Four Schools Represented in Weekly Baseball Honors
Albany's Leo Corvino (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) has been named America East Player of the Week. Binghamton's Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario/Centennial Collegiate) and Vermont's Bryan Rembisz (Clinton, Conn./Westbrook) earns America East Co-Pitchers of the Week, while Hartford's Chris Greiner (Elkridge, Md./Mt. St. Josephs) receives America East Rookie of the Week. The awards were announced Monday (April 23).
Corvino led the Great Danes with a .500 average last week, recording a team-best eight hits and eight RBI in four games. The senior shortstop was instrumental in UAlbany’s comeback win over Stony Brook on Sunday, finishing with four hits and three RBI in the final game of the series. He also hit a home run, his first of the season, in the Great Danes’ 9-1 win over the Seawolves on Friday. Corvino finished with a .688 slugging percentage and a .526 on-base percentage, drawing two walks and striking out twice in 16 at bats.
Diamond fired a four-hit, complete-game shutout over UMBC. The junior southpaw allowed just one extra-base hit (double) and lowered his ERA in conference play to 2.65.
Rembisz hurled a complete-game three-hit shutout topping Hartford, 1-0, walking none and striking out seven. The senior righty also drove in the game’s lone run in the sixth with a two-out single, Vermont’s only hit. He tripled in the winning run in the nightcap to complete Saturday’s sweep. In two conference starts this season, he is 2-0 with two complete games, allowing only one earned run (0.64 ERA), one walk and 14 Ks in 14 innings. He becomes the second player to win this award more than once this season. Zach Groh of Binghamton is also a repeat winner.
Greiner tossed a complete-game shutout in a win over Vermont to close out the four-game series. The game was his first collegiate complete game and shutout as he struck out a season best (for any pitcher) 13 batters. Greiner faced a total of 35 batters in the game and allowed six hits, while walking three batters. Greiner also started the Hawks mid-week game with the UConn Huskies. He pitched three innings, while allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits against the Huskies. Greiner becomes this first pitcher to win rookie of the week accolades this season.
Albany Great Danes
UAlbany (15-19, 2-6 America East) split an America East Conference series with Stony Brook over the weekend... The Great Danes won the first game on Friday by a score of 9-1, before dropping both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday with scores of 7-4 and 8-4... UAlbany finished with an 8-7 comeback win on Sunday to even the series to 2-2... America East Player of the Week senior right fielder Leo Corvino (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) led the Great Danes with a .500 average, recording a team-best eight hits and eight RBI... Corvino was instrumental in UAlbany’s comeback win on Sunday, finishing with four hits and three RBI... He also hit a home run, his first of the season, in the Great Danes’ win over the Seawolves on Friday... Right-handed reliever Alexander Beaulieu (Levis, Quebec/Cardinal Regional) earned his first win of the season on Sunday, striking out three in 2.1 innings of work... Sophomore Sean Donovan (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Pleasant Valley) also hit .500 on the week, finishing with three runs scored and three RBI off six hits, including a double... Senior first baseman Steve Sayre (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) drove in seven runs off six hits, scoring three more... The Great Danes host non-conference opponent St. John’s on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and will begin an America East weekend series with Maine on Friday.
Binghamton (15-11, 9-2 America East) won three of four games to capture its third-straight America East series... The Bearcats maintained their hold on first place halfway through the conference season... Binghamton has won nine of its last 12 games... Senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) hit a team-best .471 against UMBC and is batting .419 in conference play... Senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) had a .529 on-base percentage in the series and still leads the America East with a .400 batting average... Junior closer Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton/Broome CC) recorded a save in the opening win against the Retrievers and is 2-0 with two saves and a 0.00 ERA in league play... America East Co-Pitcher of the Week junior Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario/Centennial Collegiate) tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout for his third win of the season... In the UMBC series, Binghamton pitchers recorded 26 strikeouts and issued just two walks... Freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) hit .385 with a team-best six RBI in the four games. Dunn has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and it batting .351 in that span... Freshman right fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) belted his conference-best fifth home run and hit .400 for the week... Binghamton is second in the league in both hitting and pitching... The Bearcats are outscoring opponents 58-28 in the first three innings.
