May 4, 2015, 5:06 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Zach Shields, UNCW
Jr., OF, Florence, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist
Shields batted .421 (8-19) with a double, homer, five runs scored and seven RBI in UNCW’s 4-1 week. The junior outfielder batted .545, scored four times and drove in five in the Seahawks’ three-game sweep of Delaware. He also contributed a game-tying RBI double in a victory over Campbell. Shields extended his hitting streak to eight games last week and is batting .429 with eight runs and 10 RBI over that stretch.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Brandon Glazer, College of Charleston
Sr., RHP, Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring
Glazer allowed just four hits and one run over a career-long 8.1 innings in College of Charleston’s 3-1 victory at William & Mary on Saturday. He got stronger as the game progressed, retiring 12 straight batters from the fifth through ninth innings. The senior right-hander struck out three and improved to 9-1 with a 2.69 ERA on the season.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Kevin Ross, Towson
So., RHP, Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel
Ross gave up five hits in his first-ever complete game in Towson’s 4-3 triumph over Northeastern on Saturday. The sophomore retired the first 12 batters he faced before giving up two hits and a run in the fifth. He then sat down the Huskies’ next 14 batters before surrendering a walk and two-run homer with two outs in the ninth.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jake Fallon, Hofstra
Fr., OF, Morristown, N.J./Morristown
Fallon batted .500 (7-14) with a double, five RBI and seven runs scored over four games last week. The freshman outfielder was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in a 10-6 win over Elon on Saturday and he doubled and drove in two as the Pride beat the Phoenix 5-3 on Friday. Fallon also crossed the plate three times in a 12-9 non-conference victory over LIU Post.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (35-9, 16-2 in CAA)
The 18th-ranked Cougars remained atop the CAA standings after a three-game sweep at William & Mary for their seventh consecutive series win. Outfielder Alex Pastorius batted .500 (6-12) in the series, highlighted by a career-best 4-for-6 outing with two homers, four runs scored and four RBI in Friday’s 15-2 victory. Blake Butler also homered twice and drove in four on Friday and added a homer and three RBI in Sunday’s 10-6 triumph. Erven Roper extended his hitting streak to 12 games and his on base streak to 20, while Nick Pappas has a 10-game hit streak and 23-game on base streak. Senior Brandon Glazer improved to 9-1 after limiting W&M to four hits and one run over a career-long 8.1 innings in Saturday’s 3-1 victory. CofC rallied from behind for the 14th time this season on Sunday, using a five-run seventh-inning to erase a 5-3 deficit.
DELAWARE (18-20, 7-11 in CAA)
The Blue Hens had a tough 0-5 week, falling twice to #21 Maryland before being swept in their CAA series at UNCW. UD got a strong pitching effort from senior Adam Davis in Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Seahawks, giving up only two runs on five hits over 7.2 innings. After allowing a run in the first, he blanked UNCW over the next six frames. Second baseman Zach Lopes extended his hitting streak to 11 games last week. Lopez has had multiple hits in 14 of the last 18 contests and is batting .370 for the year. Outfielder Norm Donkin was 3-for-4 and scored twice on Friday and went 2-for-3 in Saturday’s game with UNCW to raise his season batting average to .322. UD had only two extra-base hits vs. UNCW.
ELON (23-23, 12-9 in CAA)
The Phoenix went 1-3 last week, but clinched a spot in the CAA Tournament by topping Hofstra 12-10 on Sunday. Nick Zammarelli went deep twice, Ryan Cooper was 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI and Casey Jones smacked a two-run shot in the win. Catcher Chris King was 2-for-4 with his league-leading 14th home run in Saturday’s 10-6 setback to the Pride and also had a two-run homer in Friday’s 5-3 loss. Cooper is now batting .407 in conference play and leads all players with 35 hits against league foes. The Phoenix visit nationally ranked North Carolina on Wednesday before hosting Delaware in their final CAA series of the season.
HOFSTRA (18-27, 5-16 in CAA)
The Pride went 3-2 last week, highlighted by taking two-of-three from Elon for their first CAA series win of the season. Senior Brett Johnson batted .500 (8-16) last week, highlighted by a 4-for-5 effort with two doubles, a homer and two RBI in Sunday’s loss to Elon. Brian McDonald drove in eight runs last week, including four in a 10-6 win over the Phoenix on Saturday. Freshman outfielder Jake Fallon hit .500 (7-14), scored seven runs and knocked in five last week. PItcher Chris Bonk allowed one run on six hits over 7.0 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters in a win over LIU Post. Chris Weiss earned his team-leading fourth save after throwing the final 3.1 frames on Saturday. Brendan Mulligan struck out eight batters in 7.2 innings of work in three appearances.
