A Pair of Bearcats and Great Danes Earn Weekly Honors in Baseball
Albany's Tom Hill (Emerson, N.J./Emerson) and Binghamton's Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) have been named America East Co-Players of the Week. Albany's Casey Walsh (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) earns America East Pitcher of the Week, while Binghamton's Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) garners the America East Rookie of the Week honor. The awards were announced Monday (March 25).
Hill led the Great Danes to a 3-1 record last week, recording a team-best .526 average. He recorded 10 hits, including four doubles and two home runs, scoring four runs and driving in five more. Hill, who struck out just once in 19 at bats, had his best outing of the week in a 12-8 comeback win at Western Kentucky. He went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI.
Simek led the Bearcats to a perfect 3-0 mark on the week with 8 hits in 12 (.667) at bats from the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The senior second baseman hit his second home run of the season in the second win over LIU and had at least two hits in each game.
Walsh earned two wins last week, throwing 12 shutout innings for the Great Danes. The junior righty started in UAlbany’s 4-1 win at Delaware State on Monday, allowing three hits and one walk, while striking out five in six innings of work. In a 7-0 win at Western Kentucky, Walsh allowed four hits, fanning three in another six-inning outing. The shutout was Albany’s first since a 7-0 win over Binghamton on May 19, 2006, in which Mark Suchoweicki tossed a nine-inning complete game.
Charron hit his first two collegiate home runs in Binghamton’s three-game sweep of LIU and Lafayette. He raised his season batting average to .350. Overall, the freshman outfielder had five hits in 12 at bats (.417), including the two homers. He is currently tied for second in the conference in home runs.
Albany Great Danes:
Albany (6-10, 0-0 America East) went 3-1 last week, defeating Delaware State, 4-1, in the series finale before taking two-of-three from Western Kentucky... The Great Danes claimed a 12-8 win over the Hilltoppers on Friday and recorded their first shutout of the season in a 7-0 win on Sunday... The shutout was the first for UAlbany since May 19, 2006, when the Great Danes recorded a 7-0 win over Binghamton behind a complete-game performance by Mark Suchoweicki... America East Pitcher of the Week junior right-hander Casey Walsh (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) tossed six innings in the shutout, earning his second win of the season... He got his first win against Delaware State, allowing just four hits and one walk, while striking out five in six innings of work... Against the Hilltoppers, Walsh allowed four hits, fanning three... America East Co-Player of the Week Tom Hill (Emerson, N.J./Emerson) recorded a team-best .526 average, notching 10 hits, including four doubles and two home runs... He scored four runs and drove in five more... Hill, who struck out just once in 19 at bats, had his best outing of the week in the win over Western Kentucky on Friday, going 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI... Sophomore infielder Sean Donovan (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) batted .467 on the week, recording seven hits, scoring a team-high six runs and driving in two... Donovan, who has started all 16 games for the Great Danes at shortstop, leads the team with a .370 average and is tied for the team lead with 20 hits... The Great Danes will visit Fairleigh Dickinson for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m.
Binghamton (5-4, 0-0 America East) went 3-0 to stretch its win streak to four games... After having five straight games cancelled due to weather, the Bearcats played three games on Long Island, winning twice against LIU and once against Lafayette... The team's pitching staff stifled opponents to the tune of a 1.29 earned run average... Sophomore lefty Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y./Liverpool) earned his first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Lafayette... Dennis went 7.0 innings and allowed no earned runs and gave up just two singles... He struck out eight and lowered his season ERA to 0.68... One day earlier, junior pitcher and reigning America East Pitcher of the Year Zach Groh (Reading, Pa./The Perkiomen School) allowed just two hits and one run over six innings against LIU... Senior Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) won his second game of the young spring after blanking LIU through six innings in a 12-2 rout... Van Gorder scattered six hits and lowered his ERA to 0.57... Offensively, senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) hit .667 in the three-game set... Simek hit a home run and drove in three... He shares America East co-Player of the Week honors this week... Senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) batted .500 and made several stellar defensive plays over the weekend... Hitchcock, a two-time first team all-star, lifted his team-high and conference-best batting average to .471... Freshman right fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) earned America East Rookie of the Week honors after belting two home runs and hitting .417 for the week... Binghamton next travels to Salt Lake City to square off against 2006 Mountain West runnerup BYU in a three-game series.
