CAA Baseball Weekly Report - April 1
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Matt Reistetter, Hofstra
Jr., C, Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge
Reistetter batted .556 (10-18) with a double, triple, homer, seven runs scored and eight RBI’s in Hofstra’s 5-0 week. The junior catcher hit .727 (8-11) and drove in seven runs in the Pride’s three-game sweep of George Mason. He also stole two bases and threw out 3-of-5 attempted base stealers defensively.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK:
Mat Batts, UNCW
Jr., LHP, Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor
Batts threw a complete-game three-hit shutout as UNCW edged ODU 1-0 last Friday. The junior struck out a season-high eight batters and walked only two. Batts became the first UNCW pitcher to toss back-to-back complete game shutouts since 2001. He is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA for the season.
Kevin Ferguson, Northeastern
Sr., LHP, Suffern, N.Y./St. Josephs Regional
Ferguson threw a complete-game four-hit shutout as Northeastern defeated JMU 5-0 last Sunday. The senior struck out a season-high 11 batters, which included at least one strikeout in eight of the nine frames. Ferguson improved to 4-2 with a 2.01 ERA for the season.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Hissey, William & Mary
Fr., C, West Chester, Pa./Unionville
Hissey batted .333 with three runs scored and seven RBI’s in William & Mary’s 4-1 week. The freshman catcher was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s in a 10-4 win at East Carolina and had a walk-off RBI single in a 5-4 victory over High Point last Saturday.
DELAWARE (18-8, 6-3 in CAA)
The Blue Hens are on an eight-game winning streak, their longest since 2006, after beating Saint Joseph’s (17-3) in the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic and sweeping a three-game series from Georgia State. Brock Niggebrugge had two hits in all four games and batted .533 for the week with three doubles, four RBI’s and five runs scored. Nick Ferdinand was 5-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI’s in an 8-7 victory over GSU on Saturday. Jimmy Yezzo batted .471 with four RBI’s last week and extended his hitting streak to nine and his on-base streak to 38 games. On the mound, Chad Kuhl threw his first career complete game in a 7-2 win over GSU last Friday, allowing two runs on eight hits while tying a career high with 10 strikeouts. Matt Soren also threw a complete game in Saturday’s 4-2 triumph over GSU, limiting the Panthers to two earned runs on eight hits while matching a career high with eight strikeouts.
GEORGE MASON (12-15, 4-8 in CAA)
The Patriots picked up a 3-2 victory at Maryland last Tuesday but dropped all three CAA games at Hofstra over the weekend. Mason struggled offensively most of the week, scoring three unearned runs at Maryland and just three runs in each of the first two contests at Hofstra. Tommy Vitaletti stayed hot, batting .444 with four runs scored for the week. Jordan Hill and Duncan Satherlie each hit their first home runs of the season in a 14-9 loss at Hofstra on Sunday.
GEORGIA STATE (16-13, 5-7 in CAA)
The Panthers rolled past Alabama State 14-1 before being swept in their three-game CAA series at Delaware. Shortstop Chad Prain had another big week at the plate and is among the nation’s leaders in batting average (.487) and RBI’s (32). He extended his hitting streak to 18 games and has reached base in all 27 contests. Josh Merrigan leads all CAA freshmen in batting (.364), RBI’s (23) and runs scored (29). As a group, GSU’s freshmen are hitting .320 and have driven in 59 runs. Pitcher Nick Squeglia limited ASU to just one run on three hits over 8.0 innings to earn his 14th career victory.
HOFSTRA (11-16, 3-6 in CAA)
The Pride had a perfect 5-0 week, capped by a three-game sweep of CAA foe George Mason. Catcher Matt Reistetter batted .556 (10-18) with a double, triple, homer, seven runs scored and eight RBI’s. He was 8-for-11 with seven RBI’s in the Mason series and is riding a 10-game hitting streak. Reistetter, Kenny Jackson, Robbie Cafiero, Chris Nardo and Joe Perez all batted over .350 for the week. The Pride stole 19 bases in 22 attempts last week. On the mound, Jared Rogers picked up his first win since 2011 after limiting NYIT to three hits over 5.0 innings while fanning six.
