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Baseball Notebook – March 23

Mar 23, 2015, 2:29 PM EST

UNCW's Gavin Stupienski

CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Gavin Stupienski, UNCW
So., C, Columbus, N.J./The Hun School
Stupienski batted .391 (9-23) with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI in UNCW’s 4-1 week. The sophomore catcher, who had a hit in all five games, was 3-for-5 with a double, homer and four RBI in a victory over Columbia, drove in a pair of runs in a 10-5 triumph over Northeastern on Friday and then went deep twice and had three RBI in Sunday’s 15-1 win over the Huskies. Stupienski, who slugged .870 for the week, is on a career-best 16-game on-base streak.

CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Carl Wise, College of Charleston
Jr., 3B, Lexington, S.C./White Knoll
Wise batted .500 (8-16) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, eight runs scored and nine RBI in College of Charleston’s 4-0 week. The junior third baseman was 2-for-3 with a double, homer, three runs scored and four RBI in a 10-3 victory at #27 Campbell last Tuesday and was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI as the Cougars topped Towson 19-8 in the series opener. He capped the Towson series by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a 12-9 victory and slugged .938 for the week.

CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Ron Marinaccio, Delaware
Fr., RHP, Toms River, N.J./Toms River
Marinaccio threw his first career complete game in Delaware’s 14-1 win over Hofstra on Sunday, limiting the Pride to only four hits and one run over nine innings. He surrendered just one extra-base hit, struck out five and walked one to improve his record to 2-1 on the season with a league-best 0.87 ERA.

CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Whitman Barnes, UNCW
Fr., LHP, New Bern, N.C./New Bern
Barnes went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA last week, surrendering only three hits and striking out nine over 8.1 innings of shutout relief last week. The freshman left-hander retired all 13 batters he faced in earning a win over Columbia last Monday and then threw 4.0 shutout innings in Friday’s 10-5 victory over Northeastern where he allowed three hits and fanned a career-best six batters.

DIAMOND NOTES:

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (14-6, 3-0 in CAA)
The Cougars had a perfect 4-0 week, picking up a 10-3 win at #27 Campbell before sweeping their CAA series with Towson. CofC scored 47 runs in the four games. Junior Carl Wise batted .500 (8-16) with two doubles, one triple, one homer, eight runs scored and nine RBI. He drove in four runs vs. Campbell and the opener against Towson. Blake Butler extended his hitting streak to 16 games, while Champ Rowland has reached base in 19 of his last 20 contests. Morgan Phillips, who had three RBI in the series finale vs. TU, has had multiple hits in 10 of his 20 games and is batting .382 for the season. Bradley Jones was 3-for-5 with a grand slam in Friday’s win over the Tigers. On the hill, senior Brandon Glazer went 2-0 last week, scattering seven hits and allowing three unearned runs over 8.1 innings.

DELAWARE (9-5, 2-1 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 3-1 last week, including taking two-of-three from Hofstra over the weekend. UD scored 30 runs against the Pride, which was its most in a three-game series since tallying 34 vs. George Mason in 2013. Senior Joe Giacchino batted .471 (8-17) with two homers and five RBI last week and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Outfielder Tyler Powell went 5-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI in Sunday’s 14-1 win over Hofstra. Gary Jones was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as UD topped the Pride 9-2 in the series opener. Freshman Ron Marinaccio threw a complete-game 4-hitter on Sunday, allowing just one run and striking out five. He improved to 2-1 with a league-best 0.87 ERA for the season. UD has won eight of its last 10 games and has scored at least seven runs in six straight contets.

ELON (11-11, 3-0 in CAA)
The Phoenix rebounded from a pair of losses to #14 Maryland by sweeping their opening CAA series against James Madison, which included two wins in extra innings. Senior Casey Jones batted .391 for the week with five doubles, four runs scored and seven RBI. He was 3-for-6 and drove in a career-best six runs in Saturday’s 17-3 triumph over the Dukes. Andy Moore delivered a two-out RBI single in the 10th to give Elon a 5-4 win on Friday, while Danny Crowe drove in the game-winner with a single in the 13th in Sunday’s 8-7 victory in his first plate appearance of the year. On the mound, junior Michael Elefante threw his first complete game on Saturday vs. JMU, scattering nine hits and allowing two earned runs while fanning six. Freshman Nick Beaulac struck out six in 3.2 innings of scoreless relief and earned the win in the series opener vs. JMU.

