CAA BASEBALL Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Grayson Evans, UNC Wilmington
Jr., OF, Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina
Evans batted .417 with three doubles, four runs scored and a team-high seven RBI in UNCW’s three-game sweep of ACC foe Maryland. Evans, who missed last year due to injury, had several clutch hits that led to big Seahawks’ innings on Friday and Sunday.
CAA BASEBALL Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Soares, George Mason
Jr., 2B, Harwich, Mass./Harwich
Soares earned All-Tournament honors at the Courtyard by Marriott Baseball Classic after hitting .500 with a homer, two doubles, four runs and four RBI as Mason went 4-0. Soares had three games with at least two hits, including a 4-for-5 effort versus USC Upstate.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Moore, Georgia State
Jr., RHP, Kennesaw, Ga./Young Harris JC
Moore allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings in his Panthers’ debut versus Cleveland State. The junior struck out nine, including the first four batters he faced, as State went on to a 10-0 victory.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Stephen Acure, William & Mary
Fr., OF, Clark’s Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep
Acure batted .429 with a triple, homer and eight RBI as William & Mary went 3-1 last weekend. The freshman outfielder also drew six walks and stole a pair of bases while recording 10 putouts defensively.
The Blue Hens split a four-game series at Longwood over the weekend. Senior Chris Nehl batted .556 (10-18) with four doubles and six RBI. Jared Olson belted a team-high three homers and drove in seven in the series. Delaware scored 22 runs in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, which was the most in a game since 2004. The Blue Hens started 2-0 for the first time in over a decade before dropping the final two games of the series.
GEORGE MASON (4-0)
The Patriots are off to just the third 4-0 start in school history after victories over USC Upstate, UNC Asheville and SIU-Edwardsville at the Courtyard by Marriott Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. The Patriots’ pitching staff allowed just nine earned runs in four games, led by junior Kevin Crum, who didn’t allow an earned run in six innings of work against UNCA. Mason batted .333 and smacked five homers over the weekend. Senior Scott Krieger hit the 50th homer of his career and became Mason’s all-time leader in total bases. Junior Ryan Soares batted .500, while Chris Henderson hit .474 in the tournament.
GEORGIA STATE (3-1)
The Panthers won three of four from Cleveland State to open the season. Senior catcher Marc Mimeault batted .462 in the series with a homer and five RBI, while Matt Van Horn homered twice. Three State pitchers combined for a shutout on Saturday as junior starter Ryan Moore allowed just one hit over the first six innings and fanned nine in his Panthers’ debut. Sophomore Aiden Francis tossed 3.1 innings of no-hit relief to earn the win in State’s 6-5 triumph on Friday. Senior Chase Childers now ranks third in career walks at State.
The Pride was swept in a four-game series at 6th-ranked Florida State last weekend. Senior outfielder Mark Stuckless had six hits in the series and scored a team-high four runs from the leadoff spot. Stuckless, Matt Prokopowicz, Adam Perlo and Chris Mentrasti all batted over .300 at FSU. Junior pitcher Rob Kumatovic had an excellent outing, limiting the Seminoles to three runs in a complete-game effort, but came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision. Sophomore Anthony Gionesi tossed 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
JAMES MADISON (1-3)
The Dukes opened with a 1-3 mark against a tough field at the Caravelle Resort Invitational in South Carolina. JMU knocked off #22 Coastal Carolina 8-6 in Sunday’s finale as sophomore Turner Phelps won his ninth consecutive decision after fanning nine in 6.1 innings. Kevin Munson pitched the final 2.2 innings to get the save. Junior Jason Kuhn threw 4.2 innings of shutout relief in a loss to Troy. Offensively, sophomore shortstop David Herbek batted .500 with four runs scored. Five of his eight hits were for extra bases and he is now riding a career-best nine-game hitting streak.
UNC WILMINGTON (3-0)
The Seahawks opened the year in impressive fashion with a three-game sweep of ACC foe Maryland. Junior outfielder Grayson Evans, who missed all of last season with an ankle injury, batted .417 with three doubles and seven RBI in the series. UNCW’s pitching staff limited the Terps to a .219 batting average. Sophomore Daniel Cropper, who missed 2008 with an arm injury, allowed two runs over five frames in the opener and struck out six to earn the win. Junior Jesse Haney threw a career-high 7.1 innings on Sunday and allowed only two runs on four hits. Freshman Tyler McSwain earned a save on Saturday by throwing four innings of one-hit baseball with three strikeouts.
The Huskies open their season in Florida this week, starting with a contest against Eckerd College on Wednesday. Jeff Thomson will get the opening day start. Northeastern will play their annual exhibition with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday before facing Northwestern in a doubleheader on Sunday morning.
OLD DOMINION (2-2)
The Monarchs split four games at the Wake Forest Tournament, earning wins over Marshall and Akron. Junior third baseman Jake McAloose hit .389 over the weekend with a pair of homers and six RBI. Freshman pitcher Brett Harris picked up a victory in his collegiate debut against Marshall, allowing three runs over seven innings. He also served as ODU’s DH against Akron and went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Pitchers Chris Boggs, Brady Burchill and Austin Wright combined for 11 strikeouts in the win over Akron. ODU was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases to start the season.
The Tigers dropped three of four in a season-opening series at New Orleans. Towson was unable to protect two-run ninth-inning leads in the first and third games before winning the finale 9-5. Senior second baseman Gary Helmick batted .400 with four RBI while shortstop Chris Wychock hit .375 with seven runs scored. Freshman pitcher Sean Bertrand allowed just two hits over four shutout innings of relief to earn the win over UNO on Sunday. The Tigers have lost shortstop Nick Natoli, the 2008 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, and pitchers Duane Herr, Tyler Bugna and Sean Thompson to season-ending injuries.
The Rams split four games at UCF to start the season. VCU batted .367 in the series, led by junior shortstop Doug Otto, who hit .529 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. Senior catcher Carlos Rodriguez batted .462 with five RBI, highlighted by a game-winning two-run homer in the Rams’ 10-9 victory on Saturday. Sophomore Aaron Morgan (5.1 innings of relief) and freshman Ryan Crosby (5.0 innings) earned the wins for VCU on the mound. Freshman pitcher Kyle Pelchy limited UCF to just one hit over the final four innings on Monday in his collegiate debut.
WILLIAM & MARY (3-1)
The Tribe opened the season with a 3-1 mark against Buffalo and Iona. W&M batted .381 as a team and put 46 runs on the board. Senior outfielder Rob Nickle hit .471 with a team-high nine RBI, while Tyler Stampone hit .462 and scored seven runs. Senior Lanny Stanfield was 4-for-6 with three doubles in a win over Iona on Sunday. Freshman Stephen Acure started all four games in center field and batted .429 with a triple, homer and eight RBI. Sophomore reliever Logan Billbrough threw three perfect innings of relief against Buffalo on Saturday with four strikeouts.