Apr 20, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Casey Golden, UNCW
So., OF, Siler City, N.C./Jordan-Matthews
Golden twice delivered late-inning, game-winning RBI’s as UNCW swept a three-game series at Hofstra. The sophomore smacked a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie in the Seahawks’ 8-6 victory on Friday, and laced a two-run double with two outs in the ninth to give UNCW a 5-3 triumph on Sunday. For the week, Golden batted .400 with four doubles, a homer and five RBI while slugging .867.
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Charley Gould, William & Mary
Jr., 1B, Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
Gould batted .619 (13-21) with five doubles and eight RBI in W&M’s 4-1 week. The junior first baseman had multiple hits in three games, including a 5-for-6 outing with three runs and three RBI in a 17-7 win over JMU last Friday and a 4-for-5 effort with two RBI and two runs in an 11-9 victory over Old Dominion. Gould, who is riding a 14-game hitting streak, finished the week with a .680 on-base percentage while slugging .857.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Nick Berger, Northeastern
Sr., RHP, Commack, N.Y./Commack
Berger repeats as CAA Pitcher of the Week after allowing only three singles over 7.0 shutout innings in Northeastern’s 7-0 victory over NYIT last Friday. The senior right-hander struck out a season-high 10 batters and extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings. He retired nine straight batters at one point.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Nick Beaulac, Elon
Fr., RHP, Reston, Va./South Lakes
Making his first career start, Beaulac gave up just one run on two hits over 5.0 innings in Elon’s 13-3 conference win over Towson on Saturday. The freshman (3-1) struck out a career-high nine batters, including five of the first 10 he faced.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (27-9, 13-2 in CAA)
The Cougars went 3-1 on the road last week, topping #18 Coastal Carolina 8-3 before taking two-of-three at CAA foe Delaware. CofC, which is ranked #23 by D1Baseball, has won 13 of its last 15. Catcher Erven Roper batted .533 (8-15) and drove in five last week. He was 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Friday’s 10-2 at UD and went 3-for-4 in Saturday’s 8-3 victory over the Hens. Blake Butler is on a 7-game hitting streak and has reached base in 34 straight contests. He’s batting a team-best .372 for the year. Carl Wise has 22-game on-base streak and Nick Pappas has a 15-game streak. Senior Brandon Glazer improved to 7-1 after limiting UD to four hits and no earned runs over 6.0 innings on Saturday while fanning seven. Freshman Carter Love has allowed only five hits over 10.0 scoreless innings while striking out 12 in his last 9 appearances.
DELAWARE (15-14, 4-8 in CAA)
The Blue Hens split four games last week, beating Lehigh 5-1 and winning the finale of their CAA series with CofC, 10-8, on Sunday. Norm Donkin batted .417 and drove in five vs. CofC, including a three-run homer on Sunday that helped the Hens beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2011. Donkin has had multiple hits in seven of his last 10 games. Brock Niggebrugge extended his hitting streak to seven games last week. Greg Olenski went 6-for-11 with three doubles and four RBI vs. CofC. He has a team-high nine doubles while making only 12 starts. Zach Lopes has hit safely in 20 of his past 22 contests. Lefty Kevin Milley didn’t allow an earned run and struck out seven over 7.0 innings in his first start of the year as UD beat Lehigh 5-1 last Tuesday.
ELON (18-19, 9-6 in CAA)
The Phoenix captured their CAA series at Towson, defeating the Tigers 6-1 on Friday and 13-3 on Saturday. Sophomore Matt Harris (5-2) gave up just one run on three hits over 6.2 innings on Friday and struck out six, and freshman Nick Beaulac (3-1) followed on Saturday by allowing one run on two hits over 5.0 frames while fanning a career-high nine. Offensively, outfielder Ryan Cooper batted .538 (7-13) with two doubles, a homer and five RBI at TU. He’s had four straight multi-hit games. Danny Lynch belted his first career grand slam on Saturday. Casey Jones was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the opener at Towson before having his 20-game on-base streak come to an end on Sunday. Andy Moore contributed five hits in the first two games of the Towson series.
