With two weekend series remaining, the four-team field for the 2011 America East Baseball Championship is locked into place after three weekly award winners helped their teams clinch berths. Binghamton junior right-handed hurler Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), earlier today tabbed a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, earned Pitcher of the Week status, while teammate senior right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) collected Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. University of Maine freshman third baseman/designated hitter Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia/Burnaby) also received distinction as Rookie of the Week.
Stony Brook, Binghamton, Maine and Albany will compete for the conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth later this month. The top seed will host the tournament on May 25-27. A big, three-game weekend series between first-place Stony Brook and second-place Binghamton is scheduled this Friday and Saturday in Vestal.
Augliera’s strong pitching in conference play continued last week as the junior fired a complete-game, two-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts and no walks against UMBC. He set the school record for punchouts in a game, and came one shy of the America East mark, breaking the old record of 14 set by former America East Pitcher of the Year Zach Groh in 2007. In the nine-inning performance, Augliera notched his sixth win of the season. The only hits he allowed were a seventh-inning double and an eighth-inning single. Augliera is now 3-1 with 39 strikeouts in 39 innings with just two walks allowed in five conference starts.
Bregartner, who is batting a league-high .448 against America East opponents, belted two home runs, had five extra-base hits and drove in nine runs in Binghamton’s three-game sweep of UMBC last weekend. The senior batted .636 over three games and scored four times. Bregartner recorded a 1.545 slugging percentage, adding two doubles and a triple to his two homers. In the first game of the series, he went 2-for-3 with both doubles and two RBIs, and went 4-for-5 with two more RBIs, his triples and two runs in Saturday’s nightcap. Bregartner homered twice in Sunday’s game, driving in five runs in the process.
Calbick was a key cog in a potent Black Bear offense during last weekend’s conference series at Albany. The rookie hit .500 for the week with four runs scored and seven RBIs. His 1.071 slugging percentage included 15 total bases, two home runs and his first career triple. Calbick was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs in Maine’s 19-6 win on Saturday. In the second game of the double-header, he blasted a two-run homer in the first inning, then a three-run home run in the fourth. Calbick went 2-for-5 in the weekend finale.
(17-25, 9-7 AE) went winless in five games last week, dropping both ends of a non-conference doubleheader with Le Moyne on Tuesday before falling in all three games of a conference series with Maine over the weekend... Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) hit a team-high .450 for the week, recording nine hits, including two doubles... Jeff Welsh (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland) recorded four hits and three RBIs, while also stealing a base... Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) and Rob Cervini (West Nyack, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional) both hit home runs for the Great Danes. Cervini was also 2-for-3 on stolen base attempts... The Great Dane pitching staff struggled on the week, posting a team ERA of 12.23... Reliever Matt Dybus (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) posted a staff-low ERA of 2.57 in two appearances, allowing two runs and striking out seven in seven innings of work... The Great Danes will wrap up play at Varsity Field next weekend, hosting UMBC in a four-game series.
(20-20, 12-4 AE) swept a three-game set from visiting UMBC to even its overall record and keep a hold of second place in the America East standings. The Bearcats have now won 16 of their last 21 games... Binghamton welcomes league-leading Stony Brook to Varsity Field for a key three-game set this Friday (single game) and Saturday (DH)... Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) had a huge weekend with nine RBIs and a .636 average (7-for-11). Bregartner, hitting in the No. 5 spot, drilled two home runs and five extra-base hits. He is batting .448 with 12 RBIs in 16 conference games... Junior pitcher Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) was dominant in a complete-game, two-hit shutout of the Retrievers. Augliera (6-3) struck out a school-record 15 with no walks. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and lowered his season ERA to 3.30 (1.38 vs. America East foes)... Senior outfielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) hit .600 (6-for-10) in the series... The Bearcats have already clinched their fifth consecutive America East tournament berth and sixth in the program’s 10-year Division I history.
