Carmona, Tropeano and Whitten Garner Weekly Awards
Cambridge, Mass.-- America East rewarded three outstanding in-season tournament performances with baseball weekly awards on Monday afternoon. Player of the Week sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y./Hempstead) and Pitcher of the Week junior Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), both from Stony Brook, led the Seawolves to four wins at the Bo Jangles Classic last weekend, while University of Maine utitlity player Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) picked up the Rookie of the Week award after a strong two-way effort at the Rollins College Baseball Tournament.
The reigning Rookie of the Year helped the Seawolves to a perfect 5-0 record last week, including four straight wins at the Bo Jangles Classic hosted by Winthrop. Carmona hit .381 for the week, scoring six runs and driving in four runs. He went 3-for-5 with a double against Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday. Carmona also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in 3-1 win over Michigan to open the Bo Janles Classic. He scored twice in a 10-9 victory over Winthrop to close out the weekend. Carmona also picked up two saves for the week, including one in the weekend finale with a 1.2 inning performance. He’s second in the league in both batting average (.400) and saves (2).
Tropeano continued his winning ways last week by picking up the victory in a 3-1 Seawolves win over Michigan. The junior threw eight shutout innings, giving up just three hits, striking out 10 opposing batters and walking just one. Tropeano leads the league with a 1.37 ERA and .164 opposing batting average this year. He also as 21 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched after leading the league in that category last year.
Whitten picks up the rookie of the week accolade after leading America East with 10 hits last week. The rookie batted .400 in 25 at-bats, scoring twice and driving in four runs. Whitten blasted three doubles and drew two walks. He went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI against #5 Florida State, and went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI against Georgetown. Whitten also made two appearances on the mound, including a scoreless inning of relief against the Seminoles, recording one strikeout. On the mound, he finished with 3.0 innings pitched, one hit, no runs and two strikeouts. He was also named to the Rollins All-Tournament Team.
Albany (4-7, 0-0 AE) swept a three-game series from NYIT on the road over the weekend... The Great Danes recorded an 8-2 win in game one on Saturday, followed by a 3-1 victory in the nightcap... Albany then posted a 7-5 win in the series finale on Sunday... Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) hit a team-high .636 for the weekend, going 7-for-11 at the plate - including two doubles - and four runs scored... Junior outfielder Pete DiResta (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) had the best overall weekend, hitting .455 over three games, with five hits, five runs scored and three RBI... DiResta recorded one double, one triple and a home run in the three games, having multiple hits in two of the three contests... Kasciem Graham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) earned the win on the mound in Saturday’s nightcap, fanning four without allowing an earned run in six innings of work... Greg Lutton (New Haven, Vt./Mt. Abraham) earned the win on Sunday with a 3 1/3 inning performance, issuing three strikeouts without an earned run... Senior Dave Kubiak (Southhold, N.Y./Southhold) was the final winner on the mound after a complete-game performance in game one, fanning five over seven innings... The Great Danes will return to action this week, visiting St. John’s on Wednesday, before traveling to Holy Cross over the weekend for two games against the Crusaders and another meeting with the Johnnies.
Binghamton (3-7, 0-0 AE) won one of three games on the week, splitting two games against Central Connecticut State with a loss at George Washington sandwiched in-between. Binghamton lost 8-7 to CCSU and 13-8 to GW before beating CCSU, 7-6, in the final game of the weekend... In the first CCSU game, the Bearcats carried a 7-3 lead into the ninth inning before the bullpen surrendered five runs. Binghamton pitchers ballooned to an 8.06 ERA in the three games... Senior center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) slammed a three-run homer against GW and hit .500 with six RBI in the three games. Taylor also was 4-for-4 in stolen bases over the weekend... Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) also hit a three-run shot and added a solo home run to push his total to three for the season. Ciocchi had an on-base percentage of .643 in the weekend series and is hitting .529 with 12 RBIs in 10 games this spring... The Bearcats will now head to Texas and New Mexico for a nine-game road trip against three teams who were “receiving votes” in preseason national polls. Binghamton will play a three-game set against a Dallas Baptist team that has posted 32 straight winning seasons and went to the NCAAs as an at-large team in 2008. From there Binghamton will head to New Mexico for two games against the 2010 NCAA-participant Lobos and four against the Aggies, WAC runners-up in ‘10.
