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Baseball Notebook – March 30

Mar 30, 2015, 3:18 PM EDT

CofC's Ryan Brown

CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ryan Brown, College of Charleston
Fr., OF, Columbia, S.C./Lexington
Brown batted .444 (8-18) with six runs scored and three RBI from the leadoff spot in College of Charleston’s 3-1 week. The freshman outfielder had a hit in all four games last week and led off with a hit and scored twice in the Cougars’ three-game series sweep at JMU. Brown was 4-for-5 with his first collegiate homer and four runs scored in Saturday’s 10-6 triumph over the Dukes.

CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Taylor Clarke, College of Charleston
Jr., RHP, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Clarke retired 20 consecutive batters after allowing a leadoff single in College of Charleston’s 12-0 victory over James Madison on Friday. The junior right-hander struck out 10 and didn’t issue a walk over the 6.2 shutout innings to improve to 5-1 on the season with a 1.94 ERA.

CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Chris Weiss, Hofstra
Fr., P/UT, Ridge, N.Y./Longwood
Weiss recorded three saves in three appearances for Hofstra last week. He gave up just one hit over 3.0 shutout innings to secure a pair of victories over Villanova and another against Manhattan. He also contributed at the plate, batting .333 (3-9) with a double, RBI and run scored.

DIAMOND NOTES:

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (17-7, 6-0 in CAA)
The Cougars rebounded from a 2-0 setback to Campbell by sweeping a three-game CAA series at JMU to improve to 6-0 in league play. CofC rolled to a 12-0 win in Friday’s opener as Taylor Clarke retired 20 straight batters after giving up a single to open the game. Clarke fanned 10 over 6.2 innings and upped his record to 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA. Freshman Ryan Brown batted .444 for the week with six runs scored. He was 4-for-5 with a homer, four runs scored and two RBI in Saturday’s 10-6 win. Carl Wise had a double, homer and five RBI on Friday and followed by a 3-for-3 effort with two RBI on Saturday. He has 11 games with multiple RBI’s. CofC overcame its largest deficit (5 runs) of the year on Sunday with a seven-run ninth to pull out an 8-7 victory. Blake Butler’s hitting streak ended at 19 games on Sunday, but he still has a 22-game on-base streak.

DELAWARE (9-9, 2-4 in CAA)
The Blue Hens dropped all four games last week, with their three losses at CAA foe Northeastern coming by a total of four runs. Norm Donkin had six hits in the NU series, including a 3-for-6 effort in Friday’s 3-2 loss in 13 innings. Diaz Nardo extended his hitting streak to 10 games, while Zach Lopes saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end on Sunday. Senior Adam Davis gave up just two earned runs over 7.1 innings in the opener at NU and fanned eight. Freshman Ron Marinaccio turned in another solid start in Game 2, allowing three runs on five hits over 7.0 innings and striking out seven. The Blue Hens were hurt by a season-high three errors in the first and last games of the series at NU.

ELON (12-14, 4-2 in CAA)
The Phoenix went 1-3 on the road last week, including setbacks in the final two games of their CAA series at William & Mary. Elon cruised to a 13-1 win over the Tribe in the opener as Chris King went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI. He batted .429 for the week with two homers and six RBI and has driven in 35 for the year. Andy Moore had two hits and scored twice in the win, but saw his career-long 7-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. Freshman James Venuto batted .455 for the week with a hit in each game. He belted solo homers in the first and third game of the W&M series. Matt Harris allowed just three hits over 7.0 shutout innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters in the victory. In Sunday’s 4-3 loss at W&M, Lucas Bakker carried a no-hitter into the seventh and gave up only a pair of hits over 7.2 frames.

HOFSTRA (9-12, 2-4 in CAA)
The Pride got outstanding pitching in posting a 4-1 week against non-conference foes. Hofstra’s staff combined for a 1.50 ERA in the five games, with the bullpen giving up just two runs over 16.0 innings. Bowie Matteson made his first career start at Villanova on Saturday and scattered six hits over 7.0 shutout innings while striking out five in a 1-0 victory. Hofstra had just two hits in the game, which was its fewest ever in a win. Freshman Chris Weiss picked up three saves in three appearances last week and also batted .333 (3-9) at the plate. Brad Witkowski hit .350 (7-20) with three doubles, a triple and five RBI last week. He tied a career-high with three RBI in a 6-3 triumph over St. John’s. David Leiderman’s two-run single in the 13th inning brought home the winning runs as Hofstra beat Villanova 3-1 on Sunday.

