Crean, Tropeano And Coughlin Recognized For Last Week's Efforts
Cambridge, Mass.-- University at Albany senior shortstop Kyle Crean (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) and a pair of pitchers received the America East weekly baseball honors for the period ending March 27. Crean garnered the Player of the Week accolade, while Stony Brook junior hurler Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) received his third Pitcher of the Week award this season. Finally, University of Maine pitcher Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn./Xavier) rounded out the awards with the league's Rookie of the Week.
Crean led the Great Danes to a split with Le Moyne and Penn State in University Park over the weekend with a .600 batting average, .750 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage. In the two games, Crean scored three runs and drove in two others. He went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in a win over Le Moyne on Saturday. He followed that up with a run and two walks against the host Nittany Lions on Sunday. Crean has started all 17 of Albany’s games this season with a .238 batting average and .351 on-base pecentage.
Tropeano continued to puzzle batters in his most recent start, shutting down Patriot League-favorite Army on Sunday. The junior threw six innings of perfect ball against the Black Knights, not allowing a hit, run or walk while striking out seven. Freshman teammate Brandon McNitt pitched the final three innings in relief to seal the win for Tropeano. Tropeano is now 4-1 on the season with a 1.38 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched.
In his first career start, Coughlin pitched Maine’s first complete game of the year in Maine’s 5-1 win over St. Peter’s on Sunday. The rookie went nine innings and scattered just five hits. Coughlin allowed just one run, but struck out a career-best eight batters and did not walk a batter. He picked up his first career victory. Coughlin has appeared in 10 games this season for the Black Bears and owns a 1.57 ERA, fourth in America East.
Albany (5-12, 0-0 AE) split two games on the road over the weekend... The Great Danes defeated Le Moyne, 8-7, on Saturday before falling to Penn State, 6-4, on Sunday... Shortstop Kyle Crean (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) led Albany in the win over Le Moyne... Crean went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, while also scoring three runs in the two games... He batted .600 and posted a 1.200 slugging percentage... Sophomore Kasceim Graham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) earned his first save of the season with a three-inning performance against Le Moyne on Saturday... Coming out of the bullpen in relief, the sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out four of 11 batters faced... Dave Kubiak (Southold, N.Y./Southold) earned the win against Le Moyne with a six-inning performance... He fanned five opposing batters to move to 2-2 on the season... Pete DiResta (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) knocked his sixth triple of the season... DiResta is currently tied for first in the nation in that category... Albany returns to action over the weekend, facing Massachusetts on Saturday before taking on Fordham in a doubleheader on Sunday.
Binghamton (4-15, 0-0 AE) concluded its nine-game spring break trip with a 1-8 mark against Dallas Baptist, New Mexico and New Mexico State ... The Bearcats split a doubleheader against Dallas Baptist on the opening day of their trip, falling 6-4 in the first game and posting a 5-3 triumph in the nightcap... Senior Zach Juliano (Overland Park, Kan./Olathe East) picked up the win after tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit ball to open the door for a pair of Binghamton runs in the top of the ninth... Dallas Baptist, which has been receiving votes in national polls and has strung together 32 consecutive winning seasons, took the three-game series with a 6-0 victory two days later... The Bearcats dropped a pair of contests to New Mexico and all four against a 19-5 New Mexico State program to close the break... Freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz (Sudbury, Mass/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) led the team in batting with a scorching .421 average that featured three multi-hit performances... Senior left fielder Jeff Skelhorne-Gross (Mississauga, Ontario/Lorne Park Secondary) drilled his third home run of the season with a two-run shot in the third game of the series against New Mexico State... The Bearcats have six games left on the slate before conference play begins.
