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    • June 10, 2014 12:54 AM EDT
    • LSU'S JARED POCHE', JAKE FRALEY EARN FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA REGOGNITION

      LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – June 9, 2014

       

      JARED POCHE’, JAKE FRALEY NAMED FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICANS BY NCBWA

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU left-handed pitcher Jared Poche’ and outfielder Jake Fraley were named Monday as 2014 second-team Freshmen all-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

       

      Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., was 9-3 this season with a 2.45 ERA in 16 starts, and he recorded  26 walks and 52 strikeouts in 91.2 innings.

       

      He was named to SEC All-Tournament team after defeating Vanderbilt on May 21, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings with one walk and three strikeouts.

       

      Poche’ defeated Miss. State on April 5, limiting the Bulldogs to one unearned run on three hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts, as he fired a season-high 108 pitches in the outing.

       

      He recorded his first career SEC victory on March 22 with an exceptional performance against Georgia, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Poche’ worked 8.2 innings, limiting UGA to one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

       

      Fraley, a product of Middletown, Del., batted .372 (45-for-121) this season with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 31 runs, eight steals and 29 RBI. He enjoyed a torrid stretch at the end of the season, batting .476 (20-for-42) over the Tigers’ final 12 games with one double, one homer, eight runs, five steals and five RBI.

       

      Fraley helped lead LSU to the SEC Tournament title, batting a team-high .500 (5-for-10) with three runs, two RBI and two steals. He was also the Tigers’ leading hitter in SEC regular-season games, batting .350 (21-for-60) with four doubles, 13 runs, three steals and nine RBI.

       

      LSU has produced nine Freshmen All-Americans in coach Paul Mainieri’s eight-season tenure, including Poche’, Fraley, shortstop Alex Bregman (2013), pitcher Aaron Nola (2012), second baseman JaCoby Jones (2011), pitcher Kurt McCune (2011), pitcher Matty Ott (2009), catcher Micah Gibbs (2008) and outfielder Blake Dean (2007).

       

       

    • June 4, 2014 12:46 AM EDT
    • Former McKean High and University of Delaware Standout Tripp Keister returns to Wilmington, DE to manage the Potomac Nationals-By David A. Willauer-Contributing Editor-Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium-Wilmington, DE-Tuesday, June 3, 2014-Tripp Keister known for his baseball playing days at McKean High School and University of Delaware while being drafted by the Mets but suffered some injuries returned to his First State roots as he pursued a baseball career in coaching while at Delaware State University and Wesley College along with working for the Wolverines athletic department. 

      After coaching college baseball and for the last 3 years the former Highlander and Blue Hen decided to pursue a career minor league managing in the Washington Nationals farm system.  From Jupiter, FL to Hagerstown, MD and now in his first year with the Potomac Nationals shares about managing and relating to the players in the farm system.

      Potomac Nationals Manager Tripp Keister:  "It's good but overwhelming at times after my cellphone rang a lot as I was trying to get tickets for my family to come see my ballclub perform against the Blue Rocks."  "It's fun to be back in Delaware to see a lot of familiar people before the ball game which was the most relaxing time,I haven't seen my children for 6 months it's like coming home again." "I enjoy managing in this league in which I'd never have played here at Frawley Stadium before as I used to played in the Lower Single A South Atlantic League is all new and the only place I have ever been here as a fan in Wilmington along with the travels to different Carolina League parksl but baseball is baseball and our goal is that we try to win a game each day." 

      My Duties and Responsibilities:"As a manager of the minor leagues is you try to improve on communicating on ways you can reach to a player for motivation definitely along with pushing buttons with position players that are slumping or pitchers are struggling on the mound that haven't pitched in a while you try to find ways to relate to the players which is a part my job on what I have to do as a manager."

      Duties and Similarities to Teach the Game to the Players:  "There are differences and similarities when you teach baseball it is not how we teach it but we have to keep pitch counts on our pitchers each inning we have a lot of investments in all of our players not like you want to take care of players in college but there's an emphasis on winning but for the Carolina League we stress that but we develop the players to win in baseball, there is a blurred line coaches have to win in order to keep their jobs I felt like when I managed in the minor leagues I try to do the right things for the players as you know there a little bit older and there are the same kind of guys as they miss their families more older and talented athletes I felt like that they understand of what they are going through as I have shared with them about me as a player and it has helps me as a manager on to relate to them about slumps in baseball the good times come as they come to the park and to prepare for each game." "I feel think you have to prepare the players to come to win and to develop players to play hard."

      "Playing at Pfitzner Stadium for the last 4 or 5 nights we had Jordan Zimmerman  on rehab with our ball club and he batted 3rd for us which is a big plus for our us tonight as we got a lot of good fans along with a good energy in the ballpark and our players realize you want to be on a baseball team but my goal is to get players developed better for them to have success this is what our jobs are is to develop ball players."

      "My best memories at University of Delaware for baseball:  "I don't have a lot of memories which was 20 years ago but University of Delaware baseball was a lot of fun for me, in my senior year we won our conference (North Atlantic Conference) and went back to the NCAA Baseball Tournament we had a good run and kept going Michael Gomez and I took a lot of pride in being a part of getting back to the NCAA's seeing former baseball coach Bob Hannah in that environment was a good experience I felt that I grew up as a player when in pro baseball I learned a lot about the game."

      Minors or Majors:  "Everyone does this job to get to the goal I enjoy working with players if it was rookie ball or at this level these guys and I love coming to the park each night and to prepare I am try to take the next day and the next game I don't think too far ahead like that "Most Rewarding" Let a player get promoted to anyone that has been on our level of getting to the big leagues and that is a part of this business and you root for them and that is what we do in this sport to help them along witrh preparation to get them to the big league's."

      Jordan Zimmerman to the other guys in minors:  "A lot of our players have picked his brain as he gave our squad a lot of info and shared with the players on hitting and how to prepare yourself on fielding ground balls before the game they seem to be appreciative and it's much better to hear a current major leaguer then from a manager."  

      "When I was drafted with the New York Mets Ron Washington was my manager we talk off and on he has a way making guys so confident and I loved to play for him I have to be myself and also pick my spots to push the button where it is to tell the guy for the game failure and to show confidence and support for the grind is that what we have he has energy and is positive he is genuine and I learned a lot from him."

    • May 31, 2014 12:53 AM EDT
    • HOUSTON DEFEATS BRYANT 3-2 IN 10 INNINGS  

      NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Game 2: Houston def. Bryant, 3-2 (10 inn.)

      BATON ROUGE, La. -- Second-seeded Houston defeated third-seeded Bryant, 3-2 in 10 innings, in game two of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

      Houston's Ashford Fulmer led off the bottom of the 10th inning by being walked. Fulmer moved to second on a ground out and third on a passed ball. Designated hitter Justin Montemayor then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score the game-winning run.

      With the win, Houston will face top-seeded LSU on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Byrant will face Southeastern Louisiana in the elimination game Saturday at 2 p.m.

      Bryant led off the game with back-to-back singles. Leftfielder AJ Zaronzy then hit an RBI single through the left side to score Carl Anderson to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

      Houston tied the game at one in the bottom the third inning. With runners on the corners, centerfielder Kyle Survance made it home on a wild pitch by McAvoy. 

      Houston scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Montemayor led off the inning with a double to left-center field. Third baseman Connor Hollis then reached first on an error by the Bryant pitcher, McAvoy. With runners on the corners, shortstop Frankie Ratcliff grounded into an RBI double play.

      Houston’s Tyler Ford (9-0) earned the win after only allowing one hit in the top of the 10th inning. Bryant’s Kyle Wilcox (3-3) was charged the loss after allowing the winning run.

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    • May 31, 2014 12:52 AM EDT
    • Gamecocks Defeat Camels, 5-2, to Extend Home Postseason Win Streak

       

      COLUMBIA, S.C. — Behind another stellar postseason performance from starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery, top-seeded South Carolina won its 28th straight home NCAA Tournament game, defeating fourth-seeded Campbell, 5-2, on Friday in the Columbia Regional in front of a Carolina Stadium crowd of 7,382.

       

      With the win, the Gamecocks (43-16) advance to Saturday’s winner’s bracket game against No. 2 seed Maryland. South Carolina improves its postseason record at Carolina Stadium to 17-0.

       

      Montgomery (8-5) gave up two runs on five hits and matched his season high with nine strikeouts in eight innings of work. He is now 5-0 in NCAA Tournament games and has a postseason ERA of 0.70. The victory was the 20th of Montgomery’s career, making him the 22nd Gamecock to reach the mark. 

       

      Offensively, South Carolina recorded 11 hits, the 31st time it has reached double digits in hits this season. Sophomore shortstop Marcus Mooney and sophomore designated hitter Max Schrock led the way with three hits apiece, while freshman left fielder Gene Cone added two hits. Mooney and junior Kyle Martin also drove in two runs each.

       

      Campbell (40-20) finished the night with six hits, including a 2-for-4 effort from center fielder Matt Nadolski and a solo home run from Seth LaRue. 

       

      Camels’ starting pitcher Heath Bowers (10-4) picked up the loss after surrendering three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

       

      The Gamecocks wasted no time putting runs on the board as they built a 3-0 lead in the first. Mooney and Schrock delivered back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, and Joey Pankake drew a walk in the next at bat to load the bases with no outs. Martin followed with a single to right field, driving in Mooney and Schrock to give Carolina a 2-0 lead. Second baseman DC Arendas drove home one more run with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Pankake to push the Gamecocks’ lead to three runs.

       

      Campbell got on the board in the top of the fourth, as LaRue launched a solo home run to left center to cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 3-1. Prior to LaRue’s homer, Montgomery had not given up a run in 27 2/3 consecutive innings in the NCAA Tournament.

       

      South Carolina added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Mooney to build a 5-1 lead. 

       

      The Camels scored a run in the ninth on a RBI triple by Will Albertson, but Gamecock closer Joel Seddon was able to record the final three outs, including two strikeouts, to secure the win.

       

      Campbell will take on third-seeded Old Dominion in an elimination game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Gamecocks’ contest against Maryland and the elimination game will both be streamed live on ESPN3. Live stats will also be available at Gamecocksonline.com.

       

       

    • May 30, 2014 8:17 PM EDT
    • NCAA BATON ROUGE REGIONAL GAME 1

       

      BATON ROUGE -- LSU rallied from a 4-2 deficit with six runs in its last two at bats to defeat Southeastern Louisiana, 8-4, in the opening game of the 2014 NCAA Baseball Regional at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

       

      Top-seeded LSU (45-14-1) won its ninth-straight game and advanced to face the winner of No. 2-seed Houston and No. 3-seed Bryant at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.

       

      Southeastern Louisiana (37-24), the Southland Conference Tournament Champions, had its six-game winning streak snapped despite breaking a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run home run by first baseman Sam Roberson.

       

      The Lions fell into the loser's bracket on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT against the loser of tonight's Houston-Bryant matchup.

       

      Trailing 4-2 going to the bottom half of the seventh, shortstop Alex Bregman was hit by a pitch and designated hitter Sean McMullen walked with one out. Catcher Kade Scivicque poked a single past the shortstop and Bregman came around to score on a fielding error by the leftfielder. After the Lions inserted Matt Pittari for starter Andro Cutura, Tyler Moore singled to left field to score McMullen and knot the game at 4-4.

       

      Nate Fury (3-1) entered in relief of Zac Person to start the eighth inning, and the righthander set the Lions down in order.

       

      In the bottom of the eighth, LSU erupted for four runs on four hit to go along with two SLU errors.

       

      With one out, Christian Ibarra reached second on a chopper that went about 10 feet from the plate when catcher Jameson Fisher over-threw first base. Mark Laird's third single of the game put runners on the corners, and Ibarra scored when Lions pitcher Dylan Hills' (6-4) attempted pickoff at first base bounced into right field. With a 5-4 lead, Laird scored when Bregman grounded out to the shortstop. Jake Fraley kept the rally alive with a single that was fielded by the first baseman before it could roll foul, and McMullen made the Lions pay for the mistake with a two-run homer to left-center field.

       

      Southeastern led the game, 1-0, when right fielder Andrew Godbold smashed a solo home run off LSU starter Jared Poche' with two outs in the first inning.

       

      The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the second when Moore walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Cutura, moved to third on a groundout and scored on another wild pitch.

       

      LSU took the lead for the first time, 2-1, when McMullen grounded out with runners on second and third in the bottom of the third inning.

       

      Southeastern Louisiana scored the first of three unanswered runs in the top of the fifth, when Kyle Cedotal hit a one-out single and scored on a double by Jacob Williams to tie the game at 2-2.

       

      In the sixth, Roberson hit a two-run home run off Poche' that put the Lions ahead 4-2, a lead they held until the bottom of the seventh.

