University of Maine's Danny Menendez (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) has been named America East Player of the week. Binghamton University's Zach Groh (Reading, Pa./The Perkiomen School) receives America East Pitcher of the Week and Maine's Myckie Lugbauer (Mahopac, N.Y./ Mahopac) takes home the America East Rookie of the Week honor. The awards were announced Monday (March 5).
Menendez led Maine on the first weekend of the season. He was three-for-four in the season opener against Penn State with two runs scored and three RBIs. He was two-for-four on Sunday against Villanova with a run scored and an RBI. Menendez has an average of .625.
Groh, the reigning America East Pitcher of the Year, picked up where he left off last spring with a strong performance in his opening game. He went six innings to earn the win in Binghamton's 2-1 victory at Norfolk State. He allowed just four singles and a run on a double-steal.
Lugbauer got just one at-bat in his Maine debut, but he made the most of it, belting a two-run home run.
Albany Great Danes
UAlbany (1-7, 0-0 America East) won its first game of the season in the second game of a doubleheader with Towson on Saturday... Chris Ott (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa), Jeff Kaier (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Alexander Beaulieu (Levis, Quebec/Cardinal Regional) combined on a seven-inning three-hitter... Ott started and pitched four innings, allowing two hits and striking out three to earn the victory... Kaier threw two innings of relief, fanning four hitters... Beaulieu then entered the game with two runners on and no outs in the seventh, and induced a double play and a flyout to register the save... Sophomore shortstop Sean Donovan (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) led the team at the plate, hitting .556 with five hits and two RBI in nine at bats... Senior designated hitter Chris Wood (Warsaw, N.Y./Warsaw Central) hit his second homerun of the season on Sunday against Towson... Wood is tied for the team lead with three RBI on the season... The Great Danes will face off against New York Tech on Saturday and Sunday in a three-game series.
Binghamton (1-2, 0-0 America East) opened its season by dropping two of three games at Norfolk State... The middle innings doomed the Bearcats, who gave up eight runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings during the weekend series... Seven fielding errors led to six unearned runs against Binghamton pitching... Junior right-hander and reigning America East Pitcher of the Year Zach Groh (Reading, Pa./The Perkiomen School) picked up where he left off last spring, when Groh was among the nation's ERA leaders... In six innings of work, Groh allowed one run on four singles in posting a 2-1 victory... He struck out six and walked a pair... Senior first baseman and two-time America East first teamer Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) drove in both runs with an RBI single in the third inning and run-scoring double in the fifth... Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) belted a two-out, three-run home run in the fifth inning of the opening-game defeat. For the weekend, Simek hit a team-high .385... Senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y./Smithtown) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in the finale and hit .375 during the series.
Hartford (0-0, 0-0 America East) baseball team postponed its four scheduled early season home games... The Hawks will now open the 2007 season at West Virginia in a four-game series this weekend... Besides Hartford’s America East schedule the Hawks will play opponents from nine different conferences (Northeast, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Patriot, Atlantic-10, Ivy, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, and Atlantic Coast Conference)... The 2007 schedule features games against NEC opponents (Long Island, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac, and Central Connecticut State University) as well as two opponents from the MAAC (Fairfield, Marist), A-10 (Rhode Island, Massachusetts) and Ivy (Yale, Dartmouth)... Hartford’s first three road trips will not be easy... The Hawks will first travel to Big East opponent West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers for a four game series starting on March 9... The Hawks next travel to Oklahoma State who finished second in the Big 12 in 2006... The Cowboys ended last season ranked 23rd in the nation, according to the Baseball America Poll and posted a record of 41-20... The Hawks third big road trip of the season will begin on March 23 when Hartford travels to the University of Minnesota... The Golden Gophers finished 2006 with a 34-26 record and were fourth overall in the Big Ten.
Maine Black Bears
Maine (1-1, 0-0 AE) split a pair of games to open the 2007 campaign... Maine defeated Penn 14-7 in the season-opener, then dropped a 5-7 decision to Villanova Sunday afternoon... The season-opener on Saturday featured the return of standout pitcher Greg Norton (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) who returned to the lineup after sitting out the entire 2006 season as a medical redshirt... Norton went six innings and allowed three runs, one of which was earned, while striking out three... On Sunday against Villanova, junior pitcher Will Carroll (Boothbay, Maine/Boothbay), who has seen action in just seven games the past three years due to injuries, pitched a career-high four innings... Carroll, who had seven career strikeouts, fanned six in the game on Sunday alone... Danny Menendez (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) and Matt McGraw (Burlington, Ontario) each had three RBI in the season-opener against Penn... Rookie Myckie Lugbauer (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) belted a two-run home run in his first collegiate at bat for the Black Bears... On Saturday against Penn, eight of the nine Maine starters had at least one hit and one runs scored or RBI... Sean Parker (Worcester, Mass./St. Peter Marian), who hit just one home run a year ago as a freshman, homered in the season-opener against Penn.
UMBC (1-5, 0-0 America East) is picked up its first win during a three-game series against Delaware in their home-opening weekend... The Retrievers were defeated, 12-14, in eighth innings in their home-opener against Yale in Game 1 of a double header on Saturday but came back in Game Two with a 4-3 decision in favor of the Retrievers... Junior Mark Lemon (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) led the Retrievers in the day’s competition, going 3 for 6 and batting .500 with two of the Retrievers three stolen bases... Junior Will Delawter (Frederick, Md./Chesapeake JC) and sophomore Scott Peddicord (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) each had home runs in the doubleheader... Sophomore Eddie Bach (Columbia, Md./Atholton) started Game Two for the Retrievers, recording 12 strikeouts, one run, and five hits in 6.0 innings pitched... Senior Mike Scheffel (Westminster, Md./Westminster) scored UMBC’s lone run in a 1-8 loss to the Bulldogs on Sunday, going 1 for 1 on the day with two walks... The Retrievers travel to Navy on Wednesday to battle the Midshipmen at 2:30 before hosting Wagner in a three-game series from Mar. 9-11.
Stony Brook Seawolves
Stony Brook (0-6, 0-0 America East) was swept by the College of Charleston over the weekend. After dropping a pair of games on day one, Kurt Jung (Canadaigua, N.Y./Canadaigua HS) was a hard luck loser, throwing 7.1 solid innings, allowing four runs with a strikeout... Tom Koehler (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle HS) struck out a season-high eight batters in six innings in the game one loss... Through six games, sophomore Michael Tansey (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Trinity HS) leads the Seawolves with a .316 batting average, including a triple and his first career home run.
Vermont (0-3, 0-0 America East) opened its 2007 season stepping up in class with three games at 23rd ranked TCU last weekend... Bryan Rembisz (Clinton, Conn./Westbrook) and Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) each went 5-for-11 (.455) in three games against the defending Mountain West Champions... Rembisz, who in addition to playing second base will come out of the bullpen, also appeared in two games on the mound in relief allowing only one hit in 2.1 innings... Junior lefty Joe Serafin (Tariffville, Conn./Simsbury) was strong in his first start of the season allowing only one run in six innings against TCU, one of the nation’s top offensive teams... Freshman Ethan Paquette (West Burke, Vt./St. Johnsbury) had two hits in his collegiate debut facing TCU All-American Jake Arrieta... Vermont opens its annual Florida swing Saturday against IPFW. The Catamounts will play eight games from March 10-17 in Bradenton, Fla.