Four Players Pick Up Weekly Awards
Cambridge, Mass.-- Four baseball players received weekly awards from the conference office as America East teams enter the final week of the regular season with playoff seeding on the line. Stony Brook sophomore Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario/York Mills Collegiate),who helped the Seawolves stay on top of the standings and create some breathing room, earned Player of the Week honors. University at Albany junior Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) pitched a complete game shutout to grab the Pitcher of the Week accolade, while University of Maine DH Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) and University of Hartford starting pitcher Kevin Veilleux (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) share the Rookie of the Week award.
Tissenbaum had an explosive offensive performance to lead first-place Stony Brook to a key series sweep over then-second-place Binghamton. The sophomore second baseman batted .538 (7-for-13) in the three games with a 1.077 slugging percentage and 14 total bases. Tissenbaum reached base in all six plate appearances in Friday’s victory, going 5-for-5 with a walk. Of his five hits, one was a double and one was a home run. He scored five runs and drove in two for the game. Tissenbaum also homered in the second game of the series, and singled in the finale, scoring at least once in every game of the series.
Kraham threw a six-inning shutout in a rain-shortened official game in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader with UMBC. The junior righty scattered three hits without allowing a run, issuing two walks while striking out nine opposing batters. Kraham held the Retrievers to a .136 batting average. He struck out the side in both the first and sixth innings. Kraham picked up his fourth win of the season, good for second on the team.
Whitten hit .500 in four games last week with six runs scored and seven RBIs, including a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth in Maine’s 5-2 win over Northeastern. The rookie then went 2-for-2 with four runs and three RBIs in Maine’s 13-4 win over Hartford in the first game on Saturday, belting his second home run of the week. Whitten finished the week with a 1.200 slugging percentage, .667 on-base mark and 12 bases.
Veilleux went 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in two appearances on the mound last week. He struck out 11 in 15.0 innings pitched, allowing just five hits and one earned run. Veilleux threw a complete-game shutout against Fairleigh Dickinson midweek, perfect through six innings. On Sunday, he entered the game against Maine in the third inning and allowed just one run and struck out six over 6.1 innings in the no-decision.
Stony Brook is now just one win or Maine loss away from clinching to the top seed and hosting rights for the America East Baseball Championship on May 25-27.
Albany (19-25, AE 11-7) swept a conference doubleheader from UMBC on Saturday before getting rained out on Sunday... The Great Danes defeated the Retrievers, 9-4, in the first game before posting a 6-0 shutout in the second game... Junior Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) hit .714 for the week, going 5-for-7 with a double and two home runs, scoring three runs and driving in five more. He hit both homers in the first game on Saturday, and knocked out an RBI double in the nightcap... Pitcher Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) tossed a six-inning shutout in the late game before the game was called official. The junior righty scattered three hits and struck out nine in the effort... Senior Kyle Crean (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) hit .667 in the two games, hitting a double and a home run, tying for the team lead with five RBIs... As a team, the Great Danes struck out just six times in 50 at bats, while the pitching combination of Kraham and Dave Kubiak (Southold, N.Y./Southold) fanned 15 Retrievers... The Great Danes will visit Stony Brook in the final regular-season series over the weekend.
Binghamton (20-23, 12-7 AE) dropped three games to league-leading Stony Brook over the weekend and slipped into third place in the standings, just a half-game ahead of fourth-place Albany. The Bearcats will conclude their regular season with a four-game set against second-place Maine this Friday and Saturday. Binghamton has won 13 of the last 19 games against Maine. The teams split last year’s four-game series before Binghamton eliminated the Black Bears in the America East tournament... Against Stony Brook, freshman shortstop John Howell (Liverpool, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) went 5-for-9 (.556) with a .636 on-base percentage... Sophomore third baseman Jordon Smucker (Bird-in-hand, Pa./Lancaster Memmonite) had four hits and an RBI and junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) extended his hit streak to 10 games... Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) had four RBIs in the series and now has a team-high 16 RBIs in 19 league games. Bregartner is hitting .418 in America East play and has 17 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games this spring... Junior Mike Augliera was a hard-luck loser in Game 2 after limiting the Seawolves to four hits and two earned runs over six innings. Augliera has a 1.60 ERA in six conference starts, with 42 strikeouts against just four walks.
