Mazzurco, Thompson and Taylor Take Home Weekly Baseball Awards

Release: 05/12/2008
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Stony Brook junior outfielder Steven Mazzurco (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) captured the America East Baseball Player of the Week for the period ending May 11. Binghamton rookie Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) played a significant role in the series win over Hartford to lift the Bearcats to a first-place tie with the Seawolves, earning him the week's Rookie of the Week. Eric Thompson (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) became the third-straight Catamount to receive the league's Pitcher of the Week with his near no-hitter on Saturday afternoon. Click here for full PDF Weekly Release.

Mazzurco batted .579 for the week with eight RBI, four runs and a stolen base. He went 7-for-9 with five RBI in the Seawolves’ doubleheader split with UMBC on Sunday, including a 5-for-6 performance in the 16-5 victory. The junior outfielder also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Stony Brook’s 5-1 win over the Retrievers in the first game on Saturday, including the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Mazzurco is now batting .373 on the season.

Thompson came one strike away from Vermont’s first no-hitter since 2005 in topping Maine, 1-0, in Saturday’s second game. The only hit allowed in Thompson’s seven-inning complete game was a single with two outs in the last inning on a two-strike pitch. The senior lefty struck out a season-high eight and had set down 13 straight Black Bears before the single in the seventh. Thompson preserved the one-hitter and the shutout, the first of his career.

Taylor was a force in Binghamton’s three wins over Hartford, going 7-for-11 in the series and driving in eight runs in the four games. He belted a pair of home runs--his third and fourth of the season--and has a slugging percentage of 1.27 for the weekend. His dramatic two-out, three-run home run in Binghamton’s final at-bat won game two for the Bearcats. Taylor, who batted .636 for the week and scored six runs, is hitting a team-best .400 (22-for-55) with 17 RBI in league games.

Team Notebooks:

Albany (14-36-1 overall record, 7-13 in America East) went 2-2 last week... The Great Danes opened the week with a 15-8 non-conference loss to Le Moyne on Tuesday, May 6... UAlbany built a 5-0 lead in the first inning on a pair of home runs... Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie) blasted a two-run homer and Gary Pitcheralle (Mechanicville, N.Y./Mechanicville/Alfred State) drilled a three-run shot... Le Moyne rallied with eight runs in the eighth inning for the victory... Over the weekend, UAlbany took two of three from New York Tech in its final non-conference games of the season... On Saturday, the Great Danes took game one, 7-3, and the nightcap, 8-3... UAlbany scored five times in the third inning of the opening game... Rowland keyed the inning with a three-run homer to right field... In the seventh inning, senior first baseman Mike Konstanty (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta/Winthrop) connected on his 13t homer of the season to eclipse the program’s single-season record of 12 set by Steve Checksfield in 2000... Junior Josh Willimott (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) recorded his fifth win by tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out seven... In the nightcap, the Great Danes scored five runs over the third and fourth innings to pull away... Freshman David Kubiak (Southold, N.Y./Southold) registered his third consecutive win by pitching six innings and striking out four... In the series finale, New York Tech rallied for a 6-5 victory on Sunday, May 11... Konstanty gave the Great Danes a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a double to center as part of a 2-for-4 afternoon.

Binghamton (25-24, 13-7 AE) clinched a postseason berth by taking three of four games from Hartford on the road. It will be the third America East tournament berth in the last four years for the Bearcats, who won the regular season title and finished runner-up at last season's championship... After being swept in the season-opening series at Stony Brook, the Bearcats have won three or four games from every other AE opponent... Binghamton has now won 15 of its last 18 games and 18 of its last 23... Freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) continued to hit America East pitching with a 7-for-11 showing in the series. Taylor drilled a decisive two-out, three-run home run to win game 2, and drove in eight runs in the four games. He is hitting a team-best .400 with 17 RBI in 17 conference games... Sophomore left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) also had an outstanding weekend, racking up four extra-base hits and seven RBI. Charron drove in five runs in Binghamton's 19-10 win in the series finale - one short of the school record. He has 23 RBI in 20 conference games... Freshman right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) hit .467 in the series, capped with a 4-for-5, 4 RBI performance in the finale. Bregartner - one of four freshmen in the Bearcats' starting lineup - is hitting .390 in conference play... Junior closer Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton/Hofstra) notched his 10th save to extend his school record. Lane is 2-0 with five saves and a 2.38 ERA in league play... Junior starter Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse,N.Y./Liverpool) improved to 3-1 in America East games with six shutout innings against Hartford. Dennis struck out seven and scattered six hits for his fourth win of the spring.

The Hawks (17-29, 9-11 AE) will wrap up the regular season hosting Vermont beginning with a single game on Thursday afternoon at the Hartford Baseball Field. The Hawks closed out its four game week with a 1-3 record, winning the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. The Hawks were in a great position to win the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader after sophomore Chris Greiner pitched a ho-hitter through the first five innings. Kyle Perry came on in relief and carried the no-hitter into the seventh inning when the Bearcats scored the only necessary hit, a three run home run to win the game. The Hawks dropped the first two games of the series by 8-2 and 3-0 margins. Marc Toomey broke up a four-game losing skid with his first win of the season, holding the Bearcats to one run in five innings of work. The series concluded with a 19-10 loss, which included 28 total hits, seven of which were home runs. The Bearcats smacked five long balls, two of which were grand slams, while Bill Perry and Brady Stouffer each recorded four baggers for Hartford. For the week, Ben Sobocinski led the offense with a .533 batting average. He finished with eight hits in 15 at bats, two of his hits for doubles. Prior to the Hawks final regular season game, head coach Jeff Calcaterra will honor the seven members of the senior class, Bill Perry, Adam Bowser, Marc Toomey, Pete Moraski, Adam Grap, John Coury and C.J. Browne.

