CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Binghamton University junior outfielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) and University of Maine freshman right-handed starting pitcher Jeffrey Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario/Birchmount Park) picked up the first conference weekly awards of the 2010 baseball season. Taylor, a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore, earned the Player of the Week award for the period ending February 28, while Gibbs garnered both the league's pitcher and rookie of the week honors.
Taylor picked up where he left off last year with a big bat. In 10 at-bats in a three-game series against Longwood, Taylor recorded five hits for a .500 average. He also registered an on-base percentage of .615. In the first game on Saturday, Taylor went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. In the second game of the doubleheader, the junior went 2-for-3 with a double and stole a base. In arguably his best game of the series, Taylor went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two runs batted in, a walk and a perfect 2-for-2 on steal attempts.
Gibbs has had a stellar start to his rookie campaign which includes a superb outing against nationally-ranked North Carolina. The freshman pitched 5.2 innings in his collegiate debut on February 20 against Lamar, letting up just one earned run, one walk, striking out six and scattering six hits. Gibbs did not get a decision as the Black Bears eventually lost the game in the 17th inning. On Saturday, February 17, Gibbs struck out seven Tar Heels in 5.1 innings of work and picked up his first collegiate win against #11 North Carolina. The righty allowed just three hits and two earned runs. Through the first two weeks of the season, Gibbs finished with an ERA of 2.45, a 1-0 record and 13 strikeouts in 11 innings.
Albany (0-3, 0-0 AE) travelled to UNC Greensboro to open the 2010 season... The Great Danes dropped all three games to the Spartans, who have started their season with a 6-1 record... Seniors Pete Eichner (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) and Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) led the team over the weekend, hitting .444 and .333, respectively... Both recorded four hits and two runs, while Eichner drove in two additional runs and Rowland sent 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts... Freshman Josh Nethaway (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) started all three games in his rookie debut, hitting .333 on the weekend... Nethaway, who started two games at catcher and one at designated hitter, did not record an error, and was 1-for-1 on stolen base attempts... On the mound, junior Dave Kubiak (Southold, N.Y./Southold) earned the first spot in the starting rotation, and struck out five opposing batters in 3.0 innings of work... Sophomore Greg Lutton (New Haven, Vt./Mt. Abraham) started the third game on the mound, making his debut for the Great Danes after transferring from Vermont... Lutton fanned three in 4.2 innings, holding UNC Greensboro to a .238 average... UAlbany will return to action over the weekend at the Caravalle Resort Tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina.
Binghamton (0-3, 0-0 AE) opened its season in Virginia and dropped a three-game set at Longwood. The Bearcats batted .293 and outhit the host team in two of the three games but came up short. Binghamton starting pitchers held a 3.46 earned run average but the bullpen was not as sharp (12.54 ERA)... Junior outfielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) hit .500 (5-for-10) with a .615 on-base percentage to pace the offense... Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) hit .385 with four RBI... Senior outfielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) hit .455... Junior outfielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) drove in three runs in the series... On the hill, junior lefty James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-JFK) went five innings in the opener and allowed just two hits and one run (1.80 ERA). Giulietti struck out three and walked one... Binghamton travels to Knoxville this weekend for four games against the Volunteers and Kennesaw State.
Hartford (0-0, 0-0 AE) will open its 2010 campaign against Central Connecticut State on Wednesday, March 10. The Hawks will travel to New Britain for a 3 p.m. contest.
The University of Maine baseball (1-5, 0-0 AE) team had one of its biggest wins in recent years when it knocked off #11 North Carolina 5-3 in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday, Feb. 27... Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never trailed in the game... Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y./ Holy Cross HS) had a big two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, which extended Maine's lead to 5-2... Maine rookie pitchers Jeffrey Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario/Birchmount Park) and Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) combined to allowed just five hits and three runs over nine innings... Gibbs struck out seven Tar Heel batters over 5.1 innings while allowing just two hits... Maine opened the season with a three-game series at Lamar... In the third and final game of the series, the two teams played 17 innings before Lamar was able to push across the winning run... The 17-inning game was the second longest game in Maine history... The longest game in Maine history was an 18-inning game against Providence in 1983... The Black Bears won that game 5-4... Maine catcher/first baseman Myckie Lugbauer (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) pitched five innings in relief in the 17 inning game against Lamar... He allowed no runs on just four hits while striking out six Cardinal batters... Lugbauer and Joey Martin (Portland, Maine/Portland) each had eight at-bats in the game... Maine now heads to Florida where it will play four games in the Sunshine State this week.
UMBC (0-0, 0-0 AE) had it's season-opening series with Army canceled due to snow, and will now open its season on Tuesday, March 2 at George Washington. First pitch in D.C. is at2:30 p.m.
Stony Brook (0-0, 0-0 AE) will open its season in Wilmington, N.C. where it will play four games in three days March 5-7. The Seawolves will face the Akron and UNC Wilmington each twice.