       

       

      Southeastern Louisiana vs. LSU

      NCAA Baton Rouge Regional

      May 30, 2014

       

      LSU Head Coach Paul Maineri

       

      Opening Statement

      “I give a lot of credit to Southeastern. That’s a really good ball club. Their pitcher (Andro Cutura) was just outstanding. He was making tremendous pitches against our hitters in clutch situations, and he is a courageous kid. Ultimately, we came through with some huge hits. (Kade) Scivicque came through with a huge hit and ultimately Tyler (Moore) got the big RBI single to tie the ballgame. Things kind of unraveled for Southeastern there in the eighth inning with the errant throw by the catcher and the errant pickoff attempt. We took advantage of their errors with good base running. (Alex) Bregman and Sean (McMullen) came through when they made mistakes. Nate Fury also came through for us and allowed us to not use Joe (Broussard). All in all, it was a hard fought victory. I told our players after the game it reminded me of the 2009 game against Southern in the opening game of the regional. We ultimately were able to break the game open. That was a team that went on to win the national championship. We are happy with the victory and look forward to tomorrow night.”

       

      On just trying to get the job done…

      “We faced a really good ball club that is playing inspired baseball. Their pitcher was really tough and a tremendous challenge. I have a lot of confidence in our guys and know they will stay poised and composed. They have gone through a 30-game SEC schedule and they’ve navigated through some valleys. When you’ve had down days, you have to keep battling and believing in yourself.”

       

      On learning from past NCAA games…

      “We try to do everything to build our guy’s confidence. When you’re in this environment at LSU, there are such high expectations. You have to believe in yourself. As a team and individuals, you just can’t give up. It has been a tradition of our program to rally and do whatever it takes to win. We just had to grind this one out. At times, it wasn’t pretty, but we did what it took to win. I don’t think we played poorly; I give more credit to their pitcher. He really did a great job of limiting our guys, but we still had 14 hits on the day. It wasn’t a bad offensive day really.”

       

      On Jared Poche'…

      “It’s easy to say he didn’t play well after giving up four runs on eight hits. I would argue that he threw a lot of strikes. He came out from the beginning and pounded the strike zone. He made two bad pitches that they hit over the fence. I have to give credit to Southeastern for making great swings on the ball. He pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning and a player with less courage would have folded. We just find ways to win. At the end of the day, the goal is to have more runs than the other team.”

       

      LSU LHP JARED POCHE’

       

      On starting his first regional game…

      “I felt good coming into the game. I didn’t have nerves or anything. I thought my fastball command, changeup command and curveball command was pretty good. I just made a few mistakes and those guys took advantage of that. You have to give credit to those hitters.”

       

      On his pitching performance and the LSU bullpen…

      “I think I struggled with my put-away pitches. I left some curve balls too hittable. I should have left them in the dirt. With the bullpen coming in like that, I can’t say enough about those guys. They have been doing that the entire year. They come in, throw a bunch of zeroes and get guys out anyway they can.”

       

      LSU RF MARK LAIRD

       

      On his approach to the plate against Southeastern…

      “I tried working the count today. I got deep in some counts. I was just trying to make contact. I found holes and used my speed to my advantage. On the pick-off play, it was a play that got away. (Alex) Bregman did a good job of putting the ball in play off a tough pitcher and getting the run.”

       

      On LSU taking the lead in eighth inning…

      “Andro (Cutura) did a good job of keeping our hitters off balance. When we got runners on base, we needed to take advantage of that. Taking advantage of errors was a big thing in the game. In the bottom of the eighth, we got players in scoring position. We just needed to put the ball in play. We did that and scored some runs.”

       

      LSU DH SEAN MCMULLEN

       

      On today’s victory over Southeastern Louisiana University…

      “I think Andro (Cutura) pitched a great game today. He kept us off balance. We put together some good at-bats against him. We were able to get him out of the game and get into their bullpen. I think that was the key.”

       

      On his two-run home run…

      “It definitely gave us more breathing room. Once Jake (Fraley) stole that base, it was extra inspiration to just get the hit. It is tough getting runners in scoring position. I was lucky enough to hit a ball over the fence. I wasn’t trying to hit a homerun. I was just trying to score Jake.”

       

       

      Southeastern Head Coach Matt Riser

       

      Opening Statement…

      “Overall, I thought we competed the way we were supposed to.  We went out there, we battled.  Obviously, we had the one inning that got away from us a little bit, but besides that… I’m proud of the kids.  They went out there and competed from pitch one to the last pitch.  Even the last at bat, we pulled a guy from the bench who hadn’t had an at-bat all day. He (Jesse Buratt) came in cold, but he came in ready to go.  He kept battling off pitches and battling off pitches, but obviously he ends it with a fly-out.  That just shows you the tenacity of our team.  It shows you the mental makeup of our team.  We’ve got a good bunch of tough kids.  They are going to continue to compete no matter what happens.  That one inning got away from us, but I’ve seen teams come back from it.  I’ve seen teams come back and win the tournament...  That was my challenge to them, what team are you going to be.  Are you going to continue to be the guys that we are at Southeastern and continue to mentally be tough and mentally to battle at each pitch, or are you going to fold up?  I think our guys are going to rise to the challenge.”

       

      On moving from this game to the next game…

      “It starts right there with the meeting after the game.  We go right into it, and we talk about it.  We say it’s a tough loss, and we had them on the ropes there until late. We just have to do a good job of flushing.  That’s the game of baseball.  The beauty of the game of baseball is that we get to go back out there again tomorrow and play some more.  It’s not over yet, and that’s what we keep telling our guys.  It starts from now.  As soon as you get on that bus, you have to flush it.  You have to learn from your mistakes, move on from it and also take the good out of the game.  Like I said, the best part for me, I saw our guys compete and continue to battle.  If they continue to do that part, we will be ok.”

       

      On the game overall … 

      "We’ve gone over this a thousand times in drills. At the end of the day, it’s baseball.  They are 18 to 22 year old guys that go out there and compete.  Sometimes you don’t get the bounce, and sometimes you do.  You have to tip your hat to LSU.  They did a good job.  Tyler Moore did a good job with two strikes of just poking one there in the gap to tie it up (during the 7th inning).  That was kind of their MO all day.  They just kept getting tough at bat and made their breaks today.”

       

      On the pick-off play at first base in the 8th inning …

      "Just a regular pick-off move to first, just trying to check on the hit and run there.  Obviously, it was in the back of his (Dylan Hills) mind that we’d do it. But at the end of the day, we just didn’t execute it.  It’s really simple, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

       

      On how the results would be different if it was an error free game…

      “Yeah, but usually that’s how it is in the game of baseball.  If you play clean baseball, play fundamental baseball, you do get the win.  If you look at the two runs they scored to tie it up, there was a hit-by-pitch and a walk.  Then obviously the two runs to go-ahead, we threw the ball down the line. Then on the infield single, we threw another ball away.  So nine times out of 10 in the game of baseball, that’s why we preach fundamentals.  We preach it to our guys in practice day-in and day-out.  We did it all week this week as well.  At the end of the day, just one inning got us.”

       

      Southeastern Louisiana 1B Sam Robertson

       

      On his 2-for-4 day at the plate …

      “I was trying to get a good ball to hit and be a little patient, not try to do a little too much. Luckily, I got two good pitches two hit and capitalized. Their pitchers did very well and hit their spots. I just got two good pitches to hit and capitalized.”

       

      On his home run in the sixth inning …

      “That at bat was one of the biggest in the game for our team, I believe… I was just ready for the walk or the hit or whatever would happen after that because he’s (LSU pitcher Jared Poche`) is very good at keeping that behind them and coming though whenever something like that happens. So I was already ready, ready for something good to happen for us. Once I got into that situation and saw him (Daniel Midyett) take second (on a stolen base), I was thinking a single would get him in. Luckily, I good barrel on it, got underneath it and it just went.”

       

      On limiting errors…

      “It’s disappointing for sure, but our big thing is eliminate the big inning. It didn’t happen today. It just shows that whenever that happens, it kind of bites you in the butt. But we have to move on and take tomorrow on. Take it inning-by-inning, get three outs as fast as possible and score some runs.”

       

      Southeastern Louisiana P Andro Cutura

       

      On his outing today…

      “I didn’t get too many three up, three down innings. They did a good job of hitting, and I had to work from behind a lot. I think our defense did a good job of making plays, and we battled through a lot of adversity through the game. I think we did a decent job. We had that one inning where we let it slip. Other than that, we did a good job of battling and facing adversity.”

       

      On his will to battle through adversity…

      “This is my first time playing here, and I think I had a little bit of jitters in the beginning. I think I got through that pretty quickly. I fell behind in a lot of counts, and they got a lot of hits. I basically had to battle the whole time and try to make pitch for pitch in big situations. I was able to do that for most of the game but a couple slipped away.”

       

       

    • May 22, 2014 1:06 AM EDT
    • LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – May 21, 2014                

       

      LSU OPENS SEC TOURNAMENT WITH 11-1 WIN OVER VANDERBILT

       

      HOOVER, Ala. – Shortstop Alex Bregman drove in five runs Wednesday, and left-hander Jared Poche’ earned his ninth win of the season as eighth-ranked LSU defeated No. 10 Vanderbilt, 11-1, in the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

       

      The game was stopped and declared official in the bottom of the seventh inning when LSU expanded its lead to 10 runs. Games in the SEC Tournament, with the exception of the championship game, are halted if a team has a lead of 10 or more runs through the seventh inning.

       

      LSU (41-14-1), winners of five straight games, will play at 4:30 p.m. CT Thursday against the winner of the Wednesday afternoon matchup between Arkansas and Ole Miss. Vanderbilt (41-17) will play the loser of the Arkansas-Ole Miss game at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

       

      Bregman was 3-for-4 at the plate with a three-run homer, a double and five RBI. Poche’ fired seven innings, limiting the Commodores to one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

       

      The Tigers have scored a remarkable 67 runs on 76 hits during their five-game win streak.

       

      “It was a great, solid victory for the Tigers today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I was just an outstanding performance in every phase. Poche’ set the tone, he pitched around some trouble in the first inning and limited the damage. It was one of those day where we swung the bats great again, and we played very good defense. It was a good way to start the tournament by beating an outstanding ball  club like Vanderbilt.”

       

      LSU, which has won the SEC Tournament title in four of the past six seasons, improved to 19-4 in conference tournament games during Mainieri’s eight-season  tenure.

       

      Vanderbilt opened the scoring in the top of the first when second baseman Dansby Swanson doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Xavier Turner and crossed the plate on a single by leftfielder Bryan Reynolds.

       

      LSU tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first against Vanderbilt starter Jared Miller. Rightfielder Mark Laird doubled, moved to third on Bregman’s groundout and scored on designated hitter Chris Chinea’s grounder to short.

       

      “Tying the ball  game up was huge,” said Poche’, a freshman from Lutcher, La. “I was able to go out there and throw strikes. We put some more runs on the board. I feel anyone could pitch with a lead like that and a great defense behind you.”

       

      LSU erupted for four runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Second baseman Conner Hale led off the inning with a double and later scored on a Miller wild pitch to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage.

       

      Bregman then punctuated the inning with a two-out, three-run homer against reliever Hayden Stone. The dinger was the sixth of the year for Bregman and the first allowed this season by Stone.

       

      “I think we came out today with the approach of getting on base and putting together quality at-bats,” Bregman said. “We stuck to that approach the entire game, and the ball  was traveling well.”

       

      LSU catcher Kade Scivicque reached on fielder’s choice in the fifth and later scored on a grounder by first baseman Tyler Moore to increase the lead to 6-1.

       

      The Tigers added two runs in the sixth as Bregman delivered a sacrifice fly and designated hitter Jake Fraley lined an RBI single.

       

      LSU ended the game in the seventh with three more runs as Laird ripped a two-run triple and Bregman drilled an RBI double to give the Tigers a 10-run advantage.

       

    • May 16, 2014 12:43 AM EDT
    • LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – May 15, 2014                

       

      LSU RECORDS 10-0 VICTORY OVER AUBURN FOR 16TH SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON

       

      AUBURN, Ala. – Freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ fired eight shutout innings Thursday night and eighth-ranked LSU pounded out 15 hits en route to a 10-0 victory over Auburn at Plainsman Park.

       

      LSU improved to 38-14-1 overall and 15-11-1 in the SEC, while Auburn dropped to 28-26 and 10-18.

       

      Game 2 of the series is set for 6 p.m. CT Friday, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network. Junior right-hander Aaron Nola will start the game on the mound for LSU, while Auburn will counter with senior left-hander Michael O’Neal.

       

      Poche’ (8-3) fired 108 pitches in eight innings, allowing just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. The shutout was the 16th of the season for LSU, which leads the nation in that category.

       

      The Tigers, 27-0 winners over Northwestern State on Tuesday, have scored 37 runs on 38 hits in their last two games while blanking the opposition.

