First Weekly Honors Awarded To Lewis, Tropeano and Calbick
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- A pair of Black Bears with impressive offensive stats along with Stony Brook's star pitcher garnered the first America East baseball weekly awards of the 2011 season. Maine center fielder Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn./Montville) took home the Player of the Week award and teammate third baseman Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) received the Rookie of the Week accolade. Preseason All-American Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) from Stony Brook earned the season's first Pitcher of the Week nod.
Lewis batted .429 over five games, accumulating a conference-best nine hits. He accounted for 11 runs, driving in five runs and scoring six more. The junior drew three walks and went a perfect 5-for-5 for stolen bases. Lewis had four multi-hit games, and came around to score two runs each in two of the four games against UNLV.
Calbick made his collegiate debut at third base and batted in the five-spot. Tied with Lewis, the rookie leads the conference already with nine hits to go along with a .409 batting average and four runs. Calbick picked up his first extra-base hits with three doubles. In the second game of a doubleheader against UNLV, he went 3-for-5 with two runs and a two-bagger. Calbick also fielded his position without a blemish in eight chances.
Tropeano, the America East co-Pitcher of the Year in 2010, pitched brilliantly in his season debut. The junior hurled 6.0 shutout innings to earn the win in the Seawolves' season-opening 5-0 victory over a Florida Atlantic team which averaged nearly eight runs per game in its first five contests. He struck out eight batters, including five in his first two innings of work. Tropeano allowed just three hits and no base runner advanced past second.
Albany (0-5, 0-0 AE) started the 2011 season off with five games in California... The Great Danes dropped a 17-inning marathon to San Jose State, 6-5, before losing four straight to Santa Clara... Sophomore Brian Bullard (West Nyack, N.Y./St. Joseph's) hit .636 in three games with seven hits and two runs scored, while also drawing seven walks... Bullard had five hits in the season opener at San Jose State... Sophomore Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) hit .261 last week, recording six hits and two RBI in 23 at bats... On the mound, sophomore Kasceim Graham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) pitched seven innings against San Jose State, striking out five while scattering four hits and not allowing a run... Senior Dave Kubiak (Southhold, N.Y./Southhold) fanned five opposing batters in six innings of work as the starter against San Jose State... The Great Danes will return to action over the weekend with a three-game series at UNC Greensboro.
Binghamton (1-3, 0-0 AE) won one of four games at VMI to open its season. The Bearcats had four solid pitching outings from their starters but the offense and bullpen trailed behind in the three defeats... Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) hit .533 with a slugging percentage of .800. Ciocchi, a first-team all-conference player in 2010, belted two doubles, a triple and drove in three in the series... Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) hit .357 and scored a team-best five runs... Senior center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) belted a two-run home run in his first at-bat of the season. Taylor was back in the linup after his record-breaking 2010 season ended abruptly against Maine in the America East tournament after taking a pitch to the face... Binghamton's starting pitchers posted a 2.25 ERA in the series. The four starters allowed just six earned runs in 24 innings of work... Junior Mike Augliera, Binghamton's No. 2 man, tossed seven scoreless innings to earn the team's lone win over the Keydets. Augliera allowed four hits - all singles - and struck out six and walked none. Dating back to last season, Augliera has a 19-inning scoreless string and has allowed just one earned run in his last 29 innings (0.31 ERA)... Freshman Jack Rogalla (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) tossed six innings of one-run ball... Despite having won the last four regular season titles and owning a 66-23 conference record (74%) in that span, the Bearcats were picked to finish third in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. The team returns 18 letterwinners, five starting position players and all four starting pitchers from a 2010 team that went 21-3 against America East opponents.
Hartford (0-0, 0-0 AE) opens its season this coming weekend when it visits 2006 and 2007 national champion Oregon State for a four-game set in Corvallis... The Hawks will field a very young team in 2011, as 11 freshmen and six sophomores suit up for Hartford... Among those returning for Hartford will be senior catcher Andy Drexel (Pequea, Pa./Penn Manor), who finished tied for second in the America East with 12 home runs last season... Drexel enters the 2011 season with 43 career doubles, just four shy of the Hartford career record... The Hawks also return power-hitting senior infielder Matt Walker (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and sure-handed senior outfielder Rodger Wilmot (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township)... On the mound, sophomore Anthony Mannuccia (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) returns after a standout finish to 2010... Also returning is redshirt-junior Simon Kudernatsch (Prague, Czech Republic/Prague West), who earned America East Player of the Week recognition in the opening week of 2010 before an injury sidelined him for all but the first nine games of the season.
Maine (0-5, 0-0 AE) dropped four games at UNLV to start the season... The Black Bears scored 31 runs in the four games against the Rebels... Maine's game scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 at Stetson was canceled as Maine was unable to get to Florida due to a snowstorm in Maine... The Black Bears dropped their first game in Florida, 3-1, to Stetson... Maine is led by Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) early in the season... Lewis is batting .429 with six runs scored and five RBI... Lewis is a perfect five-for-five in stolen bases, having swiped a base in each game... Rookie Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) has a .409 batting average with four runs scored in his first five collegiate games... Eight different rookies have seen time for the Black Bears in the first five games of the season... Maine has committed just four errors in their first five games of the season, while its opponents have eight... Maine will continue its Florida trip with six games in the Sunshine State over the next week.
The UMBC (0-0, 0-0 AE) baseball team is scheduled to open its 2011 season Tuesday when it hosts Delaware at 3 p.m. at the Baseball Factory Field. Junior Max Himmelstein, UMBC's leading hitter a year ago, is back after posting a .316 average with four home runs and 27 RBI... Also returning are senior Bryan Russo and junior Brian Klukowicz, who also hit four homers for the Retrievers.
The Seawolves (2-1, 0-0 AE) opened up their 2011 season by taking two of three from Florida Atlantic... FAU was the preseason pick to win the Sun Belt Conference and had defeated No. 20 Miami, 7-4, earlier in the week... Junior Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) struck out eight in 6.0 shutout innings in the 5-0 Stony Brook win in the opener... Freshman Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) followed with 3.0 innings of shutout relief to earn the save... Senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI... Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) allowed just one run and five hits in 6.0 shutout innings to earn the win in SBU's 5-1 win on Saturday... Freshman Bryan Tatelman (South Windsor, Conn.) followed by allowing just one hit in 3.0 shutout innings to earn the save... Junior Pat Cantwell's (West Islip, N.Y.) two-out RBI single in the seventh broke a 1-1 tie... Cantwell hit .500 (6-for-12) in the three-game series... FAU won the series finale, 12-4, on Sunday... The Seawolves will travel to take on No. 18 North Carolina for a three-game series this weekend.