Hartford (9-23, 6-5 America East) went 1-4 over five games, with the final game a 3-0 shutout and complete game from America East Rookie of the Week Chris Greiner (Elkridge, MD/Mt. St. Joseph)... He also struck out a season best, for all pitchers, 13 batters in the way to his second victory of the season... The Hawks opened the week with a 5-3 loss to UConn on Tuesday afternoon at the Hartford Baseball Field... The Hawks then went on the road for a four-game series with Vermont. The Catamounts took the first three games, all by one run... Weston Szymanski (Mt. Airy, MD/South Carroll) pitched his third-straight complete game into extra innings, before allowing the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 3-2 loss. Pete Moraski (Hamden, CT/Notre Dame) was two walks shy of a perfect game in the first of a double header with the Catamounts, before a deep hit ball to short allowed for the only hit of the game and the win for Vermont... The Catamounts then picked up a 3-2 decision in the second game of the double header... For the week, Ben Sobocinski (Waldorf, MD/McDonough) led the team at the plate with six hits and three RBI. One of his hits was a home run, while another went for a double.
Maine Black Bears
Maine (12-20, 4-4 America East) took three out of four games from NYIT in a non-conference series over the weekend... Maine has now won seven of eight games... The Black Bears were able to play at home for the first time this season after starting the season with 28 games on the road... Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game on Sunday, Maine scored three runs to knot the game and force extra innings... NYIT scored a run in the top of the eighth, but Maine answered in the bottom of the inning... Maine had several pinch runners/hitters in the game... Maine ace pitcher Greg Norton (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) came up with the base loaded in his first career at-bat... Norton belted a double off the center field fence driving in the tying and winning run... Matt McGraw (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) recorded his 200th career hit on the weekend with a home run... Kevin McAvoy (Brewer, Maine/Brewer) started his first game on the mound and went 5.1 innings allowing four runs, three of which were earned, on Sunday... Rookie Kevin Jackson (Wappingers Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) had a huge two-run game-tying single in the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday... Brad Hertzler (Westport, Mass./Community College of Rhode Island) and Bobby Brown (Chelmsford, Mass./High Point Univ.) combined for Maine's first shutout of the season on Saturday against NYIT... The Black Bears have a busy week as they will play six games over the next seven days.
UMBC (9-25, 1-11 America East) snapped a 13-game losing streak and picked up their first conference win of the year with a 3-2 victory over Binghamton on Sunday... The Retrievers dropped the first three games, 4-3, 8-0, and 16-2, to the Bearcats, being outscored in the series by a margin of 30-8... Earlier in the week the Retrievers dropped the second of two games this season to the Maryland Terrapins by a score of 11-6... Senior Bo Sauter (Sykesville, Md./South Carroll) pitched the complete game victory for the Retrievers on Sunday, giving up just two runs on nine hits while striking out two, generating a 1.80 ERA for the weekend... Junior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Chesapeake JC) led the Retrievers in the series, batting .500 (7-for-14) with three runs scored, one double, one home run, and one RBI... The Retrievers spend the next week on the road, first traveling to Emmitsburg, Md. for Tuesday’s game against Mount St. Mary’s and then to Burlington, Vt. for a four-game series against the Catamounts starting on Friday.
