Holley, Novakowski and Marino Garner Weekly Baseball Accolades

Release: 04/22/2008
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- After helping the Bearcats to a series sweep of Albany, Binghamton junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East/Oakton CC) earned the America East Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending April 20. A pair of Seawolves, senior righty Gary Novakowski (Prospect, Conn./Holy Cross) and freshman third baseman Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y./Centereach), took home the pitching and rookie awards, respectively, for the same week. Click here for full PDF Weekly Release.

Holley finished the week batting .450 in five games. The junior led Binghamton to a four-game sweep of Albany by hitting .500 in the series with four extra-base hits and seven RBI. Holley cranked out three doubles and a home run, while crossing home plate seven times on the week. He also continued his flawless fielding with no errors, upping his total this season to 325 chances without a miscue.

Novakowski hurled a complete game to pick up the victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, a 2-1 win over Vermont. The right-hander allowed just five hits and an earned run in his 7.0 innings of work while walking just one. Novakowski, the third Seawolf pitcher to earn the award this season, struck out two Catamounts in his outing.

Marino batted .500 on the week with three doubles and six RBI, helping Stony Brook capture the weekend series. Marino went 4-for-4 with a career-high five RBI in the Seawolves’ 15-7 victory over Vermont in the series finale Sunday. He went 2-for-3 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, a 2-1 victory over the Catamounts. Marino added a hit and an RBI in the first game of the series.

Team Notebooks:

Albany (9-28-1 overall record, 4-8 America East record) went 1-4 last week... The Great Danes opened the week with a 9-4 win over Manhattan on April 15 at Varsity Field... Freshman Kyle Crean (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) gave UAlbany a 4-2 lead in the sixth with a two-run homer to right field... Junior Sean Donovan (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) and Crean each registered a multi-RBI game... The Great Danes were swept in America East play over the weekend at Binghamton... The Bearcats edged UAlbany in the opener, 5-4, on an eighth inning fielder’s choice, on Friday, April 18... Junior Dave West (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) registered two hits in the contest, while Crean drove in two runs... On Saturday, the Bearcats swept the Great Danes, 16-5 and 4-3... UAlbany fell behind 9-0 through two innings in the opener, before pulling within 9-5 in the fourth... Binghamton scored seven more runs over the next three innings to pull away... Sophomore Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie) laced a two-run double to left center in the fourth to get UAlbany with four... In the nightcap, the Great Danes fell behind 4-0 through five innings before rallying in the sixth... Pete Eichner (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth with a two-run single to right field... In the seventh, Donovan doubled and came around to score on a single to center by Ryan Gugel (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia/Genesee C.C.)... In the series finale, the Great Danes built leads of 5-0 and 9-8, but the Bearcats scored five runs in the eighth for the win... Rowland and Mike Konstanty (Oneonta, N.Y./Oneonta/Winthrop) each had two hits and an RBI in the contest.

Binghamton (14-21, 7-5 AE) got back into the thick of the America East title race with a four-game sweep of Albany. The Bearcats averaged nearly 10 runs a game in completing their second straight season sweep of the Great Danes ... Junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East/Oakton CC) hit .500 with three extra-base hits and seven RBI. He also continued his flawless fielding with no errors (no errors in 325 chances this season). Holley is currently on an 11-game hit streak and is batting .421 during that span. He has 16 RBI in 12 conference games ... Senior second baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) hit a team-best .500 in the Albany series with eight hits and three stolen bases. James is batting .467 in 12 conference games... Senior Zach Groh (Reading, Pa./The Perkiomen School) struck out 10, walked one and didn’t allow an earned run in 6.2 innings of game 1. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out seven of the first nine hitters he faced... Freshman catcher C.J. Lukaszewski (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) hit .417 in the series, thanks primarily to a 4-for-5, RBI performance in game 4... Junior pinch hitter Tom Baileys (Apalachin, N.Y./Owego/Broome CC) made the most of his two at-bats in game 4, belting a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning to tie the game, and then ripping a two-run single in the eighth that gave the Bearcats the lead for good. Junior closer Greg Lane pitched in three of the four games, earning a win and a save in the process. He struck out four in 4.2 innings. For the season, he has four saves, three wins and a 1.61 ERA... Freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) hit .462 in the Albany series, had an on-base percentage of .533 and a slugging percentage of .923... also made a spectacular catch at the wall to preserve Binghamton’s lead in game two. On Sunday, he blasted his first collegiate home run a two-run shot over the left center field wall to give the Bearcats the lead. He is hitting .355 in conference play. Taylor has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and has seven RBI in that span... Heading into its off-weekend, Binghamton is hitting .337 in conference play.

The Hawks (14-18, 6-2 AE) finished a five-game week with a 2-3 overall record, dropping the first three of the week. The first two losses came in non-conference play, one at Connecticut (4-3) and one at Rhode Island (5-3). The Hawks then dropped the first of three games at NJIT, shutout 8-0, before coming back to win the series with 4-2 and 5-3 wins in the final two games. Adam Bowser led the Hawks on the week with a .333 batting average. Bowser started all five games and finished with five hits in 15 at bats, including a 3-for-4 effort with three RBI in the final game of the NJIT series. Chris Greiner led the Hawks hurlers, winning his team best fifth game. Greiner pitched a complete game in the 4-2 win, striking out a season best 10 batters, while allowing just four hits. Pete Moraski picked up the Hawks second win of the weekend. He pitched the final four innings against NJIT, recording four strikeouts on the way to his third win of the season. Mike Amendola leads the team on the season with a .370 batting average. He has a team best 40 hits in 108 at bats, leads the team with 11 doubles and is tied for the team lead with two triples. Bowser leads the team in the home run column with five long balls. Greiner leads the Hawks starting pitching staff with a 3.96 ERA in six appearances, all starts. He also leads the team with 39 strikeouts. The Hawks will play a six-game schedule this week all at the Hartford Baseball Field. They open the week with non-conference match-ups against Marist (Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.) and Yale (Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.). They then welcome UMBC to West Hartford for a four-game America East Series, as they look to remain in first place in the conference.

