May 11, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Blake Butler, College of Charleston
Jr., 2B, Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford
Butler batted .438 with a triple, two homers, five runs scored and seven RBI in College of Charleston’s 3-1 week. The junior hit .500 (6-12) in the Cougars’ weekend sweep of UNCW, including going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI in Friday’s 13-4 victory and 3-for-5 with a pair of homers, three runs scored and three RBI in Sunday’s 11-7 triumph. Butler is riding a five-game hitting streak and now has 23 multiple-hit games this season.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Jason Inghram, William & Mary
Sr., LHP, Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield
Inghram tossed a complete-game, 2-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts in William & Mary’s 3-1 victory over Northeastern last Friday. The senior left-hander surrendered just a pair of singles and an unearned run over 9.0 innings and didn’t issue a walk. In his final home start, Inghram tied the W&M record for career wins (25) and become the second player in school history with more than 300 career strikeouts (303).
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Calvin Scott, Delaware
Fr., OF, Newark, Del./St. Mark’s
Scott batted .417 (5-12) with a double, homer and five runs scored as Delaware went 3-1 in four road games last week. The freshman outfielder reached base four times and scored twice in a 10-8 win at Saint Joseph’s, had a double and scored in Saturday’s 10-4 victory at Elon on Saturday, and recorded his first career homer in the seventh to give UD a two-run lead in Sunday’s 11-9 triumph over the Phoenix. Scott, who also drew five walks last week, is currently riding a six-game hitting streak.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (38-10, 19-2 in CAA)
The 18th-ranked Cougars locked up the CAA regular-season title by sweeping a three-game series from second-place UNCW. CofC has won all seven of its league series with five sweeps. Ryan Brown batted .636 (7-11) and scored six runs from the leadoff spot vs. UNCW, while Blake Butler hit .500 (6-12) with two homers and seven RBI. Nick Pappas had two 3-for-5 outings and drove in six vs. the Seahawks and Carl Wise also had a pair of three-hit games. CofC has eight everyday hitters batting over .300 for the season. On the mound, Taylor Clarke improved to 11-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.46 after not allowing an earned run on four hits and striking out 10 in 7.1 innings on Friday. Freshman Carter Love came out of the bullpen on Sunday and held UNCW to one run over the final 5.1 innings to up his record to 5-0. CofC is 33-0 this season when leading after the sixth inning.
DELAWARE (21-21, 9-12 in CAA)
The Blue Hens went 3-1 on the road last week, including a pair of critical victories in their CAA series at Elon. Senior Greg Olenski batted .417 (7-17) with three homers, six runs scored and eight RBI. Leadoff hitter Joe Giacchino batted .400 (8-20) and drove in six last week, including a 4-for-6 outing in Sunday’s 11-9 win. Zach Lopes was also 4-for-6 with three RBI on Sunday and hit .333 for the week. The Blue Hens belted a season-high four homers in Saturday’s 10-4 triumph at Elon. Freshman Calvin Scott is riding a six-game hitting streak after posting a .417 average last week. Closer Luke Alicknavitch is now tied for the league lead with seven saves after closing Sunday’s win. UD needs one victory in its series with Towson this week to lock up a CAA Tournament berth.
ELON (24-26, 13-11 in CAA)
The Phoenix had a 1-3 week, but picked up an 8-3 victory over CAA foe Delaware on Friday. Austin Leeney was 2-for-4 with four RBI in the win. Casey Jones smacked a three-run homer on Friday and added a two-run shot in Sunday’s 11-9 loss. Ryan Cooper was 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday’s 10-4 setback to the Hens and added two hits on Sunday. He’s batting a team-best .374 for the season. Quinn Bower was 2-for-5 and knocked in three from the leadoff spot on Sunday. On the hill, Nick Beaulac improved to 5-2 after holding the Hens to three runs over 7.0 innings and striking out six on Friday. Elon closes the regular season at East Carolina on Tuesday.
HOFSTRA (19-29, 6-18 in CAA)
The Pride closed the season with a pair of losses in their three-game series at JMU. Hofstra posted an 8-6 victory on Saturday as Mat Annunziata smacked a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie. Chris Hardardt batted .625 in the series with a double, RBI and four runs scored. Steven Foster went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s and three runs scored. On the mound, Alec Eisenberg picked up his fifth win on Saturday, which is tied for 7th in the Pride’s season record book. Hofstra’s CAA-best .970 fielding percentage set a new school record, breaking the mark of .968 set in 2010 and 2014. Closer Chris Weiss finished the year with four saves, which is tied for 8th in Hofstra season history.
