May 18, 2015, 4:12 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Corey Dick, UNCW
Sr., 1B, Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle
Dick batted .583 (7-12) with a double, two homers, five runs scored and six RBI in UNCW’s 3-1 week. The senior first baseman was 6-for-10 and had multiple hits in all three games as the Seahawks swept James Madison. He also drew four walks and was hit by a pitch for a .706 on base average while slugging 1.250. In the field, Dick was perfect on all 26 chances.
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Bradley Jones, College of Charleston
So., DH/OF, Travelers Rest, S.C./Travelers Rest
Jones batted .429 (6-14) with a double, triple, two homers, five runs scored and 10 RBI in College of Charleston’s 3-1 week. The sophomore outfielder doubled, homered and drove in four in the Cougars’ 12-5 win over Charleston Southern and went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in the opener at Northeastern. In Saturday’s finale, he had a three-run triple that gave the Cougars a 5-2 lead.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Kevin Ross, Towson
So., RHP, Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel
Ross threw his second consecutive complete game, limiting Delaware to one run on six hits in a must-win game for the Tigers last Friday. The sophomore right-hander retired 10 straight batters after a leadoff single in the first and didn’t allow a runner past second base over the final three frames. Ross finished with a career-best seven strikeouts.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Chris Gaffney, UNCW
Fr., C, Holtsville, N.Y./St. John the Baptist
Gaffney stepped in for injured starter Gavin Stupienski and batted .500 (4-8) in two-plus games against JMU. The freshman catcher scored two runs, drove in two runs and drew three walks for a .636 on base average.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (41-11, 21-3 in CAA)
The 15th-ranked Cougars went 3-1 last week, including winning two-of-three at Northeastern to finish 8-0 in CAA series this season. Sophomore Bradley Jones batted .429 (6-14) for the week with a double, triple, two homers, five runs scored and 10 RBI. Freshman Ryan Brown hit .500 over the final two games of the NU series, including going 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and three runs scored in Saturday’s 8-2 victory. On the mound, junior Taylor Clarke improved to 12-1 with 1.46 ERA after limiting NU to one run on four hits over 6.0 innings in Friday’s 12-6 triumph. CofC has hit multiple homers in four of its last five games and is 19-1 this season when smacking two or more long balls. The Cougars are also 23-1 when scoring in the first inning. Top-seeded CofC begins defense of its CAA title on Thursday vs. Elon or Delaware.
DELAWARE (23-22, 11-13 in CAA)
The Blue Hens clinched a berth in the CAA Tournament for the fourth straight season after taking two-of-three from Towson. Senior Adam Davis (5-3) gave up just one run on eight hits over 6.2 innings as UD beat the Tigers 8-2 on Thursday to lock up the #5 seed. Outfielder Norm Donkin had multiple hits in all three games and batted .583 for the series with three runs scored and four RBI. Every Blue Hen starter had at least one hit in Saturday’s 10-4 triumph as eight of the 10 runs came with two outs. Greg Olenski had three doubles in the series and is riding a seven-game hitting streak along with Joe Giacchino. Olenski has 15 doubles for the season.Freshman Nick Spadafino picked up the win in relief on Saturday and is 4-0 on the season. Freshman Calvin Scott homered in the series finale and has hit in eight of his last nine contests.
ELON (24-27, 13-11 in CAA)
The Phoenix dropped a 7-0 decision in a rain-shortened game with East Carolina last Tuesday. Outfielder Ryan Cooper ranks third in the CAA in batting with a .375 average and is also third in hits with 72. Chris King has belted a league-best 14 homers and ranks fourth in the conference with 51 RBI. Elon has hit 44 home runs as a team this season after hitting only 31 a year ago. Sophomore Nick Beaulac, who is 5-2 with a 4.53 ERA, is expected to start against Delaware in the opener of the CAA Tournament on Wednesday. Quinn Bower was chosen to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 baseball team.
HOFSTRA (19-29, 6-18 in CAA)
The Pride ended their season on May 10. Hofstra’s CAA-best .970 fielding percentage set a new school record, breaking the mark of .968 set in 2010 and 2014. Hofstra also turned 50 double plays, which tops the conference. Closer Chris Weiss finished the year with four saves, which is tied for 8th in Hofstra season history. Freshman Steven Foster ranks sixth in the CAA with a team-best .351 batting average. He also tops the Pride with 35 runs scored. Catcher Chris Hardardt batted .326 and infielder Brad Witkowski hit .312.