The University of Maine baseball team (19-26-1, 7-13 AE) went 2-3 on the week... The Black Bears defeated Hartford 7-4 on Monday, before playing a series at Vermont... Maine pitcher Joe Miller (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream) picked up both Maine wins on the week... Miller picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season on Sunday against Vermont... Maine catcher Myckie Lugbauer (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) caught seven Vermont base runners stealing in the two games on Saturday... There were four Catamounts caught stealing in the first game and three in the second game... Maine standout Curt Smith (WIllemstad, Curacao/Peter Stuyvesant) enters the final weekend of his career seven hits shy of the 300 plateau... Smith already ranks second on Maine’s all-time hits list with 293... He is fourth on Maine’s all-time RBI list with 177 and on Maine’s all-time doubles list with 57... He is one RBI and one double shy of tying for third place on both lists... Smith needs just one stolen base for 50 in his career... Senior Mark Ostrander (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) hit a pinch-hit home run on Senior Day on the first pitch that he saw last Monday against Hartford... It was his fourth home run of the season... Kevin McAvoy (Brewer, Maine/Brewer) went 4-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI as Maine exploded for eight runs in the seventh inning of the first game on Sunday against Vermont.... Maine finishes the season next weekend when they travel to Binghamton for a four-game America East series with the Bearcats.

UMBC (21-27, 13-11 AE) clinched a spot in the four-team America East Conference Tournament for the first time ever since joining the league for the 2004 season with Sunday’s, 7-4, eight-inning win over Stony Brook... After starting 2-6 in conference play, the Retrievers split or won their last four series of the season to guarantee a spot in the tournament... The week started off with a 7-3 loss to Delaware, but the Retrievers bounced back on Saturday with a 10-4, seven-inning win against Stony Brook after falling 5-1 in game one... The win marked the Retrievers’ 20th of the season, the first time in five years they reached the plateau, and the 19th time in head coach John Jancuska’s tenure... Senior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Catoctin/Chesapeake JC) earned the win on Saturday after giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits in six innings while fanning one batter... Freshman Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison) led UMBC in the win, going 2-for-3 with one run scored, one run batted in, a double, and a sac fly, while junior Brad Brainer (Chester, Md./Kent Island/Chesapeake JC) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBI, a double, and two home runs in the 7-4 win on Sunday... Brainer tallied the leadoff solo homer in the first and notched the game-winning three run bomb in the eighth to give the Retrievers the win as sophomore Ed Bach (Columbia, Md./Atholton) earned the complete game victory, allowing just four runs, three earned, on five hits in eight innings of work... The southpaw held his opponents to just a .185 average and gave up only one extra-base hit, a double as the Retrievers clinched a spot in the season-ending tournament... The Retrievers return home for their final game of the regular season as they host Georgetown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Seawolves (29-21, 13-7 AE) went 3-2 on the week, earning a non-conference victory over Seton Hall before splitting a series with UMBC over the weekend ... The Seawolves had a season-high 23 hits in the 16-5 victory over UMBC on Sunday ... Junior Steven Mazzurco had a career-high five hits to go along with three RBI in the 16-5 win over UMBC ... Mazzurco went 10-for-15 with seven RBI in the four-game set against the Retrievers ... Senior Tom Koehler allowing just one run and five hits in 8.0 innings in the Seawolves 5-1 win over UMBC on Saturday, striking out 12 ... The Seawolves are now 11-0 when scoring 10+ runs and 20-0 when leading after eight innings after Sunday’s 16-5 win ... The 16 runs on Sunday was a season-high in conference play for the Seawolves ... Sophomore Jeremy Nowak picked up the win in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader and has now earned the victory in his last three starts,

Vermont (24-21, 10-10 AE) took three out of four from Maine in its final home series last weekend ... UVM used three standout pitching performances against the Black Bears to move into fourth place ... Vermont needs to win at least two of its four games at fifth-place Hartford this weekend to sew up a spot in the 2008 America East Baseball Championship ... Senior LHP Eric Thompson (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) made the most of his final home start tossing a complete-game one-hitter to blank Maine, 1-0, in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. The lefty was one strike away from UVM's first no-hitter since 2005 allowing just a two-out single in the seventh ... Thompson improved to 5-1 in all games and has a 2-0 record with a 2.81 ERA in five conference starts ... Junior LHP Joe Serafin (Tariffville, Conn./Simsbury) also was outstanding topping Maine, 4-2, in Saturday's opener. He went the route in the nine-inning game giving up seven hits, only one after the third, while walking two and striking out six ... The America East ERA leader (2.71), Serafin (6-3) now has 17 career victories to tie for seventh all-time at Vermont ... Junior LHP Justin Albert (Hull, Mass./Hull) hurled a nine-inning complete game five-hitter to beat Maine, 9-1, in the series finale Sunday. He set down 16 straight Black Bears from the third through the eighth innings while UVM built its lead. Albert (4-4) walked one and struck out seven allowing the lone run with two down in the ninth ... Senior Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) was hot at the plate last weekend hitting .625 (10-for-16) against the Black Bears including going 6-for-9 with two doubles in Sunday's doubleheader. He elevated his season average to .312 and is hitting .380 in 20 conference games ... Miguel Magrass (West Roxbury, Mass.) hit his sixth homer of the season Sunday, a long two-run shot that was the first and only home run by the Catamounts in 15 games at Centennial Field this season. It was Magrass' 16th career HR to move into fourth on the UVM all-time list ... Vermont is at Hartford, Thursday through Saturday to wrap up its regular season.