       

      “An outstanding overall performance by our team in all three phases of the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our hitters again demonstrated a lot of confidence at the plate and swung the bats well against an excellent pitcher (Auburn starter Dillon Ortman). We got off to a strong start in the first inning and gave Poche’ a cushion early.

       

      “I don’t think of Jared as a freshman anymore; he’s a grizzled veteran. He didn’t throw as many first-pitch strikes as we would have liked, but he recovered and located the way he needed to. It was a great way to start the series, but we realize we have more work to do.”

       

      LSU is in contention both for the SEC Western Division title and a top-four finish in the conference standings. The top four teams in the league receive a first-round bye in next week’s SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.

       

      The Tigers were led at the plate by centerfielder Andrew Stevenson and by catcher Tyler Moore, who each collected three RBI. Rightfielder Mark Laird was 3-for-4 and scored two runs, and leftfielder Jake Fraley was 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run.

       

      LSU struck for three runs in the top of the first inning against Ortman (9-4). The Tigers collected four hits in the frame, including a two-run double by Stevenson and an RBI single by Moore.

       

      Ortman was charged with the loss as he worked two innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.

       

      LSU extended the lead to 6-0 in the third as Moore delivered a two-run double, and first baseman Danny Zardon drove in a run on a fielder’s choice grounder.

       

      LSU added two runs in the sixth to increase the margin to 8-0. Laird singled, moved to second on a double by shortstop Alex Bregman and scored on a throwing error by catcher Blake Austin, who was attempting to pick off Laird. Fraley then singled to left field to score Bregman.

       

      The Tigers scored two more runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Stevenson and an RBI single by pinch hitter Kade Scivicque.

       

      ---30---

      Bill Franques

       

    • May 14, 2014 12:24 AM EDT
    • Bullets Flood All-CC Baseball Team 
      Simon Named Player of the Year; Campo Repeats as Coach of the Year

      LANCASTER, Pa. – A record-breaking season has yielded a school-record 10 selections on the All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team for the Gettysburg College baseball team.

       

      The Bullets (33-8, 15-3 CC), who won three more games than any team in program history, had seven selections on the first team alone. In addition, senior third baseman Nate Simon (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Abington Friends School) became the first Bullet to win the Centennial Conference Baseball Player of the Year award while head coach John Campo was lauded as Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.

       

      Last season’s squad held the previous program  record for all-conference picks at seven after finishing 30-13.

       

      Representing Gettysburg on the first team were junior pitcher Eric Hungerford (New Preston, Conn./Shepaug Valley), senior pitcher Drew Felsenthal (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Horace Greeley), sophomore pitcher Luke Lawrence (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East), senior second baseman Tommy LeNoir (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian Academy), junior shortstop Scott Zanghellini (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Simon, and senior rightfielder Al Posch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale).

       

      In addition, senior catcher Cam MacDonald (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), senior centerfielder Patrick O’Grady (Floral Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy), and senior designated hitter Austin Davis (New York, N.Y./Riverdale Country School) received honorable mention.

       

      Campo earned his fourth career coach of the year award, as he was recognized by the Middle Atlantic Conference Southern Division in both 1987 and 1991. He led the Bullets to their first-ever Centennial regular-season title and appearance in the CC championship, where they lost a tough 2-1, 12-inning decision to Haverford College in the deciding final. Along the way, Gettysburg strung together a school-record 23-game winning streak, the longest in Division III this season, and achieved a national ranking in each of the last six weeks, including a program-best No. 21 mark in both the American Baseball Coaches Association and D3baseball.com polls on April 28.

       

      Simon and Davis become just the fourth and fifth Bullets in program history to be named All-Centennial Conference three times, joining Ryan Taylor ’13 (three times, 2011-13), John Woods ’00 (four-times, 1997-2000) and Mike Backus ’10 (three times, 2007, 2008, 2010).

       

      Simon earned first-team honors for the first time after being named Second-Team All-CC last year and gaining honorable mention in 2012. He made his mark as one of the top run producers in school history, breaking the Gettysburg single-season record for RBIs with 49 – a number that currently leads the Centennial Conference by 13. He also led the team in doubles (14) and home runs (three), ranked second in hits (60), and was third in batting average (.359). Among the conference leaders, he is second in hits, tied for third in doubles, tied for fifth in homers, and eighth in batting. For his career, Simon broke the school record for hits (204) and tied the Gettysburg standard for RBIs (128).

       

      Hungerford captured his second all-conference award after receiving second-team honors last year. He enjoyed an outstanding season, going 7-0 with a 1.51 ERA, 52 strikeouts while allowing just 37 hits and 14 walks over 10 appearances (nine starts), and 71 2/3 innings. A two-time selection to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week, he tossed one shutout and five complete games, highlighted by his three-hitter in the team’s 2-1 victory over Muhlenberg College that sent the Bullets into the Centennial Conference championship game. Among the conference leaders, Hungerford – who has not lost in his last 18 starts, dating back to last season – is second in wins, third in ERA, and sixth in strikeouts. In addition, as of the latest NCAA Division III statistical report, he led the nation in WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched, 0.71) and was second in hits allowed per nine innings (4.65).

       

      A first-time all-conference selection, Felsenthal put together a 6-3 record to go with a 1.95 ERA over 11 appearances (10 starts). Over 69 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out 62 batters and walked just 24 while working a pair of complete games. He was even tougher in Centennial Conference play, posting a 0.53 ERA while allowing just two earned runs over 34 innings pitched. His only relief appearance may have been his most memorable outing of the season, as he tossed 2 2/3 shutout innings on just one day of rest in the deciding final of the Centennial Conference championship. He is currently tied for third in the conference in wins, and he also ranks fourth in strikeouts and seventh in ERA.

       

      Lawrence captured his first career all-conference award as well, earning a spot as the first-team relief pitcher.  Making a team-leading 12 relief appearances, he went 4-1 with a 0.27 ERA, allowing just one earned run and five walks over 33 innings pitched while tying a school record with four saves. Lawrence, who leads the Centennial Conference in ERA and is third in saves, did not allow an earned run over his first 18 2/3 innings of the season, and he earned the victory in the team’s 6-4 CC tournament opening-round win over Johns Hopkins, blanking the Blue Jays over the final 2 2/3 innings.

       

      LeNoir earned All-CC accolades for the second year in a row after capturing honorable mention last season. He led the team in runs (42), triples (seven), and slugging percentage (.513), ranked third in doubles (11), and is fourth in batting (.333). LeNoir also belted one home run and tied for the team lead in stolen bases, finishing 5-for-5. Over the team’s four games in the Centennial Conference tournament, he hit .400 (6-for-15) and did not commit an error in 17 chances. LeNoir is second in the conference in runs, tied for the conference lead in triples, and eighth in slugging.

       

      Zanghellini came away with his first career all-conference honor in his first season as the team’s starting shortstop. He was second on the team in batting (.365), tied for third in RBIs (28), and fourth in hits (50), and he also put together a 16-game hitting streak midway through the season. In addition, Zanghellini went 6-for-15 in the conference tournament and drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run, seventh-inning single of Gettysburg’s first-round win over Johns Hopkins. He is currently seventh in the Centennial in batting and eighth in hits.

       

      Posch is a second-time all-conference pick after gaining second-team status a year ago. He opened the season in dramatic fashion, batting safely in the team’s first nine games to stretch his school- and Centennial Conference-record hitting streak to 37 games, which is tied for the 13th-longest in Division III history. Posch led the team in batting at .371 and was also first among the Bullets in hits (62), tied for first in steals (five), second in RBIs (32), second in runs (36), second in home runs (two), and fourth in doubles (10). He was also the conference leader in hits, and he ranked fourth in runs, tied for fourth in RBIs, and sixth in batting.

       

      Among Gettysburg’s all-time leaders, Posch finished second in runs (115), hits (195), and doubles (41) despite playing just three seasons at Gettysburg after transferring from Worcester Polytechnic Institute following his freshman campaign.

       

      MacDonald gained his first All-CC honor after starting 32 games at catcher. An outstanding defensive performer, he made just four errors for the season and threw out seven of 35 base stealers, including three in the two-game Centennial Conference championship round. Offensively, he batted a career-high .273 to go with six doubles and 12 RBIs.

       

      O’Grady also picked up his first all-conference award. A tremendous defensive performer, he did not commit an error in 99 chances, and he also fired in three outfield assists. Offensively, he tied a career-high in batting average, hitting .286, and was second among the Bullets in doubles (13) and tied for third in RBIs (28). With 156 games played and started, he holds Gettysburg records for both categories. After sitting out the first game of his freshman season, he started 156 straight games to end his career.

       

      Davis captured all-conference recognition for the third year in a row after receiving honorable mention last season and second-team honors in 2012. A dangerous leadoff threat, he batted .278 and led the team in in both walks (21) and sacrifice bunts (six) while scoring 33 runs – third among the Bullets. He was also perfect on four stolen-base attempts.

       

      -Go Bullets-

       

    • May 13, 2014 12:29 AM EDT
    • Pack Falls 8-5 in Extras
      NC State dropped its series finale against Wake Forest after forcing extra innings on Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park
       

      BOX SCORE, SEASON STATS, AND PLAY-BY-PLAY ATTACHED

      Top Performers: Trea Turner (2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI), Patrick Peterson (6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)   1   
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      7   8   9 / 10 R H E WAKE
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      NC STATE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 / 3
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      RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State baseball clawed back from a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to force extras before falling 8-5 to Wake Forest in a wild 10th inning on Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park. 

      The Wolfpack (29-21, 11-16 ACC) scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Patrick Peterson worked perfectly through the first three innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth. Wake Forest (27-24, 13-14) scored twice in the sixth to make it 2-1. State rallied to tie the game 2-2 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Jake Fincher’s RBI single. Wake scored six in the top of the 10th to take an 8-2 lead. The Pack trimmed that lead in half on Trea Turner’s three-run homer to set the final at 8-5. 

      Patrick Peterson retired the first 10 batters of the game on his way to a season-long six innings of work, holding Wake to two earned on three hits and a walk while striking out four. Eric Peterson (4-3) took the loss after shutting out the Deacons for the next three innings, then allowing four earned in extras on three hits. Cody Beckman and Jon Olczak combined to pitch the final 2/3. 

      Turner went 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, three RBIs, and two runs. In possibly his final plate appearance at Doak Field at Dail Park, Turner cranked his eighth home run of the year to cut Wake’s lead in half. Andrew Knizner went 2-for-5 with an RBI, driving in Turner for the 11th time in the last eight contests. Fincher went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and the game-tying RBI in the ninth in what could be his final at-bat at Doak Field at Dail Park. 

      Jake Armstrong went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Logan Ratledge reached base three times on a trio of walks with one run scored and a stolen base. 
       
      NC State struck first during a first inning rally started by Turner’s leadoff double down the left field line. Turner advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on Knizner’s RBI single through the left side with one away. Wake scored twice in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead.

      In the ninth, Ratledge led off with a walk and stole second. Brett Austin was intentionally walked with one out, and both runners stayed put after a pop fly to third for the second out. Fincher lined the first pitch he saw into center to score Ratledge and tie the game 2-2. 

      The Deacons poured on six runs in the top of the 10th to take an 8-2 lead, but the Pack wasn’t finished fighting. Armstrong singled to short as the lead off, and Nathan Hood drew a pinch-hit walk behind him. Turner pasted a full count pitch down the left field line for his three-run jack to chop the lead in half, but the Wolfpack couldn’t muster the finishing kick to come back again.

      NC State returns to action on Tuesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. for a road trip to Radford on the way to Virginia Tech this weekend. Thursday’s game at Virginia Tech will stream on ESPN3. Radio coverage for the entire week will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball. 

    • May 13, 2014 12:23 AM EDT
    • Homers Fuel RedHawks in 6-2 Win

      Petit, Santana and Singleton homer; Oberholtzer pitches seven shutout innings

       

      Oklahoma City – A season-high three home runs – including back-to-back solo shots in the seventh inning – propelled the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 6-2 win Monday against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in front of a crowd of 3,936 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

       

      Gregorio Petit, Domingo Santana and Jon Singleton all hit solo home runs for the RedHawks (21-18), who ended a two-game losing skid.

       

      RedHawks starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (1-0) threw seven shutout innings, holding the Sky Sox to five hits and striking out nine in his first game with Oklahoma City since being optioned by the Houston Astros. He struck out the final four batters he faced in the win against the Sky Sox (18-19).

       

      RedHawks shortstop Petit homered on a line drive into the left field bleachers in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. The home run was his third of the season.

       

      Oklahoma City then scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

       

      Catcher Max Stassi tripled on a fly ball to the fence in front of the visiting bullpen in right field. He then scored on a Petit double for a 2-0 edge.

       

      A RBI single by designated hitter Kike Hernandez – Oklahoma City’s third straight hit of the inning – scored Petit for a 3-0 RedHawks lead with one out.

