Baseball Trio Nabs Weekly Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- A pair of Seawolves led the team to a 5-0 week en route to Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week accolades. Junior outfielder Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) picks up the nod for player and senior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Glades) earns his first pitching honor since week one (Feb. 28). Binghamton University freshman third-baseman Brian Ruby (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) rounds out the weekly award winners as the Rookie of the Week.
Jankowski hit .533 (8-for-15) with five extra base hits over the five-game week. The junior outfielder registered a 1.067 slugging percentage and .667 on-base mark with three walks and three steals.
Jankowski hit .636 in a four-game sweep of conference-foe Hartford, reaching base in 13 of 17 plate appearances. He went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in along with a triple and a walk in Friday’s nightcap against the Hawks.
Jankowski is batting .354 this season and leads the league in runs (39), doubles (12), triples (7) and stolen bases (23).
Stecko-Haley threw a three-hit shutout in the Seawolves’ 4-0 victory over Hartford in Saturday’s opener. He walked just one and struck out a career-high 10. He allowed just one runner to reach third base in the seven-inning complete-game effort and allowed opposing hitters to bat just .120 against him.
Stecko-Haley is fourth in the league with a 2.61 ERA and has struck out 41 batters over 48.1 innings pitched.
Ruby batted .556 (5-for-9) for the Bearcats last week, recording a hit in each of his three starts to extend his hit streak to 10 games and raising his team-high batting average to .423. He slugged .778 with two doubles.
Ruby scored a run and drove in another in the series-opening win against Maine on Sunday. The rookie is sixth in America East hitting .435 in conference play.
Albany (12-25-1, 6-5 AE) went 3-1 at UMBC over the weekend... The Great Danes outscored the Retrievers 49-15 in the four games... Albany was led by first baseman Greg Muller (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa), who hit .611 over the four games, going 11-for-18 with five doubles and six runs scored... Sophomore D.J. Hoagboon (Mayfield, N.Y./Mayfield) hit .579 on the weekend, with 11 hits and seven RBI... Junior Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./East Greenbush) hit .471, knocking out two doubles and two triples, scoring nine runs and driving in five more. He also led the team with three stolen bases... Senior Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) continued to be the Great Danes’ power hitter, as he belted two home runs in the early game on Saturday, including a three-run homer and a grand slam. Tirri led the team with 13 RBI... On the mound, junior Austin Chase (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) won the series finale on Saturday with an eight-inning performance... Chase scattered just four hits without allowing a run or issuing a walk, and fanning eight opposing batters... Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) also earned a win with a complete-game performance. He posted a 1.29 ERA, allowing just one earned run while striking out four... Albany will host non-conference opponent Manhattan on Wednesday before visiting Maine for a three-game series over the weekend.
Binghamton (15-16, 6-2 AE) shook off a midweek doubleheader loss at Marist to take two from Maine and knock the Black Bears from first place in the America East standings... The Bearcats limited Maine, which entered the weekend on a 14-game win streak, to just one run over 16 innings in a doubleheader sweep on Sunday - the only two games played during a rough weather weekend... Senior No. 1 Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) fired a four-hit shutout in the opener - his fourth complete game of the season. Augliera (4-4) struck out four and didn’t walk a batter, moving his strikeout-to-walk ratio to an incredible 12.5 (50-to-4), which ranks among the top-3 in the country... Junior catcher Mike Danaher (Apalachin, N.Y./Vestal) delivered a key two-out, two-run double in the second inning to propel the Bearcats to the 6-0 win... Junior No. 3 Jake Lambert (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) threw eight strong innings to get the win in the nightcap. Lambert (3-0, 1.29 vs. AE foes) scattered four hits and one run with three strikeouts and no walks... Junior closer Lee Sosa (Bronx, N.Y./Harry S. Truman) pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save of the season. Sosa (0.82 ERA) and Augliera were pitching in front of eight MLB scouts at Cornell’s Hoy Field... Junior left fielder Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) delivered the game-winning hit with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Ciocchi is hitting .385 with nine RBI in his last seven games... Freshman third baseman Brian Ruby (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) extended his hit streak to 10 games and was 5-for-9 (.556) during the week.
