Tucker Tobin, George Mason
Jr., C/OF, Springfield, Va./West Springfield
Tobin batted .769 (10-13) with two homers, seven runs scored and seven RBI's as George Mason swept a three-game series from Iona last weekend. The junior had multiple hits in all three games, including a 4-for-4 effort with four runs scored on Friday and a 4-for-5 performance with two homers and five RBI's in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Tobin also stole two bases and walked twice.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Nick Berger, Northeastern
So., RHP, Commack, N.Y./Commack
Berger threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout as Northeastern posted a 4-0 victory at UT Arlington last Saturday. The sophomore right-hander struck out two and didn't issue a walk while handling the Mavericks only their second loss of the season. Berger is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA for the season.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Steven Linkous, UNCW
Fr., 3B, Leland, N.C./North Brunswick
Linkous batted .455 (5-11) with four runs scored and two RBI's as UNCW split four games last week. The freshman third baseman, who had four hits as the Seahawks rolled past Lehigh 15-0 last Friday, is batting .417 for the season.
The Blue Hens went 1-2 last week, defeating Holy Cross 9-8 before dropping a pair of games to #25 Virginia Tech. Junior Jimmy Yezzo, who is riding a 17-game hitting streak, went 4-for-5 against Holy Cross and batted .500 for the weekend with two doubles, a triple and two RBI's. Ty Warrington hit .429 and drove in two. On the mound, closer Stephen Richter recorded his 18th career save, tying the program record. Chad Kuhl improved to 2-0 after yielding four earned runs on six hits over 7.2 innings versus Holy Cross.
GEORGE MASON (3-3)
The Patriots swept a three-game home series over Iona, outscoring the Gaels 30-8. Junior Tucker Tobin batted .769 (10-13) with two homers, seven RBI's and seven runs scored. He went 4-for-4 with four runs in the opener and 4-for-5 with five RBI's in Game 2. Freshman Brandon Gum hit .364 and knocked in three runs. He had at least one hit and one run scored in each game. Junior pitcher Jared Gaynor allowed just one run on six hits over 6.0 innings to earn the win in Sunday's opener. He struck out eight and walked two.
GEORGIA STATE (4-4)
The Panthers, who went 2-3 last week, lead the CAA with a .339 batting average and are averaging more than 10 runs per game. Freshman Josh Merrigan batted .429 (9-21) last week with six RBI's and five runs scored. He's hitting .500 for the season and tops the CAA in hits (16), RBI (12) and runs (11). Infielder Caden Bailey is batting .429 and riding an 11-game hitting streak. Senior Mark Hogan leads the league in on-base percentage at .625. Senior pitcher Nick Squeglia took a no-hitter into the 6th inning of a 20-0 shutout of Alabama A&M. He struck out eight over six frames.
The Pride split a four-game series at Cal State Bakersfield. Hofstra won the opener 1-0 as starter Joe Burg allowed just one hit over the first six innings. Brett Schreiber and Bryan Verbitsky completed Hofstra's first 1-0 win since 2001. Hofstra's bullpen gave up 15 hits and five runs over 15.2 innings of work. Dave Jesch earned a win on Saturday after surrendering one run in 4.1 frames. Senior Austin Nyman batted .400 with three runs scored and four stolen bases, while freshman Kevin Brantley hit .429 in a pair of starts.
JAMES MADISON (2-5)
The Dukes went 2-3 at home last week, picking up a pair of wins over Binghamton (9-1 and 14-1). Junior Ty McFarland batted .556 (10-18) with a double, homer and eight runs scored. First baseman Matt Tenaglia hit .529 with four doubles and seven runs scored. On the hill, Michael Howerton limited BU to one run on three hits over 6.0 innings to earn the win on Sunday. Freshman Mark Gunst picked up a save in his collegiate debut after allowing just one hit over the final four frames on Saturday. Sophomore Luke Drayer worked five innings and gave up a run on seven hits in Saturday's victory.
The Seahawks fell at Charleston Southern before taking two of three versus Lehigh over the weekend. Senior Michael Bass batted .615 with two homers, six runs scored and five RBI's. He's reached base safely in 10 straight games. Tyler Molinaro is batting .400 over a four-game hitting streak. UNCW's pitching staff allowed just one earned run (0.36 ERA) in the Lehigh series. Junior Christian McDonald allowed just four hits and struck out a career-high six in 7.2 innings on Sunday. Jordan Ramsey threw a complete game and tied a career-high with seven strikeouts in Sunday's opener. Corey Dick and Christian Wolfe each belted two-run pinch-hit homers on Sunday.
The Huskies dropped two of three at UT Arlington over the weekend. NU won Saturday's opener 4-0 as sophomore Nick Berger threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout. He struck out two and didn't issue a walk. Offensively, sophomore shortstop Jason Vosler batted .308 with a triple and four RBI's. However, his career-best 17-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday.
OLD DOMINION (2-3)
The Monarchs lost two of three to Rutgers over the weekend, winning the middle game of the series 4-3. Freshman Pat Kane batted .429 for the series and had three RBI's in the victory. Freshman Connor Myers, sophomore Mike Perez and junior Ben Verlander all batted .500 against Rutgers. Pitcher Dean Ali has already struck out 12 batters in 9.0 innings of work this season.
The Tigers defeated Nicholls State 3-1 last Friday to extend their season-opening win streak to four before losing the final two games to the Colonels. Sophomore pitcher Brandon Gonnella (1-1) hasn't allowed an earned run in 11.2 innings this season and has 10 strikeouts with no walks. Senior lefty Mike Ryan is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 6.1 innings of work. Towson made just one error in 110 chances at Nicholls and has a .973 fielding percentage for the season. The Tigers batted just .185 and scored six runs over the three games.
WILLIAM & MARY (4-3)
The Tribe moved above .500 after sweeping a three-game series from Siena over the weekend. W&M outscored the Saints 26-7 over the weekend. Shortstop Ryan Williams batted .375 with two doubles, three runs scored and six RBI's. He was 3-for-4 and drove in two in a 13-2 victory on Sunday. Senior John Farrell improved to 2-0 after throwing a complete game in a 4-2 victory. He scattered nine hits, gave up two runs and struck out four.