CAA Baseball Weekly Report - April 29
CAA BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Luke Dunlap, UNCW
So., OF, Walnut Cove, N.C./East Forsyth
Dunlap batted .563 (9-16) with two doubles, two homers and 11 RBI’s in UNCW’s 2-2 week that included a win over #1 North Carolina. He drove in three against the Heels and then batted .667 (8-12) with eight RBI’s in a three-game series at Towson.
Kurt Wertz, Towson
Jr., DH, South Williamsport, Pa./South Williamsport
Wertz batted .500 (7-14) with two doubles, a triple, a homer and eight RBI’s in Towson’s 2-2 week. He hit .444 and drove in seven as the Tigers posted a series victory over first-place UNCW, including three RBI games in both wins of the series.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Jason Inghram, William & Mary
So., LHP, Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield
Inghram threw a complete-game one-hitter in William & Mary’s 7-1 victory over George Mason on Sunday. The left-hander took a no-hitter into the ninth before allowing a one-out single. Inghram finished with a career-high 15 strikeouts and retired the side in order in seven of the nine innings.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Garrett Ford, Georgia State
Fr., LHP, Loganville, Ga./Loganville
Ford allowed just four hits over 8.0 shutout innings in Georgia State’s 6-0 victory at Northeastern on Saturday. He struck out four and didn’t issue a walk to up his record to 4-3. Ford needed only 95 pitches to record the 24 outs.
James Mulry, Northeastern
Fr., LHP, West Roxbury, Mass./Boston Latin School
Making his first career Friday start, Mulry gave up just two hits over 7.0 shutout innings in Northeastern’s 6-5 win over GSU in 13 innings. He tied a career high with eight strikeouts in the contest but didn’t get a decision.
DELAWARE (27-16, 12-9 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 1-4 last week, picking up a 12-5 victory over ODU in Friday’s series opener. Pitcher Chad Kuhl improved to 7-2 after allowing seven hits and five runs over 8.0 innings in the win. He struck out nine. Jimmy Yezzo batted .375 for the week with two homers,six RBI’s and six runs scored. He leads the nation with a .448 average and is on a 10-game hitting streak. DJ Long set a new UD record with his 72nd career double. Nick Ferdinand hit .474 with two homers and eight RBI’s last week. Jake Clark threw 5.0 scoreless innings in three appearances out of the bullpen last week and hasn’t allowed a run in his last eight appearances.
GEORGE MASON (15-31, 6-18 in CAA)
The Patriots had a 2-3 week, posting road victories at Temple (9-5) and William & Mary (3-1). Anthony Montefusco limited the Tribe to five hits and an unearned run over 8.0 innings and fanned seven. Josh Leemhuis was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI’s and Blaise Fernandez went 3-for-5 and drove in three in the victory at Temple. Tanner Love earned the win at Temple after giving up just one run on six hits over 6.1 frames.
GEORGIA STATE (29-17, 8-10 in CAA)
The Panthers won three of four last week, including a CAA series victory at Northeastern. Chase Raffield batted .462 (6-13) with seven RBI’s for the week, while Josh Merrigan hit .412 (7-17) with three doubles and a game-winning homer in a 2-1 triumph over NU on Sunday. Chad Prain, who is batting .414, was named to the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top shortstop. Freshman lefty Garrett Ford allowed only four hits over 8.0 shutout innings in Saturday’s 6-0 win at NU. He struck out four and only needed 95 pitches to record 24 outs. Andrew Fessler threw a complete-game 5-hitter in Sunday’s 2-1 victory. He fanned eight and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
HOFSTRA (22-21, 8-10 in CAA)
The Pride extended their winning streak to four games with non-conference victories over LIU Brooklyn (14-6) and Molloy (9-1) last week. Hofstra is 19-10 over its last 29 games after a 3-11 start. Taylor Stuart had four RBI’s against LIU, while Jared Hammer and Matt Reistetter each drove in three. Hammer also had three RBI’s against Molloy. John Tiedemann picked up his first win of the year against LIU. David D’Errico surrendered just two hits over 5.0 innings versus Molloy. Hofstra was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen bases last week.