HOFSTRA (13-22, 3-12 in CAA)
The Pride earned non-conference wins over NYIT (13-1) and Manhattan (7-0) before dropping three close CAA games to UNCW. Freshman Adam Seibert (2-0) gave up only three hits over 5.0 shutout innings and struck out six vs. Manhattan. Patrick Bryant earned the win vs. NYIT after tossing 6.0 scoreless frames. Brian MacDonald batted .444 for the week, while David Leiderman hit .429 with a homer and eight RBI. Leiderman is batting .486 with 19 RBI’s over his last eight games. Brett Johnson drove in three runs against NYIT and Mat Annunziata was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Brad Witkowski went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI in the Manhattan victory.
JAMES MADISON (12-24, 2-13 in CAA)
The Dukes were a swept in a three-game series at William & Mary last weekend and have lost their last eight overall. Sophomore Ky Parrott batted .400 (4-10) in the series with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. He was 3-for-3 in the series finale on Sunday. Freshman Kyle McPherson hit .364 (4-11) with four runs scored vs. W&M. He went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and two RBI in the opener on Friday. Sophomore left-hander Michael Evans threw 5.1 innings of scoreless relief on Sunday. He gave up only four hits and struck out five.
UNCW (25-8, 8-1 in CAA)
The 22nd-ranked Seahawks moved atop the CAA standings after a three-game sweep at Hofstra last weekend. UNCW is on a 10-game winning streak, which is its longest since 2008 (21 games). Outfielder Casey Golden, who batted .400 in the series, delivered a two-run homer in the 8th that snapped a 6-6 tie on Friday and had a two-run double in the 9th on Sunday that broke a 3-3 deadlock. On Saturday, shortstop Kennard McDowell belted a three-run homer in the seventh that gave UNCW a 5-3 lead. Steven Linkous contributed seven hits from the leadoff spot, including a 4-for-5 outing on Friday. Gavin Stupienski extended his on-base streak to 25 games last week. Freshman Zack Canada was 3-for-6 with a double, triple and four runs scored in the series.The Seahawks have four pitchers with four victories, including Whitman Barnes, William Shepley and Ryan Foster with 4-0 marks.
NORTHEASTERN (16-22, 7-5 in CAA)
The Huskies went 2-2 last week, but posted a pair of wins in a weekend series with NYIT. Senior Nick Berger allowed only three hits over 7.0 shutout innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters in Friday’s 7-0 victory against NYIT. Berger (4-3) has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless frames. James Mulry (season-high 13 K’s) and Mike Fitzgerald combined for 18 strikeouts in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to NYIT. Sophomore Cam Hanley had three multi-hit games and finished the week batting .500 (8-16) with a double, triple, homer and five RBI. Michael Foster smacked a three-run homer and finished 3-for-5 with four RBI in Saturday’s 8-4 win. Pat Madigan was 3-for-5 and drove in three on Friday. NU faces Harvard at Fenway Park on Wednesday in the Beanpot consolation game.
TOWSON (11-25-2, 5-10 in CAA)
The Tigers had a 2-2-1 week, picking up a 12-4 victory over George Mason and defeating Elon 14-4 in the finale of their CAA series. Junior Lee Lawler (3-4) earned the win on Sunday after holding Elon to one run on five hits over 7.0 innings. He retired eight straight batters at one point. Four Towson players had two hits in the win, led by Colin Dyer who was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. Freshman lefty Thayer Seely got his first career victory vs. Mason, after giving up one earned run on four hits over 5.0 innings. A.J. Gallo went 2-for-4 and drove in three against the Patriots and Dyer was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Towson recorded its second tie in as many weeks as it played to a 7-7 draw with Coppin State.
WILLIAM & MARY (18-19, 9-6 in CAA)
The Tribe went 4-1 last week, including a three-game sweep of JMU that vaulted them into a tie for third place in the CAA. W&M scored at least nine runs in all four victories and had four players hit better than .450 (Charley Gould – .619, Devin White – .524, Ryan Hissey – .450 and Willie Shaw – .450.) Gould contributed five doubles and drove in eight. Freshman Cullen Large hit .360 with four doubles and four runs scored from the leadoff spot. On the mound, Nick Brown (5-1) threw his first career complete game in Saturday’s 10-3 win over the Dukes. He allowed only two hits after the second inning and retired 11 of 12 batters from the fifth to eighth inning. Jason Inghram got his second win of the year and the 24th of his career in Friday’s 17-7 triumph. He is one shy of the school’s all-time wins record of 25.
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