JAMES MADISON (10-14, 0-6 in CAA)
The Dukes knocked off #20 Maryland 8-6 last Tuesday but fell in their three CAA games against CofC. Sophomore Ky Parrott batted .308 for the week and drove in four. He homered twice and had three RBI in a 10-6 loss to CofC on Saturday and also contributed an RBI triple against Maryland. It was the first two-homer game for a JMU player since last April and he increased his season total to five. The Dukes got a strong pitching performance from senior Derek Shifflett on Sunday as he surrendered just one run to CofC through the first eight innings before the Cougars were able to rally in the ninth. Kevin Husum went 3-for-4 with two run scored on Sunday, while Brett Johnson was 2-for-5 with three RBI and Kyle Weston was 2-for-5 and drove in two.

UNCW (18-7, 5-1 in CAA)
The Seahawks topped rival East Carolina 4-2 before winning a pair of extra-inning games at Towson to move to 5-1 in CAA play. Freshman Chris Gaffney’s first collegiate homer – a three-run shot – was the difference in the win over ECU.  UNCW smacked four homers at Towson, including a game-winner in the 11th by Joe Bertone in Saturday’s 4-3 victory. Casey Golden was 3-for-5 with three RBI in Friday’s 6-5 win and was 3-for-4 with three runs scored in Sunday’s 10-6 setback. Jared Gesell picked up a save vs. ECU and got the win at Towson on Saturday after allowing only one hit over a career-long 3.1 shutout innings. Ryan Foster started Saturday’s game and gave up five hits and only one earned run over 6.2 frames. Jordan Ramsey didn’t allow a hit in 3.2 innings of work over three appearances last week and struck out four.

NORTHEASTERN (10-14, 3-3 in CAA)
The Huskies shook off non-conference losses to Boston College and UMass Lowell by sweeping a three-game CAA series from Delaware for the first time since 2009. Michael Foster had multiple hits in three of the five games and batted .364 for the week with a triple, homer and five RBI. He still leads the CAA with a .420 batting average. Freshman Nolan Lang batted .429 over the five games. Maxwell Burt had the game-winning RBI single in the 13th inning of Friday’s 3-2 victory over UD, while Cam Hanley had a walk-off single in a 5-4 triumph in Game 2 of the series. Rob Fonseca hit his team-leading 4th homer on Friday and Joey Scambia had an inside-the-park homer on Sunday. Nick Berger scattered eight hits and gave up two runs over a season-long 8.0 innings on Friday but didn’t get a decision.

TOWSON (4-20, 1-5 in CAA)
The Tigers split four games last week, including beating UNCW 10-6 on Sunday for their first CAA win. Peter Bowles and Colin Gimblet each had two hits and scored three runs in the victory over UNCW, while Colin Dyer drove in four. Catcher Brady Policelli batted .300 with two doubles, a homer and nine RBI last week. He was 4-for-6 with two doubles, three runs scored and six RBI as Towson crushed Delaware State 20-7 last Tuesday. He had a two-run homer in the opener vs. UNCW. Lee Lawler picked up both wins on the mound last week, allowing only an unearned run over 4.1 innings out of the bullpen at DSU before going 7.0 innings against UNCW. He struck out 13 batters over 11.1 innings.

WILLIAM & MARY (12-11, 4-2 in CAA)
The Tribe won the final two games of their CAA series with Elon to cap a 2-2 week. W&M topped Elon 9-5 in Game 2 on Saturday as catcher Ryan Hissey went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Tim Hoehn and Charley Gould each drove in two in the victory. The Tribe extended their Sunday winning streak to 14 games after edging Elon 4-3 despite getting only two hits. Josh Smith reached on an error to start the ninth and came around to score the winning run on another Elon miscue. Junior pitcher Aaron Fernandez allowed just two earned runs over 11.1 innings in a pair of appearances last week while striking out 12. He limited Richmond to one earned run on five hits over 6.2 innings in a start last Tuesday.

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