CAA Baseball Weekly Report - March 25
CAA BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Ben Verlander, Old Dominion
Jr., OF, Maidens, Va./Goochland
Verlander batted .632 (12-19) with two homers and six runs scored in ODU’s 3-1 week. The junior had multiple hits in all four games, including a 5-for-6 effort in a 13-4 win over Towson on Saturday. Verlander is batting .470 with a league-high eight home runs.
Jimmy Yezzo, Delaware
Jr., 1B, Cherry Hill, N.J./Bishop Eustace
Yezzo batted .555 (10-18) with four doubles, a homer, seven runs scored and nine RBI’s in Delaware’s 4-0 week. The junior is riding a five-game hitting streak and has reached base in 34 straight games. He’s batting .457 with a league-high 32 RBI’s.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Mat Batts, UNCW
Jr., LHP, Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor
Batts threw a complete-game four-hit shutout in UNCW’s 9-0 victory over Georgia State last Friday. The junior struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk against the CAA’s top offensive team. He improved to 3-1 with a 3.05 ERA for the season.
Jason Inghram, William & Mary
So., LHP, Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield
Inghram tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout in W&M’s third consecutive 1-0 victory at Northeastern on Sunday. The sophomore struck out nine batters and walked only two. He improved to 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA for the season.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Terence Connelly, UNCW
Fr., IF, Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade
Connelly batted .462 with seven runs scored and five RBI’s in UNCW’s 5-0 week. He also drew seven walks and had a .682 on base average. The freshman has reached base safely in 16 consecutive games.
DELAWARE (14-8, 3-3 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 4-0 last week, topping Wilmington (13-9) before sweeping a three-game weekend series with Bucknell. Junior Jimmy Yezzo batted .555 (10-18) with four doubles, a homer, nine RBI’s and seven runs scored. Yezzo has reached base in 34 straight games. DJ Long hit .421 (8-19) with two doubles, a homer and five runs scored while Alex Mottle extended his hitting streak to six. Senior pitcher Eric Buckland appeared in all four games and went 2-0 with a save. He allowed one earned run on two hits over 9.1 innings.UD’s weekend starters (Chad Kuhl, Adam Davis and Matt Soren) combined for a 2-0 record with a 1.94 ERA. They allowed just 20 hits over 23.1 innings.
GEORGE MASON (11-12, 4-5 in CAA)
The Patriots split four games last week, beating Radford 5-4 before dropping two of three to JMU over the weekend. Outfielder Tommy Vitaletti went 3-for-5 with his first career grand slam, three runs scored and five RBI’s in Friday’s 11-2 win over JMU. He also homered on Saturday. Junior Jared Gaynor evened his record at 2-2 after scattering seven hits and allowing one earned run in his first complete game on Friday. He fanned five and walked only one. Freshman Tyler Mocabee threw five hitless innings out of the bullpen vs. JMU on Saturday. He struck out four and issued one walk.
GEORGIA STATE (15-10, 5-4 in CAA)
The Panthers split a home-and-home series with Mercer before being swept in their CAA series at UNCW. Shortstop Chad Prain batted .458 (11-24) with three doubles and four RBI last week and continues to top the CAA with a .470 average. Catcher Scott Sarratt returned from an injury at UNCW and raised his season average to .400. Freshman Josh Merrigan had six hits in the three games at UNCW and is how batting .388 with 20 RBI’s. Chase Raffield belted his team-leading fourth homer against the Seahawks and now has 22 RBI’s. GSU continues a stretch of eight out of nine on the road this week.
HOFSTRA (6-16, 0-6 in CAA)
The Pride went 2-2 on the road last week, defeating Fordham (5-1) and winning the finale of a three-game set at Rhode Island (3-1). Matt Reistetter batted .385 to pace the Hofstra offense. On the mound, Dave Jesch struck out eight over 5.1 innings in the Fordham win. Bryan Verbitsky threw 2.1 innings in two relief performances with all seven outs coming via strikeout. Michael Isom gave up a run on three hits over 3.0 innings and fanned four in his debut vs. Fordham. Brett Schreiber picked up his first save in Sunday’s victory over URI.
