Apr 27, 2015, 4:48 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Nick Zammarelli, Elon
So., OF, Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln
Zammarelli batted .526 (10-19) with three doubles, a homer, five runs scored and 13 RBI in Elon’s 4-1 week. He had at least one hit and two RBI in all five games and slugged .842 for the week. Zammarelli had a career-high four hits and four RBI in the series finale vs. UNCW on Sunday, delivered a two-run double in the 9th that gave Elon the lead in a win over UNCG and was 2-for-4 with three RBI in a victory at Campbell.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Taylor Clarke, College of Charleston
Jr., RHP, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Clarke went 1-0 with a save and a 1.12 ERA during CofC’s 5-0 week. The junior right-hander allowed just four hits and one run over 7.0 innings in the Cougars’ 9-2 victory over Furman last Friday and also struck out the side in the ninth to pick up a save in CofC’s 8-5 win over #25 Coastal Carolina on Wednesday. Clarke fanned 12 and didn’t issue a walk over 8.0 innings last week and improved to 9-1 with a 1.61 ERA for the year.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Michael Sciorra, James Madison
Fr., OF, Chantilly, Va./Chantilly
Sciorra batted .667 (10-15) with a double, six runs scored and three RBI in JMU’s 3-1 week. The freshman outfielder was 3-for-3 and scored four times in a 15-13 victory over George Mason and also had three-hit outings in the final two games of the Dukes’ CAA series with Towson.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (32-9, 13-2 in CAA)
The 19th-ranked Cougars rolled to a 5-0 week, including an 8-5 victory over #25 Coastal Carolina and a three-game weekend sweep of Furman. CofC has recorded double-digit hits in 10 straight games and 16 of its last 17 while raising the nation’s 4th-best team batting average to .317. Catcher Erven Roper hit .588 (10-17) with six RBI’s last week. He’s reached base in 17 straight games and has a nine-game hit streak. Blake Butler increased his on-base streak to 39 games and has had multiple hits in 20 of CofC’s 41 contests. Nick Pappas, who batted .429 with two homers and six RBI last week, has a 20-game on base streak and Morgan Phillips increased his hitting streak to 10. Ryan Brown batted .412 last week and drew seven walks. Junior Taylor Clarke improved to 9-1 with a 1.61 ERA after limiting Furman to one run on four hits over 7.0 innings on Friday. He also struck out the side to earn a save vs. Coastal.
DELAWARE (18-15, 7-8 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 3-1 last week, including a three-game sweep of CAA foe William & Mary. UD scored 41 runs vs. the Tribe in recording its first conference sweep in over a year. Senior Zach Lopes batted .500 with two doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI last week and he’s now hit safely in 24 of his last 26 games. Lopez and Nick Liggett both belted grand slams in Saturday’s 17-14 win as the Hens set season highs for runs, hits (18) and extra base hits (8). Joe Giacchino has recorded three hits in four of his last five games and is batting .322 for the season. Brock Niggebrugge extended his hitting streak to 11 games, while Greg Olenski has 10 hits in the past five games, including a 3-for-5 effort with two RBI in Sunday’s 16-8 triumph. The Hens scored 16 runs in consecutive games for the first time since 2006.
ELON (22-20, 11-7 in CAA)
The Phoenix had an impressive 4-1 week, winning road games at UNCG and Campbell before capturing two-of-three from #22 UNCW over the weekend. It was the first time since 2010 that Elon won a series over a Top 25 foe. Outfielder Nick Zammarelli had a huge week offensively, batting .526 with three doubles, a homer, five runs scored and 13 RBI. He had at least one hit with two RBI in each game and is now third in the CAA with 47 RBI for the season. Chris King homered in each game on Sunday and is tied for the league lead with 12. Casey Jones was 4-for-6 with three RBI from the leadoff spot in Friday’s 14-3 win over UNCW and went 2-for-3 and scored three times in a 9-3 victory on Sunday. Nick Beaulac limited UNCW to two earned runs on four hits over 7.0 innings and struck out eight on Friday. He’s 3-1 in CAA play and has allowed only six hits over 12 innings while fanning 17.