JAMES MADISON (18-33, 6-18 in CAA)
The Dukes closed the season with four road setbacks, including three at CAA foe UNCW. Sophomore Brett Johnson paced JMU offensively, batting .455 (5-11) with a double, homer, three runs scored and two RBI. He was 5-for-8 over the final two games of the UNCW series. Freshman Kyle McPherson hit .375 over the four games, including a 3-for-5 outing on Friday. Shortstop Chad Carroll capped a strong season by hitting .412 (7-17) with a homer, five runs scored and five stolen bases. He’s second in the conference with 27 thefts. JMU coach Spanky McFarland closed his JMU career with a record of 521-483-4. He compiled 697 coaching wins overall.
UNCW (36-16, 18-6 in CAA)
The Seahawks finished the season 12-0 in conference play at Brooks Field for just the third time ever after sweeping a weekend series from JMU. Senior Corey Dick batted .600 (6-10) against the Dukes, including going 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in Thursday’s 8-7 win. Luke Dunlap drove in five runs in Friday’s 14-4 win and was 3-for-4 with two RBI on Thursday. Steven Linkous stole three bases on Thursday and leads the league with 30. Terence Connelly ranks fifth in the CAA with a .353 average and has reached base in 23 straight games. Junior Evan Phillips limited the Dukes to one run on five hits over 7.0 innings and struck out six in Saturday’s 5-1 triumph. UNCW’s bullpen has accounted for 25 of the team’s 36 victories this season, including 7 from closer Jordan Ramsey. The #2 Seahawks face either Northeastern or William & Mary at Noon on Thursday.
NORTHEASTERN (24-28, 14-10 in CAA)
The Huskies earned the #3 seed for the CAA Tournament after a dramatic 5-4 win over College of Charleston on Thursday. After falling behind 4-2 in the top of the 10th, junior Rob Fonseca blasted a game-winning 3-run homer in the bottom of the frame as NU defeated a ranked foe for the first time since 2008. Fonseca homered again on Friday and has a team-best 14 for the year, which is tied for the 4th-most in NU history. Senior Nick Berger limited CofC to three hits over 6.0 shutout innings on Thursday and struck out six. He moved up to third on the Huskies’ career strikeouts list with 243. NU’s third-place CAA finish is its best since 2006 and its 14 conference wins are the most since 2006. The Huskies were 10-0 at home in CAA play before dropping their final two games to CofC. NU has won 11 straight games in which Aaron Civale has pitched.
TOWSON (17-35-2, 9-15 in CAA)
The Tigers went 2-2 last week, but came up a game short of a CAA Tournament berth. Towson topped Delaware 6-1 on Friday as sophomore Kevin Ross (3-6) threw his second straight complete game. The right-hander gave up six hits and one run over 9.0 innings and struck out a career-best seven. Colin Dyer was 2-for-3 with two RBI to pace Towson offensively in the victory. Brady Policelli smacked a 3-run homer that gave Towson a 4-2 lead in the fourth on Saturday, but that was all the runs the Tigers would get in a 10-4 setback. A.J. Gallo went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in a 10-2 victory at Mount St. Mary’s last Monday.
WILLIAM & MARY (22-28, 10-14 in CAA)
The Tribe closed the regular season by taking two-of-three from George Washington, including a doubleheader sweep last Thursday. Senior Jason Inghram allowed just three hits over 7.0 shutout innings as W&M won the opener 8-2. Inghram became the Tribe’s all-time wins leader with 26. W&M took the nightcap 2-1 as Daniel Powers, John Yoest and Joseph Gaouette combined on a 6-hitter. Freshman Cullen Large batted .400 (4-10) with two doubles and five runs scored in the series. Freshman Ryan Hall hit .364 with a homer and three RBI and Willie Shaw blasted a pair of homers and knocked in six. W&M secured the #6 seed for the CAA Tournament and will face Northeastern on Wednesday. The Tribe has reached the past two CAA championship games.
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