JAMES MADISON (14-12, 6-5 in CAA)
The Dukes cruised past Liberty 21-4 last Wednesday but then suffered three straight CAA losses at Northeastern. Johnny Bladel batted .571 with five runs scored and two RBI’s last week. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games and is batting .500 during the streak. Chad Carroll went 3-for-3 with his nation’s-leading sixth triple, five runs scored and five RBI’s against LU but saw his 16-game hitting streak end at NU. Cole McInturff batted .417 for the week but had a 13-game hit streak halted at NU. Freshman pitcher Michael Church allowed just three hits over 4.2 shutout innings in a pair of appearances last week. He’s 3-1 on the year. JMU has committed just 18 errors in the last 20 games (.977).
UNCW (20-8, 7-1 in CAA)
The Seahawks moved into first place in the CAA after a three-game sweep at ODU. Sophomore Corey Dick batted .444 (8-18) with two doubles, a homer and four RBI’s for the week. Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 24 games, which is the 2nd-longest in school history behind Magnus Pilegard (26). He’s batting .429 with 31 runs scored during the streak. Hunter Ridge drove in eight runs last week and needs to seven RBI’s to pass Jonathan Batts (182) for the top spot in UNCW history. Junior Mat Batts threw his second straight complete-game shutout on Friday, limiting ODU to three hits and striking out eight in a 1-0 win. The back-to-back complete game shutouts are the first for a UNCW pitcher since Jake Mullis in 2001. The Seahawks’ pitching staff allowed just one earned run in the ODU series. Jordan Ramsey lowered his ERA to 0.86 in league play.
NORTHEASTERN (15-11, 5-7 in CAA)
The Huskies posted a 5-0 week, which included victories over Central Connecticut and Boston College and a sweep of JMU in CAA play. Shortstop Jason Vosler batted .421 with a double, triple, six runs scored and six RBI’s. Rob Fonseca has an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base in 17 consecutive contests. Brad Burcroff was 3-for-3 with a triple, homer and five RBI’s in a 12- 5 victory over JMU last Friday. The Huskies had seven triples in the JMU series, including four in Sunday’s 5-0 win. Senior Kevin Ferguson threw a complete-game 4-hit shutout on Sunday and struck out a season-high 11 batters. He improved to 4-2 on the season with a 2.01 ERA.
OLD DOMINION (13-13, 4-8 in CAA)
The Monarchs scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to top Charleston Southern 4-3 last Tuesday, but then fell in all three CAA contests with UNCW over the weekend. Ben Verlander is batting .444 in CAA games with seven homers and 14 RBI’s. He is slugging .956. Pitcher Dean Ali suffered a tough loss in a 1-0 setback to UNCW on Friday. He gave up just one run on five hits over 8.0 innings and fanned five. For the season, Ali is 1-2 with a 1.98 ERA. He’s allowed only 28 hits and nine earned runs over 41 innings.
TOWSON (13-13, 5-4 in CAA)
The Tigers suffered road losses to four nationally ranked teams last week, falling 7-1 at #5 Virginia before being swept in a weekend series at #30 Pittsburgh. Towson limited Pitt, which was the top offensive team in the Big East, to 14 runs over three games but scored only eight. Brendan Butler’s hitting streak came to an end at 13 games in the finale at Pitt while Dominic Fratantuono’s 22-game on-base streak was snapped at UVA. The Tigers are among the national leaders with 37 double plays in 27 games. Towson’s .977 fielding percentage is on pace to break last year’s school record mark of .971.
WILLIAM & MARY (20-9, 5-1 in CAA)
The Tribe had a solid 4-1 week, winning road games at East Carolina (10-4) and Norfolk State (4-0) before taking two-of-three at home over High Point. W&M hasn’t lost a weekend series this season. Ryan Lindemuth batted .409 with seven runs scored and four RBI’s, while freshman catcher Ryan Hissey hit .333 and drove in seven. On the mound, sophomore J.T. Castner threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout at NSU. He struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk while facing just 29 batters. Senior John Farrell improved to 6-0 after throwing his league-leading fourth complete game of the year in the Tribe’s 5-4 win over High Point on Saturday.