Vermont's Milo and Micowski, Binghamton's Smith Earn Weekly Baseball Honors

Release: 03/17/2008
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- University of Vermont sophomore outfielder Justin Milo (Edina, Minn./Edina) earned America East Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending March 16 for his first honor as a Catamount since transferring from Cornell University. Teammate Mark Micowski (Haddam, Conn./Xavier) received the Rookie of the Week honors for the same week. Binghamton sophomore Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) took home Pitcher of the Week recognition for his performance over the weekend. Click here for Week Release in PDF.

In five games, Milo hit .545 with a 1.091 slugging percentage with 11 runs batted in and eight runs scored as Vermont went 4-1. Six of his 12 hits went for extra bases including two doubles, two triples and a pair of three-run homers. He went 7-for-8 with six RBI in UVM’s sweep of Bradley on Saturday in Bradenton, Fla.

Smith allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings in a win over La Salle. He struck out seven batters and improved to 2-1 on the season with a 2.05 ERA. In his last 15 innings, Smith has given up just two runs and has struck out 14. Opponents are hitting just .192 off Smith this spring and he has allowed just three extra-base hits in 22 innings of work.

Micowski, the Vermont leadoff hitter, set the table in a 4-1 week hitting .476 with two doubles and eight runs scored. Micowski hit safely in all five contests with three multi-hit games. With 21 plate appearances over the week in Bradenton, Fla., he raised his season average to .378.

Team Notebooks:

UAlbany (3-10-1 overall record, 0-0 in AE) went 0-3-1 in four games last week... Opened the week with a 10-10 tie at Manhattan on Wednesday, March 12 at Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale, N.Y... Senior Mike Konstanty (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta/Winthrop) went 5-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored... Freshman Jamie Liebowitz (Queens, N.Y./Cardoza) blasted his first career home run in the Great Danes’ four-run fifth inning... Junior Sean Gregory (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) pitched three scoreless innings to preserve the tie... On Friday, March 14, the Great Danes lost a 9-2 decision to St. John’s at Van Cortland Park in Riverdale, N.Y... Juniors Ryan Gugel (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia/Genesee C.C.) and Dave West (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) each drove in a run... On Saturday, March 15, UAlbany was swept in a pair of seven inning games, 11-4 and 9-8, by New York Tech at President’s Field in Old Westbury, N.Y... In the opener, the Great Danes fell behind 10-0 after three innings... UAlbany got on the board in the fifth on an error and a two-run double by Gugel... In the nightcap, the Great Danes plated four runs in the first inning... Gugel capped the inning with a two-run single... After NYIT took a 6-5 lead, UAlbany regained the lead with a pair of unearned runs by Konstanty and Tom Zink (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland/Hudson Valley C.C.)... NYIT scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth for the win... Zink and Gugel each recorded three hits in the contest, with Zink scoring three times and Gugel driving in three.

Binghamton (5-7, 0-0) won two of three games during the week, thanks to a twinbill sweep of host La Salle, as part of the Villanova Baseball Tournament ... The Bearcats had a team ERA of 2.05 for the week and have now won three of their last four games... Sophomore starter Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) continued his dominance with another strong outing. Smith allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings in a win over La Salle. He struck out seven batters and improved to 2-1 on the season with a 2.05 ERA. In his last 15 innings, Smith has given up just two runs and has struck out 14. Opponents are hitting just .192 off Smith this spring and he has allowed just three extra-base hits in 22 innings of work... Junior lefty Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y./Liverpool) earned his first win of the season with seven innings of one-run ball. Dennis scattered four hits and struck out eight in a win over La Salle... Sophomore outfielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y./La Salle Institute) hit a team-high .538 for the week. Charron went 7-for-13 with three extra-base hits and four RBI in the three games... Head coach Tim Sinicki, the reigning America East Coach of the Year, won his 300th game in Binghamton’s 8-3 win over Longwood on March 9. His teams have increased their win total in each of the last four seasons, and his teams are 103-96-2 (52%) in that span.