Hartford (0-7-1, 0-0 AE) opened the week with a 3-3 tie at Central Connecticut on Wednesday... The Hawks led the Blue Devils, 3-2, heading into the bottom of the ninth inning before Central scored an unearned run to tie the score... The Hawks made a play at the plate to keep the game knotted at three, sending the game to extra innings, where it ended due to darkness after 11 innings... Freshman James Alfonso (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) had two hits and an RBI in the game, providing the Hawks’ third run when he lined a single to center in the eighth inning that scored junior Simon Kudernatsch (Prague, Czech Republic/Prague West)... Freshman Alex Gouin (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) singled and scored in the fifth inning, his first collegiate hit. Gouin would extend his hitting streak to three over his next two appearances, hitting two home runs over the weekend as Hartford was swept at Radford... In falling 15-5 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Hartford put up its best offensive performance of the season thus far, although all five runs came in the top of the ninth inning with the game no longer in doubt... Gouin’s home run in the second game of the twin bill helped Hartford build a 3-1 lead, but the Highlanders scored once in the sixth and twice in the eighth to grab the victory... Gouin also homered as part of the Hawks’ 22-1 loss to wrap up the series on Sunday... Hartford will continue its Mid-Atlantic tour on Tuesday when it opens a two-game set at Virginia Tech... From there, the Hawks will travel to Delaware State for a three-game weekend series before playing their home opener on March 23.
University of Maine (5-12, 0-0 AE) continued its Florida slate last week with six games in the Sunshine State... Maine played two games at #5 Florida State early in the week... The Black Bears ended the week by winning the championship game of the Rollins College Baseball Week Tournament with a 10-4 win over the host school in the title game... Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn./Montville) was named MVP of the Tournament... Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth), Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass./Westborough), Jeffrey Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario/Birchmount Park), and Lewis were all named to the All-Tournament Team... Lewis has at least one hit in all 17 of Maine’s games this season... Sophomore Michael Fransoso belted his first home run of the season in Maine’s game at #5 Florida State.... Rookie Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn./Xavier) saw action in four games in relief on the mound during the week and did not allow a run. He scattered seven hits over 8.1 innings... Sophomore Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass./Abington) got the start at #5 Florida State and gave up a lead off home run, but then went on to fan the side against the Seminoles.... Maine had nine different rookies see action in games last week... The Black Bears return to the Northeast next weekend when they play a four-game series at Rider.
UMBC (1-7, 0-0 AE) went 1-3 this past week, winning its first game of the season with a walk-off hit to defeat Fairfield, 3-2, Saturday... Junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) continues to pace the Retriever bats, hitting .375 this past week and is hitting .393 for the season, while leading the team with 11 hits... Freshman Kevin Kean (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) hit UMBC’s first home run of the season Sunday in a three-hit game where he also recorded his first triple of the season. Kean is batting .286 this season and leads the team with a .571 slugging percentage... Junior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) has hit six doubles in eight games this season and leads the team with seven runs driven in... Sean Swetnam (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/George Mason) leads the pitching staff with a 2.00 ERA and seven strikeouts through nine innings... Junior Luke DiBlasi (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) picked up the Retrievers’ win against the Stags, pitching two scoreless innings... The Retrievers head to Winter Haven, Fla. Thursday for Spring Break, starting with a game Friday against Chicago State.
The Seawolves (7-4, 0-0 AE) won all five games this week, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Bo Jangles Classic hosted by Winthrop University... The Seawolves went 2-0 against Michigan and 2-0 against host Winthrop at the Bo Jangles Classic... Junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) tossed 8.0 shutout innings in the 3-1 win over Michigan on Saturday... Tropeano struck out 10 and allowed just three hits while walking one... The Seawolves then won the second game on Saturday, defeating Winthrop, 4-3... SBU opened Sunday’s action by defeating Michigan, 3-1... Freshman Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.), making his first career start, pitched 6.0 shutout innings to lead the Seawolves to the victory. Vanderka did not allow a runner past second base and allowed just four hits and struck out five... The Seawolves closed the weekend by holding on to defeat Winthrop, 10-9... Senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) hit .412 for the week (7-for-17) and drove in four runs... Sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) hit .381 for the week and also picked up two saves.