CAA Baseball Weekly Report - April 15
CAA BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Zach Fisher, Towson
Grad., 3B, Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall
Fisher batted .478 (11-23) with two doubles, six runs scored and five RBI’s in Towson’s 4-1 week. The Tigers’ third baseman had at least two hits in all five games and also stole four bases. He drove in a run in four of the contests. Fisher hit .583 (7-12) as Towson won two of three in its CAA series at George Mason.
Ryan Williams, William & Mary
Sr., SS, Fairfax, Va./Westfield
Williams batted .471 (8-17) with a double, two runs scored and five RBI’s in William & Mary’s 4-1 week. The senior shortstop hit .556 (5-9) and drove in three as the Tribe swept a three-game conference series from JMU and also was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI’s in a victory over Norfolk State.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Mat Batts, UNCW
Jr., LHP, Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor
Batts threw his fourth consecutive complete game in UNCW’s 4-2 victory over Delaware on Saturday, ending the Blue Hens’ 13-game winning streak. The junior scattered seven hits, struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk against a UD squad that ranked second nationally in batting average. He retired the final 10 batters of the game in order.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Nathan Bates, Georgia State
Fr., RHP, Senoia, Ga./Starr’s Mill
Bates allowed just five hits and one earned run over 9.0 innings in Georgia State’s 4-3 12-inning victory at New Orleans last Friday. The right-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters, which was the most for a Panthers’ pitcher since 2011. He retired the final 13 batters he faced and 17 of the last 18.
DELAWARE (24-10, 10-5 in CAA)
The Blue Hens increased their winning streak to 13 games with a 6-3 victory over UMBC last Tuesday but saw it end with a pair of losses in a key three-game series at UNCW. DJ Long batted .545 (5-11) with a homer, four runs scored and three RBI’s in the UNCW series and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Jimmy Yezzo hit .444 (8-18) for the week with his league-leading 20th double, a homer and four runs scored. EJ Stoltzfus is batting .381 during a 6-game hitting streak. Matt Soren held UNCW to three earned runs on five hits over 6.0 innings and won his third straight game in Sunday’s 11-7 triumph at UNCW. Stephen Richter picked up his 20th career save in the win. Dan Gatto gave up just four hits and two runs over 6.2 innings during three appearances.
GEORGE MASON (13-23, 5-13 in CAA)
The Patriots went 1-3 last week but ended a 10-game slide by topping Towson 4-2 on Saturday. Mason scored all four of its runs in the eighth as Patrick Esposito contributed a two-run single. Anthony Montefusco, who also had an RBI in the eighth, scattered four hits and allowed just two runs over 6.0 innings on the mound. Reliever Mark Maskimow closed the game with three shutout frames to get the win and improve to 3-1. Josh Leemhuis was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs in Friday’s 10-6 setback to the Tigers.
GEORGIA STATE (24-14, 5-7 in CAA)
The Panthers went 4-1 last week, defeating Kennesaw State 12-5 before winning three of four at New Orleans over the weekend. Chase Raffield batted .333 (7-21) with two homers, four doubles, six runs scored and six RBI’s. He went deep in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep at UNO and has seven homers for the season. Shortstop Chad Prain, who is among the nation’s leaders with a .444 average and 38 RBI’s, has reached base in 35 straight games. GSU’s bullpen recorded all four wins and two saves last week and combined for a 1.06 ERA over 26.1 innings. Freshman starter Nathan Bates limited UNO to one run on five hits over 9.0 innings last Friday but didn’t get a decision. He had a career-high 11 strikeouts and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
HOFSTRA (17-20, 6-9 in CAA)
The Pride had a 3-2 week, which included a 4-2 victory over St. John’s and a doubleheader sweep of ODU on Saturday. Senior Austin Nyman hit .467 (7-15) with two doubles, three RBI’s and four runs scored. He also stole five bases to take over the CAA lead with 20. Kenny Jackson hit his fifth homer of the year on Saturday and has reached base in 21 straight games. Hofstra’s bullpen gave up just one hit over 8.0 shutout innings in the doubleheader vs. ODU. Bryan Verbitsky tossed three scoreless frames in the opener to get the win and the trio of Nick Kozlowski, Andrew Barbarino and Brett Schreiber combined for five innings of no-hit ball in the finale with Kozlowski getting the win.