The Hartford baseball team (9-30, 1-9 AE) finished a six game week with a 1-5 overall record, splitting a pair of mid-week contests before dropping four at Stony Brook over the weekend... The lone victory of the week came over Quinnipiac as the Hawks were sparked by the first career home run and three RBI from rookie Trey Stover (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain)... After dropping a second mid-week game to Dartmouth, the Hawks were swept in a four-game series against Stony Brook on Long Island... During that series, the Hawks had a span of 26 scoreless innings, as the Seawolves shutout Hartford 6-0 & 4-0, with those games sandwiched between 7-5 and 9-4 losses... Against Stony Brook, the Hawks were led by centerfielder Rob Meerman (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) who started all four games and finished the weekend with a .500 batting average with five hits in 10 at bats, including a pair of doubles... Seniors Simon Kudernatsch (Czech Republic/Prague West) and Alex Bulger (Plainville, Conn./Plainville) each led the way with two RBI... This week, the Hawks will play one mid-week contest, at Rhode Island on Wednesday (3 p.m.) before hosting the Binghamton Bearcats for a four-game series at Fiondella Field on Saturday and Sunday... The Hawks and Bearcats are scheduled for noon starts on both days.
Maine (21-16, 7-2 AE) defeated Bates 10-3 on Wednesday night to extend its winning streak to 14-games, the longest since setting a school record with a 23-game winning streak in 1991... Maine saw the winning streak come to an end when it fell to Binghamton on Sunday afternoon... Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia/Burnaby) belted a three-run home run in Maine’s victory over Bates on Wednesday evening... Calbick leads the Black Bears with 33 RBI... With the win against the Bobcats, Maine moved to a perfect 6-0 at home on the season... Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario), who leads Maine with a .340 batting average, finished 3-for-6 in the doubleheader against Binghamton on Sunday afternoon... Maine has nine different pitchers who have thrown 12 or more innings on the season, led by Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) who has pitched 57.2 innings on the campaign... The Black Bears travel to UMass on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup with the Minutemen... Maine then returns home to host Albany for a three-game America East series on Saturday and Sunday.
UMBC (8-29, 1-10 AE) went 1-4 in five games last week against George Washington and Albany... During the midweek game against the Colonials, senior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and scored the Retrievers’ only run in the loss... UMBC then hosted Albany for a four-game series in Baltimore... On Friday, the Great Danes claimed the first game 20-4 before the Retrievers rallied for a dramatic 5-4 walk-off win in ten innings in game two... With runners on second and third, junior catcher Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) singled off of first base and the ball rolled into right field allowing Schickner and pinch runner Michael Pesci (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) to score the winning runs... The win was UMBC’s first extra inning win since Apr. 10, 2010 when the squad defeated Hartford 14-7 in ten innings... On Saturday, Albany took the first game 13-3 before holding off a late Retriever rally to win the series with an 11-4 victory... In game one of the series senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) hit a home run to dead center, his fourth of the season... He still leads the team with a .357 batting average (35-for-98)... UMBC returns to the field on Wednesday to host in-state rival Mount St. Mary’s with first pitch set for 6 p.m... The Retrievers won the first matchup with the Mount 7-3 in Emmitsburg, Md. back on March 27.
The Seawolves (29-10, 9-2 AE) went 5-0 on the week, beating Rhode Island before sweeping a four-game series from Hartford... The Seawolves have won 15 of their last 17 games... Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk earned his 600th career victory in the series finale against Hartford... The Stony Brook pitching staff held Hartford scoreless for 26 straight innings before the Hawks scored four runs in the ninth inning of the series finale... Senior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla.) threw a three-hit shutout in the opener on Saturday, striking out a career-high 10 while walking just one... Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) hit .636 in the four-game sweep of Hartford, reaching base in 13 of his 17 plate appearances... Sophomore Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) threw 7.0 shutout innings to earn the win in the second game on Friday and junior James Campbell (Bridgeport, Conn.) tossed 7.0 shutout inning in the series finale... The Seawolves are now 15-1 at Joe Nathan Field this season... Stony Brook plays eight of its next nine games on the road.