Ciocchi, Tropeano and Mannuccia Garner Baseball's Final Weekly Awards

Release: 05/24/2010
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Binghamton University's Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay), Stony Brook University's Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) and University of Harford's Anthony Mannuccia (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) each garnered a weekly conference award to end the regular season. Ciocchi was the recipient of the Player of the Week award, Tropeano earned pitcher accolades and Mannuccia received the award for top rookie last week.

Ciocchi, last year’s Rookie of the Year, picks up his first Player of the Week honor this season with a solid week which gave Binghamton its fourth-straight regular season title and extended its win streak to 14 games. Ciocchi kept up his recent offensive production with five hits in the Stony Brook series to finish the week with a .500 batting average. In Friday’s first game against the Seawolves, an eight-inning win which secured the regular season crown, the sophomore went 3-for-3 with one RBI, one run and a walk. Ciocchi accounted for three of the team’s nine hits and scored the only run against Seawolf ace Nick Tropeano. He also recorded a hit in each of the remaining two games of the series, including Saturday’s single game in which he scored twice, drove in two runs and hit a triple. Ciocchi also reached base at a .583 clip last week.

Tropeano shut down the league’s top offense in Binghamton last week in Friday’s start. The sophomore right-hander allowed just three hits in his six innings of work and struck out 11 Bearcats, while giving up just one run of the unearned variety. Tropeano did not get a decision in the 5-4, eight-inning loss to first-place Binghamton. For the season, he leads the conference with 95 strikeouts and is second with a 2.47 ERA. In 12 appearances, Tropeano has accumulated a 7-3 record.

Mannuccia pitched a complete game shutout to give Hartford a 4-0 win in the second game of its series at Albany, clinching the first conference series victory of the season for the Hawks. The rookie pitched seven strong innings, allowing just four hits, walking one, and striking out a career-high seven. Mannuccia’s seven inning shutout marked the longest outing of the year for him, and the second shutout of the season for Hartford. Mannuccia finished the season strong with a 0.68 ERA and 1-0 record in his final three conference appearances spanning 13.1 innings. 

Team Notebooks:
Albany (11-38, 10-14 AE) went 1-2 in conference action over the weekend, falling in both ends of a doubleheader with Hartford on Friday before claiming an 18-13 win over the Hawks on Saturday… Freshman Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) hit .462 for the weekend, finishing with six hits and scoring four runs… Classmate Brian Bullard (West Nyack, N.Y./St. Joseph) batted .273 in three games, starting all three at second base, recording three hits and three runs, while driving in five additional runs… Bullard also hit the Great Danes’ only home run of the weekend… Albany went 5-of-7 on stolen base attempts over the weekend, increasing the team total to 55 stolen bases on the season… Senior Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) needs just one stolen base to tie, and two to take over the top spot on Albany’s career list… Sophomore pitcher Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) struck out two, did not allow a run, and gave up just one hit in his start on the mound in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday, in three innings of work… Junior hurler Dave Kubiak (Southold, N.Y./Southold) also went three innings in his start of the first game, fanning four, increasing his strikeout total to a team-high 56 on the season… Albany, the fourth seed in the America East Conference Championship, will take on Binghamton in the first round of play on Wednesday.

Binghamton (30-18, 21-3 AE) finished off the regular season with a three-game sweep of host Stony Brook. With the wins, the Bearcats captured the program’s fourth straight regular season title and earned the host role for the upcoming America East Championship... Binghamton has won 19 of its last 20 games to tie the school record for wins in a season (30), set by the 2009 team… With one more win, the program can increase its win total in seven consecutive seasons, believed to be an NCAA record… Binghamton produced one of the finest regular seasons in America East history, going 21-3 to post the third-best win percentage in conference history (.875) and best in the last 12 years. Binghamton won its last 18 America East games… The team owns the longest current win streak (14) in the nation, a school record, and also has the nation’s longest current road win streak (12)… Senior DH Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) stretched his school-record win streak to 18 games with a pair of hits in Friday’s doubleheader… Senior second baseman Jim Calderone (Homer Glen, Ill./Brother Rice/Oakton CC) delivered the game-winning hit in game 1 against Stony Brook to clinch the regular season title... Junior lefty James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-JFK) finished with a perfect 6-0 record against league foes, with 41 strikeouts, three walks and a 1.49 ERA in conference play… Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) collected five hits in the Stony Brook series and is hitting .488 with 32 RBI in his last 20 games... Junior outfielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) kept adding to his school record for runs in a season (64) with four against the Seawolves... Binghamton is ranked eighth out of 68 teams in the Northeast by Ping! 

