Courtesy: America East Communications

Leisenheimer, Johnson & Howell Earn Baseball Honors

Release: 05/02/2011

Cambridge, Mass.-- University of Maine junior first baseman Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y./Holy Cross HS) helped the Black Bears to a four-game conference sweep and earned America East Player of the Week on Monday. Both Pitcher and Rookie of the Week awards went to players in last weekend's series between Stony Brook and Binghamton, with Seawolf junior right-hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) and Bearcat freshman John Howell (Liverpool, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) earning the accolades.

Leisenheimer had an outstanding week for the Black Bears, leading the team to a four-game weekend sweep. The junior led Maine with a .583 batting average and reached base at a .615 clip. He belted five extra-base hits, including three doubles and a pair of home runs, for a 1.333 slugging percentage. Leisenheimer clubbed a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against UMBC on Sunday to break a 2-2 tie, proving to be the game-winning run in a 3-2 victory. He scored five times on the weekend, at least once in each game, and drove in three more runs in the series. Justin leads Maine with a .307 batting average, .485 slugging mark and .377 on-base percentage.

Pitching the second game of the three-game weekend set against conference foe Binghamton, Johnson threw a four-hit shutout in the Seawolves’ 6-0 victory over the Bearcats on Saturday. He went seven innings, did not walk a batter and struck out five. In Johnson’s complete-game effort, he allowed just three singles and one double. Johnson has thrown 56.2 innings this season and is third in America East with a 1.91 ERA. He has compiled a 7-2 record in 10 appearances.

Howell led the Bearcats offensively in a three-game weekend series against league-leading Stony Brook. The rookie batted .500 and reached base at .600 efficiency. In the opening game of the series, Howell went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Later in the nightcap, he added his fourth hit of the series. Howell drew two walks during the weekend and did not strikeout. The rookie is among America East leaders with a season batting average of .286, including .300 during league play.

Team Notebooks:

Albany (17-20, 9-4 AE) swept a three-game series from Hartford over the weekend, completing a six-game sweep of the Hawks on the season... Senior shortstop Kyle Crean (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) hit .375 for the weekend, scoring three runs, driving in a team-high five runs, and hitting a home run in Saturday’s nightcap... Redshirt freshman Josh Nethaway (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) led the Great Danes, hitting .417 for the weekend, recording five hits, including a double, while scoring one run and driving in one more... Sophomore righty Kasciem Graham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) earned the win in game two, throwing seven innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run, while striking out six opposing batters... Dave Kubiak (Southold, N.Y./Southold) and Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) also earned wins on the mound... As a staff, Albany pitchers struck out 21 batters, while the Great Dane offense struck out just 15 times in 92 at bats... Senior Ralph Rizzo (Bohemia, N.Y./Connetquot) recorded two doubles in the series finale on Sunday... The Great Danes will host Le Moyne for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, before welcoming Maine to Varsity Field over the weekend for a three-game series.

Binghamton (17-20, 9-4 AE) dropped two games in the three-game weekend series to first-place Stony Brook... The Bearcats rallied from four runs down to force extra innings, before falling, 5-4, in the opener... In the nightcap, Binghamton was held to four hits in a 6-0 setback... Freshman outfielder Bill Beresniewicz (Sudbury, Mass/Lincoln-Sudbury) tallied four hits on the day to raise his team-best average to .369... Classmate John Howell (Livepool, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) also registered four hits on the day... Sophomore right-hander Jay Lynch (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) pitched a complete game gem on Sunday to lead Binghamton to a 4-2 triumph... Lynch allowed only two runs, scattered nine hits, walked none, and fanned eight batters... Binghamton will face cross-town rival Cornell in a mid-week matchup Wednesday before it hosts a weekend series with last-place UMBC.

Hartford (3-33-1, 1-11 AE) dropped all five games it played last week, extending its current losing streak to eight games... The Hawks dropped midweek games to Iona and Dartmouth before being swept in a three-game series against Albany... Hartford was done in by its lack of clutch offensive production. The Hawks had little trouble getting runners on base, batting .465 as a team when leading off an inning during the week... Their average dropped to .240 with runners on base, however, and .170 when runners were in scoring position... Senior Matt Walker (East Lyne, Conn./East Lyne) had a productive week at the plate, going 5-for-11 with a double and two runs batted in... The Hawks also got big contributions from two freshman pitchers, as Kevin Veilleux (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) made three relief appearances, striking out five and not allowing a run over 4.0 innings of work... Hunter Englehart (Wyoming, Pa./Dallas Senior) started Saturday’s second game against Albany, allowing just three earned runs over 7.0 innings, scattering six hits... The Hawks’ 33 losses leaves them just five shy of the school record of 38, set in 2006, with 14 games to play this year... Hartford will host Dartmouth this Tuesday before welcoming Stony Brook in for a four-game set this weekend, its last home conference games of the season.

Maine (19-21, 9-5 AE) swept a weekend series against UMBC... The Black Bears have won a season-high four straight games and have won seven of their last eight games... Maine pitcher Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) won his team-leading sixth game of the season. He has pitched four straight complete games and back-to-back complete game shutouts... Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) hit a homer in both games of a doubleheader on Sunday. His homer in the second game broke a 2-2 tie and gave Maine a 3-2 win... Maine has stolen 25 bases in the last two weeks... Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn.) leads the way with 16 stolen bases on the season... Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) belted his first home run of the season on Sunday against UMBC... Six of Maine’s starters in each game on Sunday were either freshmen or sophomores... Maine travels to Albany for a three-game series with the Great Danes next weekend.

UMBC (6-30, 0-13 AE) dropped four games to America East rival Maine this past weekend after defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 7-2, Wednesday evening... Both senior Rick Phillips (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) had three RBIs in the win over the Mount. Himmelstein now has a team leading 17 RBIs on the season... Junior Luke DiBlasi (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) pitched his first collegiate complete game against Maine on Sunday... Senior Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) has issued only five walks in 76.2 innings of work this season, good enough for seventh in the country as of last week (0.55 BB/9 inn.)... Sophomore Jason Allinder (Snow Hill, Md./Snow Hill/Chesapeake CC) and redshirt freshman D.J. Ream (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) each hit his first home runs in a Retriever uniform this weekend against the Black Bears... The Retrievers return to action Wednesday at home against Georgetown at 6 p.m. before travelling to Binghamton for a three-game conference series this weekend.

Stony Brook (30-10, 11-2 AE) went 4-1 on the week... The Seawolves defeated FDU and Fairfield in non-conference action and took two of three from Binghamton over the weekend... The Seawolves defeated Binghamton, 5-4, in 10 innings in the opener on Saturday and then completed the sweep with a 6-0 win... The Bearcats won the final game of the series, 4-2, on Sunday... The loss on Sunday snapped an 11-game Stony Brook winning streak... The two wins on Saturday gave the Seawolves 30 wins for the third time in four years and the ninth time under head coach Matt Senk... Junior right-hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) hurled a four-hit shutout in the 6-0 win over Binghamton on Saturday. He did not walk a batter and has now thrown 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings. He also has not allowed an earned run in five of his last six starts .. SBU jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opening game against Binghamton on Saturday... The Bearcats rallied to tie in the seventh, but senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning... Marshall had 10 hits on the week. He now needs just nine more hits to set the Stony Brook all-time hits record... Sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory in Saturday’s 5-4 win.