Hartford (4-41-1, 1-18 AE) snapped a 13-game losing streak on Wednesday when it went to Fairleigh Dickinson and won, 7-0... Freshman Kevin Veilleux (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) pitched a complete-game shutout, the first time a Hartford pitcher had done that in a nine-inning game in over two years. Veilleux struck out five while not walking a batter. The five strikeouts were a career high until he struck out six in a relief effort on Sunday at Maine. Veilleux was perfect through six innings, only allowing three balls to reach the outfield during that time... Hartford’s seven runs were its most since a 12-8 victory over NJIT on April 3... Senior Rodger Wilmot (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) had two hits and drove in two runs... Senior Mike Aldrich (Groton, Conn./St. Bernard/UConn Avery Point) also had two hits and scored a run, while freshman Brian Hunter (Port Jeff Station, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) had two hits, including a triple, and scored a run... The Hawks were defeated in both ends of a doubleheader at Maine on Saturday, falling 13-4 and 12-2... On Sunday, Hartford held Maine to just two runs over the game’s first nine innings, but could not muster any more offense itself and eventually fell in 10 innings, 3-2... Veilleux came on in relief to pitch 6.1 innings, allowing just one run and striking out six to bring the Hawks through nine innings before being lifted... Freshman Brian Estevez (Riveredge, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) singled, doubled and drove in a run.
Maine (26-21, 15-5 AE) went 4-0 on the week to extend its winning streak to 11 games. The 11-game winning streak is the longest since the Black Bears won 23 straight games during the 1991 season... Maine is an impressive 10-1 at Mahaney Diamond this season... Black Bear rookie Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) hit a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Maine’s 5-2 win over Northeastern last Tuesday, in a game played in Sanford, Maine. Whitten is tied for the team-lead in home runs with five... Jeffrey Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario) pitched eight scoreless innings in Maine’s 12-2 win over Hartford on Saturday.He scattered just two hits over the eight innings... Maine finished the week with a 1.54 ERA... Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) picked up his team-leading eighth win on the season on Saturday. He is the first Black Bear to win eight games in a season since Scott Robinson accomplished the feat in 2006 when he finished 8-3... Maine has outscored opponents 25-8 in the ninth inning of games this season... Maine tied its season-high with three home runs in its 12-2 win over Hartford on Saturday... The Black Bears host Binghamton for a pair of doubleheaders to end the 2011 regular season on Friday and Saturday.
UMBC (8-35, 0-18 AE) dropped a doubleheader to Albany last weekend, before the second doubleheader was washed out due to rain... On Tuesday night, the Retrievers maintained their mid-week streak, defeating local rival Towson, 13-7, at Baseball Factory Field... Junior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) had a career-high five RBIs, while four Dawgs had three hits each... The Retrievers conclude their 2011 season with a four-game set against Hartford at Baseball Factory Field. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m.
Stony Brook (37-10, 18-2 AE) swept Binghamton in a three-game series over the weekend... The Seawolves have now won 18 of 19... The doubleheader sweep of Binghamton on Saturday gave the Seawolves 37 wins for the season, breaking the previous single-season record of 36 set in 1999... The Seawolves also have 18 conference wins, breaking their previous record of 16... Senior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) went 5-for-8 in the doubleheader on Saturday. He had two hits in the first game to set Stony Brook’s all-time hits record. He now has 248 hits for his career... Junior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) threw his third complete game of the season in the 4-1 win over the Bearcats on Saturday. He allowed just one run and struck out a season-high nine... The run he allowed came in the seventh inning and snapped a 24.0 inning scoreless struck... Stony Brook tied a season-high with 17 runs in the opener and set a season-high with 22 hits... Sophomore Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) had a career-high five hits... The Seawolves will open Joe Nathan Field on Friday with a doubleheader against Albany.