       

      Infielder Ronald Torreyes later reached on a missed catch error and Hernandez scored for a 4-0 lead.

       

      Oklahoma City’s final two runs came on home runs in the seventh inning.

       

      RedHawks outfielder Santana homered on a fly ball to the top of the tall wall in right field for a 5-0 RedHawks lead. The homer was his fourth of the season.

       

      Singleton followed with his 12th home run of the season on a shot past the visiting bullpen and onto the lawn in right field for a 6-0 RedHawks lead.

       

      RedHawks reliever Rhiner Cruz pitched the final two innings, allowing two runs on two hits in the top of the ninth inning.

       

      Colorado Springs broke the shutout with a RBI single by Jackson Williams. Drew Garcia then grounded into a force out and Ben Paulsen scored.

       

      The RedHawks outhit the Sky Sox, 11-7.

       

      The RedHawks conclude their four-game series against the Sky Sox, at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday in a field trip day game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

       

      Tickets are available through the box office on S. Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or ordering through okcredhawks.com. Live coverage begins at 10:35 a.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free IHeartRadio mobile app.

       

      Video highlights of today’s game are available at the PCL FTP site, pacificcoastleague.exavault.com, in the Oklahoma City folder. The proper files will reflect today’s date, and are accompanied by a text file containing a brief description of the content available.

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      Oklahoma City RedHawks (21-18) 6, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (18-19) 2
      May 12, 2014

       

      1

      2

      3

      4

      5

      6

      7

      8

      9

      R

      H

      E

      Col. Springs      

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      2

      2

      7

      3

      1.  City      

      0

      0

      0

      1

      0

      3

      2

      0

      x

      6

      11

      0

       

       



      Col. Springs

      AB

      R

      H

      RBI

      BB

      SO

      LOB

      AVG

       

      Wheeler, T, RF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      1

      .254

       

      Pridie, CF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      1

      2

      .310

       

      Wheeler, R, 3B

      3

      0

      1

      0

      1

      1

      1

      .256

       

      Parker, K, 1B

      4

      1

      1

      0

      0

      2

      2

      .309

       

      Paulsen, DH

      3

      1

      1

      0

      1

      1

      0

      .321

       

      Williams, C

      4

      0

      2

      1

      0

      2

      0

      .303

       

      Garcia, A, SS

      4

      0

      0

      1

      0

      2

      2

      .215

       

      Nina, 2B

      3

      0

      0

      0

      1

      0

      2

      .254

       

      Frey, LF

      3

      0

      0

      0

      0

      1

      1

      .233

       

        Flande, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

        Lopez, W, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

      Totals

      32

      2

      7

      2

      3

      10

      11

      .267

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      BATTING
      2B: Williams (4, Oberholtzer).
      TB: Paulsen; Williams 3; Pridie; Wheeler, T; Wheeler, R; Parker, K.
      RBI: Williams (10), Garcia, A (13).
      Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nina.
      Team RISP: 1-for-4.
      Team LOB: 6.

      BASERUNNING
      CS: Paulsen (4, 2nd base by Oberholtzer/Stassi), Pridie (2, 2nd base by Oberholtzer/Stassi).
      PO: Pridie (1st base by Oberholtzer).

      FIELDING
      E: Wheeler, R (6, fielding), Wheeler, T (3, throw), Parker, K (6, missed catch).
      PB: Williams (3).
      DP: 2 (Parker, K-Garcia, A-Parker, K, Garcia, A-Nina-Parker, K).

       

      1.  City

      AB

      R

      H

      RBI

      BB

      SO

      LOB

      AVG

       

      Grossman, CF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      2

      .290

       

      Chambers, RF

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      1

      .400

       

      Santana, D, LF

      4

      1

      2

      1

      0

      0

      1

      .286

       

      Singleton, 1B

      4

      1

      2

      1

      0

      0

      1

      .299

       

      Stassi, C

      4

      1

      1

      0

      0

      0

      1

      .259

       

      Petit, G, SS

      4

      2

      2

      2

      0

      0

      1

      .286

       

      Hernandez, E, DH

      4

      1

      1

      1

      0

      0

      2

      .291

       

      Meyer, J, 3B

      3

      0

      0

      0

      1

      1

      1

      .198

       

      Torreyes, 2B

      4

      0

      1

      0

      0

      0

      3

      .295

       

        Oberholtzer, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

        Cruz, R, P

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      0

      .000

       

      Totals

      35

      6

      11

      5

      1

      1

      13

      .268

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      BATTING
      2B: Petit, G (11, Flande).
      3B: Stassi (1, Flande).
      HR: Petit, G (3, 4th inning off Flande, 0 on, 1 out), Santana, D (4, 7th inning off Lopez, W, 0 on, 1 out), Singleton (12, 7th inning off Lopez, W, 0 on, 1 out).
      TB: Hernandez, E; Chambers; Singleton 5; Grossman; Stassi 3; Petit, G 6; Santana, D 5; Torreyes.
      RBI: Petit, G 2 (14), Hernandez, E (11), Santana, D (23), Singleton (34).
      Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Torreyes 2; Santana, D.
      GIDP: Chambers, Grossman.
      Team RISP: 2-for-7.
      Team LOB: 6.

      FIELDING
      Pickoffs: Oberholtzer (Pridie at 1st base).

       

       

      Col. Springs

      IP

      H

      R

      ER

      BB

      SO

      HR

      ERA

       

      Flande (L, 0-6)

      6.0

      9

      4

      3

      1

      1

      1

      4.91

       

      Lopez, W 

      2.0

      2

      2

      2

      0

      0

      2

      4.30

       

      Totals

      8.0

      11

      6

      5

      1

      1

      3

      5.05

       

      1.  City

      IP

      H

      R

      ER

      BB

      SO

      HR

      ERA

       

      Oberholtzer (W, 1-0)

      7.0

      5

      0

      0

      1

      9

      0

      0.00

       

      Cruz, R 

      2.0

      2

      2

      2

      2

      1

      0

      2.57

       

      Totals

      9.0

      7

      2

      2

      3

      10

      0

      3.82

       

       

      WP: Oberholtzer.
      Pitches-strikes: Flande 85-52, Lopez, W 32-19, Oberholtzer 102-67, Cruz, R 39-23.
      Groundouts-flyouts: Flande 14-2, Lopez, W 1-4, Oberholtzer 6-1, Cruz, R 3-1.
      Batters faced: Flande 28, Lopez, W 8, Oberholtzer 25, Cruz, R 10.
      Umpires: HP: Thomas Newsom. 1B: Brian Hertzog. 3B: Shaun Lampe. 
      Weather: 63 degrees, overcast.
      Wind: 14 mph, In from LF.
      T: 2:34.
      Att: 3,936.
      Venue: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
      May 12, 2014


      Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

       

    • May 8, 2014 12:40 AM EDT
    • MEAC Baseball http://www.meacsports.com//ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=12091&DB_OEM_ID=20800&ATCLID=209491885

    • May 7, 2014 1:56 PM EDT
    • Two Knights Named All-Conference

       

      ASTON, Pa. – Buddy Elgin (jr. Chestertown, Md. / Kent County) and Matt Sheneman (jr. Flemington, N.J. / Hunterdon Regional), of the Neumann University baseball team, were named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) All-Conference first team, announced on Wednesday.

       

      Both juniors, Sheneman and Elgin lead the Knights at the plate. The duo shares a team-high 52 hits.

       

      Starting in a 36 contests, Elgin has 40 runs scored, 36 RBI, nine doubles, seven homeruns and two triples while batting .366. Elgin is 11-for-12 in stolen base attempts and has a fielding percentage of .920.

       

      In 33 games, Sheneman has scored 33 runs, knocked in 32 RBI and 10 doubles and a batting average of .397. He has 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts and has a fielding percentage of .982.

       

      Trevor Wilkins (sr. Georgetown, Del. / Sussex Central) was named to the CSAC All-Sportsmanship team. In 22 games, Wilkins has 21 hits including four doubles, and 18 RBI. After a strong start, an injury sidelined Wilkins for the remainder of the season.

       

      Neumann (17-19, 10-8 CSAC) is the No. 4 seed in the CSAC postseason and will open play this afternoon at No. 1 seeded Keystone. First pitch is slated for 3:00 PM

       

       

    • May 1, 2014 10:32 PM EDT
    • LSU Baseball Report

      For Immediate Release – April 29, 2014

                                              

      FRALEY NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU outfielder Jake Fraley was named Tuesday as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week by the league office.

       

      Fraley, a product of Middletown, Del., hit .533 (8-for-15) in the Tigers’ four games last week with two doubles, six RBI, three runs, one stolen base and a .529 on base-percentage. In LSU’s SEC series victory over Tennessee, Fraley batted .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, three RBI, three runs, one steal and a .462 on-base percentage.

       

      Fraley, who is riding a five-game hitting streak, tied a career-high with three hits on Friday night against the Vols, scoring two runs and driving in one. On Sunday, Fraley led off the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4 and drew a walk, later scoring the eventual winning run all the way from first base on second baseman Conner Hale’s double.

       

      Fraley is hitting .338 on the year with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 21 RBI. In SEC games, he is batting .333 with three doubles, eight RBI and nine runs scored.

       

    • June 4, 2014 5:39 PM EDT
    • Rosters Announced For California League/Carolina League All-Star Game Presented By Bank of America On June 17 At Frawley Stadium

      Rocks Represented By Four Players At Upcoming All-Star Event

      Wilmington, DE– The rosters for the 2014 California League/Carolina League All-Star Game, presented by Bank of America, were announced on Wednesday by the respective leagues. The game, which will be held at Frawley Stadium on Tuesday, June 17, will feature four players from the host Blue Rocks, as well as five of the top 100 prospects in baseball according to MLB.com.

      Wilmington pitchers Christian Binford, Jonathan Dziedzic and Mark Peterson, as well as catcher Cam Gallagher will represent the Blue Crew on the Carolina League squad, the second-most All-Stars from one team in the Carolina League. Binford and Dziedzic have anchored the Blue Rocks starting rotation, with each ranking in the top-10 in the Carolina League in ERA and strikeouts-per-nine-innings-pitched. Binford leads the league in total punchouts and also sits top-five in the eight-team loop in batting average against and WHIP. Dziedzic leads the Rocks in wins with five. Peterson has been the top closer in the Carolina League with a league-high 11 saves in as many tries. He has also posted a scant 0.73 ERA and has worked 23 consecutive scoreless frames. Gallagher has been one of the most consistent defensive backstops all season. On offense, he bettered his batting average by 50 points during the month of May.

      The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who have the best record in the Carolina League by a wide margin, have the most representatives on the Carolina League team. The Pelicans will send three pitchers, a catcher, two infielders and two outfielders to Wilmington. Starting hurlers Alex Gonzalez and Andrew Faulkner will be joined by their battery mate, Jorge Alfaro. Gonzalez and Faulkner each rank in the top-five in the league in earned run average. Gonzalez is 5-2 with a 2.49 ERA, while Faulkner has posted a perfect 4-0 mark and a 2.28 ERA. The Texas Rangers selected Gonzalez No. 23 overall in the first round of the 2013 Draft. Alfaro is batting .272 with five homers, 30 RBIs and 18 extra-base hits. Southpaw Alex Claudio will come to Wilmington out of the Pelicans bullpen. Claudio is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 13 relief appearances totaling 37.2 innings pitched. In the outfield, Nick Williams and Royce Bolinger will represent the Pelicans. Williams, who was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft by the Rangers, ranks sixth in the Carolina League with a .305 batting average. He also places top-five in the loop in RBIs, hits and doubles. Bolinger ranks fifth in the Carolina League in hitting with a .308 average. The Pelicans will also supply both corner infielders, with Preston Beck at first base and Joey Gallo at third. Beck has 33 RBIs to go along with a .359 OBP, while Gallo has been the best power hitter in all of Minor League Baseball. He leads the Carolina League with 21 home runs, more than two different teams and 11 more than any other player. He also leads the loop in on-base percentage, total bases, slugging percentage, extra-base hits and RBIs. Gallo is a former first-round pick; the Rangers took him No. 39 overall in the 2012 Draft.

      The Carolina Mudcats have the third-most players with three. Starting pitcher Ryan Merritt, infielder Erik Gonzalez and outfielder Anthony Gallas are all headed to Wilmington. Merritt leads Carolina League starters with his 1.71 ERA. The southpaw is also 6-2 on the year. Gonzalez has the longest hitting streak of anyone in the loop this season with a 16-gamer in April, while Gallas leads the league in doubles and is second in extra-base hits and slugging percentage. Gonzalez also has the distinction of being on the Cleveland Indians’ 40-man roster.

      Three Salem Red Sox have been named to the Carolina League All-Star Team, but only two will be active. The batting leader, Reed Gragnani, and one of only two men in the Carolina League to pitch a complete-game shutout this season, Justin Haley, are the two Red Sox who will appear in the game. Outfielder Jonathan Roof was also named to the team, but will not play due to promotion.

