Mar 10, 2015, 4:32 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Corey Dick, UNCW
Sr., 1B, Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle
Dick batted .400 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI’s at UNCW went 3-1 last week including a pair of victories over 12th-ranked Maryland. The senior first baseman had a solo homer and two RBI as the Seahawks won the opener 8-6, went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday’s 11-7 triumph and was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as UNCW fell 11-9 in Sunday’s finale.
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kyle McPherson, James Madison
Fr., 2B, Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch
McPherson batted .643 (9-16) with three doubles, two triples, a homer and five RBI as JMU swept a four-game series from defending MAAC champ Canisius. The freshman second baseman had three hits in each of the final three games of the series, scored four runs and walked twice. The effort raised his season average to .439.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Taylor Clarke, College of Charleston
Jr., RHP, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Clarke earns his third CAA Pitcher of the Week honor after one of the best outings in CofC history. The junior right-hander tossed his first career nine-inning complete game and struck out a school-record 18 batters as the Cougars defeated Radford 3-1 last Saturday. Clarke gave up just one run on five hits and didn’t issue a walk. He struck out at least two batters in seven frames and retired 12 straight hitters at one point as he improved to 3-0.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (8-4)
The Cougars went 3-1 last week, picking up an 8-3 victory at ACC foe Virginia Tech before taking two-of-three in a weekend series with Radford. Junior right-hander Taylor Clarke earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors after striking out a school-record 18 batters in a a complete-game, 3-1 win over Radford last Saturday. He’s now 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA for the season. Carl Wise drove in two runs and scored twice against VT, while Champ Rowland and Blake Butler each had two hits and a RBI. Wise has driven in a team-best 13 runs for the season. Outfielder Morgan Phillips tops the team with a .364 batting average.
The Blue Hens had their weekend series with Lafayette cancelled due to weather and had a doubleheader with Rider postponed until Tuesday. UD, which has had six straight games lost to weather and hasn’t played since Feb. 28, will try to get six games in this week, including a weekend trip to Fordham to play Sacred Heart and the host Rams.
The Phoenix topped Davidson 8-3 last Wednesday, but dropped the final two games of their three-game set with The Citadel over the weekend. Chris King went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and four RBI’s in the victory over Davidson. He’s batting .333 with 15 RBI’s for the season. Quinn Bower was 4-for-5 and scored three times in a 12-3 triumph over The Citadel in the series opener, but saw his streak of reaching base safely end at 17 games on Sunday. Casey Jones was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI and Joey Tomko also drove in a pair in the The Citadel win. Matt Harris (2-0) picked up the victory after allowing a run on four hits over 7.0 innings and striking out seven.
The Pride had their four-game series with Albany canceled due to weather and have now had eight consecutive contests lost because of the elements. Hofstra, which hasn’t played since a five-game series in Hawaii ended on Feb. 21, will open CAA play at home this weekend against William & Mary.
JAMES MADISON (8-4)
The Dukes swept a four-game series from defending MAAC champion Canisius last weekend. It was JMU’s first non-conference series sweep since 2013 and it’s the first five-game win streak for the club in two years. Freshman Kyle McPherson batted .643 (9-16) with three doubles, two triples, five RBI and four runs scored. He’s reached base safely in five straight games and is batting .439. Fellow rookie Evan Hanifee blasted a go-ahead pintch-hit grand slam in the third game of the series. Freshman Adam Sisk had a walk-off single in Game 2 of the series. Freshman pitcher Eric Yankey earned his first collegiate win after holding Canisius to one run on six hits over 5.0 innings.
The Seahawks went 3-1 last week, highlighted by taking two-of-three from 12th-ranked Maryland over the weekend. Senior Corey Dick batted .500 (6-12) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI in the Maryland series. Steven Linkous hit .400, scored six times and drove in four from the leadoff spot last week. Freshman lefty Whitman Barnes earned his first collegiate win after limiting the Terps to an unearned run over 3.0 innings of 1-hit relief. Freshman Austin Easter made his first collegiate start against N.C. Central and gave up one run over 4.0 innings. Jordan Ramsey recorded his third save in the opener vs. Maryland and has posted 19 strikeouts and one walk over 11.2 innings this season. UNCW is 9-1 at home this season and its four overall losses are by a combined six runs.
The Huskies won twice over Central Connecticut State and fell to Brown last weekend. Junior Michael Foster batted .462 (6-13) for the week, higlighted by a 4-for-5 effort against Brown. He leads NU with a .500 average and 13 runs scored and has recorded a hit in 11 of his 12 games. Freshman Maxwell Burt hit .333 and drove in two last week. Pitcher Nick Berger struck out eight over 7.0 innings in a 5-3 victory over CCSU last Friday. He has fanned 23 on the year. James Mulry picked up his first win of the year after giving up a run on five hits over 6.2 innings. Aaron Civale struck out four over 4.0 innings of relief against CCSU and also fanned David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez in back-to-back at-bats during an exhibition with the Boston Red Sox.
The Tigers defeated Bryant 12-11 for their first win of the year, but dropped the other two games of the weekend series. Designated hitter Spencer Sutton went 4-for-4 with a double, homer and five RBI’s in the victory. Brady Policelli was also 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Mark Grunberg was 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and three runs scored as Towson rallied from an 8-3 deficit. Sutton turned in a 2-for-3 effort in the first and third games of the series and is batting a team-best .424 for the year. Reliever David Marriggi has given up only one earned run over 7.0 innings in four appearances this season.
WILLIAM & MARY (7-4)
The Tribe rebounded from a doubleheader loss at Campbell by sweeing a three-game home series from UMass Lowell. Junior Charley Gould continued to swing a hot bat, hitting .450 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI last week. He had multiple hits in three of the five contests and is batting .463 with four homers and 18 RBI for the year. Freshman Cullen Large hit .391 with two homers and six RBI from the leadoff spot last week. He went 6-for-10 with a homer in the twinbill at Campbell. On the mound, sophomore Nic Brown improved to 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA after scattering four hits over 7.0 innings as W&M beat UMass Lowell 9-1 on Sunday. He struck out five in the game and has fanned 16 in 20.1 innings this season. W&M has won seven straight home games dating back to last season.
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