Feb 17, 2015, 2:14 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Chris King, Elon
Sr., C/DH, Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth
King batted .538 (7-for-13) with three doubles, a homer, eight RBI and three runs scored as Elon swept a three-game series from Big Ten foe Penn State. The senior also had a pair of sacrifice flies and drew a walk. King tied his career high by driving in five runs in Elon’s wild 16-15 triumph in the season opener last Friday.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Taylor Clarke, College of Charleston
Jr., RHP, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Clarke gave up one run on only two hits over 6.0 innings and picked up the victory as the College of Charleston knocked off 10th-ranked South Carolina, 6-3, last Friday. After working out of trouble in the first, Clarke allowed just two baserunners over the next five frames and limited the powerful Gamecocks lineup to a .105 batting average.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Michael Sciorra, James Madison
Fr., OF, Chantilly, Va./Chantilly
Sciorra batted .462 (6-for-13) with a double, triple, five RBI and three runs scored as James Madison won two-of-three last weekend. In his collegiate debut vs. Buffalo, he went 3-for-4, belted a game-tying three-run triple and scored the winning run in a 5-4 victory. In a 9-6 win over Gardner-Webb, Sciorra was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs driven in. He also stole two bases.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (1-2)
The Cougars opened the season with a 6-3 victory at No. 10 South Carolina before dropping a doubleheader to the Gamecocks on Saturday. Junior pitcher Taylor Clarke limited USC to just one run on two hits over 6.0 innings and struck out five to get the win in the opener. He allowed just two baserunners in his final five innings. Offensively, junior outfielder Morgan Phillips batted .364 (4-for-11) in the series. Six different CofC players had two hits in the opener. Carl Wise drove in two runs and Blake Butler scored twice in the victory. CofC plays a three-game series with local rival The Citadel this weekend.
The Blue Hens recorded the first season-opening shutout since 1992 by beating Georgetown 3-0 last Friday. Senior Adam Davis, who missed most of last season with an elbow injury, allowed just three hits over 6.0 scoreless innings vs. the Hoyas and fanned four. Zach Lopes hit a solo homer in the ninth to break a scoreless tie against GU and Jeremy Ake added a two-run double to provde insurance. UD also got a strong start from starting pitcher Chad Martin in a 3-2 setback to Wake Forest as he gave up three hits over 4.0 shutout frames. Delaware heads to VCU for a three-game series this weekend.
The Phoenix are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2012 after sweeping a three-game set from Penn State. CAA Preseason Player of the Year Casey Jones batted .600 (6-10) and drew five walks. He’s reached base safely in 15 straight games. Senior Chris King hit .538 (7-13) with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI. He tied a career-high by driving in five in a 16-15 win over PSU in the opener. On the mound, Jake Stalzer allowed just two hits and one earned run over 6.2 innings while striking out a career-best seven in a 7-2 triumph on Saturday. Freshman Robbie Welhaf didn’t allow a hit over the final 2.1 frames and earned his first collegiate save.
The Pride dropped all three games at No. 11 UCLA to open the season. Freshman Steven Foster hit safely in all three games and batted .400 and Dalton Rouleau hit .364 and drove in two. Freshman Mat Annunziuata went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI’s in an 11-7 setback to the Bruins in Sunday’s finale. David Leiderman also had a hit in each contest. Pitcher Nick Kozlowski became the 17th pitcher in school history to go over 100 career strikeouts. Hofstra heads to Hawaii for a five-game series this week.
JAMES MADISON (2-1)
The Dukes opened with a 5-4 victory over Buffalo before splitting two games with host Gardner-Webb last weekend. Freshman Michael Sciorra went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI’s in his collegiate debut vs. UB and finished the weekend batting .462 with five RBI’s. Freshman pitcher Eric Yankey gave up just one hit over 3.0 scoreless innings to earn a save vs. Buffalo. Kyle McPherson was 4-for-5 with three runs scored as JMU rallied for a 9-6 win over G-W. Michael Evans struck out five and didn’t give up a hit over the final 2.1 innings to pick up a save.
The Seahawks topped Richmond 7-2 for their seventh straight season-opening win and then knocked off No. 31 Ball State, 4-2. Steven Linkous batted .429 from the top of the lineup over the two games, while Casey Golden belted a two-run homer vs. UR and also drove in a run against BSU. UNCW’s bullpen allowed just three hits over 8.0 shutout innings and struck out 15 over the two games. Freshman Austin Magestro escaped a bases-loaded, no-out situation with three straight strikeouts against BSU and didn’t allow a hit over 2.1 frames. Senior Jordan Ramsey held UR to one hit over 4.0 innings of relief and tied a career high with eight strikeouts.
The Huskies took two-of-three at Incarnate Word last weekend. NU won its opener 3-1 as senior pitcher Nick Berger threw six shutout innings before allowing a one-out homer in the seventh. He finished with nine strikeouts. Dustin Hunt picked up the win in the finale as he gave up just three hits and one earned run over 6.0 frames while fanning five in a 9-3 triumph. Outfielder Pat Madigan batted .500 (6-12) with a double, homer, four RBI and three runs scored. Michael Foster was 6-for-8 in two games, Josh Treff batted .417 andfreshman Mason Koppens hit .455 for the series.
The Tigers were swept in a three-game series at USC. After being held to one run over the first two games, Towson had 10 hits in a narrow 8-6 setback in the finale. Spencer Sutton was 2-for-4 with two RBI and the Tigers also got two hits from Brady Policelli and Mark Grunberg. Policelli batted a team-best .364 in the series. Reliever Austin Clark limited the Trojans to two hits and no earned runs over 3.0 innings, but suffered the loss on Sunday.
WILLIAM & MARY (1-2)
The Tribe dropped two-of-three at No. 18 Ole Miss last week. W&M posted an 8-1 victory on Saturday as Nick Brown gave up just one earned run on five hits over 6.1 innings and struck out a career-high six batters. Freshman Michael Toner worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and then was perfect over the final two innings to clinch the win. Ryder Miconi went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and four RBI in the victory. Junior Charley Gould batted .400 with a double in the series and drove in two. He had a hit in all three games. W&M opens a 15-game homestand this week.
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