      The Lynchburg Hillcats and Potomac Nationals each have two All-Stars on the Carolina League roster. Lynchburg’s Greg Ross, who has the second-lowest baserunners-per-nine-innings-pitched ratio in the league, and infielder Jose Peraza, who shares the Carolina League lead with 27 stolen bases and is third in the loop with a .319 average, will represent Lynchburg. Infielders Stephen Perez and Shawn Pleffner are the P-Nats who were named All-Stars

      The Frederick Keys will also have two All-Stars, but one is unavailable for the game due to injury. Pitcher Matt Taylor, who ranks second in the Carolina League in ERA at 1.94, was named to the squad but is currently on the Disabled List. Frederick’s one active All-Star is outfielder Glynn Davis, whose .313 batting average places him fourth in the league.

      Second-year Carolina Leaguer Courtney Hawkins is the only member of the Dash to make the squad.  Hawkins has enjoyed an impressive sophomore season in Winston-Salem. He is second in the league in homers and also ranks top-five in the loop in RBIs, extra-base hits and slugging percentage. Hawkins was taken No. 13 overall in the first round of the 2012 Draft by the Chicago White Sox.

      The Carolina League team will be skippered by Wilmington manager Darryl Kennedy. He is in his second season with the Blue Rocks and has the Blue Crew just one game out of first place in the Carolina League North. Wilmington pitching coach Steve Luebber, the longest-tenured coach in Blue Rocks history, will also be on the staff, along with trainer James Stone, who is in this third season with Wilmington and clubhouse manager Josh DiBiase, in his second year with the Rocks.

      On the other side, the California League pitching staff features nine talented hurlers representing seven different clubs. Right-handers Austin  Adams and Kurt Spomer hail from the Inland Empire 66ers. Both pitchers have dominated in relief this season. Adams is 0-1 with a 2.39 ERA and has struck out 34 in 26.1 innings pitched across 19 outings. Spomer has been every bit as difficult on opposing hitters. He is 2-1 with a 0.34 ERA and 18 punchouts in 26.2 frames through 19 appearances. Righty Enrique Burgos comes from the Visalia Rawhide, where he has gone 0-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances out of the bullpen. He has whiffed 30 and worked a total of 22.1 innings pitched. Right-handers Trevor Gott and Joe Ross join the squad from the Lake Elsinore Storm. Gott is second in the California League with 15 saves and has amassed a 2-3 record to go along with his sterling 2.70 ERA. He has struck out 27 and walked just nine in 26.2 innings across 25 appearances. Ross has been outstanding as a starting pitcher and is tied for fifth in the California League with a 3.07 ERA across his 12 starts. He has a record of 5-3 and has punched out 62 batters in his 67.1 innings of work, good for fifth in the league.

       

      Lancaster’s Josh Hader has split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Eight of the southpaw’s 12 appearances have been starts. Hader is 5-0 with a 2.44 ERA and has struck out 69 in 55.1 innings pitched. He is second in the California League in punchouts and in ERA. The California League’s best starting pitcher, right-hander Ben Lively, hails from the Bakersfield Blaze. Lively sits atop the leaderboard in wins, ERA and strikeouts. The righty is 9-1 with a 1.95 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched across 12 starts. He has issued only 13 walks on the campaign. Left-handed reliever Steven Okert has terrorized opposing hitters to the tune of a 1.17 ERA in 28 outings for the San Jose Giants. Okert leads the California League with 17 saves in 17 tries and has struck out 49 in 30.2 innings pitched. Rounding out the California League staff is righty Seth Streich of the Stockton Ports. Streich has made 12 starts this season and is 6-4 with a 3.41 ERA. He has struck out 67, good for third in the California League and walked 15 in 63.1 innings pitched. Andrew Barbosa of the Visalia Rawhide and Nate Smith of the Inland Empire 66ers were also named to the California League team, but both will be inactive.

       

      Shortstop Carlos Correa, whom the Houston Astros selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 Draft, headlines a group of seven skilled infielders on the California League roster. Correa is sixth in the California League with a .328 batting average. He has homered five times and driven in 49 while getting on base at a .399 clip for the Lancaster JetHawks. Those 49 RBIs rank second in the league. Correa’s double-play partner with the JetHawks, Anthony Kemp, joins him in the California League infield. Kemp has done nothing but hit this season, compiling a .339 batting average, three homers and 28 RBIs to go along with a sky-high .430 on-base percentage, which is tops the California League. The speedy left-handed hitter leads the loop with 80 hits and has swiped 21 bags in 27 tries, good for second in the league. Corey Seager and Chris Jacobs both join the team from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Seager was selected No. 18 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012 Draft and is living up to his billing as a top prospect this season. For the Quakes, he is batting .335 with eight homers and 37 RBIs in 50 games while getting on base at a .388 clip. Seager is tied for third in the California League in batting average and first in doubles with 21. Jacobs owns a .281 batting average for the Quakes and has gone deep 10 times while driving in 40.

       

      Trevor Story of the Modesto Nuts has a .323 average, which leaves him seventh in the California League, to go along with three homers and 22 driven in. Story is also getting on base at a torrid pace. His .410 on-base percentage is tied for fourth in the league. Rounding out the California League infielders are Diego Goris of the Lake Elsinore Storm and Brandon Drury of the Visalia Rawhide. Goris is the league’s leading hitter, with a .341 average this season. He has also slugged 10 homers and knocked in 35. Goris’ 74 hits are tied for third in the league. Drury owns a .278 batting average and has homered 13 times while driving home 46. He is third in the league in homers and second in the league in doubles with 20.

       

      Bruce Maxwell of the Stockton Ports and Roberto Pena of the Lancaster JetHawks will handle the catching duties for the California League. Maxwell is hitting .282 with four homers and 19 RBIs. Behind the dish, he has a .986 fielding percentage in 48 games. Maxwell has caught 423.2 frames for Stockton, a majority of the team’s total innings. He has also gunned down nearly 43 percent of would-be base stealers. Opponents are just 36-for-63 when attempting to steal on him. Pena has also been a workhorse behind the plate. In 42 games, he has caught 374.2 innings while throwing out 27 of 47 attempted base stealers, an astounding 57 percent. He owns a nearly-perfect .997 fielding percentage. Pena is batting .242 with four homers and 23 RBIs for the JetHawks.

       

      The California League All-Star Team’s five-man outfield is headlined by Hunter Renfroe of the Lake Elsinore Storm. The right-handed hitter was selected No. 13 overall in the 2013 Draft by the San Diego Padres. Renfroe slugged his way onto the team by belting a league-leading 15 home runs. His 48 RBIs are third in the league and he is tops in the circuit with 133 total bases. Renfroe is hitting .286 and getting on base at a .358 clip. The Lancaster JetHawks’ Teoscar Hernandez joins Renfroe in the outfield and is hitting .291 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs so far. His 46 RBIs and 16 thefts are both tied for fourth in the league. Hernandez is also tied for fifth with 30 extra-base hits.

       

      The California League’s third outfielder is Gabriel Guerrero of the High Desert Mavericks. Guerrero, the nephew of former American League All-Star and MVP Vladimir Guerrero, is hitting .322 this year. That’s good for eighth in the league. Guerrero has hit seven long balls and driven in 41 for the Mavericks. Rounding out the California League’s outfielders are Kyle Waldrop and Jesse Winker of the Bakersfield Blaze. Waldrop is batting .335 with four homers and 26 RBIs and Winker is hitting .318 with nine homers and 39 driven in. Waldrop’s .335 average is third in the California League while his 73 hits are also tied for sixth. Winker is third in on-base percentage at .414.

       

      Former big-leaguer Denny Hocking will manage the California League. Hocking, who currently skippers the Inland Empire 66ers, had a 13-year big league career and hit .251 with 25 homers and 226 RBIs in 954 career games with the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals. He is in his first season at the helm of the 66ers. Inland Empire pitching coach Matt Wise,hitting coach Brent Del Chiaro and trainer Omar Uribe will round out the California League staff. Wise is in his first season with the 66ers while Del Chiaro and Uribe are in their second.

       

      For tickets to the 2014 California League/Carolina League All-Star Game, presented by Bank of America, or for the Hitting Challenge on June 16, fans should call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com/AllStar.

    • June 4, 2014 5:36 PM EDT
    • MONMOUTH BASEBALL HAS SIX NAMED TO NJCBA ALL-STATE TEAMS

      Five named to second-team, two All-Rookie

       

      WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University baseball team had six players named to New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) All-State teams, including five to the NJCBA All-State Second Team and two to the All-Rookie squad. The Hawks earned seven honors, with Grant Lamberton (Newark, Del./Salesianum) being named to two teams, and were third among New Jersey schools with the six players selected.

       

      Lamberton hit .280 as a freshman, adding 37 hits and eight doubles. He was a two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week, and hit his first career home run against Rider. Lamberton started 36 games as a freshman, and was named NJCBA All-State Second Team as well as earning All-Rookie honors.

       

      Freshman relief pitcher Ricky Dennis (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) joined Lamberton on the All-Rookie Team, posting an ERA of 0.51 in his first year in West Long Branch. The right hander did not allow a run until his final appearance of the season, and walked only four batters in 17.2 innings. He earned his first career win after posting five shutout innings in relief in a win over Rider.

       

      Chris McKenna (Pine Beach, N.J./Toms River South) was a Second Team selection, going 4-4 with a 2.93 ERA. He threw a complete game in a win over Marist on 3/23, and walked only 11 hitters in 73.2 innings in 2014. McKenna was also named to the MAAC Second Team All-Conference.

       

      Andrew McGee (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) earned Second Team accolades after totaling a 3.89 ERA this season, including complete game wins over Marist and Florida Atlantic. He moved into the MU record books in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games in a career.

       

      Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) hit .315 in his final year in the Blue and White, including three home runs and 29 RBI’s. He picked up his 100th career hit in 2014, and started 44 games for the Hawks, primarily in right field. He slugged at a .430 clip, while notching a .399 on base percentage. Sweeney earned NJCBA honors on the All-State Second Team.

       

      Senior second baseman Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) closed out his MU career by hitting .330 with 12 doubles. He started 48 games for MU on the infield, and drove in 28 runs and slugging .407. He earned Second Team accolades, adding to his First Team All-MAAC honors.

       

       

    • May 6, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
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      MAY 6, 2014  

                                       

      monmouth baseball’s grant lamberton earns second maac weekly award of season

      Hit first career home run on Saturday

       

      WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University baseball freshman infielder Grant Lamberton (Newark, Del./Salesianum) has been named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week, league officials announced Tuesday morning. Lamberton hit his first career home run on Saturday, and wins his second Rookie of the Week honor this year.

      Lamberton continued to produce as one of the top hitters in the Monmouth lineup, hitting .400 last week. He went 4-for-10, driving in five runs and scoring six, getting on base at a .533 clip and slugging a whopping .800. Against Hofstra on Tuesday, Lamberton scored three runs, going 2-for-5 and driving in a run as well. His big moment came in the first game on Saturday against Rider, when he ripped his first career home run over the right field wall, a three-run shot to give the Hawks a five-run opening inning. On Sunday vs. Rider, he was 1-for-2 but was the catalyst of MU’s walk-off win in the 11th. He walked leading off, and on Jon Guida’s sacrifice bunt attempt, the throw went to second and Lamberton slid under the second baseman when the throw was high. He would ultimately score the game-winning run on Robbie Alessandrine(Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholic)’s walk off single. Lamberton was also named MAAC Rookie of the Week on April 22 also.

      The Hawks return to the diamond on Saturday against Iona with the first pitch of the doubleheader set for noon at the MU Baseball Field.

       

    • May 5, 2014 12:33 AM EDT
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      MAY 4, 2014   

                                       

      ALESSANDRINE’S WALK-OFF SINGLE GIVES MONMOUTH BASEBALL SWEEP OF RIDER

      Hawks have won eight in a row

       

      WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Robbie Alessandrine (Sewell, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) lined a walk-off single to right in the bottom of the 11th to give the Monmouth University baseball team it’s eighth win in a row, sweeping Rider on the weekend. The Hawks got a stellar relief appearance from Stephen Frey (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville), who tossed three scoreless to earn his first win of the year. MU improves to 19-20, 9-7 in MAAC play while Rider falls to 13-29, 5-11 in conference.

      “I thought our guys came really ready to play,” said Head Coach Dean Ehehalt. “We’ve been playing very well, we’ve been relaxing, and we’ve had great practice leading in.”

      Frey tossed three shutout innings, allowing just two hits to pick up the win for Monmouth, and Alessandrine capped it off with his game-winning single. Chris McKenna (Pine Beach, N.J./Toms River South) started for MU and threw six innings, allowing just one run on four hits, fanning six. Jake Gronsky (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) had a four-hit day, going 4-for-5 on the afternoon, and Jon Guida (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) added a pair of hits for the Blue and White.

