Bearcats Sweep All Three Weekly Baseball Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- After another America East series sweep, Binghamton swept this week's baseball awards. Junior outfielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) earned the Player of the Week award, while junior righty James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-JFK) and third baseman Mike Thompson (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon) took home the pitcher and rookie honors.
Bregartner led the Bearcats to a four-game sweep of conference rival Hartford last week. In five games, the junior outfielder batted .600 with a .700 on-base percentage and 1.13 slugging percentage. Bregartner knocked in seven runs and crossed the plate to score six more. Of his nine hits in 15 at-bats, he clubbed a triple and two homers. Both four-baggers came in the weekend finale on Sunday where he went 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs. Bregartner also drew four walks, including three in game one on Sunday, and went 2-for-2 on the base paths. He leads first-place Binghamton with a .500 batting average in 14 league games and has 14 RBI, 16 runs and a .600 on-base mark against America East opponents. He also continued his errorless conference season in the outfield, recording 12 putouts without a miscue and adding an assist from right field.
Giulietti picked up his sixth win of the season with a complete-game effort at Hartford on Saturday. The righty allowed just one hit through the first six innings and allowed just one run of the unearned variety in the 4-1 Bearcats victory. Giulietti scattered three hits, walked just one batter and struck out five. He lowered his ERA against America East opponents to 0.32 and improved to 4-0 with 22 strikeouts and one walk. Giulietti paces the conference with an overall ERA of 1.72.
Thompson had a strong week, batting .500 with six RBI and two runs in 10 at-bats. Four of his five hits on the week went for extra bases as he hit two doubles and a pair of home runs for a 1.3 slugging percentage. Four of his RBI came in Saturday’s nightcap, a 26-8 rout of Hartford, as went 2-for-3 at the plate and hit both of his homers. Thompson raised his season average to .378 and is hitting .500 in seven conference games.
Albany (9-29, 8-6 AE) went 3-2 overall last week, including a 3-1 mark in a weekend series with UMBC… The Great Danes fell earlier in the week to Manhattan and dropped the first game of the series to UMBC, 3-1, before coming back for a 9-5 win in Saturday’s nightcap and a doubleheader sweep on Sunday… Albany posted a 13-0 win in the first game and a 10-8 victory in the finale… Senior centerfielder Brendan Rowland (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) led the team in five games last week, hitting .471 with eight hits and eight runs scored… He hit a home run in both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader... In the first game on Sunday, Rowland recorded two runs on two hits, including his homer, driving in three runs... After going 3-for-4 on stolen base attempts last week, Rowland has now worked his way up to fourth on Albany’s career stolen base chart with 51, and is just seven swipes away from the all-time record… Sophomore hurler Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) threw a complete-game shutout for the Great Danes in the first game on Sunday... In a seven-inning performance, Kraham struck out three, while issuing just two walks and scattering four hits, all singles… He held the Retrievers to a .167 batting average… Freshman Kevin Bartlett (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) earned a win and a save in two appearances over the weekend… The lefty took the mound for five and two thirds innings in two games, scattering four hits without allowing a run… Albany will visit non-conference opponent Le Moyne on Tuesday before visiting Binghamton for a four-game series over the weekend.
Binghamton (20-18, 11-3 AE) went 4-1 on the week, losing a non-conference midweek game to Cornell before sweeping Hartford in a four-game set on the road… The Bearcats have now won nine of their last 10 games to take over sole possession of first place in the America East standings. Binghamton climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season… The four-game sweep at Hartford established numerous school records, including runs scored in a four-game series (66), home runs in a game (7, twice) and series (15)… The team hit .446 against the Hawks and is hitting .392 against conference opponents… Junior No. 1 James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-JFK) improved to 6-2 and threw another complete-game gem. Giulietti allowed three hits – just one through the first six innings – and no earned runs. In conference play, Giulietti is 4-0 with a 0.32 ERA. He has 22 strikeouts and just one walk in four starts… Junior outfielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) led the offensive barrage by hitting .692 in the Hartford series. Bregartner was 9-of-13 for an on-base percentage of .765. He also belted two home runs (1.31 slugging percentage) and drove in seven runs… Junior outfielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) kept pouring on his run production with nine RBI in the four games. Against Cornell, Taylor broke the school record for career home runs with his 29th career shot and then he added two more against Hartford to boost his league-high total to 11. He also tied a school record with a 5-for-7 performance in Sunday’s final game… Junior outfielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) hit four home runs in the series and drove in 10 runs... Senior second baseman Jim Calderone (Home Glen, Ill./Rice/Oakton CC) tied a school record with five hits in the finale against Hartford.
