CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- The 2012 America East baseball conference-opening weekend began with a bang as offensive records fell and teams celebrated walk-off wins. Maine junior Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario/Notre Dame) and teammate freshman Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) earn Player and Rookie of the Week nods, respectively, for their offensive weeks, while Stony Brook senior righty Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) picks up the Pitcher of the Week award for an eight-inning gem on the mound.
In Maine's five wins last week extending the team's unbeaten streak to nine games, Patzalek went 12-for-23 (.522) with eight runs and 15 RBIs. The catcher also hit three doubles and three home runs, reached base with .538 frequency and recorded a 1.043 slugging percentage. After recording a hit and three RBIs in the team’s home opener midweek against Husson, Patzalek recorded 12 RBIs and six extra base hits in the four-game conference-opening sweep of UMBC. His weekly highlight came in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader where he went 3-for-5 with two homers, five runs and six RBIs.
Heath hit .476 in five games last week, scored eight runs and drove in seven more. He drew five walks, belted three doubles and finished with a .560 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging mark. In Friday’s second game of a doubleheader against UMBC, Heath finished 4-for-5 with four runs scored during Maine’s record-breaking offensive day which included an America East record 32 runs.
Johnson fired an eight-inning, complete-game effort in Stony Brook’s 2-1 win on Friday over Binghamton. In a game originally scheduled for seven innings, Johnson kept the Bearcats in check long enough for the Seawolves to score the one-run victory in extra innings. The senior allowed one earned run and scattered five hits with just one going for extra bases. Johnson walked three, struck out one and picked up his third win of the season while lowering his league-leading ERA to 0.77.
Albany (8-20-1, 2-1 AE) lost on the road to Hofstra in non-conference action on Wednesday before going 2-1 at Hartford in America East play over the weekend... Seniors Zach Kraham (Ghent, N.Y./Chatham) and Sean Lucas (Fishkill, N.Y./Beacon/Virginia) led the team on the mound, each earning one win... Kraham tossed a complete seven-inning game, allowing just one run while striking out three... Lucas went six innings in the second game of the doubleheader, scattering five hits and fanning six... Senior Austin Chase (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) made two appearances in relief, striking out four while earning a save... Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) and Josh Nethaway (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville) led the Great Danes offensively... Tirri hit .308 on the week with four hits, including one home run... Nethaway knocked out two doubles and a homer... Junior Jeff Welsh (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland) also hit a home run in the series finale... Albany will return to action on Tuesday with a non-conference tilt at Marist before hosting Stony Brook in a four-game America East series over the weekend.
Binghamton (9-14, 1-2 AE) went 1-4 during the week, losing a pair of non-conference games at Siena and Penn State before taking one of three in the conference-opening series at Stony Brook... Two of the team’s defeats were walk-off 2-1 losses, making it five one-run losses in the last 15 games... Three of the team’s top four hitters are freshmen... First-year catcher Jake Thomas (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) hit .438 in the five games, including 5-for-10 success against the Seawolves. Thomas ripped a two-run home run to pace Binghamton in the series-ending win over Stony Brook - his first collegiate round-tripper. He had an on-base percentage of .550 for the week and now leads the team with 13 RBI... Sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) hit .444 for the week and drove in a pair of runs in the Bearcats’ 5-2 win over Stony Brook... Senior ace Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) went 7.1 innings before becoming the hard-luck loser in the opener at Stony Brook. Augliera allowed just six hits and two runs in the extra-inning affair. He has 37 strikeouts and just four walks in 38.1 innings this spring (1.64 ERA)... Sophomore Jack Rogalla (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) pitched three scoreless innings of relief in the win over the Seawolves. Rogalla gave up just one hit... Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares (Toa Alta, PR/Montverde Academy) stretched his hit streak to nine games before it ended over the weekend. Nevares hit .353 in the five games during the week... Junior closer Lee Sosa (Bronx, N.Y./Harry S. Truman) picked up his third save of the season in the Stony Brook win. Sosa lowered his team-best ERA to 1.17... The Bearcats play a single game at Cornell on Wednesday before hosting UMBC in a three-game set at NYSEG Stadium downtown this weekend. The Double-A venue will serve as one of two “home” fields for the Bearcats while their new campus stadium is being constructed.