      In the 11th, Grant Lamberton (Newark, Del./Salesianum) worked out a walk leading off, and Guida dropped down a bunt in front of the plate that Rider pitcher Vincenzo Aiello went to second with. The throw was high, and Lamberton slid in safely. After Kyle Perry (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) bunted the runners to second and third, Alessandrine lined the 0-2 offering over the head of second baseman Greg Fazio to plate Lamberton and give the Hawks a three-game sweep of the Broncs.

      Rider jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Nick Richter singled and stole second and third before scoring on a wide throw from Perry at third. The Hawks answered quickly and scored a run in each of the first three innings, scoring in the first when Craig Sweeney (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) hit one hard back up the middle that was stopped by Rider starter Kurt Sowa. He threw Sweeney out but MU had tied the game at one.

      In the second, Lamberton placed a double just inside the left field line, and Guida lined a single the other way to follow. Lamberton scored on a double play ground out, but the Hawks took the 2-1 advantage. In the third, MU loaded the bases on the strength of two singles and a walk, and Lamberton lofted a fly ball to right. Gronsky broke for the plate and slid in ahead of the throw to put the Hawks up 3-1.

      Both teams would stay quiet offensively until the seventh, when the Hawks added another run. Perry walked, and Alessandrine bunted him over. He moved to third on a ground out, and scored when Steve Wilgus (Woolwich, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) beat out a ground ball to second. Rider would bounce back to put up three in the eighth to tie the game. Richter, Mike Parsons and Justin Thomas put together three straight singles to load the bases. MU was able to turn a 6-4-3 double play to get two big outs with just one run crossing, but Jimmy Locklear singled in a run and after a walk, Giovanni Gussen singled through the right side to tie the game.

      Neither team would score in the ninth or tenth ahead of Alessandrine’s game-winner in the 11th. Monmouth has now won eight consecutive games, and moves to 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.

      “Our turnaround has been a complete team effort,” said Ehehalt. “Our older guys have bought in to making sacrifices that are necessary to win games like this.”

      Monmouth returns to action next Saturday when Iona visits West Long Branch for the start of a three-game set. First pitch for Saturday’s doubleheader is set for noon at the MU Baseball Field.  

       

    • May 22, 2014 1:00 AM EDT
    • SUBJECT: University of Delaware Comes Back to Defeat Northeastern 4-3 in First Round of Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Championship

       

      DATE: May 21, 2014

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      WILMINGTON, N.C. – After trailing through much of the game, the University of Delaware baseball team scored two runs in the eighth inning to complete a 4-3 comeback victory over Northeastern in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Wednesday at UNCW's Brooks Field.

       

      Senior Dan Gatto pitched a complete game to earn his fifth win of the season, while Aaron Civale took the loss for the No. 5 seed Huskies.

       

      Gatto gave up just three earned runs and allowed only five hits while striking out five Husky batters. After his troublesome second inning, the senior only allowed one hit the remainder of the game.

       

      The No. 4 seed Blue Hens (25-25, 11-10 CAA), who fell behind 3-0 after two innings, tied the game in the eighth inning on a Nick Liggett pinch-hit RBI single - just his second RBI and fourth hit of the season - and took the lead on a Ty Warrington sacrifice fly.

       

      “We knew coming into this game that if we were going to win, it was going to be a tight, low-scoring game,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Gatto really kept us in there until our bats woke up. Both pitchers were great today and it was one of those game where it was a shame for either team to lose.”

       

      Northeastern (25-28, 9-13 CAA) got on the board with a three-run second inning. The Huskies tallied those three runs on three hits, two of which were extra-base hits.

      Husky starter Chris Carmain received a no-decision as the senior pitched seven plus innings, allowing three earned runs and scattering eight hits.

       

      The Blue Hens notched their first run of the game in the fourth inning when senior Jake Clark launched a towering home run over the left field fence. Delaware was then able to cut the margin in half as the Blue Hens plated a run in the eighth inning on an E.J. Stoltzfus double.

       

      Throughout the game, Delaware hit the ball hard, but Northeastern’s defense had them played perfectly. In the eighth inning, those hard hit balls started to find open space.

       

      Zach Lopes, who yesterday was named to the All-CAA first team, led off the Blue Hen half of the eighth inning with a single. Alex Mottle and Clark were then able to get on and load the bases. After Ryan Hartley struck out, pinch hitter Liggett singled through the left side to tie the game at three runs. Warrington then gave Delaware its first lead of the game on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

       

      Gatto only needed six pitches in the top of the ninth to close out the Huskies. The effort was Gatto’s CAA-leading third complete game of the season.

       

      “I obviously had a rough second inning,” said the senior pitcher from Dover, Del. (Dover HS). “After that, I really settled into a nice groove and was able to keep the game within reach for our offense and the bats took care of the rest.”

       

      The Blue Hens, who are now 4-0 this year against Northeastern with three of the wins by a single run, will take on top-seeded William & Mary Thursday at 12 p.m. The Tribe won their only two games against Delaware this year by scores of 5-4 and 13-10 in Williamsburg, Va. 

       

      “With William & Mary’s offense, we are going to need another excellent effort tomorrow,” said Sherman. “It is always a good feeling to be in the winner’s bracket and we just have to keep bringing it each day."

       

      AGATE:

       

      Northeastern ….030 000 000 – 3 – 5 – 2

      Delaware……..…000 100 12X – 4 – 10 – 3

       

      N: Carmain, Civale (7), Fitzgerald (7) and Treff; D: Gatto and Warrington; E: Vosler (N), Hanley (N), Stoltzfus 2 (D), Hartley (D); DP: N – 0, D – 1; LOB: N – 6, D – 9; 2B: Hanley (N), Stoltzfus (D); 3B: Treff (N); HR: Clark (D); HBP: Lyons (N); SF: Warrington (D); WP: Gatto (5-6); LP: Civale (0-4).

       

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    • May 18, 2014 1:34 AM EDT
    • SUBJECT:  Blue Hens Unable to Send Seniors Off with Win as the University of Delaware Falls to James Madison 7-5 in Baseball Regular Season Finale

      DATE: May 17, 2014

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      NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware baseball team was unable to end the regular season on a high note Saturday as the Blue Hens fell to James Madison 7-5 in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at Bob Hannah Stadium. 

      James Madison’s Patrick Toohers was able to keep the Blue Hens’ batters in check as the  junior pitched seven innings and only gave up one run and scattered five hits to pick up his first win of the season. 

      After scoring 24 runs in Thursday’s doubleheader against the Dukes, the Blue Hens’ offense struggled against Toohers and scored most of its runs after the righty was pulled in the seventh inning.

      John Geffre took the loss for Delaware (24-25, 10-10 CAA) as the freshman allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. Despite the loss, Geffre still managed to strike out six James Madison batters.

      With the win, James Madison (17-34, 8-12 CAA) was able to clinch the sixth seed and final spot in the CAA Baseball Championship.

      The Blue Hens will next be in action this Wednesday against Northeastern in the first round of the CAA Baseball Championship in Wilmington, N.C. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.

      “Obviously, we are disappointed with the loss, but I think the guys really played well in the second half of today’s game,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “We would have loved the sweep, but we are happy with the series win and it should give us some momentum heading into postseason play.”

      The James Madison offense picked up where it left off in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader as the Dukes came out of the gate hot with a three-run first inning.

      Matt Tenaglia got James Madison on the scoreboard when he launched a two-run home run off the scoreboard in right field. The home run was Tenaglia’s second dinger of the series. James Madison tacked on its third run of the inning on a Tyler Gregory RBI single.

      After the first inning, Geffre calmed down and was able to pitch the next 3.2 innings unscathed. Kevin Milley, Brock Niggebrugge, and Luke Alicknavitch combined to pitch the remaining 5.1 innings of the game.

      Neither team was able to light up the scoreboard again until the top of the sixth inning when the Dukes added on to their lead with a two-run home run from Gregory. James Madison then added one more run in the seventh inning when Tenaglia registered his third RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly.

      Facing a six-run deficit, the enigmatic Blue Hen offense finally showed some signs of life in the eighth inning.

      After Delaware loaded the bases, Norm Donkin hit a sacrifice fly to score Cameron Travalini from third base. The Blue Hens then hit three consecutive singles and drove in four more runs to cut the James Madison lead to one, but that would be as close as the Blue Hens would get.

      The Dukes were able to tally on an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning and the Blue Hens went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.

      Jake Clark and Zach Lopes led the Blue Hens with two hits each on the day, while four different Delaware batters knocked in one run each. Lopes was able to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, while senior E.J. Stoltzfus went 0-for-3 and saw his 10-game hitting streak snapped.

      Gregory led the Dukes with four hits in the game and was tied with Tenaglia with a game-high three RBI.

      With Northeastern defeating UNC-Wilmington earlier in the day, the Blue Hens squandered an opportunity to clinch the third seed in the CAA Baseball Championship with a win. Instead, Delaware will now be the fourth seed in the postseason tournament and will face Northeastern in the first round on Wednesday.

      Before the game, Delaware honored the seven graduating seniors (Clark, Dan Gatto, Connor Hibbs, Brandon Hinkle, Alex Mottle, Stoltzfus, and Travalini) who were playing their final game at Bob Hannah Stadium.

      Despite the loss, the significance of the Senior Day festivities was not lost on Mottle.

      “This really was a great group of guys,” said the senior co-captain. “It would have been nice to close it out with a win, but it was a pleasure to play with them and I really got close with all of them over the years.”

      AGATE:

      James Madison………………..300 002 101 – 7 – 13 – 0

      Delaware…………………………000 000 050 – 5 – 9 – 0

      J: Toohers, Evans (7), Gunst (7) and San Martin; D: Geffre, Milley (5), Niggebrugge (7), Alicknavitch (9), and Warrington, Mayer (8); DP: J – 1, D – 2; LOB – J – 10, D – 5; 2B: Wyatt (J), Husum (J), Brown (J), Gregory (J); HR: Tenaglia (J), Gregory (J); SF: Tenaglie (J), Donkin (D); SB: Brown (J), Weston (J); WP: Toohers (1-4); LP: Geffre (1-5); Sv: Gunst (1); Attendance: 400

                                                                                                                                                                                           

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    • May 16, 2014 12:36 AM EDT
    • SUBJECT: University of Delaware Bats Too Much to Handle as Blue Hens Sweep James Madison in CAA Baseball Doubleheader

      DATE: May 15, 2014

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      NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team bounced back from a rough weekend in a big way Thursday as the Blue Hens manhandled James Madison and swept their Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader at Bob Hannah Stadium.

      Delaware (24-24, 10-9 CAA) scored 24 runs and banged out 31 hits in the two games as the Hens rebounded from two losses at Towson last week with wins of 11-5 and 13-9 over the Dukes. 

      Every Blue Hens starter in the two games reached base and, with the exception of one UD batter in game two, every Blue Hen starter recorded at least one hit in each game.

      Seniors Dan Gatto and Connor Hibbs earned the victories on the mound for the Blue Hens while James Madison’s Aaron Hoover and Chris Huffman took the losses.

      “I wasn’t happy about last weekend, but we really bounced back well today,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Our guys have really played well for the majority of the conference season. Today was an offensive day and we really swung the bats well, but we know they (JMU) are trying everything they can to get to the postseason. We will have to come ready to play Saturday.”

      The teams were scheduled to play single games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but the threat of rain Friday forced officials to schedule two games on Thursday. On Saturday, the Blue Hens will honor their seven seniors.

      In game one, Delaware built an early lead by notching one run in the first inning and added another on Ryan Hartley’s team-leading sixth home run of the season in the second inning.

      James Madison scored one run in the fifth, but the Blue Hens answered with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game out of reach.

      With a five-run lead, the Blue Hens then piled on with a five-run seventh inning that was highlighted by a three-run home run from Cameron Travalini. The round-tripper was the senior’s second of the season.

      Gatto (4-6) gave up only one earned run on eight hits in seven innings of work to earn his fourth victory of the season and his first since March 14.

      Taylor Mahoney struggled in the last two innings as the junior allowed four runs on four hits, but was still able to close out the game for the Blue Hens.

      Hartley and Travalini led the team with three RBI each in game one, while E.J. Stoltzfus registered a game-high four hits.    

      The Dukes (16-34, 7-12 CAA) were kept at bay most of the game by Gatto’s pitching, but Matt Tenaglia still managed a team-high three hits including his fifth home run of the season. Josh Wyatt also went yard in the losing effort.

      In game two, the Blue Hens offense picked up right where they had left off. Delaware put crooked numbers on the scoreboard in each of the first four innings and, despite a few scares from the James Madison offense late, were able to bring home its 10th conference victory of the season.

