Pair of Bearcats Capture Final Weekly Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Stony Brook University senior right-handed hurler Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) picks up his third America East Pitcher of the Week award of the season after his weekend performance. Bearcat teammates second baseman Daniel Nevares (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico/Mointverde Academy) and infielder Brian Ruby (Maine, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) earn the final Player and Rookie of the Week of the 2012 season before the conference tournament kicks off this week.
The America East Baseball Championship featuring Stony Brook, Albany, Binghamton and Maine begins this Wednesday, May 23 at the Seawolves' Joe Nathan Field and continues Thursday and Friday. The winner of the tournament will receive the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament where an America East team has eliminated an opponent in each of the last three season.
Nevares led the Bearcats to a three-game sweep of host UMBC in the final series of the regular season, helping Binghamton claim the three seed for the tournament. The sophomore hit .700 (7-for-10), reached base at a .769 clip and accounted for 10 runs by scoring four and driving in six. With two doubles and a home run, Nevares had a 1.200 slugging percentage for the week and didn’t commit an error at second base in the series.
Nevares finished the regular season with a .417 batting average in conference play and hit safely in 12 of his last 15 games.
Johnson pitched 5.0 strong innings in the weekend series opener at Maine. The senior threw a three-hit shutout, striking out three Black Bears to pick up his league-leading eighth win of the season. Johnson did not allow an extra-base hit and didn’t allow a Maine runner past first base after the game’s leadoff batter reached third on a single, a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt.
Johnson improved his America East-best ERA to 1.84 and moved to 6-0 against league opponents this year.
Ruby hit .636 (7-for-11) in the clean-up spot of the lineup to help the Bearcats take three games from UMBC over the weekend. He recorded a .692 on-base percentage and .818 slugging percentage while scoring five runs and driving in four more. Playing both third and first base, Ruby didn’t make an error in 18 chances in the field.
The freshman owns a 10-game hit streak going into the conference tournament and has a team-high .400 batting average for the season.
Albany (22-30-1, 16-8 AE) went 2-1 in the final regular season weekend, including posting a 24-2 victory in the season finale against Hartford... The 24 runs set a Division I record for the Great Danes... The win, which was the 16th conference victory of the season for UAlbany, was also the highest total of league wins since the Great Danes joined the America East... The Great Danes had six players hit over .400 for the week, including freshman shortstop Gordon Madej (Santa Clara, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), who hit .625 with five hits, including a double... Senior Pete DiResta (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) hit .417 for the week, with five hits, including two doubles, four runs and a team-high six RBI... Junior outfielder Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) recorded four hits, including a double and a triple... Senior designated hitter Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) hit .385 with two doubles and a home run, racking up a .769 slugging percentage... D.J. Hoagboon (Mayfield, N.Y./Mayfield) and Jeff Welsh (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland) both went 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts... UAlbany will face Binghamton in the first round of the America East Championship on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Binghamton (22-24, 13-9 AE) finished up the regular season with a three-game sweep of UMBC on the road and in the process, locked up third place in the conference standings. The Bearcats will be making their sixth straight America East tournament appearance - all as a top-3 seed... Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares (Toa Alta, PR/Montverde Academy) hit a blistering .700 (7-for-10) with six RBI against UMBC. Nevares is hitting .409 over his last 14 games and has lifted his season average to .341. He hit .417 in 22 conference games... Freshman infielder Brian Ruby (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) hit .636 in the series to raise his team-best season average to an even .400. Ruby is in the midst of a 10-game hit streak after already producing an 11-game streak earlier in the season... Junior closer Lee Sosa (Bronx, N.Y./Harry S. Truman) notched his league-leading 10th save of the season over the weekend and finished the regular season with a 0.96 ERA against America East opponents (1.06 overall)... Junior No. 2 Jake Lambert (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) went 5-0 with a 2.51 ERA in conference play and is 6-3 overall... Senior ace Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) has a conference-best 76 strikeouts against just six walks and leads the entire nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio heading into the postseason... Binghamton is 8-10 in six all-time appearances in the America East tournament. The Bearcats won the title in 2009 and finished as runnerup in 2007 and 2008. Last year Binghamton was the first team eliminated after narrow losses to eventual champion Maine and Albany as the No. 3 seed.
