Final Weekly Awards, Tournament Game Times Announced
Cambridge, Mass.-- Stony Brook junior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) pitched his way to his ninth win of the season and his team's way to its first-ever outright America East Regular-Season Championship during the final weekend of regular-season play. The conference office named Johnson the Pitcher of the Week for his efforts, while honoring Hartford outfielders Rodger Wilmot (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) and Ryan Lukach (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) as Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week.
The America East Conference office also released game times for the upcoming America East Baseball Championship May 25-27 at Stony Brook's Joe Nathan Field. Two-seed Maine and three-seed Binghamton will begin play at 11a, while defending conference champion Stony Brook, the top seed, takes on four-seed Albany at 3p. The complete tournament schedule is available at Championship Central.
Johnson closed out the regular season by allowing just two hits in 7.0 shutout innings in a 6-0 Stony Brook victory over Albany on Friday. He retired the first 15 batters of the game, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before surrendering just two singles. Johnson finished with no walks and four strikeouts, moving to 9-2 on the season and taking over the top spot in the league with an ERA of 1.66.
Wilmot, a senior, ended his collegiate career with a big week against UMBC, getting base hits in all four games. Two of those games were three-hit contests as Wilmot finished with a .471 batting average. Of his eight hits on the week, five of them were doubles. Wilmot also finished with a .765 slugging percentage, .471 on base percentage, four runs scored and four RBIs. Wilmot went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run in Friday’s nightcap, then went 3-for-5, all doubles, with three runs and two RBIs in the weekend finale on Saturday.
Lukach led the Hawks at the plate in the final series of the 2011 campaign. Batting lead-off, the rookie outfielder hit .500 (5-for-10) in a four-game series against UMBC, reaching base five of six times in a 16-3 victory in Friday’s nightcap. Lukach recorded a 1.000 slugging mark and .545 on base percentage, while driving in four runs, and scoring four more runs. Four of his hits went for extra bases on three doubles and a triple, and the freshman also stole a base.
Albany (19-29, 11-11 AE) lost all four games against Stony Brook over the weekend… The Great Danes were led by Josh Nethaway (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) who hit .308, including a three-run homer… Nethaway started two games behind the plate for Albany, while also seeing action as the team’s designated hitter. He drove in a team-high six runs over the four-game series… Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) and Greg Muller (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) both recorded three hits, including one double apiece, over the weekend… Gaige also scored three runs for the Great Danes, while Muller crossed home plate twice… Austin Chase (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) posted a staff-best 3.86 ERA in his start on the mound on Saturday. He struck out two opposing batters while scattering five hits over seven innings of work… Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) fanned a team-high four in his start in game two… The Great Danes earned the fourth seed in the upcoming America East Conference Tournament and will face Stony Brook once again on Wednesday.
Binghamton (21-26, 13-10 AE) dropped three of four games at Maine to finish third in the final standings. The Bearcats’ string of four consecutive regular-season titles was snapped but the team will be making its fifth straight America East tournament appearance... Two of the defeats in Orono came by walk-off hits as Bearcat starting pitchers were on strict pitch counts in advance of the mid-week conference tournament... Top two pitchers James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview JFK) and Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) tossed a combined 11 shutout innings with Giulietti earning a win and Augliera getting a no-decision. Augliera, a junior, was stellar in conference play, posting three wins and a 1.41 ERA. He struck out 42 and walked just five in 51 innings. Giulietti and sophomore No. 3 starter Jay Lynch (Exton, Pa./East West Chester) each went 4-1 against America East foes... Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) made a strong case for all-conference honors with six more RBIs in the Maine series. Bregartner hit a team-best .405 with 22 RBIs in 23 league games... Senior left fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) hit .357 against Maine to lift his average to .320 for the season.