Hartford (1-12, 0-0 America East) played just three games last week, all against Minnesota at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn... The Hawks went 0-3 against the Golden Gophers and were held to just four runs over the three-game series... The Hawks were shutout in the series opener 10-0, and dropped 8-2 and 6-2 decisions on Saturday and Sunday, respectively... The Hawks hitting was led by Adam Bowser, Brady Stouffer and Bill Perry... Bowser and Stouffer finished with three hits a piece, while Bill Perry added two hits and a pair of RBI... One of Perry’s hits was a solo home run in the third game of the series, the first of the season for the sophomore infielder... The Hawks pitching saw Weston Szymanski, Kyle Perry and Chris Greiner pick up the losses... Pete Moraski was the shining starter, pitching 4.2 innings in the second game of the series... He finished allowing just two runs on seven hits while striking out six batters... For the season, Ben Sobocinski leads the team at the plate with a .304 batting average. He has 14 hits on 46 at bats with five RBI, which is tied for the team lead with Bill Perry.
Maine Black Bears:
Maine (5-12, 0-0 America East) split a pair of games with New York Institute of Technology on the Sunday... Maine won the first game 4-2, before dropping the second game of a doubleheader 6-5... Greg Norton (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) picked up his team-leading second win of the season in the first game... It was the 22nd win of his career... Alejandro Balsinde (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) picked up his team-leading second save of the season in the game... In the second game, sophomore Danny Menendez (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) hit his first career home run in the game.... Curt Smith (Willemstad, Curacao/Peter Stuyvesant) scored his 100th career run in the second game on Sunday against NYIT... Smith currently has 101 career RBI... Kevin McAvoy (Brewer, Maine/Brewer) hit his second triple of the second on Sunday at NYIT... The Black Bears have eight triples on the season... The Black Bears hit the road for another long road trip this weekend when they travel to New Orleans for a three-game series with the University of New Orleans Privateers.
UMBC (5-10, 0-0 America East) dropped four straight this week, including a double-header to Niagara, as well as single games to Virginia Commonwealth and Liberty... The week began on Monday when the Retrievers hosted a postponed double-header against the Purple Eagles, dropping the first contest, 2-5, and the second, 4-5... In Game 2, the Retrievers scored all four of their total runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, but fell short by one run... Senior Steve Gale (Baltimore, Md./Essex C.C.) led the Retrievers in the double-header, going 2-for-7 with one run scored, one double, and three RBI’s... Junior Jon Hart (Edgewood, Md./Harford C.C.) brought in the lone run in the 1-10 loss to the Rams, singling to left center to plate junior Steve Russo (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley)... The Retrievers dropped a 2-10 decision to the Liberty Flames to finish the week... This week, they travel to Towson and Georgetown on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mar. 27 and 28 before hosting NJIT in a three-game series from Mar. 30-Apr. 1, beginning with a 5 p.m. game on Friday, Mar. 30.
Stony Brook Seawolves:
After the winter storm reaked havoc with Stony Brook's (3-9, 0-0 America East) schedule, the Seawolves finally returned to action on Saturday with a doubleheader versus Quinnipiac... The Stony Brook baseball team dropped a pair of games to Quinnipiac on the campus of Suffolk Community College in Selden, N.Y... After falling the Game 1, 7-0, the Seawolves fell victim to a late rally and lost Game 2, 4-1... Stony Brook will finally play its first game at University Field on Wednesday when they take on Fordham before taking on NYIT in a three-game set over the weekend.
Vermont (5-8, 0-0 America East) went 1-2 at Monmouth over the weekend... The Catamounts bounced back to win the final game of the series, 6-5, to snap its four-game losing streak... In picking up his first win of the season Sunday, Bryan Rembisz (Clinton, Conn./Westbrook) struck out a career-high 13 batters while walking just one... The 13 Ks are the most in a single-game by an America East hurler this season... The Catamounts leadoff hitter, Rembisz drove in a key run in the 6-5 victory... He leads UVM in strikeouts (21 in 19.2 innings) and runs batted in (12)... Kyle Henry (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro/Connecticut) reached base by a hit or a walk eight times in 12 plate appearances this weekend... Henry hit safely in all three games (4-for-8, .500)... He also hurled UVM’s first complete game of the season Saturday allowing just one earned run a 3-0 loss at Monmouth ... Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt.) went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI Sunday, his ninth multi-hit game in 13 contests this season... John Boyle (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) stranded the tying run at second Sunday to record his first career save... Vermont has stolen 21 bases in its first 13 games... A year ago the team had 31 steals in all 53 games... The Catamounts, who have six Connecticut natives on the roster, play five games in the nutmeg state this week... UVM is at Central Connecticut for a twinbill Tuesday and take on Sacred Heart for a three-game series this weekend at The Ballpark at Harbor Yards in Bridgeport.