The Hawks (8-21, 1-2 AE) finished a four-game week with a 1-3 record, the lone win coming in the series finale against Albany as the Hawks opened the 2012 conference season against the Great Danes... The Hawks dropped the week’s opener at Holy Cross 8-2, before welcoming the Great Danes to West Hartford for a three-game weekend series... Albany swept the Saturday doubleheader with a pair of one run victories (2-1, 3-2) both of which were made possible on go-ahead home runs... The Hawks came back to score a 6-4 victory over Albany in the series finale to protect against the sweep... For the week, sophomore Brian Hunter (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) led the Hawks with a .462 batting average having started all four games. He also pitched 7.1 innings over two games this past week, earning the Hawks’ second save of the season in the win over Albany... Rookies Rob Meerman and Austin Barnes also had quality weeks for Hartford at the plate and on the mound, respectively... Meerman finished the week with a .417 batting average on 5-of-12 hitting, while Barnes pitched twice in relief and did not allow a run in 4.1 innings... The Hawks will again play four games in the coming week, first hosting the Iona Gaels (Wednesday 3 p.m.) before heading to Orono, Maine for the first of two three-game weekend sets against the Black Bears.
Maine (16-14, 4-0 AE) won five games on the week to extend its winning streak to a season-high nine games... The Black Bears scored 76 runs in a four-game America East series at UMBC... The Black Bears scored a school-record and America East record 32 runs in the second game of the doubleheader on Friday afternoon... It broke the Maine record of 27 runs scored in 1976 against Husson... It broke the America East Conference record of 26 runs scored in a conference game set on three different occasions... Maine also had nine doubles in its 17-11 win on Saturday, setting the school record for doubles in a game... The old mark of seven was in 1981 against Miami and tied four times... Maine had 25 RBI in the game on Friday, just two shy of the school record for RBI in a game set in 1976... Justin Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) hit three home runs in Maine’s 18-1 win over UMBC on Saturday... Eight or Maine’s nine starters scored eight or more runs on the week... Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) drove in 15 runs on the week, while Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) and Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) each finished with 11... Patzalek and Calbick each drove in six runs in the second game on Friday.... Maine returns to action when it hosts Colby College on Tuesday afternoon, before playing host to Hartford for a three-game series this weekend.
After losing to Georgetown midweek, UMBC (7-21, 0-4 AE) lost all four games to Maine over the weekend... Senior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) each hit .529 (9-for-17) over the five-game stretch... Himmelstein hit two home runs over the course of the five games and leads the team and conference with six this season... Senior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) also had a productive week at the plate, batting .438 (7-for-16) and led the team with six runs scored... Classmate Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) leads the Retrievers with a .403 average (27-for-67) this season to go along with nine extra base hits and 18 RBIs... UMBC returns to the diamond on Tuesday when the squad travels to take on Delaware... The Retrievers continue their road trip this weekend with a visit to Vestal, N.Y. to take on Binghamton in a three-game series.
The Seawolves (19-9, 2-1 AE) defeated Fairleigh Dickinson in a midweek game before taking two of three from Binghamton over the weekend... SBU won 2-1 in eight innings in the opener on Friday... Senior right-hander Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) went the distance, allowing just one run on five hits in his 8.0 innings. He has allowed just three earned runs in 35.0 innings this season... Binghamton scored a run in the top of the eighth to take the lead but Stony Brook rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning to earn the walk-off win... The Seawolves then took game two on Friday 9-2... The Seawolves fell behind 2-0 in the fourth but scored two in the bottom of the fourth, one in the fifth before exploding for six runs in the sixth... Junior Willie Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with two RBI and hit .500 for the week... Sophomore reliever Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings to earn the save in the second game on Saturday.