Stony Brook Seawolves
Stony Brook (17-16, 8-3 America East) went 3-2 last week... Keith Fier (Armonk, N.Y./George Washington) delivered the game-winning RBI in the top of the seventh inning as the Seawolves edged Fordham, 7-6, on Wednesday afternoon... The Seawolves jumped to an early 5-1 lead when they plated five runs in the second inning... The Seawolves took advantage of five Ram walks as they scored five times on only two hits... Justin Echevarria (Uniondale, N.Y./Uniondale) drove in the final two runs of the inning with an RBI single to plate Chris Sipp (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) and Brian Witkowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst)... Rob Leonard (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) pitched three scoreless innings for the save... The Stony Brook baseball team was held to only three hits and committed three errors as the Seawolves fell to Albany, 9-1, at University Field on Friday afternoon.The Seawolves held a 1-0 advantage heading into the top of the fifth inning as Brian Witkowski scored on a Great Dane error in the first... Tom Koehler (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle) allowed 11 hits and six runs in 7.0 innings on the hill... The Stony Brook baseball team swept a doubleheader over UAlbany on Saturday afternoon... In Game 1, the Seawolves tallied eighth hits and scored seven runs in the first two innings of play to open up a 7-0 lead... With two outs in the bottom of the first, Michael Stephan (Patchogue-Medford, N.Y./Patchogue Medford) sparked a rally as the Seawolves hit for five consecutive hits with two-outs capped by a Chris Cruz (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) double as they led 4-0... In the bottom of the second inning the Seawolves scored all three runs with two outs as Leonard and Michael Tansey (Valley Stream/Holy Trinity) delivered RBI singles... The Great Danes added two in the fourth off of a Steve Sayre RBI single and two in the sixth, but Matt Lyons (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) came out of the pen to close out the sixth and seventh inning for his third save of the year... Gary Novakowski (Prospect, Conn./Holy Cross)(3-1) picked up the win, striking out five batters in 5.1 innings of work... Leonard and Tansey were both 3-for-3 as the Seawolves tallied 10 hits in the win... In Game 2, Stony Brook broke a 3-1 game open with a three run fourth... Leading 3-1 heading into the fourth, Jeremy Nowak (Cheektowaga, N.Y./Cheektowaga South) ripped an RBI double to the fence to plate Steven Mazzurco (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) and later scored on a Great Dane error... With one out, Sipp hit an RBI single to plate Fier as the Seawolves led 6-1 through four innings of play. Jon Kalkau (Bellmore, N.Y./Holy Trinity) (4-0) allowed four runs in five innings and struck out seven in the win. Lyons and Marc Brown Lancaster, Penn./Coastal Carolina) pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning as the Seawolves completed the sweep... Nowak finished the game 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an RBI double, Stephan was 1-for-3 with a solo home run and Fier was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored... Albany scored two runs in the top of the ninth as the Stony Brook baseball team lost a heartbreaker at University Field, 8-7... In the bottom half of the ninth, the Seawolves loaded the bases with no outs after bunt singles from Fier, Witkowski and Sipp... Albany recorded its first out of the inning when Fier was out at home following a failed squeeze attempt... Alexander Beaulieu induced a Mazzurco pop out and then struck out Leonard to end the game... Rob Dyer (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) finished the game 1-for-4 with a solo home run, Sipp was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI and Echevarria was 2-for-4 with a run scored... Stony Brook faces Long Island rival Hofstra on Tuesday before a home and home doubleheader against Columbia over the weekend.
Vemont (13-17, 4-3 America East) went 3-1 vs. Hartford in the first conference series at Centennial Field... Vermont won twice in its last at bat and used a fifth-inning comeback to win the third game... In 33 innings against the Hawks, Catamount pitchers gave up only 20 hits and walked just five... The UVM staff has a 1.65 ERA in its first seven conference games limiting foes to a .207 batting average with five complete games... America East Co-Pitcher of the Week Bryan Rembisz (Clinton, Conn./Westbrook) was instrumental in Saturday’s sweep over Hartford with his arm and his bat... He hurled a complete-game three-hitter to win, 1-0, walking none and striking out seven... He drove in the game’s lone run in the sixth with a two-out single, Vermont’s only hit... He tripled in the winning run in the fifth inning of the nightcap to complete the sweep... Rembisz, now 4-1, leads America East with 57 Ks and he has walked just five batters in 47.1 innings. He now has 215 career strikeouts, fourth all-time at UVM and only four away from second... He also is second in pitching appearances with 61... Kyle Henry (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro/UConn) drove in the winning run in the 10th inning on Friday and then went the route to beat the Hawks in Saturday’s nightcap with a six-hitter... Justin Albert (Hull, Mass./Hull) had another strong start Sunday going all nine innings giving up two earned runs with five Ks and no walks... Shortstop and tri-captain Jim Chapman (Bourne, Mass./Kent’s Hill) is one of 30 players in the nation nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award given to the top senior in terms of academics, leadership, character and community service... Vermont plays two non-league games, home vs. Dartmouth and at Quinnipiac, before hosting UMBC in four games next weekend.