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Baseball Notebook – March 16

Mar 16, 2015, 2:43 PM EDT

Delaware's Adam Davis

Cullen Large, William & Mary
Fr., INF, Chesterfield, Va./James River
Large batted .632 (12-for-19) with two doubles, one triple, seven runs scored and seven RBI’s in William & Mary’s 3-1 week. The freshman infielder went 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot in the Tribe’s 5-1 victory over ACC foe Virginia Tech last Wednesday. In W&M’s opening CAA series at Hofstra, Large was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI’s in Game 2 last Friday and followed by going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI’s in Sunday’s finale. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games and is batting .406 for the season.

Nick Berger, Northeastern
Sr., RHP, Commack, N.Y./Commack
Berger gave up only two hits over 7.0 shutout innings in Northeastern’s 7-0 win at La Salle on Friday. The senior right-hander retired the first 10 La Salle hitters he faced and also retired seven in a row later in the game. Berger struck out seven, walked only one and went over the 200-strikeout plateau for his career. He’s 2-2 this season.

Adam Davis, Delaware
Sr., RHP, Drums, Pa./Hazelton Area
Davis allowed just three hits over 8.0 shutout innings in Delaware’s 9-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Sunday. The senior right-hander, who missed nearly all of last season due to an arm injury, struck out seven and walked only one in recording his first win since May 17, 2013. Davis is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 20.2 innings of work this season.


The Cougars split four games last week, beating USC Upstate before dropping two-of-three to High Point. Junior Morgan Phillips batted .471 (8-17) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI and four runs scored. He had multiple hits in three of the four games last week and is batting a team-best .393 for the year. Freshman Ryan Brown hit .421 (8-19) last week with a pair of doubles and five runs scored. Blake Butler extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while Champ Rowland and Phillips have reached base in 15 of 16 games. Taylor Clarke (3-1) suffered his first loss of the year vs. HPU on Friday despite allowing just two runs on five hits over 7.0 innings and striking out 10.

DELAWARE (6-4, 0-0 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 4-1 last week, which included a doubleheader sweep of Rider last Tuesday and wins over Sacred Heart and Fordham over the weekend. Freshman Diaz Nardo went 5-for-8, including a pair of homers, and drove in five against Rider. He provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth in the opener. Delaware had 25 hits and scored 14 runs in Sunday’s victories over SHU and Fordham. Joe Giacchino had four hits in the two games and raised his season average to .349. The Blue Hens’ pitching staff didn’t allow an earned run on Sunday. Senior Adam Davis allowed just three hits over 8.0 shutout innings and fanned seven in a 9-0 win over SHU. Chad Martin limited Fordham to three unearned runs on five hits over 7.0 frames and struck out eight.

ELON (8-9, 0-0 in CAA)
The Phoenix split two games with ACC foe Wake Forest before being swept in a three-game set with East Carolina over the weekend. Elon won 10-3 at WFU last Wednesday as Chris King went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored, Ryan Cooper was 2-for-3 and drove in four and Quinn Bower was 3-for-5 with two RBI. King and Nick Zammarelli each homered and drove in four in a 25-12 loss to Wake on Tuesday. Casey Jones also went deep and scored four times. The Phoenix hasn’t been shut out at home in 76 games dating back to 2012 and has scored at least one run in their last 72 contests.

HOFSTRA (3-8, 1-2 in CAA)
The Pride returned to action for the first time in 19 days and went 1-2 in their opening CAA series with William & Mary. Hofstra won the series opener 6-4 as Eric Ferguson went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Brett Johnson, who broke his foot in the season-opening series at UCLA, returned to the lineup and hit two home runs in the series. Dalton Rouleau batted .500 in the series and reached base 10 times (4 hits, 6 walks). Mat Annunziata was 4-for-6 with a homer and six RBI in a 21-12 loss to the Tribe on Sunday. The 21 runs were the most allowed by the Pride in a CAA game since 2010. Bowie Matteson picked up his first save on Friday after giving up just two hits and an unearned run over the final three innings.

JAMES MADISON (9-7, 0-0 in CAA)
The Dukes fell 7-3 to VMI last Wednesday before going 1-2 at the PK5 Classic in Richmond. Sophomore Brett Johnson batted .400 for the week, highlighted by a walk-off three-run homer in Friday’s 9-7 victory over Minnesota. It was the first career homer for Johnson, who also went 2-for-4 in a 7-1 setback to VCU. Ky Parrott and Josh Wyatt were among three Dukes who had two hits in a 7-6 loss to Monmouth and they both also had two RBI. On the mound, Ford Bradshaw allowed just two runs on eight hits over 8.2 innings in a pair of appearances. He yielded one earned run over 6.0 innings against VCU.

UNCW (11-5, 0-0 in CAA)
The Seahawks continued their 14-game homestand last week, topping Toledo (7-3) and Columbia (8-6), but falling to UNCG (10-4). Junior outfielder Zach Shields batted .636 (7-11) with four runs scored and five RBI. He was 3-for-3 with a three-run triple that proved to be the difference against UT and smacked a key two-run homer vs. Columbia. Steven Linkous was 3-for-4 and scored three times against UT. Terence Connelly was 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI against Columbia. Freshman Austin Magestro threw 4.0 shutout innings of relief to earn the win over the Rockets, while Jordan Ramsey recorded his fourth save after tossing 2.0 shutout frames with four strikeouts vs. Columbia.

NORTHEASTERN (7-9, 0-0 in CAA)
The Huskies blanked La Salle 7-0 last Friday, before dropping games to Wagner (9-3) and Saint Joseph’s (2-0) over the weekend. Senior Nick Berger gave up just two hits over 7.0 shutout innings and struck out seven in the La Salle win. He retired the first 10 batters he faced. Berger has 30 strikeouts this season and went over 200 for his career. James Mulry fanned 12 batters in 5.0 innings in the setback at Saint Joseph’s. Junior Michael Foster had a hit in all three games and batted .400 for the week. He leads the CAA with a .464 average this season, is riding a nine-game hitting streak and is 5-for-5 on stolen bases. Freshman Nolan Lang batted .454 last week and is on a 4-game hit streak.

TOWSON (2-12, 0-0 in CAA)
The Tigers went 1-4 last week, but picked up a 10-8 victory over NJIT in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Senior Peter Bowles batted .389 (7-18) with two doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBI last week. He delivered a two-run triple in Sunday’s win over NJIT and was 3-for-5 with a homer in an 8-4 loss in the nightcap. Brendan Butler and Richie Blosser both were 3-for-5 in the second game of the doubleheader with NJIT. On the mound, Bruce Zimmerman turned in a solid start against Yale, allowing three runs on seve hits over 6.0 innings as the Tigers lost 9-5.

WILLIAM & MARY (10-5, 2-1 in CAA)
The Tribe went 3-1 last week, knocking off ACC foe VIrginia Tech (5-1), before taking two-of-three at Hofstra in their opening CAA series. Junior pitcher Aaron Fernandez held VT to just one run on five hits over a career-long 7.0 innings in the best outing of his career. Nick Brown improved to 3-0 after limiting Hofstra to two hits and one run over 6.0 innings in an 11-1 victory in Friday’s second game. Offensively, freshman Cullen Large batted .632 with seven runs scored and seven RBI’s last week. He had three or more hits in three of the four games. Catcher Ryan Hissey, who was named to the Watch List for the Johnny Bench Award, went 4-for-7 with two homers, three runs scored and five RBI in Sunday’s 21-12 win over the Pride. Josh Smith and Charley Gould also had three hits in that game and combined to drive in seven runs.