Hartford (1-15-1, 0-0 AE) opened its home schedule on Saturday when it hosted a doubleheader with Yale... The Hawks would ultimately drop all four games it played against Yale over the weekend, including two in New Haven on Sunday... Junior Mike Thatcher (Willington, Conn./EO Smith) pitched a complete game in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, allowing three earned runs over 7.0 innings of work, striking out four as the Hawks fell, 4-0... The second game also saw the Bulldogs blank the Hawks, 14-0... On Sunday, the Hawks broke out to a 12-5 lead, but could not hang on as Yale scored seven runs in the fifth inning and ultimately pushed a run across in the eleventh to win it, 15-14... Junior Simon Kudernatsch (Prague, Czech Republic/Prague West) went 4-for-5 during the game, finishing a triple shy of the cycle... Kudernatsch drove in five runs, three of which came on a three-run homer in the fourth inning... Freshmen Mark Sorbara (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) and James Alfonso (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) also homered, the first collegiate home runs for each of them... Senior Vinny Fiore (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Utrecht/Monroe College) pitched well out of the bullpen but took the loss, allowing just one earned run in 4.2 innings of work... The Hawks fell in the final game of the weekend series, 17-1, giving up 12 runs in the sixth inning... Hartford had one game rained out last week, as Wednesday’s game with Massachusetts has been rescheduled for this Thursday, March 31 at Fiondella Field... The Hawks will also play UConn on March 29 at home, and will play home-and-home doubleheaders with NJIT over the weekend.
The University of Maine baseball team (9-16, 0-0 AE) won three of four games at a round robin tournament at Fairleigh Dickinson over the weekend... After dropping the first game, 7-5, Maine rebounded to win a season-high three straight games... Rookie Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn./Xavier) pitched Maine’s first complete game of the season when he went all nine innings against St. Peter’s on Sunday... He allowed just one run on five hits while striking out a career-high eight batters in the game in his first career start... Coughlin did not walk a batter in the game... Maine belted five triples on the week, including two each by twins Justin and Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.)... The duo each tripled in the fifth inning in Maine’s 4-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday afternoon... Maine struck out 35 batters on the week while walking just eight... Maine pitchers D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) and Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) each earned a save on the weekend... They were the first two saves of the season for the Black Bears... A.J. Bazdanes (Nashua, N.H.) also pitched well on the weekend... He went eight innings in Maine’s 4-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday... He allowed just one run on three hits while striking out seven... After playing 25 games on the road to start the season, Maine will play its Mahaney Diamond openers this weekend when it hosts Bryant for three games.
The UMBC baseball team (3-12, 0-0 AE) dropped a four-game set against Dartmouth down in Winter Haven, Fla. to conclude its Spring Break trip... Senior Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison) leads the team with a .326 batting average, while junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) leads the team with 18 hits... Junior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) paces the Retrievers with 13 runs batted in and seven doubles... Junior Sean Swetnam (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/George Mason) leads the pitching staff with a 3.44 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 18.1 innings of work... The Retrievers return to action Tuesday when they play at Mount St. Mary’s at 3:30 p.m.
Stony Brook (12-5, 0-0 AE) won both of its games this week, defeating Fordham on Tuesday and Army on Sunday... The Seawolves have now won 10 of their last 11 games... The Seawolves’ 12-5 start matches their best start since the 2000 season... Junior Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) and freshman Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) combined on a no-hitter in Stony Brook’s 1-0 win over Army on Sunday... The Seawolves carried a perfect game into the ninth before Shaun Wixted reached on a Stony Brook error to start the inning... Steve May then sacrificed Wixted to second but Wixted was picked off second for the second out... McNitt then got David Darnell to ground out to second to complete the no-hitter... It was the second no-hitter in the last five games for the Seawolves, who got a no-hitter from freshman right-hander Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) on March 18... Tropeano (4-1) pitched the first 6.0 innings for the Seawolves, striking out seven... McNitt hurled the final 3.0 innings to earn his third save... SBU scored an unearned run in the third for the only run in the game... Senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) drove in the run with an RBI single... Marshall became the fifth player in program history to record 200 career hits with a single in the first inning.