Baseball's Weekly Award Winners Put Teams In Excellent Tournament Position
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- This week's baseball award winners come from Binghamton University and Stony Brook University, two teams which will meet each other in next weekend's regular-season finale to determine the America East Regular Season Champion. Seawolves Michael Stephan (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) and William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y./Hempstead) took home player and rookie of the week honors, respectively, while Bearcat hurler Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) received the Pitcher of the Week award. All three awards are for the week ending May 16.
Stephan led the Seawolves to a four-game series sweep of Hartford over the weekend with a .538 batting average, eight RBI, nine runs scored and a 1.231 slugging percentage. Five of his seven hits went for extra basses, including three doubles and two homers. The senior outfielder hit a solo home run in Stony Brook’s 3-2 victory over Hartford on Saturday. He then went 2-for-3 with two RBI including a home run in the 13-3 victory in the second game on Saturday. Stephan had a hit, three RBI and five runs scored in the 18-5 win on Sunday. He then had a go-ahead two-run double in the Seawolves’ 6-4 win in the weekend finale. Along with one walk, Stephan had an on-base percentage of .625 in the series. He also recorded seven putouts and two assists with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Stephan has a .429 batting average with 31 RBI in league games this season.
Augliera, a right-handed starter, shut down UMBC on two hits over eight innings to pick up a win in his only appearance last week. The sophomore allowed only a first-inning single and a second-inning double before retiring the side in order in the last five innings and notching a season-high nine strikeouts with no walks. Augliera improved to 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA against America East opponents with his 0.00 ERA last week.
Carmona had an outstanding series at the plate to move into the league lead with a .405 overall batting average. Last week in four games against Hartford, the rookie DH hit .692 with a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .714 on base percentage. Carmona also was good for six RBI and three runs last week. He tied the Seawolves’ opening game against the Hawks at 2 with a one-out solo homer in the Seawolves’ 3-2 eight-inning win on Saturday. He then went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 13-3 win in game two. In Sunday’s first game, Carmona went 3-for-4 with four RBI, including two doubles. He then went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the 6-4 victory in the second game on Sunday. The freshman also picked up the save in that game, pitching a scoreless ninth inning. This is Carmona’s second Rookie of the Week award this season.
In next weekend's series, Binghamton needs just one win on Long Island to clinch its fourth straight regular-season title, while if Stony Brook sweeps the defending champions, the Seawolves will win the regular season crown and the right to host the 2010 America East Baseball Championship on May 26-28. University of Maine and University at Albany also clinched their berths to the four-team conference tournament after last week's results.
Albany (10-35, 9-12 AE) went 1-2 in conference action over the weekend, falling in the first and last games of a series with Maine, while claiming a 12-5 victory in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader… Freshman Greg Muller (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) led the Great Danes, hitting .375 for the weekend with three hits, including two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI… Sophomore pitcher Greg Lutton (New Haven, Vt./Mt. Abraham/Vermont) earned his second save of the season with a 3.1-inning performance in the second-game victory on Saturday… Sophomore Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) also hit .375 on the weekend, belting three hits, including a double, and recording three RBI… Senior Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) moved into a tie for second place all time with 57 career stolen bases after going 1-for-1 over the weekend… He also recorded four hits, including a double, and scored three runs… The Great Danes, who have clinched a spot in the America East Conference Tournament, will close out regular season play this week, hosting Hartford in a three-game series at Varsity Field on Thursday and Friday.
Binghamton (27-18, 18-3 AE) ran its school-record win streak to 11 with a three-game sweep of UMBC. The Bearcats have won 15 consecutive conference games and will clinch the program’s fourth straight regular-season title with one win in a three-game set at Stony Brook this weekend. Binghamton has won 16 of its last 17 games and 21 of 25… Junior lefty James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-JFK) improved to 8-2 with another complete-game win. He set the school record for wins in a season and kept his ERA at a miniscule 0.86 against America East opponents (1.76 overall)… Giulietti has 35 strikeouts and just two walks in 42.0 innings of conference play… Sophomore Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) limited UMBC to two hits over eight innings to improve to 4-1 in league play. He struck out nine and walked none and now has 31 strikeouts and just seven walks in six conference starts… Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) hit .538 with seven RBI in the three-game set at UMBC. Ciocchi is hitting .486 with 29 RBI in his last 17 games… Senior designated hitter Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) stretched his school-record hit streak to 16 games with five hits in the series. Charron is hitting .397 during the streak and has 18 RBI… Junior outfielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) continued his offensive production with five hits and five RBI against UMBC. He is hitting .452 with 33 RBI in his last 17 games and still leads the conference in home runs (14) and RBI (65)... Binghamton is obliterating offensive records in 2010. The Bearcats have set season records for runs (382) and RBI (344) and the current team batting average (.337) is well above the existing record (.320). Four players have 60 or more hits and seven players have 20 or more RBI.