JAMES MADISON (13-9, 6-2 in CAA)
The Dukes fell 10-7 at Maryland before taking the final two games of their CAA series at Mason. Senior Johnny Bladel batted .375 with two doubles, three RBI’s and four runs scored. Cole McInturff (.357), Ty McFarland (.353) and Chad Carroll (.353) also hit over .350 with Carroll tripling twice to up his season total to five. Michael Howerton allowed just one run on three hits over 5.1 innings in Sunday’s 5-2 win at Mason. He improved to 3-0 for the season. Trent Cundiff threw 3.1 innings of relief in Saturday’s 11-4 triumph to get his first win of the year. Chris Huffman saved both victories last week to increase his season saves total to four.
UNCW (17-7, 4-1 in CAA)
The Seahawks went 5-0 last week, topping regional rivals East Carolina (10-3) and Charleston Southern (10-3) before sweeping CAA foe Georgia State. Ryan LaGrange batted .471 with a double, homer, six runs scored and eight RBI’s. He had two hits in four different games. Terence Connelly batted .462 with seven runs scored and five RBI’s, while Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 20 games and his on-base streak to 26. Hunter Ridge became UNCW’s all-time hits leader with 264. Pitcher Mat Batts threw his first career complete-game shutout in Friday’s 9-0 win over GSU, limiting the Panthers to four hits. Jordan Ramsey lowered his ERA to 1.70 after holding GSU to a run on five hits over 8.0 innings on Saturday. He has a 0.74 ERA in his last five starts.
NORTHEASTERN (10-11, 2-7 in CAA)
The Huskies suffered three consecutive 1-0 losses to CAA foe William & Mary over the weekend. The lack of offense ruined several excellent pitching efforts. Senior Kevin Ferguson gave up just five hits and a run over 8.0 innings and struck out a season-high nine batters on Sunday. Nick Berger threw his third complete game of the season on Saturday, allowing just four hits and a run over 9.0 innings. Offensively, Aaron Barbosa saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end on Sunday. He had 12 hits and stole three bases over the nine-game stretch.
OLD DOMINION (12-10, 4-5 in CAA)
The Monarchs went 3-1 last week, downing Virginia State 13-3 before winning two of three from Towson. Junior Ben Verlander batted .632 (12-19) with two homers and six runs scored. He had multiple hits in all four games, including a 5-for-6 effort in a 13-4 victory over Towson. Verlander raised his average to .470 and leads the CAA with eight homers. Junior Brian Bashara hit .556 on the week and drove in four. Senior reliever Brandon Smith struck out five over 3.0 innings last week and earned his fifth save of the season.
TOWSON (13-9, 5-4 in CAA)
The Tigers went 2-2 last week, blanking UMBC 2-0 before taking the middle game (9-1) of a three-game set at ODU. Nik Nowottnick, Garrett Walther and Lee Lawler combined on the three-hit shutout over UMBC. At ODU, Brandon Gonnella retired the first 11 batters of the game and limited the Monarchs to a run on four hits over 7.0 innings. He had a career-high eight strikeouts and didn’t issue a walk. Offensively, Kurt Wertz batted .385 in ODU series with a double, triple and six RBI’s. Dominic Fratantuono has reached base in all 22 games and is batting .414. Towson dropped to 0-5 in one-run games this season.
WILLIAM & MARY (16-8, 5-1 in CAA)
The Tribe beat Longwood 5-2 and then won three straight 1-0 games at Northeastern to move into first place in the CAA with a 5-1 mark. All three W&M starters tossed complete-game shutouts at NU, with Brett Koehler (3-2) allowing six hits with five strikeouts on Friday, John Farrell (5-0) giving up four hits with seven strikeouts on Saturday and Jason Inghram (3-2) yielding four hits with nine strikeouts on Sunday. The Tribe dropped their team ERA to 3.41 for the season. W&M is on a six-game winning streak and sits atop the CAA standings despite playing all six games on the road.