Binghamton, Stony Brook Players Take Home Weekly Awards
Cambridge, Mass.-- Stony Brook sophomore outfielder Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario/St. Mary's) has repeated as America East Player of the Week for the week ending April 25, while a pair of Bearcats round out the weekly awards. The conference office on Tuesday tabbed Binghamton University junior Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J/Old Bridge) as Pitcher of the Week and teammate centerfielder Bill Bereszniewicz (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) as Rookie of the Week.
Nivins repeats as Player of the Week after hitting .500, slugging .929 and reaching base at a .471 clip in a 4-0 week for the Seawolves. He also racked up 13 total bases, four doubles and a triple during the four-game stretch. The sophomore outfielder went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the 6-4 win over Rhode Island in a midweek contest. He then went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI in the finale of the three-game weekend series against America East foe UMBC. Nivins raised his season batting average to .317, 10th in the league, and his slugging percentage to .483, good for sixth in America East.
Augliera fired a three-hit shutout on Saturday to beat Hartford in the second game of the weekend series. During his outing, the junior struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. Augliera gave up three hits in the second inning before getting out of the jam by starting a 1-2-3 double play. Augliera then induced another double play to end the third inning before retiring 19 straight Hawks to end the game. The Bearcats plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory for Augliera and win, 1-0. Augliera is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in his first three America East starts. He is tied for third in the conference with five wins overall this season.
Bereszniewicz batted .462 last week with a .615 slugging percentage and a clutch hit. In game three of the weekend series against Hartford, the rookie hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game. He then scored the go-ahead run in the 5-3 Binghamton victory. Bereszniewicz finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles in game three. The freshman raised his season batting average to .355, which ranks second among the Bearcats.
Albany (14-20, 6-4 AE) defeated Le Moyne, 21-6, in a non-conference midweek game, before going 1-2 at Maine in America East action over the weekend... The Great Danes hit four home runs against the Dolphins, including grand slams by Joe Ilacqua (Liverpool, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) and Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia)... Albany’s 21 runs scored were the most since 2005, when the Great Danes scored 21 runs in a win over St. Peter’s... The total was just one run off the program’s Division I record, set in a win over Lafayette in 2001... Seven Albany players recorded multiple hits in the game, led by shortstop Jeff Welsh (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland), who finished with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI... Welsh also scored the winning run in a 7-6 extra-inning defeat of Maine in the series finale on Monday... In the top of the 12th inning, Welsh drove a solo homer over the left field fence for the go-ahead run... Albany will host Manhattan in a non-conference game on Wednesday before visiting Hartford for a three-game league series over the weekend.
Binghamton (16-18, 8-2 AE) went 3-1 on the week, sweeping a three-game set from Hartford after losing at Marist in a midweek non-conference game. The Bearcats have now won 12 of their last 15 games and sit one game out of first place in the America East standings... Against Hartford, Binghamton rode stellar pitching (2.18 ERA) and clutch hitting to sweep the rain-shortened series. Binghamton had two walk-off hits to sweep a Saturday doubleheader and then rallied from a 3-1 hole in the sixth inning to win Game 3, 5-3... Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) went 6-for-8 in the twinbill sweep and also contributed seven putouts and a double-play assist from right field... Junior pitcher Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) fired a three-hit, nine-inning shutout in Game 2, striking out eight and retiring the final 19 Hawks. Augliera is 5-2 with a 3.53 ERA overall, and 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in conference play... Senior lefty James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-JFK) also pitched a nine-inning complete game, allowing two runs with five strikeouts and no walks... Player of the Year candidate Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) won the opener with an RBI double off the wall at NYSEG Stadium, home of the Double-A Binghamton Mets... Ciocchi leads the team in average (.358), home runs (4) and RBI (26)... After a midweek non-conference game against Cornell, Binghamton heads to Long Island for a key three-game set against league-leading Stony Brook.