(3-38-1, 1-15 AE) saw its losing streak extend to 13 games as it dropped all five games it played last week, including a midweek tilt with Dartmouth and a four-game series with Stony Brook over the weekend... Following the loss to Dartmouth, the Hawks announced that they were relieving head coach Jeff Calcaterra of his duties, with Jerry Shank named the interim head coach... The Hawks competed hard with first-place Stony Brook over the weekend. They took a 1-0 lead early in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader on freshman Brian Hunter’s (Port Jeff Station, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) first career home run... Freshman Ryan Lukach (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) pitched well, but was victimized by one bad inning as he gave up four earned runs over 6.0 innings of work... Freshman Hunter Englehart (Wyoming, Pa./Dallas Senior) pitched even better in game two, scattering eight hits and three runs over 7.0 innings, but Hartford missed multiple opportunities to get a big hit and fell, 3-2... On Sunday, the Hawks’ bats were stifled by Brandon McNitt of Stony Brook, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of game one... Senior Matt Walker (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme/Catawba) roped an RBI double in that seventh inning, his 47th career two-bagger, which tied a Hartford career record... In the second game, the Hawks fell behind 9-1 early, then scratched their way back into the game, but once again missed multiple scoring opportunities and eventually fell, 9-6... The Hawks now play eight of their final nine games on the road, starting this week with visits to Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday and Maine for a three-game series over the weekend.
(22-21, 12-5 AE) swept a three-game series against Albany on the weekend... The Black Bears outscored the Great Danes, 45-18, in the weekend series... Maine has now won seven straight games and 10 of it last 11 games... The Black Bears finished the weekend with a .407 team batting average in the three games... Maine scored 19 runs on Saturday, the most since it defeated Thomas College, 20-0, on April 7, 2010... It is the first time Maine has scored 19 runs against a Division I opponent since defeating NJIT, 19-0, during the 2008 season... Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) belted a pair of triples on the weekend. He now has 19 career triples, tying him with Curt Smith (2005-2008) for the career triples record... Rookie Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) recorded his first career two-home-run game on Saturday... He hit a two-run home run in the first inning and a three-run homer in the fourth inning... Sophomore pitcher Jeffrey Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario) struck out a career-high 10 batters in the game on Saturday... Junior pitcher Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) picked up his team-leading seventh win of the season on Saturday. He is now 7-2 on the season... The Black Bears host Northeastern in a game that will be played at Sanford, Maine on Tuesday, before returning home to host Hartford for a weekend series next weekend.
(7-33, 0-16 AE) went 1-3 last week... The Retrievers used a three-run first inning to propel them to a 4-3 win over Georgetown at Baseball Factory Field Wednesday evening and move to 3-0 at home during mid-week games... UMBC then traveled to Binghamton where it dropped all three games of a weekend conference series to the Bearcats... UMBC dropped Saturday’s doubleheader, 7-5 and 9-0... Senior Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison) had three doubles and junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) drove in three runs in the first game, but the Retrievers gave up five runs in the second innings and fell 7-5... In the second game, Bearcat starter Mike Augliera (6-3) threw a two-hitter, leading Binghamton to a 9-0 win. Junior starter Luke DiBlasi (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) fell to 1-3 on the season, going four innings with five runs allowed... In the weekend finale, UMBC had nine hits, but fell to Binghamton, 8-2, Sunday afternoon... Conlon and Rick Phillips (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) each had two hits and Phillips and freshman Kevin Kean (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) had back-to-back RBIs in the sixth, but the Bearcats struck for eight in the first four innings... Senior starter Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) took the loss to fall to 2-8 on the year, allowing five earned runs in four innings of work... The Retrievers return to action Tuesday night when they host Towson at 6 p.m.
(34-10, 15-2 AE) swept a four-game series from Hartford over the weekend... The Seawolves have won 15 of their last 16 games... SBU needs three more wins to set the program record for wins in a season, and just two more wins to set a program record for America East wins in a season... Senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) had six hits in the series and needs four more hits to set the Seawolves all-time hits record... Sophomore Willie Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) doubled in the final game of the series, giving him 25 for the season which ties him with Andrew Larsen ‘05 for the programs single-season record... Freshman Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Seawolves 10-2 win in the first game on Sunday... Junior Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in the 5-1 win in the opening game of the series... Senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) hit .400 (6-for-15) in the four-game set and also drove in six runs.