The Hartford baseball team (16-40, 7-17 AE) finished its season with a 1-2 weekend record at second-place Albany on Friday and Saturday... The Hawks won the first game of the series, a seven-inning 3-2 victory courtesy of Brian Estevez (Riveredge, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) who knocked in the game-winning run in the fifth inning... Senior Andy Drexel (Pequea, Pa./Penn Manor) drove in two runs in that opening game, while leading the team going 2-for-3 at the plate... In the second game on Friday, the Hawks held a 2-0 advantage through two innings before allowing four runs in the third inning... Senior Chris Suchy (West Springfield, Mass./Westminster School) led the Hawks in game two with two RBI, going 2-of-3 at the plate... The Great Danes took the final game of the series by a 24-2 margin... For the season, senior Simon Kudernatsch (Czech Republic/Prague West) led the Hawks with a .352 batting average on a team-high 63 hits in 179 at bats. He also led the team with 38 RBI... Fellow senior Drexel finished second in hits (56) and RBI (37)... Rookie Sean Newcomb (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro) led the Hawks with a 4.17 ERA, pitching 45.1 innings before suffering a season-ending injury. The rookie hurler also made history at Hartford, recording the program’s first no-hitter in a seven-inning shutout of Yale.
The University of Maine baseball team (26-26, 11-11 AE) hosted Boston College at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine on Tuesday evening. Hadlock is the home of the Double AA Portland Sea Dogs. The Black Bears defeated the Eagles 9-4 in front of 1,671 fans... Maine continues to belt doubles, hitting 12 more on the week. The Black Bears now have 102 on the season. Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) leads the way with 18. He needs one to tie for sixth place on Maine’s single-season doubles list... Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.), who has three steals on the season, swiped home on Saturday as part of a double steal... Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) leads the Black Bears with a nine-game hitting streak... Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) had reached safely in 12 straight games... In 80.1 innings this season, junior Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass.) has not allowed a home run... In four years of action, twins Ian and Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) are within five all-time at bats of each other. Ian has 541 career at-bats, while Justin has 536... Maine returns to action in the America East Tournament this week and looks to defend its 2011 title.
UMBC (10-42, 2-22 AE) was swept by Binghamton in its final series of the regular season... The Bearcats took game one on Friday 4-1 before clinching the series win with a 13-6 come from behind victory in the second game of the double header... On Saturday, Binghamton edged UMBC 7-4 for the sweep... In the series opener, freshman Jon Cobo (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) pitched his first career complete game, limiting the Bearcats to just four runs on six hits... In game two, the Retrievers jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the fifth inning when senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) hit his ninth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to tie teammate Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) for the league lead... The Bearcats stormed back, however, for the win... On Sunday, senior Steve Miller (Newark, Del./Dickinson) dueled with the Bearcats, shutting them down to one run on four hits in the first six innings of the game... Binghamton then exploded for six runs over the next two innings to claim the win... Klukowicz finished the regular season tied for first in America East in home runs (9), second in RBI (47) and fifth in batting average (.359)… Himmelstein played 178 games in his four-year career, the seventh-most in UMBC history.
The Seawolves (43-11, 21-3 AE) swept a four-game series from Maine to close out the regular season... The Seawolves won 19 of their final 20 games and ended the regular season with the highest winning percentage in the nation... Stony Brook’s 43 wins are a school record, breaking the mark of 42 set by last year’s team... The Seawolves scored nine runs over the final two innings to rally for a 10-9 win in the series finale against Maine... Junior Maxx Tissenbaum, (Toronto, Ontario) drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-out, two-run double in the ninth that put Stony Brook ahead 10-9... Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) had two hits in the opener on Saturday, setting the school record for hits in a season with 81. He broke the mark of 80 set by junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) last season... Jankowski is also just one run from tying the school record for runs scored in a season... The Seawolves will host the 2012 America East Championships for the second straight season this week.