CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- A pair of seniors in University of Hartford third baseman Simon Kudernatsch (Czech Republic/Prague West) and Stony Brook University right-hander Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Glades) garners the league's Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for last week's performances. Seawolf freshman shortstop Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario/Belle Ewart) takes home the Rookie of the Week nod for the second time in four weeks.
Kudernatsch picks up his second honor of the season after hitting .667 (14-for-21) and extending his hit streak to nine games in a 4-2 week for the Hawks. The senior infielder accounted for 17 runs, including scoring eight and driving in nine. He also hit three doubles and worked three walks.
Kudernatsch recorded multiple hits in all four games of the weekend series against UMBC, going 10-of-14, driving in six runs and crossing the plate five times himself. In Sunday’s doubleheader, Kudernatsch batted in the winning run in the eighth inning to make a 3-2 final. In the nightcap, he went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two doubles.
Stecko-Haley fired a three-hit shutout against Binghamton on Sunday in a rubber match of the America East Conference weekend series between the top two teams in the standings. The senior earned the win after not allowing a run, scattering just three hits and striking out five Bearcats. Stecko-Haley allowed an infield single with one out in the second and then retired 17 straight batters.
Stecko-Haley ranks second in America East in both ERA (2.10) and opposing batting average (.213). He’s only walked eight batters in 64.1 innings pitched this season.
Peragine went 4-for-6 in last weekend’s conference series against Binghamton with all four hits going for extra bases. In 10 plate appearances, Peragine was also hit by a pitch and recorded three sacrifice hits, posting an on-base percentage of .714. He finished the week with a 1.500 slugging percentage.
In Saturday’s second game of a doubleheader, Peragine belted two doubles. He completed the series on Sunday with a double, a triple, one run and one RBI, capping off a four-run third inning with his RBI triple to give Stony Brook a 6-0 lead.
Albany (16-28-1, 10-7 AE) went 2-1 against Maine for the second straight weekend... The Great Danes swept Saturday’s doubleheader before Maine posted a comeback win on Sunday... Albany’s Jeff Welsh (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland) led the Great Danes in the 12-2 win in Saturday’s nightcap, going 3-for-4 with five RBI, finishing just one single away from the cycle... Senior Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) hit .545 on the weekend, going 6-for-11 with two doubles and four RBI... The Great Danes finished with 12 extra-base hits on the weekend, including three triples and two home runs... Junior Austin Chase (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) led the Albany starters on the mound, going seven innings on Sunday. Chase scattered six hits and allowed just one run, while fanning four and not issuing a walk... Senior lefty Ryan White (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) earned a win in relief on Saturday, throwing the final two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one... Sean Lucas (Fishkill, N.Y./Beacon) earned the other win on the mound for Albany, going seven innings in Saturday’s nightcap. Lucas scattered six hits and fanned four in the winning effort... The Great Danes will return to action on Wednesday, hosting Hofstra in non-conference action, before welcoming Binghamton to Varsity Field over the weekend in an America East series.
Binghamton (19-20, 10-5 AE) took one of three games from league-leading Stony Brook over the weekend to maintain its position in second place in the standings... The Bearcats hit just .176 in the three-game set but received a strong pitching performance from junior Jake Lambert (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) to grab a win in Game 2. Lambert (6-3 overall) fired a four-hit shutout against the Seawolves with four strikeouts and one walk. He pitched seven innings and improved to 5-0 with a stingy 1.00 ERA against America East opponents... Senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) and freshman first baseman Brian Ruby (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) had three hits apiece in the series... Binghamton’s bullpen allowed just three runs in 8.1 innings in the series... Junior closer Lee Sosa (Bronx, N.Y./Harry S. Truman) notched his league-leading ninth save of the season in the Game 2 victory. Sosa fanned the reigning conference player of the year with two runners on in the ninth to preserve the 3-0 win. His season ERA is 1.29 in 14 appearances... The Bearcats sit one game up on third-place Maine (9-6) and 1 1/2 ahead of fourth-place Albany with two weekends remaining in the regular season. Binghamton will clinch its sixth-straight America East tournament berth with one more victory out of the seven games left on its schedule.
