CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Justin Bour, George Mason
Fr., 1B, Centreville, Va./Westfield
Baur put together an incredible week, batting .500 (10-20) with seven home runs (including three grand slams), nine runs scored and 19 RBI’s in George Mason’s four games. The freshman first baseman homered three times, including two grand slams, and drove in a school-record nine runs in a 28-1 romp of Coppin State. He then went 3-for-6 with two homers and four RBI in an 11-4 CAA win at Hofstra on Friday and followed with a 3-for-6 effort with two homers, including another grand slam, and six RBI in an 18-4 win over the Pride. The effort also earned him National Player of the Week accolades from Louisville Slugger.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Jeff Hatcher, UNC Wilmington
Jr., RHP, Raleigh, N.C./Garner
Hatcher tossed a complete-game, 3-hit shutout as UNC Wilmington blanked CAA foe VCU 3-0 on Saturday. The junior didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, struck out a career-high eight batters and gave up just one walk. Hatcher, who improved to 2-1, has a 1.35 ERA over his past three starts.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Daniel Cropper, UNC Wilmington
Fr., RHP, Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill
Cropper carried a no-hitter into the fifth and a shutout into the ninth as UNC Wilmington defeated VCU 5-3 on Sunday in their series finale. The freshman went a career-high 8.1 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. After allowing a leadoff walk, the rookie retired 11 straight batters.
DELAWARE (1-8 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Blue Hens dropped two of three to Towson in their opening CAA series of the season. Delaware picked up their first win of the season in the middle game of the series, edging the Tigers 9-8 in eight innings on a walk-off RBI single by Scott Shockley. Senior outfielder Bryan Hagerich had a sensational weekend, batting .800 (8-10) with two homers, three RBI and four runs scored. Hagerich, who raised his average to .382, reached base in 11 of 13 plate appearances. Sophomore infielder Alex Buchholz has hit safely in all nine games this year and is riding a 15-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Freshman Ryan Cuneo hit .417 in the series with a homer. Pitcher Brent Gaphardt earned the win versus Towson with a scorless frame. Reliever Chad Kerfoot allowed just two runs and struck out four in six innings of relief on Sunday.
GEORGE MASON (7-6 overall, 4-2 in CAA)
The Patriots won their second straight CAA series, taking two of three at Hofstra over the weekend. Freshman first baseman Justin Bour had a huge week, batting .500 (10-20) with seven homers, nine runs scored and 19 RBI’s, including a school-record three grand slams. Bour went 4-for-4 with three homers, two grand slams and a school-record nine RBI’s in a 28-1 romp of Coppin State, 3-for-6 with two homers and four RBI in a win at Hofstra in Friday’s series opener and completed his tear on Saturday by going 3-for-6 with two homers, including a grand slam, and six RBI’s in a victory over the Pride. The Patriots also got three homers from Chris Fournier in Saturday’s win at Hofstra, and outfielder Scott Krieger set a new school record by smacking a homer in his fifth straight game on Saturday. The Patriots batted .410 for the week with 17 home runs. Along with Bour’s numbers, Krieger batted .667 with three homers and nine RBI’s and Fournier hit .467 with four homers and eight RBI’s. On the mound, junior pitcher J.J. Pannell allowed two earned runs over seven innings on Friday to improve to 3-1 on the year.
GEORGIA STATE (10-9 overall, 0-0 in CAA)
The Panthers ran their winning streak to six with victories over Clark Atlanta (13-1), Furman (7-3) and Southeastern Louisiana (8-7) before dropping the final two games to the Lions over the weekend. Charlie Pelt went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI’s as State rallied past Furman. Freshman third baseman Bradley Logan continued his strong start, batting .400 with three RBI’s and five runs scored last week. Logan scored the winning run in the eighth as the Panthers came from behind to beat SE Louisiana on Friday. Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas was 3-for-4 in the victory. State will be the last team to open conference play when it entertains defending league champion UNC Wilmington this weekend.
HOFSTRA (6-9 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Pride lost the first two games of their opening CAA series with George Mason but captured the finale 9-7 on Sunday, Freshman third baseman Matt Prokopowicz was 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBI’s and three runs scored in Sunday’s victory as Hofstra rallied with a five-run seventh inning. Patrick Rogers was 3-for-8 with a homer and three RBI at the plate in the series and also struck out six in 5.2 innings of work on the mound on Friday. Senior lefty Charlie Frago earned his second win of the year on Sunday after allowing just one hit and no runs over 3.2 innings. He’s 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA on the year.
JAMES MADISON (2-12 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Dukes dropped four of five last week, but saw a school record-tying 10-game losing skid come to an end with a 12-6 triumph over Old Dominion on Sunday. Sophomore Lee Bujakowski was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a career-high five RBI in the victory, while redshirt freshman first baseman Steven Caseres was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Freshman pitcher Kyle Hoffman (2-1) allowed four earned runs over 6.2 innings on Sunday to get the win and has both JMU victories this season. Junior third baseman Joe Lake returned to the lineup and batted .417 for the week with a double and his first career homer. Junior Kellen Kulbacki hit .381 in the five games and laced three doubles. The Dukes led #4 Virginia 5-4 in the eighth before dropping a 6-5 decision and gave up three runs in the ninth that led to losses in two other contests.
