Smucker's Bat & Newcomb's No-Hitter Garner Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- University of Hartford freshman left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro) threw a no-hitter on Saturday afternoon, making program history and taking home both the Pitcher and Rookie of the Week awards. Meanwhile, Binghamton University junior third baseman Jordon Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Memmonite) has paced the Bearcats' recent success, wins in six of the team's last eight games, and earns the Player of the Week award for the period ending March 25.
Smucker helped Binghamton win three of four at Lehigh over the weekend with a .533 (8-for-15) batting average and .588 on base percentage. The junior scored three runs and drove in three runs while reaching base via a walk twice in the series.
Smucker went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the game two win on Saturday. He followed that up with a three-run game in a victory on Sunday. The junior went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in the weekend’s 10-inning finale.
Smucker is currently on an eight-game hit streak and has a team-high 11 RBIs in the first 14 games.
Newcomb led the Hawks’ pitching staff with the program’s first Division I no hitter in the series finale against Yale on Saturday afternoon, a 2-0 win. The rookie lefty became the first America East pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season and the second rookie pitcher to throw one in as many years after Stony Brook’s Frankie Vanderka hurled one almost a year ago to the day.
Newcomb threw his first collegiate complete game, a seven-inning effort, which resulted in his first collegiate victory. Newcomb mowed down 10 opposing batters, walking two, and shut out the Bulldogs.
For the season, Newcomb leads the Hawks’ starting rotation with a 4.18 ERA over 28 innings of work. He has allowed 18 total runs, 13 earned, on 19 hits and struck out a team-high 28 batters.
Albany (5-15, 0-0 AE) went 1-3 on the week, defeating Marist at home before going 0-3 in a weekend series with Coastal Carolina on the road... Sophomore Josh Nethaway (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) led the team, hitting .385 for the week. He recorded five hits, including two doubles and a home run, and scored four runs while driving in five more... Freshman Joey Tracy (Elmont, N.Y./St. Mary’s) hit .308 in four games, also knocking out two doubles, scoring two runs and sending three more across home plate... Junior Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) finished the week with two doubles and two triples... Junior pitcher Austin Chase (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) earned the win on the mound against Marist. Chase went seven innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out three... Senior Sean Lucas (Fishkill, N.Y./Beacon/Virginia) also fanned three opposing batters in a six-inning outing against Coastal Carolina... Reliever Stephen Carey (North Rockland, N.Y./North Rockland) allowed just two hits in two appearances, without allowing a run and striking out one... Albany will return to non-conference action on Tuesday, hosting Cornell in a doubleheader at Varsity Field, before visiting Massachusetts for a three-game series over the weekend.
Binghamton (6-8, 0-0 AE) continued its success against Northeast teams with a 3-1 weekend at Lehigh. After dropping its first six games, including three against No. 4 Arkansas, Binghamton has now won six of its last eight... The Bearcats came within a whisker of registering a four-game sweep of the Mountain Hawks before an extra-innings loss gave Lehigh its lone win in the series finale... Senior ace Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) fired another complete-game gem, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits. Augliera struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter. He now has 30 strikeouts and one walk in 28 innings pitched this spring and will remain among the nation’s top pitchers in fewest walks allowed and strikeout-to-walk ratio... Junior infielder Jordon Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) hit .533 and freshman outfielder Zach Blanden (Homer, N.Y./Homer) hit .462 with four RBI in the four games... Blanden leads the team with a .444 average and .512 on-base percentage this season... Binghamton hit .336 as a team at Lehigh. The Bearcats will return to Pennsylvania for a doubleheader Tuesday at Bucknell and then will play a four-game set at Siena over the weekend.
The Hartford baseball team (4-16, 0-0 AE) finished a five-game week with a 3-2 record after defeating FDU in a mid-week home game (8-4) and splitting a four-game series with the Yale Bulldogs over the weekend... In the win over the Knights, Hartford was led by sophomore catcher James Alfonso (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) who finished 3-of-5 at the plate with four RBI... Sophomore Charlie Moran (Williamsville, N.Y./Home Schooled) picked up the Hawks’ victory on the hill, pitching a pair of middle innings without allowing a run on four hits... The weekend series with the Bulldogs was then highlighted by freshman left handed pitcher Sean Newcomb (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro) who threw the Hawks’ first Division I no hitter, a seven inning outting in which he faced 25 total batters and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts... The Hawks will play another five games in the week ahead, two non-conference mid-week games against UConn (Tuesday, 3 p.m.) in Storrs before hosting Fairfield on Wednesday (3 p.m.)... The Hawks then welcome the NJIT Highlanders to West Hartford for a three-game weekend series.
Maine (7-14, 0-0 AE) went 1-4 in its four game road trip, picking up a 5-3 win against Bryant in their second game of the trip and first of the series against the Bulldogs... The trip started with a one game match against Brown University before traveling on to Bryant for a three game series... Sophomore Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) led the Black Bears at the plate through the four games, securing an average of .429 with six hits, including a pair of doubles... Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) crushed a two-run home run in Maine’s finale... Steve Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) threw 114 pitches against Bryant, leading the Black Bears to victory. He struck out seven batters and did not surrender a walk... The team as a whole hit four doubles, two triples, and a homerun on the week, turning a double play... Maine went 5-for-8 in stolen base attempts while holding opponents to 1-for-4... The Black Bears will head back on the road to Norfolk St. for a four game series before their first home game of the year in a midweek match against Husson University.
After not playing midweek, UMBC (6-12, 0-0 AE) flew to New Orleans to take on Tulane in a three-game series… The Green Wave won the series two games to one with wins on Friday, 8-1, and Sunday, 13-2… UMBC picked up a win in the middle game on Saturday, 3-2… Sophomore Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) pitched 7.2 innings for the Retrievers, giving up only two runs on seven hits… With the score tied at two in the top of the ninth, freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) singled through the left side to bring home Mike Lafferty (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph’s) with the go-ahead run… After getting the final out of the eighth, senior Josh Dick (Winchester, Va./James Wood) sent Tulane down in order in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the win… The Retrievers now return back to Maryland to face two local opponents during midweek games… UMBC travels to Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday before hosting George Washington at the Baseball Factory Field on Wednesday.
The Seawolves (14-8, 0-0 AE) went 3-2 on the week, defeating Fordham on Tuesday before sweeping a doubleheader from Columbia on Friday... The Seawolves then dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Sunday at Holy Cross... The two losses to Holy Cross snapped a five-game winning streak... Freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) went 4-for-6 with three RBI in the win over Fordham... Stony Brook rallied for an 11-10 victory in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against Columbia... SBU trailed 10-4 after the sixth but scored three runs in the seven and eighth before scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth on an RBI single from senior Sal Intagliata (Franklin Square, N.Y.)... Sophomore Josh Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) earned the win in game two after picking up the save in the opener... Junior Willie Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) is currently on a 15-game hitting streak.