      The Blue Hens scored 11 runs in the first three innings and had the Dukes playing catch-up for the remainder of the game.

      Delaware received some gifts from James Madison in the first inning as the Blue Hens were able to score three runs in the first with just two balls leaving the infield and they scored two of their three runs on wild pitches.

      Stoltzfus and Alex Mottle drove in two runs each as a part of a five-run second inning. Delaware added three more runs in the third before Joe Giacchino capped off the Blue Hen scoring in the fourth inning with an RBI single.

      Giacchino and Mottle led the Blue Hens with a team-high three RBI in game two. Norm Donkin, Jake Clark, Zach Lopes, Stoltzfus, Travalini, and Giacchino each had multi-hit performances in the second game.

      Chad Martin started game two, but because of the early lead, Sherman pulled him in hopes of getting more rest for next week's CAA Baseball Championship. The righty pitched three innings and only gave up one run on two hits.

      Hibbs relieved Martin in the fourth inning and gave up five earned runs in two innings of work, but was still able to pick up his first win of the season.

      Kevin Milley and Luke Alicknavitch combined to pitch the final four innings and close out the game for the Blue Hens. Those final innings, however, were not without some nervous moments for Delaware.

      Facing a 13-1 deficit in the sixth inning, James Madison managed to score six runs and significantly close the gap. The inning’s offensive fireworks were highlighted by a two-run triple from Wyatt.

      After not registering a hit in the seventh or eighth innings, the Dukes were able to put more pressure on the Blue Hens in the ninth inning.

      Kevin Husum and Tyler Gregory each drove in runs in the inning and were able to close the Blue Hens lead to 13-9, but that was as close as the Dukes would get as Alicknavitch was eventually able to retire the side and end the game.

      The second game of the doubleheader marked the fourth time this season the Blue Hens have scored more than 12 runs in a game. Stoltzfus and Lopes had hits in each game and were able to extend their hitting streaks to 10 games each.

      The Blue Hens and the Dukes will go at it again Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium. Saturday’s game will be the regular season finale as Hens will honor their seniors in a pre- game ceremony.

      AGATE:

      Game 1

      James Madison….……000 010 022 – 5 – 12 – 2

      Delaware……………….110 022 50X – 11 – 16 – 0

      J: Hoover, Cundiff (6), Suttmiller (8) and Merullo; D: Gatto, Mahoney (8) and Warrington; E: McFarland 2 (J); DP: J – 2, D – 1; LOB – J – 8, D – 8; 2B: McFarland (J), Weston (J), Giacchino (D), Stoltzfus 2 (D), Trimble (D), Hartley (D); HR: Tenaglia (J), Wyatt (J), Hartley (D), Travalini (D); HBP: Brown (J); SH: Clark (D), Travalini (D); WP: Gatto (4-6); LP: Hoover (1-7).


      Game 2 

      James Madison…….……010 006 002 – 9 – 8 – 1

      Delaware………………….353 200 000 – 13 – 15 – 1

      J: Huffman, Gunst (3), Withers (3), Bradshaw (3) and San Martin; D: Martin, Hibbs (4), Milley (6), Alicknavitch (8) and Warrington; E: Husum (J), Ake (D); DP: J – 0, D – 1; LOB – J – 6, D – 8; 2B: Husum (J), San Martin (J), Giacchino (D), Clark (D); 3B: Wyatt (J); HBP: Brown (J), Tenaglia (J), Clark (D); SH: Giacchino (D); SB: Travalini (D); WP: Hibbs (1-2); LP: Huffman (5-7); Attendance: 175

      - DDD -

    • May 7, 2014 12:36 AM EDT
    • SUBJECT: Delaware Baseball Falls to Saint Joseph’s 5-1 in Final Non-League Game of the Season

      DATE: May 6, 2014

      jhw:

      MERION STATION, Pa. – The University of Delaware baseball team closed out its non-conference play with a 5-1 defeat at the hand of Saint Joseph’s Tuesday afternoon at Smithson Field. 

      The Hawks (30-11) were able earn the victory on the shoulders of a three-run fifth inning that gave them a lead they would not relinquish.

      Delaware freshman pitcher Nick Moylan (1-1) gave up three earned runs in two innings of work and picked up his first collegiate loss for the Blue Hens. Saint  Joseph’s sophomore Matt Haskins (2-0) pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was credited for the victory for the Hawks.

      Saint Joseph’s drew first blood in the second inning when Kevin Kratochwill drove in a run on a groundout. Delaware then answered in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI double from Ryan Hartley.

      The Blue Hens (21-22) were primed to establish a lead with the bases loaded and only one out in the fifth inning in a tie game, but Zach Lopes was unable to get a run home as he grounded into a double play to end the inning.

      The Hawks then broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning that was highlighted by a base loaded two-RBI double from Brian Lau. Brian O’Keefe then added another run with an RBI triple. Saint Joseph’s capped off its scoring in the eighth inning on a Stefan Kancylarz solo home run.

      Lau, O’Keefe, and Kancylarz led the Hawks with three hits apiece and each had at least two extra-base hits in the winning effort.

      The one run scored was the lowest offensive output from the Blue Hens against Saint Joseph’s since 2003 and the lowest in a non-league game since Bryant downed Delaware 11-0 back on Mar. 21 of this  year.   

      Saint Joseph’s has now won 11 of its last 12 games and has defeated Delaware in four of its last five matchups.

      The Blue Hens had their opportunities, but timely hitting was struggle as Delaware left nine runners on base in Tuesday’s defeat. Freshman John Geffre made just his fourth career start and the right-hander only gave up one earned run on three hits in three innings pitched. 

      Joe Giacchino went 1-for-3 and with his walk in the third inning, the junior has now reached base safely in 22 consecutive games. Hartley and Ty Warrington were the only Blue Hens to register multi-hit games as the duo each recorded two hits in the game.  

      Kevin Milley and Taylor Mahoney combined to pitch the final three innings and only gave up one run on three hits.

      The Blue Hens will next be in action Friday as they travel to Colonial Athletic Association foe Towson to begin a three-game weekend series. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Towson's John B. Schuerholz Park.

      AGATE:

      Delaware…………………..000 100 000 – 1 – 8 – 2

      St. Joseph’s……………….010 030 01X – 5 – 11 – 1

      D: Geffre, Moylan (4), Mahoney (6), Milley (8) and Warrington; S: Morella, Kelly (3), Haskins (4), Powles (6), Veeder (8), Schuler (9) and Lau; E: Stoltzfus (D), Clark (D), Powles (S); DP – D – 3, S – 3; LOB – D – 9, S – 8; 2B: Hartley (D), O’Keefe (S), Kancylarz 2 (S), Lau 2 (S); 3B: O’Keefe (S); HR: Kancylarz; HBP: Forgey (S), Kratochwill (S), Boyd (S); SB: Stoltzfus (D); CS: O’Keefe (S); WP: Haskins (2-0); LP: Moylan (1-1); Attendance: 126.

       

      - DDD  -

    • May 1, 2014 10:36 PM EDT
    • SUBJECT: University of Delaware Baseball Claims In-State Supremacy as Blue Hens Come Back to Defeat Delaware State 9-8 in 13 Innings
      DATE: May 1, 2014jhw:
      NEWARK, Del. - Delaware State came into Thursday’s matchup touting one of the most productive offensive units in the country, but it was the Blue Hens who outslugged the Hornets as the University of Delaware baseball team won 9-8 in 13 innings in a non-league game at Bob Hannah Stadium.
      Tyler Dean was the hero for the Blue Hens as the freshman hit an infield single to win the game with the bases loaded in the 13th inning. The game-winning hit came on the first and only pitch Dean saw in the game.
      The marathon game had 33 combined hits and saw 13 pitchers toe the mound. John Geffre picked up his first collegiate win for the Blue Hens while Jaylen Zielecki took the loss for the Hornets despite throwing just one pitch.
      Delaware State entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in team batting average (.349) and No. 8 in total runs scored (324) and the Hornets justified those rankings as they recorded eight runs in the first six innings and had an 8-3 lead before the Hens stormed back.
      The Blue Hens’ offense, which had not been hitting on all cylinders of late, would not go quietly. Delaware answered with a four-run seventh inning that was highlighted by a monstrous three-run home run over the “Blue Monster” in left field from Jake Clark.
      Due to the fact that the Blue Hens (21-21) have the upcoming weekend off, Delaware head coach Jim Sherman was not afraid to use his starters in critical situations.
      After Connor Hibbs and Taylor Mahoney pitched the first 5.1 innings, Sherman brought in ace Chad Martin in a rare relief appearance and the Hornets did not score another run. Martin, who recorded six of his eight outs by strikeout, teamed with fellow starter Dan Gatto and Geffre to pitch the final 7.2 innings of the game. The Hornets were able to tally nine hits against the trio, but were unable to cross home plate.
      Delaware tied the game in the eighth inning on a Ty Warrington RBI double, but left him stranded at second base.
      The Blue Hens also had chances in the 11th and 12th innings with runners in scoring position, but Delaware State's timely pitching and exquisite fielding kept the Hornets alive.  
      The game was the fourth extra inning outing for the Blue Hens this season and Delaware now has a 3-1 record in those contests. The extra-inning affair was the longest Delaware baseball game since a 13 inning game against Hofstra last year.
      Ryan Hartley became the first Blue Hen to hit a home run this season at Bob Hannah Stadium as the junior, like Clark, blasted a ball over the “Blue Monster” in left field.
      Joe Giacchino, who banged out a team-high three hits in seven at bats, reached base safely in his 21st straight game, and with his triple in the first inning, took over sole possession of first place in triples in the Colonial Athletic Association.
      Delaware State got four hits from Charles Dailey while DJ Miller banged out three hits and Cameron Onderko collected a game-high three RBI.
      The Blue Hens will next be in action Tuesday as they travel to Saint Joseph’s for a non-league game. First pitch between the Blue Hens and Hawks is scheduled for 3 p.m.

      AGATE:

      Delaware State…..120 302 000 000 0 – 8 – 18 – 1

      Delaware…………….100 200 410 000 1 – 9 – 15 – 2

      DSU: Gonzalez, Galati (7), Thomas (7), Candeloro (8), Michael (9), Mordecai (10), Evans (12), Zielecki (13) and Sordono; UD: Hibbs, Mahoney (4), Martin (6), Gatto (9), Geffre (13) and Warrington; E – Onderko (DSU), Clark (UD), Harley (UD); DP – DSU – 1, UD – 2; LOB – DSU – 18, UD – 14; 2B: Onderko 2 (DSU), Narsone (DSU), Farley (DSU, Stoltzfus (UD), Warrington (UD); 3B: Dailey (DSU), Giacchino (UD), Donkin (UD); HR: Cecil (DSU), Alexander (DSU), Clark (UD), Hartley (UD); HBP: Cecil (DSU), Nardone (DSU), Evans (DSU), Miller (DSU), Stoltzfus (UD), Warrington (UD); SH: Stoltzfus (UD), Donkin (UD), Powell (UD); SF: Onderko (DSU), Lopes (UD); CS: Evans (DSU); WP: Geffre (1-4); LP Zielecki (0-1); Attendance: 180

      -DDD - 

    • May 18, 2014 1:29 AM EDT
    • SUBJECT: Wilmington’s Baseball Season Comes to a Close As Wildcats Fall, 4-3, to Southern New Hampshire in East Regional Tournament
      DATE: May 17, 2014
      djl
      MANCHESTER, N.H. - - The Wilmington University baseball team’s season came to a unsatisfied close on Saturday afternoon, falling to top seeded Southern New Hampshire, 4-3, in an NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament elimination game at Penmen Field.
      After winning the first game of the Regional Tournament, the Wildcats fell in back-to-back games to finish the season 35-11-1 overall. In six Regional Tournaments, the Wildcats are now 7-12 overall.
      The Wildcats struck first in Saturday’s must win game, putting three on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning.
      With one out in the inning, Sam Goines reached on a throwing error to kick start the rally. Joe Marciano, Mike Annone, and Jon Castro all walked in the inning, with Castro’s forcing in the game’s first run as the bases were loaded.
      Facing a new arm, Josh Swirchak fought off an 0-2 count and singled into center field, bringing into both Annone and Lindstrom for a 3-0 Wilmington lead after five full innings.
      Working into his sixth inning of work, starter Frank Samluk struck out his fourth batter to start the inning, but that is when the Penmen fought back with a rally of their own.
      A walk and a single into center put runners on first and second before another walk loaded the bases, with only one out in the inning. Fighting back form an 0-2 count to work it full, Mike Mastroberti took the sixth pitch of the at-bat and doubled into the gap in left center, chasing all three runners home to even the score at 3-3.
      Now working against reliever Nick Marics, Tyler Fortanascio singled through the left side with two outs in the innings, allowing Mastroberti to score from second for the go-ahead run.
      Sam Goines was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth, stealing second and reaching third on a ground out by Marciano. But with two outs in the inning, reliever Ben Criscuolo got Lindstrom swinging to end the threat.
      Jon Castro hit a one out single in the seventh and was standing on third after stealing second and third with only one out in the inning. But Criscuolo induced a grounder to a drawn in shortstop by Swirchak and a fly ball down the right field line by Christian Adorno to end the inning, again leaving the tying run 90 feet away.
      From there, Criscuolo set the Wildcats down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings, closing the game and allowing the Penmen to move on to another elimination game later Saturday night.
      Swirchak, Josh Hampton, and Castro collected the Wildcats’ four hits, with Castro batting 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Swirchak batted 1-for-4 with two RBI.
      Samluk was saddled with his first loss of the season, pitching 5.1 innings while allowing four runs on five hits, striking out four batters while walking three. Marics pithed 2.2 innings while striking out a batter and giving up two hits. Tyler Fries came on and tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
      Criscuolo earned the win to improve to 6-0 on the year, striking out a pair while allowing two hits in 4.1 innings of work.  Penmen starter Cole Warren went 4.2 innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on two hits. Warren struck out a pair but walked four batters in the no decision.
      Saturday marked the end of six Wilmington University seniors, as Marics, Marciano, and Tim Racek helped lead the Wildcats to four straight NCAA East Regional Tournament appearances. Hampton, Lindstrom, and Jarrett Shaffer helped the team to the past two NCAA Division II East Regional Tournaments as transfers.
      The senior class also helped the Wildcats in winning three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championships in the past four years.

