Apr 6, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Peter Bowles, Towson
Sr., SS, Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard
Bowles batted .632 (12-for-19) with four doubles, a triple, a homer, seven runs and 11 RBI in Towson’s 3-2 week. The shortstop was 4-for-4 with a triple, homer and four RBI in a 6-2 win over UMES and went 4-for-5 with three doubles, three RBI and three runs in an 11-5 victory against Cornell. He also went 3-for-4 and drove in two against W&M last Saturday. Bowles had a .652 on base percentage and slugged 1.105 for the week.
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Bradley Jones, College of Charleston
So., DH, Travelers Rest, S.C./Travelers Rest
Jones batted .571 (8-for-14) with a double, three homers, six runs scored and seven RBI in CofC’s 4-0 week. The sophomore went deep in three consecutive games and had at least one hit, one run and one RBI in all four contests. He was 3-for-5 and drove in four in a 10-0 victory at USC Upstate and followed by going 3-for-4 in an 8-0 win over Hofstra. Jones had a .647 on base percentage and slugged 1.286 for the week.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Taylor Clarke, College of Charleston
Jr., RHP, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Clarke earns his fifth honor after allowing just four hits over 7.0 shutout innings in CofC’s 8-0 victory over Hofstra on Friday. He struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk to improve to 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA for the year. In his past two starts vs. CAA foes, Clarke has given up just five hits over 13.2 shutout innings while fanning 17 with no walks.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kyle McPherson, James Madison
Fr., 2B, Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch
McPherson batted .350 with two doubles, a triple, five runs scored and three RBI in five games last week. He was 7-for-12 (.583) as the Dukes took two-of-three from Delaware over the weekend, including a 3-for-3 effort with four runs scored in a 12-9 win last Friday and a 3-for-4 outing with two doubles in Saturday’s 16-8 victory.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (21-7, 9-0 in CAA)
The Cougars posted a 4-0 week that included a 10-0 victory at USC Upstate followed by a three-game sweep of Hofstra that moved them to 9-0 in CAA play. CofC is on a season-best 7-game winning streak and has outscored opponents 63-18 over that stretch. Bradley Jones batted .571 (8-14) for the week with three homers, six runs scored and seven RBI. He went deep in three straight games and had at least one hit, one run scored and one RBI in all four contests. Blake Butler also had a huge week, hitting .563 (9-16) with eight RBI. He had multiple hits in all four games and raised his average to .360 for the year. Taylor Clarke turned in another dominant effort of the mound, limiting Hofstra to four hits over 7.0 shutout innings while striking out seven on Friday. He’s now 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA. Brandon Glazer improved to 6-0 after holding the Pride to one run on six hits over 6.0 innings on Saturday.
DELAWARE (11-12, 3-6 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 2-3, starting the week by beating Lehigh, 5-3, and closing it with a 9-5 victory at JMU for their first CAA road win. Norm Donkin batted .429 (9-21) for the week with a homer, three doubles and four RBI. He recorded two hits in all three games of the JMU series. Greg Olenski has six hits in his last four games and tops UD with a .433 batting average. Diaz Nardo hit his team-best 4th homer vs. Lehigh and also tops the Hens with 19 RBI. Zach Lopes has recorded a hit in 15 of his last 16 games and is batting .315. Freshman Ron Marinaccio scattered eight hits, struck out seven and allowed two earned runs over 7.0 innings in Sunday’s win at JMU. He’s now 3-1 for the year with a CAA-best 1.56 ERA.
ELON (14-16, 6-3 in CAA)
The Phoenix bounced back from a 10-5 loss to #26 North Carolina by taking two-of-three from CAA foe Northeastern. Elon topped NU 6-2 in Friday’s opener as Chris King homered twice and drove in five, including a grand slam in the 8th that snapped a 2-2 tie. It was the fourth career grand slam for King, who leads the CAA with 10 home runs this season. Sophomore Matt Harris allowed just one earned run on six hits over a career-best 8.0 innings on Friday and struck out seven. He’s now 4-1 on the year. Elon scored all six of its runs in the first and held on for a 6-3 victory in Sunday’s finale. Andy Moore finished 2-for-3 and drove in three with a bases-clearing triple in the first. Lucas Bakker didn’t give up an earned run in 5.0 innings of work and evened his record at 3-3. Elon hosts N.C. State on Tuesday before a big series at first-place CofC.