Hartford (11-37, 5-19 AE) claimed two of its last three games of the season, sweeping the Saturday doubleheader in the Hawks’ three-game series at Albany… By taking two of three from the Great Danes, Hartford earned its first conference series victory of the season… Matt Walker provided the offensive spark throughout the week, hitting four of his five home runs on the season… Walker smashed three home runs at Albany, including two in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader… Walker’s two-run homer in the eighth inning gave Hartford the 5-3 victory… The second game belonged to freshman pitcher Anthony Mannuccia, who threw the second complete-game shutout of the season for the Hawks … Mannuccia struck out a career-high seven batters, allowing just four hits and walking one in earning the 4-0 win… Hartford fell in its final non-conference game, 14-9 at Rhode Island on Tuesday afternoon… The Hawks also lost their final game of the year, an 18-13 slugfest which featured yet another Walker home run at Albany on Sunday afternoon.

The University of Maine baseball team (34-20, 17-7 AE)  swept a four-game series at UMBC last weekend and enters the 2010 America East Tournament having won nine of its last 10 games… The 34 wins are the most since Maine won 35 during the 2006 season… It is the 18th time in Maine history that they Black Bears have won 30 or more games in a season… Maine closer Justin Latta (Lubbock, Texas) set a school record over the weekend when he appeared in his 30th game of the season, breaking Scott Robinson’s school record of 29 appearances in 2005… Latta has five saves on the season… Maine pitchers recorded two straight games against UMBC in which they did not walk a batter… Three times this season Maine has not surrendered a walk in the game… Maine tied its season high with four home runs on Friday against UMBC… Maine also had four home runs in a game earlier this season at Rollins…Senior catcher Joe Mercurio (Brewster, N.Y.) continued to drive in runs… He has 58 RBI on the season… Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) has also reached the 50 RBI plateau as he has driven home 52 on the season… Maine has used 14 different pitchers on the season and 10 of them have recorded at least one win on the season… Rookie Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) has struck out just 10 times in 182 at-bats… Maine, with 65 double plays on the season, is just six double plays shy of tying the school record for double plays in a season.

UMBC (9-39, 4-20 AE) finished the regular season last weekend, dropping four games to America East foe Maine... Sophomore Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) led the team in hitting in 2010 with a .317 batting average, tied for the lead with four home runs and was second on the team with 27 RBI... Junior Bryan Russo (Westbury, N.Y./Clarke) finished with four home runs and 28 runs batted in, the most on the team... Senior starter Kevin Clark (Alexandria, Va./Hayfield/Catonsville C.C.) pitched a complete game in his final game in a Retriever uniform on Saturday, striking out three... In the second game, senior Ed Bach (Columbia, Md./Atholton) struck out four in seven innings of work, completing his colligiate career with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. Bach finishes his UMBC tenure with 298.1 innings pitched, the second-most in school history and 195 strikeouts, the fourth most... Fellow senior Scott Wildesen (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) pitched a scoreless ninth in his final appearance at UMBC.

The Seawolves (26-25, 15-9 AE) were swept in a three-game series against Binghamton over the weekend… Sophomore Nick Tropeano allowed just an unearned run in 6.0 innings of work in the opener… He walked just two batters and struck out 11… The Seawolves trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the seventh but scored four runs to tie the game… Senior Michael Stephan tied the game with a three-run home run with one out… SBU then dropped the second game on Saturday, 2-1… Sophomore Tyler Johnson hurled a complete game… He allowed just two runs on five hits… He walked one, struck out six … Freshman Tanner Nivins hit a solo home run… SBU then dropped its regular season finale to the Bearcats, 13-6… SBU led 2-1 after seven innings… Senior Rob Dyer hit a go-ahead solo home run leading off the seventh… Freshman Adam Brown pitched 7.0 innings, allowing just four hits and an unearned run… He did not walk a batter and struck out five… Junior Stephan Marino finished the regular season with 74 hits… He needs six hits to the Seawolves program record for hits in a season… He also had 19 doubles, the third most in a season in a program history… He needs five more to set the schools single season record.