Hartford (9-35, 3-18 AE) dropped its only four games of the week, a four-game weekend set at Stony Brook… Mike Thatcher went the distance in an eight-inning, 3-2 loss to the Seawolves in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader… He struck out four, walking only two in 7.1 innings of work… Mike Amendola had three hits and an RBI in the game, the only Hawk with more than one hit… The senior would score a run in the second game… Andy Drexel had three extra-base hits on the weekend, including an RBI double in the seventh inning of Saturday’s second game… Jason Freethey shined on Sunday, driving in four runs over the doubleheader, including three in the first game… Matt Walker got two hits in the first game… He slammed his second home run of the season in game two, a game-tying blast in the fourth inning… Freshman Erik Figueredo notched two hits in the first game, his third multi-hit game of the season… Bobby Gorski added a single and two RBIs in the first game… With the sweep over the weekend, the Hawks are now officially eliminated from contention for the America East Championship… They have a final non-conference matchup at Rhode Island on Tuesday, then conclude their season with a three-game set at Albany next weekend.
The University of Maine baseball team (30-20, 13-7 AE) won three of four games on the week… The Black Bears reached the 30-win plateau for the 18th time in school history… Former Maine coach Dr. John Winkin was on hand for the game on Sunday against Albany and recognized in a pre-game ceremony… Maine pitchers A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) and Matt Jebb (Toronto, Ontario/St. Michael’s College) combined to surrender just two hits to Albany on Sunday… Bazdanes picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season in the game… Maine continues to add to its single season triples record and has 29 on the season… Joe Mercurio (Brewster, N.Y./Illinois) is in the midst of a great senior season… He leads Maine with 18 doubles, 53 RBI and 11 home runs… Maine is 20-0 on the season when leading after eight innings… Justin Latta (Lubbock, Texas/Midland College) has appeared in 26 games on the mound for the Black Bears… He is just three appearances shy of tying the school record for appearances in a season of 29 set in 2005 by Scott Robinson… Maine continues to turn double plays and has 59 on the season…. Maine as a team has seven saves on the season, earned by five different players… Rookie Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario/Notre Dame) has struck out just 10 times in 168 at-bats this season… Maine will travel to Baltimore, Md. for a four-game series with the UMBC Retrievers this weekend.
UMBC (9-35, 4-16 AE) dropped a three-game series against Binghamton last weekend... Senior Kevin Clark (Alexandria, Va./Hayfield/Catonsville C.C.) had his best outing of the season in the second game against the Bearcats, allowing just three runs in seven innings of work... Junior Bryan Russo (Westbury, N.Y./Clarke) and sophomore Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) lead the team with four home runs and 26 RBI each, while sophomore Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.Y./St. Peter’s Prep) leads the team with a .307 batting average and four home runs... The Retrievers return to action Friday and Saturday for their final series of the season, a four-game set against Maine, at the Baseball Factory Field at UMBC.
The Seawolves (26-22, 15-6 AE) swept a four-game series from Hartford over the weekend and have now won seven in a row… SBU is now 9-0 at home… The Seawolves won the opening game of the series, 3-2, in eight innings… Freshman William Carmona hit a game-tying solo home run with one out in the seventh inning… Senior Rob Dyer then drove in the winning with an RBI single with one out in the eighth … Sophomore Nick Tropeano went the distance to earn the win, allowing just an earned run in his 8.0 innings of work … He also struck out nine… The Seawolves then won game two on Saturday, 13-3… Sophomore Tyler Johnson tossed a complete-game five-hitter to earn the win… He did not allow an earned run and allowed just one hit over the first 6.0 innings… SBU pounded out 21 hits on its way to an 18-5 win in the first game on Sunday… James Campbell earned his first collegiate win, hurling 6.0 innings… SBU then won the final game of the series, 6-4… Senior Michael Stephan had a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth to break a 3-3 tie… Carmona hit .692 in the four-game set… He is hitting .405 overall including .493 in conference play… Senior Rob Dyer became the fifth player in program history to record 200 career hits on Saturday… Junior Stephen Marino has 71 hits on the season and is nine away from breaking the program record for hits in a season.