Hartford (3-28-1, 1-8 AE) dealt with rain throughout the week, having a midweek game at Dartmouth postponed and the final game of their four-game series at Binghamton over the weekend canceled... The Hawks dropped all three games they played this weekend at Binghamton... Despite the losses, Hartford got three strong performances out of its pitchers, as the final scores were 3-2, 1-0 and 5-3... Freshman Alex Gouin (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) started the first game on Saturday, going 4.1 innings while allowing just two runs... Sophomore Brian Rice (Cherry Hill, N.J./Camden Catholic) came in to get out of a jam in the fifth inning, then kept the Bearcats off the board as the game went to extra innings before finally ceding a single run in the ninth inning... In the second game on Saturday, freshman Hunter Englehart (Wyoming, Pa./Dallas Senior) put together the best outing of his young career, going 7.0 scoreless innings, scattering just four hits while striking out two. Unfortunately for Englehart, the Hawks could not get on the board themselves, as the game once again went to extra innings before Binghamton scratched out a 1-0 victory... On Sunday, sophomore Anthony Mannuccia (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) struck out a career-high eight, allowing three earned runs over 5.2 innings before taking the loss in the 5-3 game... Hartford got just 18 hits during the three-game series, but batted an impressive 6-for-20 (.300) with runners in scoring position... The Hawks are now batting .226 as a team, with opposing pitchers posting a 2.81 earned run average... Hartford hosts Iona on Tuesday before visiting Dartmouth on Wednesday... The Hawks will then host Albany in a three-game series this weekend at Fiondella Field.
The University of Maine baseball team (15-21, 5-5 AE) finally played at home after beginning the season with 32 straight games on the road... The Black Bears hosted Colby on Tuesday, April 19 and recorded a 4-2 victory over the White Mules... Maine then swept a pair of games against Albany on Sunday afternoon, before dropping the finale on Monday... The Black Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday to tie the game at 6-6, before Albany won in the 12th inning... Sophomore Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) hit a key two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth... Maine junior pitcher Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) continues to pitch outstanding. He is 3-0 in America East play this season with a 1.71 ERA. He picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season on Sunday against Albany and leads the Black Bears, having struck out 56 batters on the season... Maine was a perfect 16-for-16 in stolen bases in four games last week, including Joey Martin (Portland, Maine) who was 4-for-4... Junior centerfielder Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) scored his 100th career run on Sunday against Albany... Martin recorded his 100th career RBI on Sunday as well... Maine hosts Rhode Island at Old Orchard Beach on Wednesday, before hosting UMBC for a four-game series next weekend.
UMBC (5-26, 0-9 America East) went 1-3 last week, dropping a three-game series to Stony Brook after coming from behind to defeat George Washington, 6-3, Wednesday evening... The Retrievers scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth for their third win at home this season... Senior Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) ranks seventh in the nation in walks per nine innings with four free passes in 69.2 innings of work (.55 per 9 inn.)... Junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) leads the bats with a .304 average, 35 hits, a home run and is second on the team with 14 runs driven in... The Retrievers return to action Wednesday when they host Mount St. Mary’s at 6 p.m. before travelling to Maine this weekend for a four-game conference series.
The Seawolves (26-9, 9-1 AE) went 4-0 on the week, knocking off Rhode Island before sweeping a three-game set from UMBC... The Seawolves have won seven straight and are off to their best-ever America East start and their best overall start since jumping to Division I in 2000... Stony Brook jumped to a 6-0 lead against URI before holding on for the 6-4 victory... SBU outscored UMBC, 30-5, in the three-game sweep... the Seawolves swept the six-game season series against the Retrievers for the second straight year... The Seawolves scored all of their six runs in the fourth in the 6-3 win over UMBC in the opener... SBU then scored nine runs in the sixth of the 11-0 win in the second game on Friday... Sophomore James Campbell (Bridgeport, Conn.) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings on the week, picking up the save against URI and in the series-opener against UMBC... Sophomore Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) hit .500 (7-for-14) with six runs scored and five RBIs on the week... Freshman Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) hurled 7.0 scoreless innings to earn the win in the series-finale against UMBC. He has not allowed a run in three of his last four appearances.