CAA Baseball Weekly Report - March 12
Ben Verlander, Old Dominion
Jr., 1B/OF, Maidens, Va./Goochland
Verlander batted .636 (7-11) with four home runs and nine RBI's as ODU split four games last week, including a 2-1 record versus CAA foe Northeastern. Verlander went 4-for-4, tied a school record with three homers and drove in seven as the Monarchs beat NU 10-8 last Saturday. He also homered in a 7-6 loss to Richmond and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's game with the Huskies. Verlander also received National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Jordan Ramsey, UNCW
So., RHP, Lexington, N.C./North Davidson
Ramsey threw the first nine-inning complete game of his career in UNCW's 7-2 victory over VCU last Saturday. The sophomore scattered nine hits, gave up only one earned run and tied a career high with seven strikeouts. Ramsey has given up just one earned run over his last 23.2 innings and has a 1.91 ERA for the season. UNCW swept the three-game series from a VCU squad that entered with a 9-0 record.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Garrett Ford, Georgia State
Fr., LHP, Loganville, Ga./Loganville)
Ford took a shutout into the ninth inning of Georgia State's 12-3 conference victory over George Mason last Saturday. The freshman surrendered just seven hits over the first eight frames before allowing three runs in the ninth. Ford is 2-2 on the season with a team-leading 3.20 ERA.
DELAWARE (8-5, 2-1 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 3-1 last week, including a pair of wins in their CAA series opener at Towson. UD has won its last six CAA road series dating back to last season. Junior Adam Davis and Matt Storen combined for an 8-0 shutout of TU last Saturday. Davis gave up just four hits over 5.1 innings and fanned five. Closer Stephen Richter went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three appearances last week. He gave up just two hits and struck out eight. Infielder D.J. Long batted .563 (9-16) with three homers, six RBI's and seven runs scored last week. Joe Giacchino is batting .405 during a nine-game hitting streak. Jimmy Yezzo homered twice against UMBC and has reached base in 24 straight games.
GEORGE MASON (7-7, 1-2 in CAA)
The Patriots went 1-3 last week, which included two losses in a three-game CAA trip to Georgia State. Junior catcher Tucker Tobin stayed hot, batting .529 (9-19) with his fifth homer, three doubles, five RBI's and three runs scored. He's hitting .475 with five homers and 18 RBI's for the season. The Patriots topped GSU 14-13 last Friday as Tobin drove in five runs and third baseman Blaise Fernandez went 4-for-6 with four RBI's.
GEORGIA STATE (11-6, 2-1 in CAA)
The Panthers had a 4-1 week, including taking the final two games of their CAA series with Mason. Sophomore Caden Bailey batted .471 (8-17) with six runs scored and eight RBI's. He had a walk-off homer in an 8-7 victory over Mason on Sunday and is riding a 19-game hitting streak. GSU is leading the nation in batting with a .346 average and is fourth in runs per game (9.5). Nine of the Panthers' 10 regulars are batting at least .320, led by Chad Prain (.435) and Josh Merrigan (.417). On the mound, freshman lefty Garrett Ford took a shutout into the ninth inning of GSU's 12-3 win over Mason on Saturday. Junior Andrew Fessler has allowed just one earned run in 9.1 innings of relief on the last two Sunday's.
HOFSTRA (3-11, 0-3 in CAA)
The Pride was swept in a CAA series for the first time since 2011 at James Madison. Jared Hammer batted .462 with three doubles and three RBI's against the Dukes while catcher Matt Reistetter also hit .462 in the series. Junior reliever Brett Schreiber hasn't allowed an earned run in his first seven appearances spanning 13 innings. David D'Errico threw a perfect inning in relief after an 11-month rehab from Tommy John surgery. Hofstra catchers have thrown out eight of 11 attempted base stealers so far.
JAMES MADISON (9-6, 3-0 in CAA)
The Dukes averaged 13.3 runs in sweeping a three-game CAA series from Hofstra over the weekend. First baseman Matt Tenaglia hit .455 (5-11) with four doubles, nine RBI's and six runs scored. He's batting .436 with 18 RBI's on the year. Johnny Bladel hit .545 in the series while Ty McFarland was 5-for-6 in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader. As a team, the Dukes batted .407 with a .493 on-base percentage in the series. Aaron Hoover worked four innings of relief and gave up just two runs on Saturday to get the win.
UNCW (9-6, 0-0 in CAA)
The Seahawks went 3-1 last week, including a three-game sweep of previously unbeaten VCU. Junior Ryan LaGrange batted .636 with a homer, five RBI's and two runs scored. Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 15 games and is batting .436 with 14 runs scored during the streak. He's also 8-for-8 in stolen bases. The Seahawks' pitching staff combined for a 2.80 ERA last week. Jordan Ramsey threw his first career nine-inning complete game in a 7-2 win over the Rams on Saturday, while Mat Batts gave up just one run over eight frames in Friday's 9-3 triumph. Christian McDonald completed the sweep by giving up just four hits over 7.1 innings in a 3-2 victory.
NORTHEASTERN (8-6, 1-2 in CAA)
The Huskies completed a perfect 5-0 trip to the Snowbird Classic with victories over St. Bonaventure and Villanova before dropping two of three at ODU. Michael Foster had the first grand slam by an NU player since 2012 in the win over Villanova. Aaron Barbosa has a team-high five stolen bases on the year. Freshman Nick Cubarney gave up just two hits over 5.0 innings in his first career appearance against Villanova. He struck out four and faced just 17 batters. Kevin Ferguson improved to 3-1 after allowing one run on five hits over 7.2 innings in a 2-1 victory at ODU last Sunday. Dylan Maki picked up the save.
OLD DOMINION (8-5, 2-1 in CAA)
The Monarchs split four games last week, but opened CAA play with a pair of wins in three games with Northeastern. Junior Ben Verlander batted .636 (7-11) with four homers and nine RBI's for the week. He was 4-for-4, tied a school record with three homers, and drove in seven as ODU topped NU 10-8 on Saturday. Josh Eldridge also had a solid week with six hits. On the mound, freshman lefty Jake Josephs threw the final three innings in Friday's 11-4 victory to pick up his first collegiate win.
TOWSON (7-6, 1-2 in CAA)
The Tigers dropped their first three games last week before breaking out of a scoring slump with a 19-14 victory over Delaware. Catcher Andrew Parker was 2-for-3 with a school record-tying five runs scored and four RBI's in the win and had two homers in the series. Senior lefty Mike Ryan suffered his first loss versus UD on Friday but picked up the win on Sunday to improve to 4-1 on the year. Senior Mike Volpe gave up just two runs on five hits over 8.1 innings in Friday's opener but didn't get a decision. Towson is ranked 10th in the nation in fielding percentage (.983), having made just nine errors in 13 games.
WILLIAM & MARY (10-5, 0-0 in CAA)
The Tribe went 3-1 last week, which included snapping Liberty's nine-game winning streak before taking two of three from Rutgers. Senior Kevin Nutter batted .368 for the week with four RBI's. He had a walk-off RBI single in a 4-3 win over Rutgers on Sunday. Freshman Jonathan Sarty had just three at-bats last week, but came up with pinch hit RBI singles in either the 8th or 9th inning in each of them. In his first career start, pitcher J.T. Castner held Liberty to one earned run on four hits over seven innings.