The University of Maine (14-18-1, 3-5 AE) baseball team defeated Coppin State 13-1 on Wednesday afternoon before splitting a weekend series with UMBC... In the game against Coppin State, Billy Cather (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) tied a school record with three stolen bases in the game... Cather leads Maine in stolen bases with 12 on the season... Curt Smith (Willemstad, Curacao/Peter Stuyvesant) sits just six hits shy of tying Joel Barrett (2004-2007) for second place on Maine’s all-time hits list with 283... Smith moved into fifth place on Maine’s all-time doubles list last week with 53 career doubles... Maine players have hit 11 triples on the season, just one shy of what they finished with in 53 games a year ago... Smith lead all Maine players having played in 70 consecutive games, while Danny Menendez (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) has currently played in 50 consecutive games.... Nine different players have homered for the Black Bears this season... Maine’s 11 runs on Saturday against UMBC marked the ninth time this season that Maine has scored 10 or more runs in a game.... The Black Bears host Thomas College on Tuesday afternoon, before hosing a weekend series with Stony Brook.

UMBC (12-22, 4-8 AE) split is first conference series since 2006 as they took two of four games from Maine last weekend and scored the most runs in six years with a 21-8 victory over the Black Bears... The Retrievers started the week off with a hard 15-2 loss to Maryland and dropped the first game of a doubleheader, 6-3, to Maine, but their bats came alive in the nightcap as they recorded a 21-8 victory... The 21 runs is the most scored since handing Qunnipiac a 23-13 decision in 2002 and 14 runs scored in the fifth inning is the most in an inning since at least 2002 as well... Game three of the series saw the Retrievers give up four runs in the ninth to fall, 11-7 to the Black Bears, but a 4-2 victory during Sunday’s rain-delayed contest evened the series at two games apiece... Senior Joe Fowler (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) led the Retrievers against Maine, batting in 10 runs during the series and tallying two bombs, with seven of those RBI coming during the doubleheader... Senior Sean Rae (Westminster, Md./Calvert Hall/Frostburg) earned the first save of his career as he pitched two scoreless innings in relief, giving up just two hits, during the 4-2 win on Sunday, while freshman redshirt Dave Divita (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Mayfield) earned Sunday’s win after allowing just two runs on seven hits in seven innings... The Retrievers conclude a six-game homestand on Tuesday as they host George Washington at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to West Hartford, Conn. to face Hartford in a four-game series on the weekend.

The Seawolves (20-15, 8-4 AE) went 4-1 this week, defeating in-state rival Hofstra in its only midweek game before taking three of four from Vermont ... Junior Brian Witkowski had the game-winning hit in bottom of the ninth against Hofstra ... He also hit .529 (9-for17) for the week and posted an on-base percentage of .619 ... Junior Gary Novakowski hurled his team-high third complete game on Sunday in the Seawolves 2-1 victory, giving up just one run and five hits in 7.0 innings ... Freshman Stephen Marino had a career-high four hits and five RBI in Stony Brook’s 15-7 victory on Sunday ... The Seawolves had a season-high 17 hits in Sunday’s win against the Catamounts ... Sophomore Jeremy Nowak started and earned the victory in Sunday’s game against Vermont, it was just the second start of the season for Nowak who has picked up six saves in 11 relief appearances ... Sophomore reliever Jordan Purington has allowed just two earned runs over his last 17.0 innings ... SBU is 6-1 in one-run games after Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Vermont in the first game of the doubleheader.

Vermont (16-14, 4-4 AE) split six games last week including dropping three of four league games to Stony Brook ... The Catamounts began the week with a thrilling comeback win over Dartmouth in the home opener on April 15. UVM trailed 6-1 early and 7-3 in the ninth before winning in the 10th ... Senior Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) had three triples in the last two SBU games and now has six this year, one off the Vermont single-season record ... Vermont has equaled its team single-season record with 18 triples so far this season ... Senior Miguel Magrass (West Roxbury, Mass./Salisbury) leads the Catamounts with 30 RBI and with 122 in his career, he ranks fifth all-time at Vermont ... Freshman shortstop Matt Duffy (Milton, Mass./St. Sebastian's) continued his strong start hitting .400 with 5 RBI against Stony Brook. For the week he had 2 HRs and 8 RBI ... He leads America East rookies with a .353 batting average ... Junior righty Keith Rakus (West Suffield, Conn./Suffield Academy) won his third straight start and second in league play with a complete-game five-hitter Saturday vs. the Seawolves ... Junior lefthander Joe Serafin (Tariffville, Conn./Simsbury) was the tough-luck 2-1 loser in Saturday's first game with Stony Brook, his first loss to an America East team in his last 11 starts. He had gone 8-0 in this stretch that began late in the 2005 season ... Vermont plays at Dartmouth Tuesday and hosts Quinnipiac Wednesday before returning to America East play this weekend at Albany, Friday through Sunday.