The Hawks (14-36, 5-13 AE) finished a six-game week with a 4-2 record taking a mid-week win over CCSU before taking 3-of-4 against the visiting UMBC Retrievers over the weekend... For the week, senior Simon Kudernatsch (Czech Republic, Prague West) led the team with a .667 batting average on 14 hits in 21 at bats while driving in nine runs... Over the four-game stretch against UMBC, Kudernatsch hit .714 with 10 hits in 14 at bats driving in six runs. He has now hit safely in his last nine games... His classmate, Andy Drexel (Pequea, Pa./Penn Manor) drove in eight batters while hitting .417 with 10 hits in 24 at bats... Rookie Trey Stover (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) is also riding a hitting streak, now at eight games, after finishing all six games this week with at least one hit. The freshman shortstop closed out the week with a 5-of-8 performace in the final two games, which included his second home run of the season... The Hawks will not play again until next weekend when they host the Maine Black Bears at Fiondella Field for the final home series of the season... the Black Bears and Hawks open the series with a doubleheader on Saturday (12 p.m.) before playing a single-game matinee on Sunday (1 p.m.).
Maine (23-21, 9-6 AE) recorded a come-from-behind victory at Albany on Sunday afternoon... Trailing 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning, the Black Bears plated three runs to earn the 4-2 win... Rookie Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine/Deering) had a key two-run single driving in the go ahead run and an insurance run. Balzano leads the Black Bears, having reached base in eight straight games... Captain Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) hit .455 on the week for the Black Bears. He either scored or drove in five of Maine’s 11 runs... Fransoso hit his team-leading 14th double on the season and also ripped his team-leading fourth triple of the campaign in the weekend series against the Great Danes... Maine was a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases on the week. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) had three, while Fransoso had a pair.... D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Conn.) earned the victory on the mound on Sunday in relief. He is a perfect 4-0 on the season... Junior Jeffrey Gibbs (Toronto, Ontario) recorded his 50th strikeout of the season at Albany... Maine travels to Northeastern for a midweek game, before playing a series at Hartford next weekend.
UMBC (10-36, 2-14 AE) went 1-4 last week falling to Georgetown at home on Tuesday and then taking one of four on the road at Hartford over weekend… Five different Retrievers recorded multi-hit games against the Hoyas, led by freshmen Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) and Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) who each picked up three hits… Junior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) went 2-for-3 midweek and hit his third home run of the season… At Hartford, UMBC took the series opener 7-3 behind a complete game effort by senior Steve Miller (Newark, Del./Dickinson) who earned his first career win. The right-hander threw seven innings, not giving a run up until the last frame, while scattering six hits and striking out two… Klukowicz went 2-for-3 and hit his seventh home run of the season in the game… Hartford bounced back, however, and leveled the series at a game apiece with a 16-10 win in game two… On Sunday, the Hawks claimed a 3-2 win in an eight innings and then won the series with a 16-9 victory in the finale… After the weekend Klukowicz is fourth in the conference with a .369 batting average (48-for-130) and is third in home runs (7), behind only Stony Brook’s Willie Carmona and teammate Max Himmelstein who are tied with eight… UMBC returns to the diamond on Wednesday evening to host local rival Towson… The Retrievers are back on the road this weekend to face Stony Brook.
The Seawolves (36-11, 14-3 AE) won two of three against Binghamton at Joe Nathan Field over the weekend... Senior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) threw a shutout, scattering six hits over his 7.0 innings in the Seawolves’ 3-0 victory in the opener... Senior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla.) then threw a three-hit shutout in the rubber game of the series on Sunday. He allowed an infield single with one-out in the second and then retired 17 straight hitters. Stecko-Haley did not walk a batter and struck out five... The Seawolves scored six runs over the first three innings in the 8-0 victory in the series finale... Stony Brook has won 22 of its last 25 games and was ranked No. 30 in the latest NCBWA poll.