Hartford (8-28, 2-12 AE) dropped four games to Binghamton over the weekend after the mid-week game against Dartmouth was postponed due to rain… The Hawks slammed six home runs during Sunday’s doubleheader, but that was not enough as Binghamton answered with seven of their own … Victor Santana led the Hawks with a .500 batting average over the weekend (4-for-8)… Santana smashed his first home run of the season in the 16-5 loss to open Sunday… Andy Drexel also had a strong weekend, batting .417 (5-for-12) with two home runs to up his team-leading tally to nine… As a team, Hartford batted .302 with an .862 OPS … Freshman Anthony Mannuccia turned in the Hawks’ best pitching performance of the week, coming into Saturday’s first game and shutting down Binghamton for 4.1 scoreless innings to close out the contest… Tyler Corsi and Jason Freethey also pitched to 0.00 ERAs in their bullpen appearances… Freethey also slammed his first home run of the year on Sunday, one of four homers the Hawks hit in the 20-8 loss to close the series… Mike Aldrich continued his strong season with a home run and a Hartford-best five RBI in the series… The Hawks remain at home for their next four games, including a rematch with CCSU on Tuesday and their Senior Day series with Maine over the weekend… Hartford had a come-from-behind 12-11 victory over CCSU to open their season in March.
The University of Maine baseball team (25-18, 9-5 AE) split a weekend series with Stony Brook… The Seawolves took the first game each day, before Maine won the nightcap… Maine hit three triples on the weekend and now has 23 on the season, just two shy of the school record for triples in a season of 25 set in 2006… Pitcher Joe Miller (Valley Stream, N.Y./High Point) saw action on the mound for the first time in over a year… Milller saw action in just four games last year before seeing his season cut short with an injury… Maine, who entered the weekend with a record of 8-1 at home, split the pair of games, but remains an impressive 10-3 at Mahaney Diamond this season… Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn./Montville) continues to add to his triples record… He has 12 on the season… Lewis also has a team-high 47 RBI… Maine has turned 52 double plays on the season, especially impressive as the Black Bears have a rookie at second base and have started four different players at third base this season… Pitcher Justin Latta (Lubbock, Texas/Midland College) pitched up his team-leading third save of the season over the weekend… All eight Maine players to start four games last weekend scored at least three runs… The Black Bears hit the road this weekend when they travel to Hartford for a three-game series with the Hawks.
UMBC (9-28, 4-10 AE) won two out of five games this past week, including a 3-1 win over Albany on Saturday. Sophomore Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) hit a three-run home run and that was all senior Ed Bach (Columbia, Md./Atholton) needed, pitching a complete game, while only allowing one run… Himmelstein’s huge week, including three home runs, 11 RBI and a .476 average, now sees him tied with junior Bryan Russo (Westbury, N.Y./Clarke) with four home runs, 13 extra-base hits and 25 runs batted in… Bach now leads the team with four wins and 35 strikeouts… The Retrievers return to action Tuesday when they play host to Georgetown at 6 p.m. before hosting Stony Brook in a three-game series starting Saturday.
The Seawolves defeated Fairfield on Wednesday before splitting a four-game series at Maine… The Seawolves defeated Fairfield, 18-14, at University Field on Wednesday… The teams entered the eighth tied at 14 but Stony Brook scored four runs in the eighth… Junior Stephen Marino hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs… Marino and freshman William Carmona each drove in five runs… Sophomore Pat Cantwell scored five runs… The Seawolves won the opening game of the Maine series, 7-3… Sophomore Nick Tropeano hurled a three-hitter… Tropeano has now thrown at least 7.0 innings in his last three starts… He allowed just two base-runners over the final four innings of the game … Cantwell had a career-high five hits in the Seawolves loss in the second game on Saturday… Cantwell scored 10 runs in five games last week and is currently on a 15-game hitting streak… He is hitting .410 in conference play… Sophomore Tyler Johnson hurled a six-hitter in Stony Brook’s 5-4 win over the Black Bears on Sunday… Sophomore Pat Cantwell hit a three-run home run that put the Seawolves up 5-0… Maine climbed to within 5-4 after five innings but Johnson retired the side in order in each of the final two innings to secure the victory for the Seawolves… Stony Brook had 18 hits in the second game on Saturday, the fifth straight game with at least 14 hits.