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Baseball Notebook – Feb. 24

Feb 24, 2015, 8:45 PM EST

Hofstra's Alec Eisenberg

CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Robbie Thorburn, UNCW
So., 2B, Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons
Thorburn batted .500 (6-12) with a homer, five RBI and four runs scored in UNCW’s 4-0 week. The sophomore second baseman went 3-for-4, smacked a homer and matched a career high with three RBI in a 10-3 triumph over Wake Forest, and also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in a 12-8 victory over George Mason. Thorburn is batting a team-best .412 for the season.

CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Alec Eisenberg, Hofstra
Jr., RHP, Scarsdale, N.Y./Ardsley
Eisenberg earned his first victory of the season after limiting Hawaii to one hit over 5.1 innings in Hofstra’s 3-2 win in the series opener. The junior right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before surrendering a single. He finished with three strikeouts and two walks.

CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Nathan Helvey, College of Charleston
Jr., RHP, Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill
Helvey scattered five hits and allowed only an unearned run over 6.2 innings in CofC’s 4-3 victory over The Citadel on Sunday that completed a three-game series sweep. He retired 12 consecutive batters between the third and seventh innings and evened his record at 1-1 for the season.

CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Austin Magestro, UNCW
Fr., RHP, Manassas, Va./Hylton
Magestro went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two appearances out of the bullpen last week. He struck out two batters with runners at second and third to escape a jam as UNCW defeated Wake Forest 10-3. He then earned his first collegiate win with four innings of three-hit, one-run relief as the Seahawks topped Western Carolina 6-4. He struck out five over the four frames.

DIAMOND NOTES:

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (4-2)
The Cougars swept a competitive three-game series from rival The Citadel, winning three games by a total of four runs. Sophomore Nick Pappas batted .400 (6-15) with five doubles and four RBI. Three of the doubles came in Sunday’s 4-3 victory. Outfielder Morgan Phillips has recorded multiple hits in four of CofC’s six games and is batting .435 for the season. Pappas, Phillips, Ryan Brown and Champ Rowland have reached base safely in all six contests. On the mound, junior Nathan Helvey limited the Bulldogs to just five hits and one unearned run over 6.2 innings while matching a career-high with eight strikeouts on Sunday. He retired 12 straight batters between the third and seventh innings.CofC announced that pitcher Bailey Ober will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2015 season. Ober was the CAA Rookie of the Year and the NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2014 after going 10-3 with a 1.52 ERA. The Cougars host Big Ten foe Indiana in a three-game series this weekend.

DELAWARE (1-1)
The Blue Hens had their four-game series at VCU cancelled due to weather last weekend. Delaware will host the inaugural Bob Hannah Invitational this weekend, facing Delaware State and Albany. The Blue Hens have a stellar 1.59 team ERA through the first two games and opponents are batting just .206 against them. Delaware also didn’t commit an error in its first two contests.

ELON (4-2)
The Phoenix edged High Point 6-5, but then dropped a pair of games to Ball State last weekend. Sophomore Nick Zammarelli batted .500 (6-12) with two doubles, two homers, nine RBI and three runs scored. He belted both homers and drove in a career-best six runs in the victory over High Point. It was the first two-homer game by an Elon player since 2013. Junior Brett Guba’s first career home run was a grand slam in a loss to Ball State. The Phoenix have gone deep four times in their first five games after not recording their fourth homer until the 23rd game a year ago.

HOFSTRA (2-6)
The Pride went 2-3 during a five-game series at Hawaii last week. Freshman Steven Foster batted .389 (7-18) with three runs scored and three stolen bases. He went 2-for-4 and scored the winning run in a 3-2 triumph in the opener and was 4-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-5 victory. Ryan Donovan had five hits in the series, three of which were doubles. Freshmen have 12 of the Pride’s 26 RBI and 14 of their 28 runs scored so far. On the mound, junior Alec Eisenberg took a no-hitter into the 6th inning before allowing a single in the 3-2 win. JUCO transfer Chris Bonk gave up just three hits and one run over six frames as the Pride won 6-5. Kevin Weissheier and Brendan Mulligan each picked up their first career saves at Hawaii.

JAMES MADISON (2-1)
The Dukes had their three-game series with Monmouth cancelled due to weather last week. JMU will host Longwood on Wednesday before entertaining Quinnipiac in a four-game series this weekend. The Dukes’ pitching staff recorded 30 strikeouts over 26.0 innings in the firs three games. Freshman Michael Sciorra leads the team with a .462 batting average and five RBI, while Kyle McPherson hit .333 and scored a team-best four runs.

UNCW (6-0)
The Seahawks went 4-0 last week and are off to 6-0 start for the first time since 2009 when they opened with nine straight wins. UNCW defeated ACC foe Wake Forest twice and also beat SoCon favorite Western Carolina and defending A-10 champ George Mason. Sophomore Robbie Thorburn batted .500 (6-12) with five RBI and four runs scored last week. He went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in a 10-3 victory over WFU and added three more hits with a pair of RBI in a 12-8 triumph over Mason. Newcomer Kennard McDowell belted a grand slam against the Patriots. Pitcher Evan Phillips started both games vs. Wake and picked up the win on Sunday after allowing two runs on four hits over 5.0 frames and fanning four. Freshman Austin Magestro went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two appearances last week.

NORTHEASTERN (2-4)
The Huskies dropped all three games of their series at 12th-ranked South Carolina, including a narrow 6-4 decision in the finale. Outfielder Pat Madigan went 5-for-5 and scored a run in the 6-4 contest and batted .583 (7-12) with two doubles for the series. Freshman Mason Koppens started all three games and hit .333. The Huskies had 15 hits in the finale, which was a season-high for NU and the most against any SEC foe this season. Northeastern heads to Florida for the Snowbird Classic where it will play four games. The Huskies have their annual game against the Boston Red Sox on March 3.

TOWSON (0-3)
The Tigers have already postponed Wednesday’s home opener with UMBC, but hope to return to action this weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. with two games against Marshall and a pair versus host Wake Forest. Brady Policelli batted a team-best .364 in the opening series at USC, while Brendan Butler hit .273. Reliver Austin Clark allowed just two hits and an unearned run over 3.0 innings of work versus the Trojans.

WILLIAM & MARY (1-2)
The Tribe had their three-game series with Binghamton cancelled due to weather last weekend and also lost games with VMI and Longwood. Charley Gould batted .400 in the series opener at Ole Miss and Ryder Miconi drove in a team-high four runs. The Tribe got solid starts on the mound from Nick Brown, who gave up just one run on five hits over 6.1 innings and Jason Inghram, who surrendered one earned run on six hits over 6.0 frames. W&M entertains Fairfield this weekend.