    • May 16, 2014 12:41 AM EDT
    • SUBJECT: Five Wilmington University Baseball Student Athletes Earn NCBWA All-Region Honors
      DATE: May 15, 2014
      djl
      BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - - Heading into the 2014 NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament, five Wilmington University baseball student-athletes were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-East Region Team, led by four members on the Second Team.
      Juniors Matt Lopes, Frank Samluk, Jamie Treml, and Tyler Fries were named Second Team honorees while senior Josh Hampton earned Honorable Mention recognized as the teams were announced Thursday afternoon.
      Following the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament last weekend, Lopes (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) leads the conference with a .385 batting average to earn his second straight NCBWA All-East Region Second team honor. The junior catcher has seven doubled on the year to go along with 18 RBI, throwing out nine batters attempting to steal as well.
      Samluk (Middletown, Del.) also earns his second straight Second Team recognition for NCBWA after playing the infield, outfield, and pitching his way into the utility spot for the second straight year. The junior is hitting .354 after the CACC Tournament, collecting six doubles with 16 RBI, and scoring 26 more runs for the Wildcats. On the mound, he is 6-0 in 11 appearances, earning a 1.77 earned run average with 10 starts on the season. He has struck out a team high 56 batters in 56 innings.
      Treml (Newark, Del.) returns to All-Region recognition after missing the most of last year due to an injury. It is the first time of his career being honor on an NCBWA All-East Region Team but earned ABCA honors in 2012. He comes into the East Regional Tournament with an 8-0 record and a 1.12 earned run average, tops in the CACC. In 40 innings of work, the junior has collected 54 strikeouts and only 14 walks.
      Fries (Kennett Square, Pa.) earns his first All-Region honor as a junior after leading the CACC with eight saves, picking up two in the CACC Tournament. He comes into the Regional Tournament with a team high 23 appearances, going 2-0 in 23.2 innings of work. He has 33 strikeouts to only five walks, finishing off five shutouts for the Wildcats.
      Hampton (West Grove, Pa.) is an Honorable Mention selection as a senior, a year after earning First Team NCBWA recognition last season. The third baseman is second in the CACC with a .383 batting average after a red-hot CACC Tournament that did not factor into the selections. He leads the CACC with 18 doubles and is sixth with 33 RBI on the season. The well-rounded player also leads the team with 101 assists while second on the team with 14 stolen bases.
      Merrimack’s third baseman Frank Crinella was named the 2014 NCBWA East Player of the Year as a sophomore while Dowling’s senior pitcher Tyler Badamo was named the 2014 NCBWA East Pitcher of the Year.
      Leading the Southern New Hampshire baseball team to its first NE-10 Tournament Championship and the number one seed in the East Region Tournament, Penmen head coach Scott Loiseau was named the 2014 NCBWA Coach of the Year.
      All first team members of the eight regions are now eligible for the NCBWA All-America voting process with the All-American teams being announced later this season.
      AGATE:
      2014 NCBWA All-East Region Team
      First Team:
      C – Matt Walsh, Franklin Pierce
      1B – Scott DeJong, Felician
      2B – Andrew Abreu, Dowling
      3B – Frank Crinella, Merrimack
      SS – Aaron Brill, Felician
      OF – Rich Baerga, St. Thomas Aquinas
      OF – Cliff Brantley, Adelphi
      OF – Brendan O’Brien, Southern New Hampshire
      DH – Richard Mejia, Adelphi
      Utility – Brendan Buckley, New Haven
      SP – Tyler Badamo, Dowling
      SP – Rocco Cundari, Southern Connecticut State
      SP – Jerry Vasto, Felician
      RP – Benjamin Criscuolo
      Second Team:
      C – Matt Lopes, Wilmington
      1B – Zach Collett, New Haven
      2B – Nick Baviello, Southern Connecticut State
      3B – Tom Tolan, LIU Post
      SS – Stanley Susana, St. Thomas Aquinas
      OF – John Cruz, Dowling
      OF – John Kennedy, Nyack
      OF – Joe Petosa, Felician
      DH – Derek Hirsch, St. Thomas Aquinas
      Utility – Frank Samluk, Wilmington
      SP – Jim Duff, Stonehill
      SP – Derrick Sylvester, Southern New Hampshire
      SP – Jamie Treml, Wilmington
      RP – Tyler Fries, Wilmington
      Honorable Mention:
      1B – Kenny Kirshner, St. Thomas Aquinas
      2B – John Sczepanski, Philadelphia
      3B – Josh Hampton, Wilmington
      SS – Will Brennan, Bentley
      OF – Matt Burn, Southern Connecticut State
      OF – Calvin Graves, Franklin Pierce
      Utility – JC Brandmaier, Dowling
      SP – Don Crook, Post
      SP – Connor Gleason, Franklin Pierce
      SP – Brian O’Keefe, Bridgeport
      RP – CJ Ferrigi, St. Thomas Aquinas
      2014 NCBWA East Player of the Year: Frank Crinella, Merrimack
      2014 NCBWA East Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Badamo, Dowling
      2014 NCBWA Coach of the Year: Scot Losiseau, Southern New Hampshire

       

    • May 7, 2014 12:38 AM EDT
    • SUBJECT: Eight Wilmington Baseball Student-Athletes Earn All-CACC Recognition
      DATE: May 6, 2014
      djl
      NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - Heading into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament this weekend at Wilson Field, eight Wilmington University baseball players were honored by the conference, earning All-CACC honors as announced by commissioner Dan Mara Tuesday morning.
      Five Wildcats (32-7-1 overall, 17-3 CACC) were named First Team All-CACC while the remaining three student-athletes were named Second Team All-CACC.
      Juniors Matt Lopes, Frank Samluk, Jamie Treml, and Tyler Fries accompany Senior Josh Hampton on the First Team while junior Josh Swirchak, Sam Goines and Rob Gore were named Second Team All-CACC.
      It’s the second year in a row that Lopes (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) has earned First Team honors. After a strong second half of the season, Lopes is second in the CACC with a .388 batting average. With 38 hits, 12 walks, and four hit by pitches, Lopes is first in the CACC with a .474 on-base percentage. He also has six doubles, 12 RBI, and 20 runs scored on the year, while throwing out seven would-be base stealers.
      Samluk (Middletown, Del./St. Elizabeth’s) earned First Team All-CACC utility man for the second year in a row as an infielder and a pitcher. The do-it-all player for the Wildcats, Samluk is 10th in the CACC with a .339 batting average, and eighth with 14 stolen bases. He also carries a fifth best 1.84 earned run average while only allowing hitters to bat .195 off of him. Samluk is 4-0 in 10 appearances, making nine starts while striking out a team high 51 batters in 49.0 innings.
      Treml (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) is back on the All-CACC teams after missing out last year. He was the CACC Rookie of the Year in 2011 and earned Second Team honors in his first two seasons. In nine appearances (five starts) on the mound this year, Treml is 8-0 with a CACC leading 0.79 earned run average. He has struck out a season best 11 batters in each of his past two starts and leads the CACC in averaging 12.44 strikeouts per nine innings.
      It is the first time in his career that Fries (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) has earned All-CACC recognition after leading the CACC with six saves and 21 appearances. He is 2-0 on the year with a 1.25 earned run average in 21.2 innings of work. He has 30 strikeouts on the season while only allowing five walks. He is averaging 12.46 strikeouts per nine innings of work, but doesn’t have enough innings to register in CACC rankings.
      Hampton (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) makes his second appearance on the All-CACC First Team, hitting as the team’s cleanup hitter all season. The senior leads the CACC with 16 doubles; fifth with a .358 batting average; sixth with 53 hits; seventh with 30 RBI, a .419 on-base percentage, and a .520 slugging percentage. He is also ninth in making 93 assists at third base on the season.
      Swirchak (Manassa, Va./Osbourn Park) led the CACC with a .389 batting average during the regular season, landing him on the Second Team in his first season with the Wildcats. He is also second with a .461 on-base percentage and 42 runs scored as the team’s leadoff hitter. His 11 doubles ranks fifth in the CACC while his 10 sacrifice bunts put him atop the CACC rankings. Swirchak’s .535 slugging percentage is fifth in the CACC as he has also amassed two triples and two home runs as part of his 56 hits.
      Goines (Wilmington, Del./A.I. DuPont) earned Second Team All-CACC for the first time in his career for his play in outfield this season. His team leading 40 RBI ranks second in the CACC while he is also in the Top 1o with a .424 on-base percentage (fourth), .481 slugging percentage (ninth), 17 stolen bases (sixth), and three home runs (seventh).
      Gore (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) earned his first all-conference honors after finishing 5-0 on the season with a 1.79 earned run average. In 45.1 innings pitched, he’s struck out 34 batters while only allowing 10 walks. His ERA ranks fourth in the CACC among eligible pitchers , and third on the team overall. He has been a part of three of the team’s nine shutouts while batters are only hitting .189 off him on the season.
      Felician took care of the major awards during the 2014 regular season with senior shortstop Aaron Brill being named CACC Player of the Year and junior Jerry Vasto being named CACC Pitcher of the Year.
      Dominican’s Jayson Gray was named the CACC Rookie of the Year while Nyack’s skipper Matt Cornacchione was voted as the CACC Coach of the Year by the conference’s sports information directors. Nyack also earned the Team Sportsmanship Award.
      The Wildcats begin the CACC Tournament on Thursday as the No. 1 seed after winning the 2014 CACC Regular Season with a 17-3 record. The Wildcats will face fifth seeded Dominican in the first game of the double-elimination format at Wilson Field. The first pitch is slated for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 8.
      AGATE
      2014 CACC Baseball All-Conference Teams
      First Team:
      C – Matt Lopes, Wilmington
      1B – Scott De Jong, Felician
      2B – John Sczepanski, Philadelphia
      3B – Josh Hampton, Wilmington
      SS – Aaron Brill, Felician
      OF – John Kennedy, Nyack
      OF – Joe Petosa, Felician
      OF – Brendan Looby, Chestnut Hill
      DH – Ken McCormick, Philadelphia
      UT – Frank Samluk, Wilmington
      SP – Jamie Treml, Wilmington
      SP – Jerry Vasto, Felician
      SP – Don Crook, Post
      RP – Tyler Fries, Wilmington
      Second Team:
      C – Tyler Clark, Dominican
      1B – Julien Casaubon, Post
      2B – Mike Shada, Post
      3B – Joe O’Donnell, Caldwell
      SS – Josh Swirchak, Wilmington
      OF – Sam Goines, Wilmington
      OF – Gabriel Fellin, Felician
      OF – Jayson Gray, Dominican
      DH – Brennan Price, Felician
      UT – Cole Tobin, Nyack
      SP – Dominic Raia III, Chestnut Hill
      SP – Jack Fowler, Felician
      SP – Rob Gore, Wilmington
      RP – Matthew Facendo, Felician
      Honorable Mention:
      SP – John Holland, Felician
      SP – Ryan Calby, Dominican
      SP – Cory Dean, Philadelphia
      2B – Paul Nyitray, Caldwell
      CACC Player of the Year: Aaron Brill, Felician
      CACC Pitcher of the Year: Jerry Vasto, Felician
      CACC Rookie of the Year: Jayson Gray, Dominican
      CACC Coach of the Year: Matt Cornacchione, Nyack
      Team Sportsmanship Award: Nyack College