CAA Baseball Weekly Report - Feb. 19
Dominic Fratantuono, Towson
Jr., OF, Linthicum, Md./Cardinal Gibbons
Fratantuono batted .429 (6-14) with a double, homer and nine RBI's as Towson swept a three-game series at McNeese State last weekend. The junior outfielder had two hits and drove in at least two runs in all three games. He belted a grand slam in the Tigers' season-opening 11-5 win on Friday and drove in three runs, including the game-winner in the 15th inning, in Saturday's 10-9 triumph. In Sunday's finale, he had a pair of hits and two RBI's as Towson won 8-1.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
John Farrell, William & Mary
Sr., RHP, Andover, Mass./Andover
Farrell earned his first win of the season after limiting perennial national power Clemson to two runs on nine hits over 7.0 innings as William & Mary knocked off the Tigers 11-2 last Saturday. The senior right-hander struck out four and walked just one. It was the Tribe's first road win over an ACC opponent since 2008.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Josh Merrigan, Georgia State
Fr., OF, Marietta, Ga./Walton
Merrigan had an impressive collegiate debut, batting .636 (7-11) as Georgia State took two-of-three from Butler last week. The Panthers' outfielder had five singles, a double and a triple and drove in six runs. He smacked a game-tying two-run single as GSU rallied for a 12-7 win in last Friday's opener.
Senior Nick Ferdinand batted .556 (5-9) with three doubles, a homer and six RBI's on UD's opening weekend. He's riding a nine-game hitting streak and a nine-game run scoring streak. Junior Jimmy Yezzo hit .500 (7-14) with four doubles, a triple and four RBI's. He has a 14-game hitting streak dating back to last year. Senior Eric Buckland allowed just six hits and a run over 7.0 innings in the Hens' 9-1 victory over Canisius on Sunday. JUCO transfer Adam Davis limited Toledo to a run on six hits over 7.0 innings and struck out eight.
GEORGE MASON (0-3)
The Patriots fell to The Citadel (9-1), High Point (8-6) and Kansas State (7-6) at The Citadel Memorial Challenge. Duncan Satherlie went 5-for-8 with three runs scored. Nick Allen drove in three runs and scored three times in the tournament. He batted .444 (4-9) in the three games.
GEORGIA STATE (2-2)
The Panthers batted .351 as a team and averaged 12.3 runs in winning two of three over Butler. Freshman outfielder Josh Merrigan batted .636 (7-11) with six RBI, while freshman third baseman Matt Rose hit. 500 (7-14) with four RBI's. Freshman pitcher Garrett Ford allowed just four hits and one earned run over six innings to get the win in Saturday's 17-9 triumph. Head coach Greg Frady is just five wins shy of 200 for his career.
The Pride played well despite being swept in a four-game series at 14th-ranked Oklahoma. Hofstra dropped a pair of one-run games on Saturday and lost on a 9th-inning walk-off homer on Sunday. Jared Hammer had his streak of reaching base end at 63 consecutive games. Kenny Jackson four hits in the series, including two doubles and a homer. Pitcher Jared Rodgers limited the Sooners to five hits and one earned run in Sunday's setback. Hofstra struggled defensively, making 12 errors. The Pride was able to steal six bases over the four games.
JAMES MADISON (0-2)
The Dukes dropped a pair of one-run decisions (4-3 and 8-7) at 35th-ranked Coastal Carolina. JMU outhit the Chants 20-12, but was hurt by issuing 10 walks and making four errors. Shortstop Casey Goss batted .500 (4-8) with two runs scored and three RBI's. Matt Tenaglia was 3-for-8 in his return after missing last year due to injury. Sophomore reliever Aaron Hoover threw 5.1 shutout innings on Sunday and gave up just two hits to allow JMU to erase an early 6-1 deficit. JMU's pitcher held Coastal to a .207 average and gave up only two extra base hits. Freshman Michael Church threw a pair of hitless innings.
The Seahawks earned two wins over #31 Kent State but lost twice to Virginia Tech. Tyler Molinaro's homer in the 10th allowed UNCW to rally for a 7-6 victory in the opener. The Seahawks were 0-20 when trailing after 7 innings in 2012. Michael Bass homered, stole three bases and scored five runs in the leadoff spot and also was perfect in 27 chances at second base. Hunter Ridge is tied for third on the team's career hits list (245). Junior Ricky Holden picked up a win and a save against KSU after allowing four hits over 3.2 shutout innings. The Seahawks' bullpen stuck out 25 batters in 22.1 innings.
The Huskies beat Houston 9-3 on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. NU had 14 hits on Sunday and 33 for the series. Shortstop Jason Vosler extended his hitting streak to 14 games after batting .538 (7-13) with three doubles, three runs and four RBI's. He also made 14 assists and two double plays with no errors. Senior Kevin Ferguson got the win on Sunday after allowing a run on five hits over 6.0 innings. Freshman James Mulry three three scoreless innings in relief on Saturday and fanned five.
OLD DOMINION (1-1)
The Monarchs split a pair of home games against Marshall, rebounding from a 3-0 loss on Friday to post a 10-1 win on Saturday. Sophomore Josh Eldridge batted .556 (5-9) with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI's. Junior lefty Ryan Yarbrough gave up only an unearned run over 6.0 innings and struck out seven to get the win on Saturday. The Monarchs' pitching staff struck out 10 in each game.
The Tigers opened the season 3-0 for the first time since 2004 after sweeping a three-game series at McNeese State last weekend. Towson outscored the Cowboys 30-15 and won a 3-game road series for the first time since 2002. Junior Dominic Fratantuono batted .429 and drove in nine runs. Infielder Mike Draper was 4-for-5 with his first career homer in the series finale. On the mound, senior Mike Volpe allowed just two hits and an unearned run over 6.0 innings in the opener and Brandon Gonnella gave up only two hits in 6.0 shutout innings in the finale. For the series, Towson's pitchers compiled a 1.94 ERA.
WILLIAM & MARY (1-3)
The Tribe defeated Clemson 11-2 last Saturday to earn a win in their three-game series at Clemson. It was W&M's first victory over an ACC squad since 2011 and its first road win over an ACC foe since 2008. Sophomore Michael Katz batted .583 (7-12) in the series and drove in four runs in Saturday's victory. Senior John Farrell picked up the win on the mound after limiting the Tigers to two runs on nine hits over 7.0 innings. Senior Brett Koehler held Clemson to a pair of runs on seven hits over 8.0 innings in the opener, but came up on the short end of a 2-0 decision.