Maine (5-11, 0-0) finished up its spring trip last week with a game at fifth-ranked Miami and three games in Annapolis, Md.... Maine fell to fifth-ranked Miami 7-4, but jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the game against the Hurricanes... Curt Smith (Willemstad, Curacao/Peter Stuyvesant) belted his fifth home run of the season against the Hurricanes... Maine played three games in a round robin format at Navy in Annapolis, Md. ... The Black Bears played Duquesne on Friday, Navy on Saturday and Monmouth on Sunday... Two of the three games went to extra inning and the third Maine lost 5-4... The Black Bears faced former coach Paul Kostacopoulos on Saturday in the game against Navy... Maine has gone to extra inning in four of 16 games this season... Maine pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 17 batters in the 12 innings against Monmouth on Sunday... Matt Jebb (Toronto, Ontario/St. Michael’s School) led the way with a career-high eight strikeouts... Sophomore Myckie Lugbauer (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) has a hit in all 16 games for the Black Bears this season...

SBU (4-5, 0-0) fell to Charlotte 6-1 in the opener of a three-game set as Zach Rosenbaum hurled a complete game seven-hitter at the Seawolves. Senior Tom Koehler took the loss for Stony Brook, allowing just two earned runs in 6.0 innings of work. The 49ers pounded out a season-high 25 hits on its way to a 23-5 victory over the Seawolves in the first game of the twinbill on Sunday afternoon. SBU took an early lead in game one, as sophomore Mike Stephan doubled with two outs in the first and then came around to score on an RBI single from freshman Nick Thode. The 49ers came back though with three runs in the bottom half of the first and then blew the game open with eight runs in the second. Stephan went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI for the Seawolves. Alan Parks went 2-for-4 with five RBI to lead the 49ers to a 13-4 win over the Seawolves in game two. SBU once again took an early lead in game two, striking for two runs in the top of the first. The Seawolves loaded the bases with two outs and Thode then grounded one to second that was mishandled by second baseman Cory Shaylor, allowing Witkowski to score. Stephan then scored the second Stony Brook run when the Charlotte starter Andrew Smith uncorked a wild pitch. The 49ers loaded the bases with one out against Mike Errigo to bring up Parks who slammed a 3-2 pitch over the center field wall to give Charlotte a 4-2 lead. A Stephan RBI groundout in the top of the second drew the Seawolves to within a run but Charlotte struck for three more runs in the bottom of the third. Parks added a RBI double in the fourth to make it to 8-3 as the 49ers coasted to the series sweep and their 12th straight victory at home.

Vermont (5-5, 0-0) went 4-1 last week to wrap up its spring break trip to Bradenton, Fla. with a 5-2 record ... The Catamounts have won four straight with wins over IPFW and Bucknell along with a sweep of Bradley of the Missouri Valley Conference, 7-1 and 10-1, in a doubleheader Saturday ... UVM’s three top-of-the-order hitters were outstanding last week capped by going a combined 18-for-24 in the Bradley sweep ... Freshman leadoff hitter Mark Micowski (Haddam, Conn./Xavier) hit .476 and scored eight runs, and is now hitting .389 on the season with a .489 on base percentage ... Sophomore Justin Milo (Edina, Minn./Edina/Cornell) hit .545 (12-for-22) last week with 11 RBI. Six of his 12 hits went for extra bases including a pair of three-run homers ... Sophomore Ethan Paquette (West Burke, Vt./St.Johnsbury Academy) hit .556 (10-for-18) with 5 RBI to raise his batting average to a team-best .457 ... Vermont’s solid starting pitching also has been a key to its four-game win streak ... Joe Serafin (Tariffville, Conn./Simsbury) won his second straight start going the route in topping Bradley. The junior lefty leads America East pitchers with a 1.50 ERA in the early going ... Justin Albert (Hull, Mass./Hull) picked up his first victory of the season with five scoreless innings against the Braves in Saturday’s nightcap ... Seniors Kyle Henry (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro) and Eric Thompson (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) also earned their first wins, and junior Keith Rakus (West Suffield, Conn.) had two solid outings allowing only one earned run in eight innings ... The Catamounts play their first games in the northeast this weekend with a doubleheader at Monmouth Saturday.