HOFSTRA (9-16, 2-7 in CAA)
The Pride struggled offensively in an 0-4 week, plating just five total runs in a setback to Fairfield and three losses at Charleston. Steven Foster was Hofstra’s top offensive performer, batting .333 for the week with a double. All nine Pride starters had a hit in Sunday’s 10-4 game at CofC, with Chris Weiss going 2-for-4 and Eric Ferguson driving in two runs. Adam Heidenfelder turned in a solid relief effort in Friday’s 8-0 loss at CofC, giving up seven hits and three runs over the final 7.0 innings. Hofstra continued to play strong defense, committing only two errors in the four games. The Pride leads the CAA in fielding percentage (.970) and has turned 27 double plays in 25 contests.
JAMES MADISON (12-17, 2-7 in CAA)
The Dukes claimed their first CAA series of the season by winning two-of-three over Delaware. JMU averaged 11 runs over the three games and 20 of its 43 hits went for extra bases. Ky Parrott batted .455 (5-11) with five runs scored and six RBI in the UD series, including a homer in Friday’s 12-9 win and Saturday’s 16-8 victory. Freshman Kyle McPherson was 7-for-12 (.583) vs. the Hens, including a 3-for-3 effort with 4 runs scored on Friday and a pair of doubles on Saturday. Brett Johnson drove in six runs against UD while catcher Bobby San Martin batted .462 (6-13) with three RBI. On the mound, freshman Andrew Scarpelli gave up just one run on five hits over 5.0 innings in two relief appearances last week. He struck out five over 4.0 innings in Friday’s win over UD. The Dukes are among national leaders with 17 triples this season.
UNCW (21-8, 5-1 in CAA)
The Seahawks rebounded from an 8-4 loss to Tulane by sweeping a three-game set from UNC Asheville. UNCW batted .291 as a team last week while holding opponents to a .214 average. Ryan Foster improved to 3-0 after limiting UNCA to two runs on three hits over 6.1 innings on Friday. Nick Monroe (2-1) gave up just one earned run in 5.0 frames as the Seahawks beat UNCA 17-5 in the opener of the series. Andy Austin came off the bench to drive in four runs in that contest. Jordan Ramsey recorded his league-leading sixth save on Friday after striking out six of the nine batters he faced in a 4-3 win. Freshman Josh Robertson struck out seven over 4.2 innings of relief vs. UNCA on Saturday. Jared Gesell struck out the side in the ninth to get his third save on Saturday.
NORTHEASTERN (11-18, 4-5 in CAA)
The Huskies dropped four-of-five last week, but picked up a 7-5 victory at Elon on Saturday. NU hit three home runs in the win, which was its most in a game since 2013. Rob Fonseca had a three-run shot for his team-leading fifth homer of the year, while Pat Madigan added a two-run blast and freshman Maxwell Burt had the first of his career. Madigan hit .400 for the week and reached base safely in all five contests to extend his streak to 25 straight games. He’s also riding a nine-game hitting streak. Relievers Isaac Lippert and Mike Fitzgerald combined to throw seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in Sunday’s 6-3 setback at Elon. Reliever Aaron Civale (3-2) earned the win on Saturday after throwing 3.2 innings of shutout relief.
TOWSON (7-22, 2-7 in CAA)
The Tigers continued their improved play with a 3-2 week, which included wins over UMES (6-2), Cornell (11-5) and William & Mary (13-7). Shortstop Peter Bowles had a huge week offensively, batting .632 (12-19) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, seven runs scored and 11 RBI. He was 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI vs. UMES and followed by going 4-for-5 with three RBI against Cornell. Richie Blosser went 3-for-4 and drove in three as the Tigers topped W&M last Friday while A.J. Gallo had a key pinch-hit three-run homer in the 8th. Gallo moved into the starting lineup for the final two games against the Tribe and was 5-for-8 with two RBI and a run scored. Matt Golczewski gave up just one run over the final three frames in Saturday’s one-run loss to W&M.
WILLIAM & MARY (14-14, 6-3 in CAA)
The Tribe rebounded from three straight losses by beating Towson twice (6-5 and 8-3) over the weekend and capturing their CAA series. W&M coach Brian Murphy has dropped just one CAA weekend series over the past two years. Junior Charley Gould belted three homers and drove in five in Sunday’s victory and also went deep on Saturday. Gould, who hit .400 for the week, is among the CAA’s top 10 in batting (.352), home runs (9) and RBI (33) for the season. Ryan Hissey was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer on Saturday. Josh Smith was 5-for-5 with two RBI in Friday’s 13-7 setback at Towson. Junior Aaron Fernandez gave up just one earned run on three hits over 6.0 innings on Sunday to get the win in his first weekend start. He’s 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA for the season.
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