JAMES MADISON (18-29, 6-15 in CAA)
The Dukes captured their final home series under Coach Spanky McFarland, defeating Hofstra 10-7 on Friday and 23-7 on Sunday. The 23 runs were the most for JMU at home since 2011. Junior Kyle Weston batted .417 (5-12) in the series with a double, triple, homer, five runs scored and seven RBI. He was a single shy of the cycle and drove in six in Sunday’s win. Chad Carroll batted .500 (7-14) on seven singles and stole four bases vs. the Pride. He’s second in the CAA with 22 thefts for the season. Brett Johnson also had a good weekend offensively, hitting .417 with two triples. Freshman Eric Yankey earned his second save of the year on Friday after holding Hofstra to one earned run on four hits and fanning six over the final 4.0 innings.
UNCW (33-15, 15-6 in CAA)
The Seahawks were swept in a CAA road series for the first time since 2011 as they suffered three losses at first-place College of Charleston. Gavin Stupienski went 5-for-9 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI over the final two games of the series, while leadoff hitter Steven Linkous was 2-for-5 on Saturday and Sunday and scored three times. Linkous tops the league with 26 stolen bases and is third in the CAA in both hits (66) and runs (52). Terence Connelly batted .333 in the series and had at least one hit in all three games. Luke Dunlap belted a three-run triple in the first inning of Friday’s series opener. UNCW visits North Carolina on Tuesday before hosting JMU in a three-game series. The Seahawks need one win over the Dukes to clinch the #2 seed for the CAA Tournament.
NORTHEASTERN (23-26, 13-8 in CAA)
The Huskies clinched a spot in the CAA Tournament for the third consecutive year after winning the final two games of their series at William & Mary last weekend. NU’s pitching staff was outstanding, holding the Tribe to six runs in three games. In Saturday’s 2-1, 11-inning victory, Dustin Hunt gave up one run and struck out six over 7.0 innings and Aaron Civale followed with four shutout frames to improve to 5-2. In Sunday’s 8-2 triumph, James Mulry and Isaac Lippert combined to hold W&M to to nine hits and two runs. Nick Berger is now fourth on NU’s career strikeout list with 237 after fanning six last Friday. Keith Kelly batted .313 last week, including a double and homer. Rob Fonseca homered for the fifth straight game in a 9-6 loss at Hartford last Tuesday. NU has locked up a winning record in CAA play for the first time since 2009.
TOWSON (15-33-2, 8-13 in CAA)
The Tigers fell 16-5 to UMBC and 9-2 to Maryland in non-conference action last week. Catcher Billy Plante was 3-for-4 and scored a run at UMBC, while Brendan Butler went 2-for-3 and scored twice. The Tigers got a solid start from pitcher David Sapp as he allowed just one earned run on four hits over 5.0 innings. Towson scored solo runs in the first and second innings to take an early lead on Maryland in their Ripken Cup game played in Aberdeen, Md. Outfielders Mark Grunberg and Richie Blosser had two hits apiece to lead the Tigers. Towson visits Delaware for its final conference series on Thursday and needs two wins to secure a berth in next week’s CAA Championship.
WILLIAM & MARY (20-27, 10-14 in CAA)
The Tribe lost two-of-three to Northeastern in their final CAA series of the season. W&M took the opener 3-1 behind a stellar pitching performance from senior Jason Inghram, who limited the Huskies to a pair of singles and no earned runs in a complete-game effort while striking out a season-high 13 batters. Inghram tied Whitt Farr with the most career wins (25) in Tribe history and became the second pitcher in school history with over 300 strikeouts (303). Catcher Devin White was 3-for-4 and drove in all three runs in the victory. Pitcher Nick Brown held NU to two hits and no earned runs while fanning 11 over 8.0 innings on Saturday, but didn’t get a decision as W&M fell 2-1 in 11 innings. Freshman Zach Newell batted .444 (4-9) in the series. The Tribe closes the regular season with a three-game series at George Washington.
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