UNC WILMINGTON (9-10 overall, 2-1 in CAA)
The Seahawks went 3-1 on the week, including taking two of three from VCU in a battle of last season’s CAA Tournament finalists. After dropping the opener to the Rams 13-3, junior right-hander Jeff Hatcher (2-1) responded with a complete-game 3-hit shutout as UNCW won 3-0 on Saturday. Hatcher fanned a career-high eight and faced just two batters over the minimum in recording his first career complete game. Freshman hurler Daniel Cropper (2-1) nearly matched the feat in Sunday’s 5-3 triumph, taking a no-hitter into the fifth and a shutout into the ninth before allowing three runs in the final frame. Junior Jon Cantrell threw six shuout innings in a 13-2 non-conference win over Elon. Senior Jonathan Batts hit .500 on the week with a pair of homers and six RBI’s. Batts is among UNCW’s career top five in runs (154), doubles (51), homers (26) and RBI’s (141). Junior first baseman Daniel Hargrave had three hits on Sunday and batted .353 on the week, while Nate Hall hit .304. The Seahawks’ defense committed just one error over the four contests.
NORTHEASTERN (4-4 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Huskies went 1-3 last week, including losing the final two games of their three-game CAA set at William & Mary. Northeastern had 14 hits to defeat the Tribe 10-5 in Friday’s series opener. Six different players had multiple hits, with Mike Lyon and David Gustafson each driving in a pair of runs. Pitcher Kris Dabrowiecki scattered seven hits and didn’t allow an earned run over seven innings to pick up his first win of the year. Third baseman James Donaldson went 3-for-3 and scored twice in Saturday’s 10-6 loss to W&M and then went 3-for-4 with three doubles in Sunday’s 9-3 setback. Donaldson leads the team in batting (.483) and RBI’s (10). Gustafson and Lyon also had a pair of hits on Sunday.
OLD DOMINION (13-8 overall, 2-1 in CAA)
The Monarchs split four games last week, but won two of three at James Madison in their opening CAA series. ODU took Friday’s opener at JMU 8-2 as sophomore right-hander Dan Hudson allowed just two runs over eight innings and struck out 11. Junior designated hitter David Burns was 2-for-3 with a homer, three runs scored and three RBI in the win. Burns came up big once again on Saturday as he laced a two-out, three-run double in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie. Outfielder Mike Zahm was 2-for-5 and drove in two in the victory. Burns is batting .375 for the year and leads the team in homers (5) and RBI’s (31), while Zahm tops the squad in batting (.425) and doubles (12) and is second with 23 RBI.
TOWSON (5-7 overall, 2-1 in CAA)
The Tigers opened CAA action by winning two of three at Delaware. Towson, which has a 2-1 CAA mark for just the second time, has won five of seven overall after an 0-5 start. Towson batted .321 and scored 26 runs in the UD series while getting 36 hits and drawing 25 walks. Junior outfielder Brian Conley batted .500 in the series with a homer, three RBI, three runs scored, five walks and three stolen bases. Sophomore Gary Helmick hit .444 in the three games including a game-winning single in the 10th on Sunday, while sophomore Aaron Gabrielian drove in eight runs, including five on Sunday. Senior right-hander Tyler Travis earned his first win of the year on Sunday with four shutout innings of relief, highighted by working out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the sixth inning of a tie game. Towson committed just two errors in the series.
VCU (8-7 overall, 1-2 in CAA)
The Rams went 2-2 last week, knocking off ACC foe Virginia Tech 9-4 before losing two of three at UNC Wilmington in their first CAA series of the season. Senior right-hander John Leonard (2-0) threw six shutout innings against the Hokies, allowing only two hits and striking out five. Sophomore first baseman Jared Bolden had an outstanding week offensively, batting .563 (9-16) with a homer, four runs scored and five RBI. Bolden has had two or more hits in five straight games and is riding an 11-game hitting streak. He leads the team with a .433 batting average and 15 RBI’s. VCU pounded out 17 hits in Friday’s 13-3 victory over the Seahawks, but then was shutout for 17 innings over the next two games. The streak ended in the ninth inning of Sunday’s finale when a three-run rally fell just short in a 5-3 setback.
WILLIAM & MARY (9-9 overall, 3-3 in CAA)
The Tribe went 3-1 on the week and climbed back to .500 in CAA play after winning two of three from Northeastern over the weekend. Senior second baseman Brent McWhorter batted .562 (9-16) for the week with two doubles, a triple, eight runs scored and six RBI. The effort raised his average to .375 for the year. Senior third baseman Greg Sexton, who leads the team with a .486 average, smacked his team-leading fourth homer of the year in Saturday’s 10-6 win over NU and moved within one double of Brendan Harris’ career doubles mark of 59. Sexton has two or more hits in seven of his past eight contests. Outfielder Paul Juliano was 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts last week. Freshman pitcher Kevin Landry allowed just three earned runs over seven innings to earn the win on Saturday and struck out seven. Landry has fanned 28 in 24 innings this season. Freshman lefty Tyler Truxell got the win in a 9-3 triumph over Richmond after giving up two earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. Designated hitter Tim Park belted a grand slam against the Spiders to break the game open.