Jankowski, Augliera & Gatto Capture Baseball Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Three baseball student-athletes take home America East weekly awards for the first time this season for the week ending March 18. Stony Brook junior outfielder Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) earns Player of the Week status, Binghamton senior Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) garners Pitcher of the Week recognition and UMBC outfielder/pitcher Anthony Gatto (Huappuage, N.Y./Smithtown West) captures the Rookie of the Week honor.
Jankowski batted .600 (9-for-15) in a 4-1 week for the Seawolves, while also reaching base at a .714 clip and slugging 1.133. The center fielder also recorded 14 putouts and an assist with no errors for a perfect fielding percentage. Jankowski accounted for 10 runs, scoring seven times and driving in three more out of the leadoff spot, and went 5-for-6 on steals attempts.
The junior went 3-for-5 against Iona on Wednesday and then reached base in all seven appearances, including a two-run home run, in a doubleheader sweep of Yale on Sunday. He finished the week with three doubles, a triple and the four-bagger.
Jankowski leads the conference with 17 runs and seven doubles. He’s batting .354 on the season and reaching base at a .447 percentage.
Augliera pitched a nine-inning, complete game shutout against St. Joseph’s on Friday evening to pick up Binghamton’s first win of the season. The senior righty struck out 11 Hawks and didn’t give up a walk in the outing, lowering his season ERA to 1.29 and opponent’s batting average to .149.
Augliera surrendered two singles in the first inning but got out of the jam with a strikeout looking to end the frame. He allowed just one sixth-inning single the rest of the way.
Gatto had a major impact both at the plate and on the mound to help the Retrievers win three straight games for the first time in two years. The rookie batted .421 (8-for-19), slugged .842 and recorded a .522 on-base percentage, while scoring eight runs and driving in eight more.
Gatto also made two one-inning relief pitching appearances without allowing a run and striking out a pair. He belted his first career home run Saturday against Coppin State, and also hit three doubles and a triple on the week.
Albany (4-12, 0-0 AE) went 0-5 on the week, falling to Central Connecticut in extra innings in a mid-week game before going 0-4 at the Red Storm Baseball Tournament, hosted by St. John’s... Senior Pete DiResta (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led the team with a .409 average, recording nine hits and three RBI... Classmate Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) hit .389 for the week, getting seven hits, including a home run... Junior Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) recorded six hits in the five games, including two doubles and a triple, while also going 1-for-1 on stolen base attempts... On the mound, senior Austin Chase (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) posted a staff-low 2.57 ERA as a starter, going seven innings with two strikeouts... Senior righty Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) recorded a staff-high seven strikeouts in a six-inning performance... Reliever Greg Lutton (New Haven, Vt./Mt. Abraham/Vermont) made three appearances in relief, allowing just two runs in six and a third innings... Albany will host Marist on Tuesday in the home opener at Varsity Field, before visiting Coastal Carolina over the weekend.
Binghamton (3-7, 0-0 AE) went 3-1 on the road at the Philadelphia Big 5 Bash with wins over St. Joseph’s, Villanova and Temple... Senior ace Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) fired a complete-game three-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over host St. Joseph’s Friday afternoon from the Maguire Campus. Augliera shut down the Hawks with 11 strikeouts and no walks. St. Joseph’s put together two singles in the opening frame against Augliera, but the righthander stranded runners on second and third with a strikeout (looking) to end the inning. He then struck out the side in the second and set down the Hawks in order in the third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings, allowing only a sixth-inning single the rest of the way... Junior first baseman Jordon Smucker drove in four runs and sophomore shortstop John Howell went 4-for-5 to pace Binghamton baseball to a 13-10 win over host Villanova Saturday afternoon from the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Bearcats racked up 16 hits and built a 13-4 lead after six innings before the Wildcats created some late drama with six runs in the final three frames... Binghamton dropped a tight seven-inning opener 2-1 before breaking out the bats in a 13-5 nine-inning triumph that gave the Bearcats a twinbill split with Temple Sunday afternoon at Skip Walker Field... Smucker hit .467 (7-for-15) in the weekend series in Philly (7-for-15) and had 8 RBI in the four games... Rookie Zach Blanden hit .667 (6-for-9) in the four games, belted his first collegiate home run, drove in two, had a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Hartford (1-14, 0-0 AE) dropped four games last week, the first a mid-week game against UMass (7-8) on Tuesday at Fiondella Field, the next three at Pittsburgh in the Hawks’ fourth-straight weekend series away from home... For the week, sophomore catcher James Alfonso (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) led the Hawks with a .500 batting average with seven hits in 14 at bats. He also scored five runs and drove in one, with three of his seven hits going for extra bases... The catcher also finished with a 1.000 fielding percentage with 21 putouts and two assists... Five other batters finished the week with a .333 batting average... On the mound, rookie Austin Barnes (Berlin, Conn./Berlin) led the way with a 3.18 ERA in three relief appearances. The lefthanded hurler finished 5.2 innings of work with four runs allowed, two earned, on nine hits, while recording six strikeouts... The Hawks will play five games in the week ahead, the first a mid-week matchup with the NEC’s Fairleigh Dickinson Knights at Fiondella Field and then a four-game series with two double headers against the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday and Sunday... Both double headers are scheduled for 12:00 p.m. starts with Saturday’s at Hartford and Sunday’s at Yale Field.
The Black Bears (6-11, 0-0 AE) tallied a record of 1-3 over the weekend through the four game tournament at Seton Hall. Two of the three losses were decided by a difference of one run while the third loss was by only two runs... Justin Leisenheimer (Sr., 1B, Middle Village, N.Y.) was named to the All-Tournament team... Maine looks to bounce back with a game on Thursday against Brown and a three-game weekend series against Bryant University, all of which are on the road.
After dropping its midweek game with Buffalo, UMBC (5-10, 0-0 AE) regrouped by sweeping local rival Coppin State over the weekend in a three-game series… The Retrievers scored a total of 41 runs in the weekend series… On Friday, senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) went 3-for-6 with four RBIs and hit his third career triple to help UMBC defeat Coppin State 17-8… Freshman Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) also picked up three hits for the Retrievers who pounded out a total of 13 hits… On Saturday, freshman Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) hit his first career homerun to go along with two doubles as UMBC posted a 12-3 victory to claim the series… The Retrievers finished the sweep on Sunday as sophomore Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson)picked up his first career win as a starter as he threw seven innings, not giving up an earned run, to give UMBC its first sweep since April of 2008… Gatto leads the Retrievers with a .313 average (15-for-48) this season with five doubles, one triple and one homerun… After the weekend, Klukowicz now leads the squad with 10 RBIs this season… UMBC has the midweek off due to spring break, before heading down to New Orleans, La. for a three-game series with Tulane.
The Seawolves (11-6, 0-0 AE) went 4-1 on the week, defeating Iona in its home opener before taking three of four in a home and way series with Yale over the weekend... Freshman Steve Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.) had two hits and three RBI in the win over Iona... Sophomore Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) threw 9.0 shutout innings in the Seawolves’ 2-1 11-inning victory over Yale on Saturday. McNitt allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out eight. He has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings this season... Freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning... The Seawolves then dropped a 1-0 seven-inning contest in the second game Saturday... Sophomore Frankie Vanderka (Levvitown, N.Y.) threw a complete game, allowing just one hit... The Seawolves then had a combined 23 runs and 23 hits in the doubleheader sweep of Yale on Sunday... Juniors Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.), Willie Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) and Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) each went deep in the first game... Senior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla.) earned the win, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings... Junior Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) then tossed 7.0 shutout innings to earn the win in the second game on Sunday.