Bearcats And Seawolves Win Weekly Honors
Cambridge, Mass.-- A quartet of America East baseball student-athletes received weekly honors on Monday afternoon for the week ending April 3. Binghamton University senior rightfielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islp) garnered the Pitcher of the Week honor, while teammate junior Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) shared the Pitcher of the Week award with Stony Brook junior hurler Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite). Stony Brook freshman first baseman Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) rounded out the awards as the recipient of the Rookie of the Week nod.
Bregartner helped the Bearcats to a three-game series sweep over Siena last weekend, batting .636 with a .643 on-base percentage and a .909 slugging mark. The senior right-fielder totaled six runs batted in and came around to cross the plate four times in the series. Bregartner also stole his fifth base of the season, converting his only attempt successfully last week. He opened the weekend going 3-for-4 with three doubles, four RBI and a run in Saturday’s 11-6 win. In Sunday’s doubleheader, Bregartner drove in two more runs and scored three times.
Augliera improved to 3-2 on the season with a complete-game, seven-inning effort on the road against Siena. The junior allowed just three hits and one unearned run while striking out seven in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader. The Bearcats won, 12-1.
Johnson went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts last week for the Seawolves. Over 13 innings, the junior righty struck out 11 and allowed opponents to bat just .196. Johnson earned the decision in a six-inning, four-hit outing at Army, striking out four and walking just one. Next time out, he limited NYIT to just five hits and one unearned run over seven innings, striking out seven in the victory.
Courtney finished a five-game week with a .632 batting average, .737 slugging percentage and a .650 on-base mark to go along with two doubles. He had a hand in nine Seawolf runs, scoring four times and driving in five runs. Courtney had multiple hits in all five games, opening with three hits and an RBI against Army on Monday. He had two hits and two RBI in the series-opening 6-0 win over NYIT, then went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the series finale on Sunday.
Albany (7-14, 0-0 AE) went 2-2 on the week, falling to St. John’s at home before dropping a 4-2 decision to Massachusetts on the road... The Great Danes then swept Fordham in a non-conference doubleheader... Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) recorded four hits, including a home run against Fordham... He also scored three runs on the week and drove in two more, while also going 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts... Jeff Welsh (West Haverstraw, N.Y./East Rockland) hit .250 for the week with three hits, three runs scored and two RBI... He recorded a triple against Fordham... Right-hander Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) earned the win in the first game against the Rams, going seven innings without a run scored... He scattered four hits and struck out four opposing batters in his winning effort... Kasceim Graham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) earned the other win on the mound... He allowed four earned runs over six innings of work, but led the Great Dane pitching staff with six strikeouts... Freshman Matt Dybus (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) earned his first career save against Fordham, going four innings, striking out two without allowing a run... The Great Danes will return to action on Wednesday, visiting Hofstra at 3 p.m. before kicking off America East Conference play over the weekend with a three-game series with Hartford.
Binghamton (7-15, 0-0 AE) returned to its winning ways with a three-game sweep of Siena on the road. After a tough spring break trip in Texas and New Mexico (1-8), the Bearcats welcomed Northeast competition. The team hit .360 and held down a 2.35 ERA against the Saints... Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) led the offensive charge by hitting .636 with six RBI in the three games. Bregartner had three doubles and an on-base percentage of .643 in the series... Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) hit .571 during the week, raising his America East-leading average to .411. Ciocchi has struck out just six times in 73 at-bats this season and leads the team in hits (30), doubles (7), triples (1), home runs (4), walks (21), slugging percentage (.699) and on-base percentage (.547)... Junior pitcher Mike Augliera (3-2) tossed a complete-game three-hitter without allowing an earned run... Sophomore Jay Lynch then followed with a commanding six-inning win. Lynch allowed three hits and no earned runs... After a midweek game at Cornell, Binghamton begins conference play on the road at UMBC. The Bearcats have won four consecutive America East regular season titles and have the highest conference win percentage over the last seven years. Binghamton is 22-3 all-time against UMBC in AE league play and has won eight straight in the series.
Hartford (2-20-1, 0-0 AE) got its second win of the season on Sunday afternoon when it grabbed the second game of a doubleheader with NJIT, 12-8... Senior Andy Drexel (Pequea, Pa./Penn Manor) set the tone for the day with his grand slam in the bottom of the first inning... Hartford would end up scoring seven runs in the first as NJIT cycled through three pitchers in the frame... Junior Victor Santana (Plainville, Conn./Plainville) got things going at the top of the order, batting 3-for-4 with two walks... The victory came at the end of a four-game, home-and-home series with NJIT that saw the Hawks lose the first three by one run apiece... NJIT scored the winning run in its final at bat each time, walking off with extra-inning victories in both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader... Hartford also dropped home games to UConn (11-0) and UMass (15-0) midweek... Freshman James Alfonso (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) led the team with a .421 batting average during the week, going 9-for-19 with a double and two RBIs... The Hawks saw their pitching improve, posting a staff ERA of 5.76 for the week... Freshman Ryan Lukach (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) made two appearances, including one start, striking out a team-best eight batters over 9.2 innings for the week while posting a 3.72 ERA... Hartford plays its final non-conference tune-up of the season on Tuesday at home against Holy Cross before traveling to Albany to kick off America East play this weekend with a three-game series.
The University of Maine baseball team (9-16, 0-0 AE) saw its three-game series with Bryant snowed out over the weekend... Maine and Mahaney Diamond received over a foot of snow on Friday... The Maine team attempted to shovel the field on Saturday, but was unable to make enough progress to allow for the games to be played... A 30-second video clip of the Black Bears shoveling the field was featured on the Weather Channel on Sunday morning in iwitness video.... The Black Bears are scheduled to host Colby College on Tuesday, April 5, however, there is rain in the forecast... Maine opens America East Conference play this weekend when it travels to Stony Brook for a four-game America East series.
UMBC (4-16, 0-0 AE) went 1-4 this past week, defeating Longwood, 6-1, Sunday afternoon to cap the week... Senior Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing only one run with no walks and five strikeouts... Junior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) led the bats this week, hitting .533 with eight hits... Senior Rich Conlon (Vienna, Va./James Madison) leads the Retrievers this season with a .349 average, while junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) is hitting .347 with a team-high 26 hits... Junior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) leads the team with eight doubles and 16 RBI... The Retrievers return to action Tuesday at Georgetown at 3 p.m.
The Seawolves (16-6, 0-0 AE) opened the week with a victory over Army before taking three of four at New York Tech over the weekend... Stony Brook has won 14 of its last 16 games... The Seawolves’ 16-6 start is their best start since 2000... Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) picked up two victories on the week. He pitched 6.0 shutout innings in the win over Army on Monday and then allowed just an unearned run in 7.0 innings in the win over NYIT on Saturday... Junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) struck out 14 in hurling a four-hit shutout in the Seawolves win over NYIT in the opener on Saturday... Tropeano walked just one in the 7.0 inning game... He has struck out 52 batters in 39.2 innings this season... Freshman first baseman Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) has a hit in seven straight games and hit .632 (12-for-19) in five games this week... Stony Brook had its streak of 44.2 innings without allowing an earned run snapped in the 2-1 loss to New York Tech on Sunday... The loss also snapped a five-game winning streak... Senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) hit a grand slam in a seven-run eighth on Sunday in the game two win over NYIT... Marshall hit .381 for the week.