JAMES MADISON (14-20, 6-11 in CAA)
The Dukes have dropped 11 games in a row following an 0-4 week, which included being swept by CAA foe William & Mary. Mistakes hurt JMU last week as it committed 10 errors, issued 19 walks and hit 10 batters. Junior Conner Brown batted .438 (7-16) with a triple, homer, three runs scored and six RBI’s. JMU also got strong weeks offensively from Casey Goss (.529), Cole McInturff (.462) and Chad Carroll (.412) as it batted .333 as a team. Johnny Bladel had his 27-game on base streak come to an end, but is still second in the league in on base percentage (.503) for the season. Bladel ranks fourth all-time at JMU with 130 walks.
UNCW (26-11, 9-2 in CAA)
The Seahawks, who are ranked #25 by Baseball America this week, went 3-1 last week, including taking two of three in their big CAA series with Delaware. Luke Dunlap batted .462 (6-13) with five walks and also scored four times.He’s riding a 7-game hitting streak. Michael Bass returned from an ankle injury and had five hits in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of UD. Bass tied the UNCW record with a 26-game hitting streak before having it snapped on Sunday, but has reached base in 33 straight games. Hunter Ridge is one RBI shy of Jonathan Batts’ career school record of 182. Mat Batts threw his 4th straight complete game on Saturday, limiting UD to seven hits and fanning eight in a 4-2 win. He retired the final 10 batters of the game. Jordan Ramsey (6-2) held UD scoreless in Saturday’s second game until allowing a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth of a 3-2 victory.
NORTHEASTERN (21-15, 7-8 in CAA)
The Huskies beat Connecticut (4-2) and Harvard (10-2), but dropped two of three at Richmond over the weekend. Outfielder Aaron Barbosa batted .380 with five runs scored and seven RBI’s. He drove in a career-high five runs in Saturday’s 12-5 win at UR. Michael Foster smacked a pair of homers in the series at Richmond and has three for the year. Lefty Isaac Lippert scattered eight hits over six shutout innings and fanned five versus UConn to improve to 3-1. Freshman James Mulry limited Harvard to an unearned run on six hits to earn the win. Mulry struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk.
OLD DOMINION (18-16, 8-10 in CAA)
The Monarchs topped Richmond 7-4 but lost two of three at Hofstra over the weekend. Freshman outfielder Connor Myers batted .364 with a double, triple and four runs scored last week. Ben Slaton hit . 455 for the week, including a 3-for-6 effort with two RBI’s in Sunday’s 14-5 victory at Hofstra. Eight different ODU players had an RBI on Sunday. Ben Verlander, who is batting .375 with a league-high 10 homers for the season, drove in six runs last week to raise his RBI total to 27. Junior Ryan Yarbrough (2-3) limited the Pride to one earned run on six hits in Sunday’s win and struck out a career-high eight batters.
TOWSON (19-17, 9-6 in CAA)
The Tigers had a 4-1 week, beating in-state foes UMES (7-4) and Mount St. Mary’s (12-7) before taking two of three at George Mason. Third baseman Zach Fisher batted .478 (11-23) with two doubles, six runs scored and five RBI’s. He had at least two hits in all five games and also stole four bases. Kurt Wertz had his first two-homer game at MSM and then went deep in back-to-back games at Mason to up his season total to six. Brandon Gonnella held Mason to four hits over 7.0 shutout innings and fanned seven on Sunday. Kyle Paul finished the 8-0 victory. Senior Mike Volpe improved to 5-2 after beating Mason 10-6 in the opener. Towson has 51 double plays in 36 games and led the nation last week.
WILLIAM & MARY (25-13, 9-3 in CAA)
The Tribe went 4-1 last week, capped by a three-game sweep of James Madison that pulled W&M within a half-game of first place. Shortstop Ryan Williams batted .471 with a double and five RBI’s. Freshman Jonathan Sarty hit .385 with a pair of doubles and drove in six. Michael Katz had three RBI’s in Saturday’s 9-8 victory over JMU and is batting .429 for the season. Ryan Brown went 3-for-3 and scored twice as W&M took the finale 5-3 on Sunday. Senior lefty Matt Wainman earned three saves last week, allowing just four hits and no runs over 7.0 innings while fanning five.