HOFSTRA (15-25, 3-15 in CAA)
The Pride posted non-conference victories over NJIT (13-7) and LIU Brooklyn (10-5), but lost all three games in their CAA series at Northeastern. Freshman Mat Annunziata batted .412 (7-17) for the week with three doubles and four runs scored. He had a pair of hits in each of Hofstra’s first three games last week. Steven Foster hit .364 last week and homered against NJIT, while Chris Weiss had his first career round-tripper in the game. Brett Johnson smacked his team-leading sixth home run in a 3-2 loss at NU on Saturday. Luke Noone threw two innings of one-hit relief to pick up his first career win against NJIT. Cody Olsen tossed 3.0 shutout innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory versus LIU Brooklyn.
JAMES MADISON (15-25, 4-14 in CAA)
The Dukes out-slugged George Mason 15-13 and followed with a pair of victories in their CAA series with Towson. JMU’s offense piled up 41 runs over the four games. Senior Kevin Husum batted .429 with a double, triple, homer and seven runs scored. He went 3-for-5 in Saturday’s 10-6 win over TU and belted a three-run homer on Sunday. Freshman Michael Sciorra batted .667 (10-15) for the week with six runs scored and three RBI. He recorded three 3-hit games and also scored four times in the Mason win. Brett Johnson tallied a career-high eight RBI against Mason, including a three-run homer and a three-run triple. Junior lefty Aaron Hoover (4-3) tossed a complete game in Friday’s 9-3 win over Towson. He scattered nine hits, gave up only two earned runs and struck out seven.
UNCW (29-11, 12-3 in CAA)
The Seahawks fell 6-5 to #23 North Carolina last Wednesday and then dropped two-of-three at Elon over the weekend. UNCW won the series finale 14-6 to extend its streak of being the only team to qualify for every CAA Tournament. Zach Shields went 4-for-6 with a homer, three runs scored and three RBI in the victory, while Luke Dunlap was 3-for-5 and drove in three. Terence Connelly batted .538, tallied four RBI and had a .737 on base percentage last week. Steven Linkous hit .313 last week and stole seven bases to increase his league-leading total to 22. Gavin Stupienski has reached base in 29 consecutive games. Jordan Ramsey picked up the win on Sunday after two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He’s 4-1 with seven saves and a 1.39 ERA for the season.
NORTHEASTERN (20-22, 10-5 in CAA)
The Huskies edged Harvard 7-6 in the Beanpot consolation contest and then swept their three-game CAA series from Hofstra to improve to 9-0 in CAA home games. Cam Hanley batted .500 (7-14) for the week with three doubles, a triple and four RBI. He drove in all three runs in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Hofstra and had the game-winning hit in the 9th vs. Harvard. Rob Fonseca was 3-for-3 with a double, two homers and five RBI’s in Sunday’s 8-6 win over the Pride. Mike Fitzgerald didn’t allow a hit over 3.2 innings to earn his fourth save vs. Hofstra last Friday. He’s given up just one earned run over his last 10 appearances (22.2 IP). Freshman John Amendola picked up the win vs. Harvard after 4.0 shutout innings of relief. Aaron Civale recorded two saves last week and the Huskies have won the past eight games in which he has pitched.
TOWSON (12-29-2, 6-12 in CAA)
The Tigers held off James Madison 8-7 on Sunday to cap a 1-4 week with a victory. Seven Towson players drove in a run in the win and three players – Colin Dyer, Brady Policelli and Colin Gimblet – had two hits. Lee Lawler earned the win after giving up three runs over 5.0 innings and Austin Clark tossed 1.1 shuout frames to pick up a save. Mark Grunberg had eight hits from the leadoff spot last week, including a 3-for-4 effort in a 7-6 setback to Bucknell. A.J. Gallo (.348) and Chris Henze (.345) are among the CAA’s top 10 in batting.
WILLIAM & MARY (19-22, 9-9 in CAA)
The Tribe topped VMI 8-2 but fell in all three games at CAA foe Delaware over the weekend. W&M’s offense compiled 36 runs over the four contests. Freshman Cullen Large batted .476 (10-21) with two doubles, a homer, four RBI and eight runs scored. He had multiple hits in three of the four contests, including going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday’s 16-8 setback at UD. Senior Devin White also had a big week, batting .521 and driving in three. The Tribe became the third team in the country to have all of its starters record a hit, a run scored and an RBI in a single game in Saturday’s 17-14 loss to the Hens. On the mound, Mitchell Aker allowed three runs over 12.1 innings of work and picked up the win against VMI. He had 11 strikeouts over the two performances.
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