Retz, Serafin and Lukaszewski Collect Weekly Baseball Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- UMBC junior first baseman Shawn Retz (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech/Catonsville CC) used a strong weekend at the plate to earn the America East Baseball Player of the Week for the first time this season, while Vermont junior lefty Joe Serafin (Tariffville, Conn./Simsbury) pitched a dominant complete game en route to the Pitcher of the Week accolade. Binghamton rookie catcher C.J. Lukaszewski (Kingston, N.Y./Kingstown) won Rookie of the Week for the period ending May 4 for his part in the Bearcats' series win over the Catamounts. Click here for full PDF Weekly Release.
Retz led the Retrievers in their second straight series win with a .615 (8-for-13) average and 10 RBI as they took three games from defending America East champion Albany. Retz slugged .923 for the week while holding a .706 on-base percentage. The junior first baseman also tallied a home run and a double on the week while crossing home plate three times. Retz drew two walks and struck out just once. This is his first weekly honor of the season.
Serafin dominated second-place Binghamton in a nine-inning complete game win on Friday. The lefty did not allow a hit or a base runner after the fifth inning, setting down the last 13 Bearcats in order. Serafin allowed just one earned run and four hits while walking just one and striking out a season-high 10 in a game that took just two hours and ten minutes to play. Serafin now leads America East with a 2.83 ERA and .224 opponents’ batting average.
Lukaszewski led the Bearcats to three wins at Vermont and hit .500 (5-for-10) in the series. He had an on-base percentage of .583 and also caught all four games without an error. The rookie came around to score four runs and drove in another one. Lukaszewski hit .417 for the week, hitting a double and striking out just once in 12 at-bats.
Albany (12-34-1 overall record, 7-13 in America East) went 1-3 last week... The Great Danes opened the week with a pair of seven inning losses to UMBC on May 2 at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC... The Retrievers came from behind for a 9-7 win in game one and took the nightcap 10-5... Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie) recorded two doubles, a home run and two runs scored in game one... Senior first baseman Mike Konstanty (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta/Winthrop) led the UAlbany offense in game two, driving in four runs while smacking his second and third home runs of the afternoon... On Saturday, the Great Danes built a 9-1 lead through four innings and held on for a 12-9 victory... Junior Ryan Gugel (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia/Genesee C.C.) fell a triple shy of the cycle, while driving in three runs... Junior Dave West (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) hit his sixth homer of the season in the Great Danes’ four run third inning... Freshman David Kubiak (Southold, N.Y./Southold) recorded his third win of the season, tossing 5.2 innings and striking out three... In the series finale, the Great Danes took leads of 4-3 in the third and 6-5 in the fifth, but UMBC scored 10 runs over the next three innings for the win... Konstanty blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the program’s single-season home run record of 12... Gugel, Gary Pitcheralle (Mechanicville, N.Y./Mechanicville/Alfred State) and Tom Zink (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland/Hudson Valley C.C.) joined Konstanty with having a multiple hits in the game.
Binghamton (22-23, 10-6 AE) made a decisive move toward the postseason by winning three of four games at Vermont. The Bearcats have won 12 of their last 14 and 15 of 19. After a midweek loss to Le Moyne, BU rode several strong pitching performances and timing hitting to the series win against the Catamounts... Senior lefty Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) capped the weekend with a one-hit gem on Sunday. Yannuzzi carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and wound up allowing just one hit and no earned runs in 7.2 innings of the 9-1 win. He struck out six and retired Vermont in order in six of the first seven innings, with a fourth-inning walk his only blemish. A two-out double in the eighth broke up the no-hitter... Freshman catcher C.J. Lukaszewski (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) hit .500 in the series and had an on-base percentage of .583... Junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East/Oakton CC) batted .375 and has driven in 18 runs in 16 conference games ... Senior second baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) won Saturday’s first game with a two-out, bases-clearing double in Binghamton’s final at-bat. The hit rallied BU from a 2-0 hole and gave the win to junior starter Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y./Liverpool), who allowed just two hits and no earned runs in six strong innings... Junior closer Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton/Hofstra) saved both ends of the doubleheader sweep to extend his school single-season record to nine saves... Junior designated hitter Tom Baileys (Apalachin, N.Y./Owego/Broome CC) had three hits and two RBI in the series and is now batting .438 against America East foes.
The Hawks (16-25, 8-7 AE) will wrap up its four-game series against the Maine Black Bears at 7:00 p.m. tonight, but lead the series 2-1 entering tonight’s final game. The Hawks picked up the first game of the series behind a complete game from junior pitcher Weston Szymanski, in which he struck out 10 batters, while walking only one and allowing three runs, with just one of them earned, on eight hits. Hartford then battled for an 8-4 win in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader, before dropping the second by a 6-1 score. Sophomore Chris Greiner extended his team lead in wins to six (6-1 overall), while pitching his fourth complete game of the season. Greiner allowed four runs, three of them earned, on seven hits, while striking out five batters. Bob Rogers had a successful four inning relief appearance in the Hawks loss. Rogers allowed only one run, a solo home run on the only hit he allowed. He also struck out three batters. At the plate, the Hawks were led by Matt Walker who finished with three hits in nine at bats and an RBI. Walker sported a .333 batting average for the three games. He was followed by Simon Kudernatsch, who hit .300 for the week with three hits in 10 at bats. The Hawks will play five total games this week, the first tonight against Maine, before welcoming Binghamton to the Hartford Baseball Field for a four-game series beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.