JAMES MADISON (16-28, 4-14 in CAA)
The Dukes picked up a 13-10 victory at Liberty last Tuesday but then were swept in a three-game non-conference series with Radford. Junior Chad Carroll batted .467 (7-15) for the week with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. He also walked six times. Freshman Kyle McPherson hit .353 (6-17) over the four games with a double and three runs scored. Both Carroll and McPherson were 3-for-4 in the Liberty victory and McPherson also had three hits in Sunday’s loss to Radford. It was a tough week for the JMU pitching staff, which surrendered 68 runs over the four contests.
UNCW (33-12, 15-3 in CAA)
The Seahawks had a 4-1 week, including their third home CAA series sweep of the season versus Delaware. UNCW rallied for two runs with two out in the ninth to beat UD 4-3 on Friday. Pinch hitter Andy Austin delivered the game-winning RBI. Zach Shields batted .545 with five RBI in the UD series and extended his hitting streak to eight games. He’s hitting .429 over the 8-game stretch. Gavin Stupienski has reached base in 33 straight games. Steven Linkous stole four bases last week to up his CAA-best total to 26 and also scored eight runs. Nick Monroe allowed just two earned runs over 8.1 innings and struck out a career-high nine in Friday’s win over UD. Freshman Josh Robertson limited UD to one hit and two unearned runs over 4.1 frames on Sunday. Reliever Jordan Ramsey picked two wins in relief last week and is now 6-1 on the season.
NORTHEASTERN (21-24, 11-7 in CAA)
The Huskies dropped the first two games of their CAA series at Towson before rolling to a 16-6 victory on Sunday to remain in third place. The 16 runs on 19 hits were both season-highs as seven batters had at least two hits in the win. Junior Rob Fonseca batted .400 and went deep four times in the series, including a 3-for-6 effort with two homers, three runs scored and three RBI on Sunday. Cam Hanley was 3-for-6 and drove in four in the win, while freshman Nolan Lang went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Lang batted .545 for the week and is on a seven-game hitting streak. Michael Foster became the sixth player in NU history to record his 200th career hit on Friday. Mike Fitzgerald threw his 12th scoreless outing of the year and dropped his ERA to 0.96.
TOWSON (15-31-2, 8-13 in CAA)
The Tigers had a 3-2 week, including a pair of conference wins over Northeastern. Senior Richie Blosser, who is on a career-best 15-game hitting streak, batted .500 (8-16) with a pair of homers and four runs scored last week. He was 3-for-5 with a homer in Friday’s 13-7 victory over NU. Freshman Mark Grunberg had multiple hits in his final four games and batted .440 (11-25) with a homer, four runs scored and four RBI last week. He was 8-for-14 with an RBI of each game of the NU series. Sophomore Kevin Ross threw the Tigers’ first complete game of the year in Saturday’s 4-3 triumph over the Huskies. He retired the first 12 batters he faced, gave up two hits in the fifth, and then sat down the next 14 Huskies in order before allowing a two-run, two-out homer in the 9th.
WILLIAM & MARY (19-25, 9-12 in CAA)
The Tribe was beaten in all three games of their home series with first-place College of Charleston last weekend. Seniors Devin White and Willie Shaw paced W&M offensively with .455 batting averages. They each drove in two runs and Shaw had a double. Junior Charley Gould has now reached base safely in 20 straight games. He leads the conference with a .391 batting average and ranks second in home runs (13) and RBI’s (52). Ryan Brown was 2-for-4 and scored twice in Sunday’s 10-6 loss. On the mound, W&M got another impressive start from Nick Brown, who limited the Cougars to three runs on five hits over 8.0 innings but took the loss in a 3-1 setback on Saturday. Brown is 5-2 with a 3.77 ERA for the season.
FIRST-PLACE SHOWDOWN: The top two teams in the CAA standings meet this weekend as UNCW visits College of Charleston. The Seahawks have won four in a row and are 15-4 since April 1, while the Cougars are on an eight-game winning streak and have captured 21 of their past 23 games. In the latest NCAA RPI, CofC is ranked #25 and UNCW is ranked #30.
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