JAMES MADISON (20-23, 8-12 in CAA)
The Dukes split four games last week, taking two of three from George Washington after a 16-8 setback at Virginia. Conner Brown batted .444 (8-18) with two homers, five runs scored and nine RBI’s last week. Colby Roberts, who earned several National Player of the Week honors last week, stayed hot by batting .500 with a pair of doubles. Cole McInturff hit .417 for the week and had five RBI’s in a 14-5 triumph over GW on Sunday. Chad Carroll tied a school record with his nation’s-best eighth triple. Closer Chris Huffman threw five scoreless innings on Saturday as JMU rallied for a 5-3 win in 12 innings at GW. The Dukes are off until May 7-8 when they face #1 North Carolina.
UNCW (32-13, 13-4 in CAA)
The Seahawks knocked off top-ranked North Carolina 9-8 last Tuesday but suffered their first weekend series loss of the season at Towson. Luke Dunlap batted .563 (9-16) with two homers and 11 RBI’s for the week. He extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games and is batting .466 over that stretch. Michael Bass, who is hitting .426 for the year, has reached base safely in 41 straight games, which is two shy of the school record. Corey Dick homered three times last week and has seven on the year. UNCW’s win over UNC was its first ever over a #1 ranked team and snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Heels. Kelly Secrest allowed just one hit over the final 5.2 innings at UNC.
NORTHEASTERN (23-17, 8-10 in CAA)
The Huskies opened their series against Georgia State with a 6-5 victory in 13 innings, but scored just one run while dropping the final two contests. Freshman James Mulry made his first Friday start and held the Panthers to two hits over 7.0 shutout innings and struck out a career-best eight. Michael Foster went 4-for-5 at the plate with a game-winning RBI single and also threw 1.2 hitless innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory. Aaron Barbosa has 66 career stolen bases and is one shy of the school record. NU faces UMass tonight at Fenway Park and is looking to capture its first Beanpot title since 2009.
OLD DOMINION (23-21, 13-11 in CAA)
The Monarchs rebounded from losses to VCU and Liberty by taking two of three at Delaware over the weekend. Ben Slaton went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s in Saturday’s 7-3 victory over UD, while P.J. Higgins was 3-for-4 and scored a run in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Hens. Freshman Tommy Alexander threw 5.0 shutout innings against UD out of the pen on Saturday and struck out a career-high eight batters in four innings of work against VCU. Joey Burney homered twice in Friday’s loss to the Hens. ODU’s game with George Mason on Saturday will be televised locally by Cox at 3 p.m.
TOWSON (21-21, 11-7 in CAA)
The Tigers moved into a tie for second in the CAA after taking two of three from league leader UNCW. Towson batted .306 as a team and scored 22 runs versus the Seahawks. Brendan Butler hit .500 in the series while Kurt Wertz batted .444 and drove in seven. Sophomore Paul Beers gave up just two runs on seven hits over 7.0 innings to get his first win of the season on Saturday. Towson’s 11-7 CAA mark is its best ever after 18 games. The Tigers turned seven double plays against UNCW and continue to lead the nation with a school-record 62 twin killings in 42 games.
WILLIAM & MARY (28-17, 11-7 in CAA)
The Tribe took two of three from George Mason over the weekend to move into a tie for second place in the CAA. Junior Ryan Lindemuth batted .500 (5-10) in the series with three runs scored and six RBI’s. He drove in three runs in both W&M wins. Jonathan Sarty was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and Michael Katz was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s in Friday’s 11-2 victory. Katz is batting .376 on the year. Sophomore Jason Inghram (6-4) didn’t allow a hit through 8.1 innings before giving up a single in Sunday’s 7-1 victory. He finished the game with a career-high 15 strikeouts and retired the Patriots in order in seven of the nine frames. Inghram received National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball for the effort.