HOFSTRA (5-11, 2-4 in CAA)
The Pride had a 2-3 week, getting a 6-5 win over UMass Lowell before taking the second game of their CAA series at Delaware. Senior Eric Ferguson batted .412 (7-17) for the week with two doubles, two triples, a homer and five RBI. He became the first Pride player since 2005 to hit for the cycle in Saturday’s 12-7 win at UD by going 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a single, triple, homer and three RBI. Freshman Steven Foster batted .444 (8-18) and drove in six last week. His first career homer was a grand slam in the Pride’s win over UD as he had five RBI in the game. Dalton Rouleau got his 100th career hit at UD on Sunday. The Pride will play its first true home game on Tuesday after playing its first four home contests at Mitchel Athletic Field due to snow on University Field.

JAMES MADISON (9-11, 0-3 in CAA)
The Dukes dropped four road games last week, falling 8-5 at George Mason before being swept in their opening CAA series at Elon. Junior catcher Bobby San Martin batted .467 (7-15) with two doubles, a homer and three runs scored last week. He was 4-for-4 with two doubles in the opener at Elon and raised his average 80 points last week to .280. Freshman Kyle McPherson hit .375 (6-16) with two doubles last week and also walked three times. He had a hit in all three games of the Elon series and was 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Sunday’s 8-7 loss in 13 innings. Freshman reliever Colton Harlow saw action in three of the four games last week and gave up just two runs on three hits over 7.0 innings. He threw four perfect innings and struck out four vs. Elon on Sunday before yielding the game-winning run in the 13th.

UNCW (15-6, 3-0 in CAA)
The Seahawks had a 4-1 week, which was capped by a three-game sweep of CAA foe Northeastern. UNCW batted .365 for the week and scored 46 runs. Gavin Stupienski batted .391 (9-23) with two doubles, three homers and 10 RBI. He hit safely in all five games, including a pair of homers in Sunday’s 15-1 win over NU, and has a career-best 16-game on-base streak. Terence Connelly batted .500, drew eight walks and scored seven runs last week, while Kennard McDowell hit .471 (8-17). Freshman Whitman Barnes went 2-0 out of the bullpen as he gave up only three hits over 8.1 shutout innings and struck out nine. He retired all 13 batters he faced against Columbia before limiting NU to three hits over 4.0 innings with a career-high six strikeouts. Freshmen Austin Magestro and Josh Robertson also got wins in relief, with Robertson giving up one hit and striking out a career-high seven over 4.1 frames on Sunday.

NORTHEASTERN (7-12, 0-3 in CAA)
The Huskies were beaten in all three games in their opening CAA series at UNCW. Junior Rob Fonseca batted .500 (5-10) in the series and increased his batting average 50 points to .288. He had a pair of 2-for-4 efforts and gave NU a 5-4 lead with his team-leading third homer on Friday. Pat Madigan has reached base safely in 15 straight games and Michael Foster, who leads the CAA with a .439 average, has reached base in 12 consecutive contests. Cam Hanley saw his 13-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. Josh Treff was a triple short of the cycle on Friday, getting a homer, double and single in his first three at-bats. Sophomore Dustin Hunt recorded his 100th career strikeout on Saturday.

TOWSON (2-18, 0-3 in CAA)
The Tigers came up short in all five games last week, including an 8-0 setback at #7 Virginia and a sweep at preseason CAA favorite Charleston. Senior first baseman Brendan Butler batted .381 (8-21) for the week with three doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. He hit safely in five of the six games and also drew five walks. He had a pair of doubles and drove in two vs. NJIT and also had two multi-hit games at CofC. A.J. Gallo had two RBI in Friday’s opener at CofC, while Chris Henze was 2-for-4 with three RBI in Game 2 of the series. Peter Bowles went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI in the series finale and also drove in two runs in the opener.

WILLIAM & MARY (10-9, 2-1 in CAA)
The Tribe had an 0-4 week, including dropping all three games in a weekend series at Kennesaw State. Freshman Ryan Hall batted .500 (4-8) for the week with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. He was 4-for-4 in W&M’s second game at KSU. In addition to Hall, shortstop Tim Hoehn was 4-for-5 and drove in four in the 13-12 setback. Ryder Miconi hit a game-tying 2-run homer in the seventh in Friday’s 3-2 loss to KSU. It was his first homer of the season. Jason Inghram took the loss on Friday despite allowng only two earned runs over 7.0 innings. The Tribe has already played five doubleheaders this season, which is more than all of last season.