spiders on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (9-14, 2-4 in CAA)
The Monarchs dropped four of five last week, earning a 13-5 victory over Hofstra on Saturday. Senior Chris Baker had a big week, batting .533 with two homers and five RBI. He had a grand slam in Friday's 9-5 loss and four hits in Saturday's win. Baker leads ODU with 20 RBI's for the season. Freshman Josh Eldridge batted .417 with a double, triple and four RBI's. Pitcher Brandon Smith is now 4-0 in 11 appearances with 22 strikeouts in 23.0 innings pitched. Ben Tomchick allowed just one run over 4.0 innings vs. HU and struck out six.
TOWSON (12-10, 6-3 in CAA)
The Tigers are off to their best CAA start ever at 6-3 after winning two of three at Delaware and have their best 22-game overall mark since 2005. Towson pitchers combined for a 1.04 ERA in the UD series, allowing 22 hits in 26.0 IP. Junior Michael Trionfo tossed 6.2 shutout innings in a 6-1 win over UD to improve to 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA. Chris Acker picked up his first save on Sunday by striking out the final two batters with the tying run on third. Outfielder Kurt Wertz batted .333 with four runs scored and four RBI's last week, while freshman Brendan Butler hit .333 with three runs scored and three RBI.
VCU (12-12, 3-6 in CAA)
The Rams went 1-3 last week, picking up a 5-4 win in 12 innings over UNCW on Saturday. Reliever Matt Lees threw 3.0 shutout innings out of the pen to earn the victory. Shortstop Vimael Machin and designated hitter Chris Ayers each went 3-for-5 in the win. Ayers was also 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI's in a 9-6 setback to the Seahawks in the series opener. Joey Cujas tops the CAA with a .434 batting average, while Bill Cullen is hitting .374 with a 25 runs scored.
WILLIAM & MARY (16-10, 5-4 in CAA)
The Tribe lost three of four last week, but posted a 6-3 win at Mason in the second game of Friday's doubleheader. Senior Cole Shain earned the win after giving up just one earned run over 6.0 innings and fanning four. Senior Stephen Arcure batted .467 (7-15) for the week with two doubles and two RBI's. Freshman first baseman Michael Katz also had a solid week, hitting .333 with two runs scored and pair of RBI's. W&M continues to lead the CAA with a 2.37 ERA, which is the best in the conference by more than a run per game.