The University of Maine baseball team (17-23-1, 5-10 AE) went 1-2 on the week against Hartford... The game against the Hawks on Sunday was postponed due to rain... Maine earned a 6-1 win over Hartford in the second game on Saturday behind an outstanding pitching performance by Alejandro Balsinde (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus)... Balsinde pitched a complete game and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out a season-high five batters... Myckie Lugbauer (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) belted his 19th double of the season on the week moving him to within just three doubles of tying the Maine record for doubles in a season of 22 set in 1989 by Mark Sweeney... Lugbauer hit his second triple of the season on Sunday against Hartford... Curt Smith (Willemstad, Curacao/Peter Stuvyesant) hit his 54th career double, moving him into fifth place on Maine’s all-time doubles list... He is just one double shy of tying for fourth place... Billy Cather (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) hit .500 on the week with five runs scored...He had a hit in all three games to extend his hitting streak to eight games... Cather had three hits in the series-opener and belted a home run on Saturday.
UMBC (19-24, 11-9 AE) won its second straight conference series as the Retrievers took three games from the defending America East champion Albany Great Danes... UMBC swept a doubleheader on Friday with scores of 9-7 and 10-5 to open the series and fell 12-9 on Saturday but claimed the series finale, 15-8, and the series win on Sunday... Junior Shawn Retz (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech/Catonsvillle C.C.) led the Retrievers batting .615 over four games and tallying eight hits, one of them a double and home run, and 10 RBI while slugging .923 and holding a .706 on-base percentage... Head coach John Jancuska earned his 650th career win on Friday and now has 652 wins over 31 seasons... Junior Scott Peddicord (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) led the way in the doubleheader, going 4-for-8 with four runs scored, five RBI, and two home runs, while junior Dan Blewett (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and senior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Catoctin/Chesapeake JC) earned the wins on the day... Reigning America East Rookie of the Week redshirt freshman Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) earned his second save and would also pick up the win on Sunday, with both of his appearances coming in relief... Senior Joe Fowler (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) tallied his ninth home run in the finale on Sunday with a grand slam that gave the Retrievers the win, while each Retriever in the lineup tallied at least one hit... The Retrievers conclude their six-game homestand with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Delaware on Tuesday before traveling to Stony Brook on the week for their final conference series, beginning with a 3:00 p.m. game on Friday.
The Seawolves (26-19, 11-5 AE) went 2-3 this week, defeating Fairfield on Wednesday before losing three of four to Lafayette over the weekend ... SBU had a season-high 19 hits in the victory over Fairfield on Wednesday ... The Seawolves trailed 8-0 entering the seventh inning of game two on Saturday against Lafayette but scored nine runs in the seventh inning on its way to a 13-8 victory ... Sophomore Rob Dyer hit .526 (10-for-19) in five game this week including four doubles and added seven RBI ... SBU is 10-0 when scoring 10 or more runs after Saturday’s 13-8 victory over the Leopards ... Junior Michael Tansey hit .467 this week (7-for-15) while scoring six runs and driving in eight.
Vermont (21-20, 7-9 AE) went 2-3 last week but dropped three out of four league games to Binghamton over the weekend ... The Catamounts are in fifth place in the America East standings with eight games to play ... UVM scored four times in the eighth to overtake Binghamton Friday for its third win in its last at bat in its last four victories ... Junior lefty Joe Serafin (Tariffville, Conn./Simsbury) dominated the second-place Bearcats Friday with a nine-inning complete game win. He allowed four hits, walked one and only one run was earned while striking out a season-high 10. Serafin did not allow a base runner after the fifth retiring the last 13 Bearcats in order ... Senior Miguel Magrass (West Roxbury, Mass./Salisbury) has a team-high 35 runs batted in and is now third all-time at UVM with 127 career RBI. Magrass also is tied for seventh in career hits with 179 ... Sophomore Justin Milo (Edina, Minn./Edina/Cornell) rapped his eighth triple of the season in game two against Binghamton Saturday to set a new school single-season record passing the previous mark set by Heath Squires '98 in 1998 and Ethan Barlow '96 in 1993 as well as teammate Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt./Rutland), who also hit his seventh Wednesday versus Massachusetts ... Vermont ranks second in the nation in triples per game with a school single-season record 24 in 41 contests ... The Catamounts scored a season-high 17 runs for the fourth time this season in a 17-4 win over UMass Wednesday. UVM also had a season-best 19 hits against the Minutemen ... Vermont hosts longtime conference rival Maine this weekend in a key America East series. The Catamounts and Black Bears meet in doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday with game one first pitch each day slated at 1:00pm ... UVM's four seniors, Magrass, Massie, Kyle Henry (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro/UConn) and Eric Thompson (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) will be honored this weekend.