Hartford (6-43-1, 3-20 AE) closed out its 2011 season by splitting a four-game series at UMBC as the bats finally broke out in the team’s two victories... The Hawks put up a season-high 16 runs in Friday’s nightcap, defeating the Retrievers, 16-3... Senior Mike Aldrich (Groton, Conn./St. Bernard/UConn Avery Point) went 3-for-4, driving in four runs... Freshman Ryan Lukach (Hillsborugh, N.J./Hillsbourgh) was a catalyst at the top of the order, reaching base safely five times in six at bats, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored... Senior Matt Walker (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme), who had already homered for the Hawks’ only run in the first game of the doubleheader, added a towering three-run shot in Game Two... Lost in the offensive production was a strong outing by starter Tyler Corsi (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West), who went seven innings, allowing five hits and one run while striking out six... On Saturday, Hartford was once again bested in the first game before breaking out for a slugfest victory in the second game... Senior Rodger Wilmot (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) stroked three doubles, driving in two runs and scoring three as the Hawks took an 11-9 victory to close the season... Hartford took an early 4-0 lead thanks in part to Wilmot’s two-run double in the first. He then doubled with one out in the ninth and scored the eventual game-winning run on senior Jason Freethey’s (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Memorial) RBI single... Hartford finishes its season 6-43-1 overall, having won three of its final eight games. It also finished in fifth place in the America East at 3-20, a half game ahead of UMBC.
The University of Maine baseball team (29-22, 18-6 AE) saw its 11-game winning streak snapped on Friday, but the Black Bears rebounded to take the next three games in the series against Binghamton... Maine enters the America East Tournament having won 14 of 15 games... The Black Bears finish the season 13-2 at home... Maine junior pitcher Keith Bilodeau (Bourne, Mass.) picked up his team-leading ninth win of the season on Friday. He becomes the first Black Bear to win nine games in a season since Steve Richard and Greg Norton accomplished the feat in 2005... The last Black Bear to win 10 games in a season was Ben Burlington in 1991... Rookie Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn.) earned the win in both games of the doubleheader on Saturday. He is 3-1 on the season with a 2.68 ERA... Maine had a pair of walk-off wins on the weekend, one in each day... Maine catchers threw out seven Binghamton base runners trying to steal on the weekend... Sophomore catcher Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) caught five base runners stealing, while rookie Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) threw out a pair... Maine stole eight bases on the weekend and has 79 on the season... Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) hit a pair of home runs and leads the team with seven on the season.
UMBC (10-37, 2-20 AE) finished off the 2011 campaign by hosting Hartford, splitting the four-game series... UMBC split a pair of America East games with Hartford Friday afternoon, winning, 5-1, before falling, 16-3... In the first game, sophomore starter Mike Mitchell (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI Catholic/Frederick CC) pitched the complete game for the win, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts... The Retrievers and Hawks split once again on the final day of the 2011 season. UMBC defeated the Hawks, 10-3, before falling 11-9, at Baseball Factory Field Saturday... UMBC’s Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) paced the Retrievers offensively on the weekend, batting .545 and driving in seven RBIs with two doubles and a homer.... Freshman D.J. Ream (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) also batted well, hitting .533 with eight RBIs and five runs scored.
The Seawolves (41-10, 22-2 AE) wrapped up the regular season with a four-game sweep of Albany... SBU has won 11 in a row and 22 of its last 23... The Seawolves tied an America East record for conference victories in a season with 22... Stony Brook clinched its first-ever America East regular-season title with the doubleheader sweep of Albany on Friday... Junior Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the series opener against Albany... It was the first-ever game at Joe Nathan Field... With the victory, Tropeano improved to 11-1 to set the program’s record for victories in a single season... Junior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) then followed that with 7.0 shutout innings in the second game on Friday. Johnson retired the first 15 hitters and finished with no walks and four strikeouts... Johnson has allowed just one earned run over his last 32.0 innings and has struck out 27 and walked just one over that span... Sophomore William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) doubled in the opening game of the series to set the program record for doubles in a season with 26.