A new season of CAA baseball is already underway, with every team except James Madison and Northeastern having played thus far.
The conference had adopted a new playoff format as a way to cut costs, reducing the number of playoff teams from six to four, which is a shame since only two teams went into the final weekend last season having locked up playoff spots. Continue reading
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Scott Krieger (left) and Chris Henderson
WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 19, 2009) – George Mason junior catcher Chris Henderson (Marlton, N.J.) and Patriots’ senior outfielder Scott Krieger (Towson, Md.) were selected as the 2009 CAA baseball Co-Players of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches.
Henderson was also honored as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, while Old Dominion pitcher/outfielder Brett Harris (Chesapeake, Va.) was named CAA Rookie of the Year and George Mason’s Bill Brown was chosen as the CAA Coach of the Year. Continue reading
The CAA starts tournament play in the final year of the six team format. The conference will cut the number of playoff teams to four next season, which is a shame given the parity this year. Entering the final weekend of play, only two teams had locked up spots, and five teams were battling for the remaining three spots on the final day of the season.
James Madison, which won the tournament last season, was knocked out of the playoffs by George Mason in the final weekend and became the first team with a winning CAA record not to make the six team tournament. UNC Wilmington, last season’s regular season champion, will be a three seed heading into the playoffs.
The double elimination tournament starts at noon Wednesday at Brooks Field in Wilmington, N.C. when top seeded George Mason takes on sixth seeded Delaware. Here’s a rundown of each of the six teams. Continue reading
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CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Mike Rooney, UNC Wilmington
Jr., SS, Cary, N.C./Cary
Rooney batted .556 with six runs scored and five RBI in UNCW’s four games last week. In the Seahawks’ two victories at Old Dominion that clinched a CAA Tournament berth, the junior shortstop went 8-for-10 and scored four times. Rooney is batting .331 for the season.
CAA BASEBALL Co-PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Rob Kumbatovic, Hofstra
Jr., RHP, Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough
Kumbatovic allowed just four singles and no runs over seven innings as Hofstra blanked William & Mary 3-0 on Saturday. The junior right-hander fanned four and combined with Jeff Guthridge for the Pride’s first shutout since 2007. He earned his team-high fourth win. Continue reading
MANSFIELD Conn. – Bases loaded. Two outs.
Trinity’s Jeremiah Bayer, the New England Pitcher of the Year, stared in at the plate. Looking back was Eastern senior Shawn Gilblair, the New England hitter of the year, up in the top of the ninth with his team trailing by one.
But in a matchup of the best players of the two top teams in the Division 3 New England regional, it was Bayer who won out, getting Gilblair to loft a short popup to shortstop to end the game and send the Bantams to the World Series in Grand Chute Wis. where they will look to defend their 2008 title. Continue reading
MANSFIELD Conn. – Senior Conor Fahey’s decision to miss graduation almost paid off for WPI.
Two days after throwing 140 pitches against Suffolk in the opening game of the New England Regional of the NCAA Division III tournament, the righthander hurled 163 gutsy pitches over eight and a third innings in a elimination game against top seeded Eastern Connecticut, on a day when his classmates received their diplomas. Continue reading
MANSFIELD Conn.- The Eastern Connecticut Warrior’s powerful offense flexed its muscles against Husson, proving to be too powerful for even the scrappy Eagles to overcome.
Eastern crushed four home runs among its eighteen hits and knocked Husson out of the Division III New England Regionals with a convincing 18-3 win. Continue reading
MANSFIELD Conn. – The defending champs are sitting pretty.
Trinity, who posted a 45-1 mark and brought home the Division III National Championship last season, moved to 3-0 in New England Regional play with a convincing 14-0 win over WPI last night.
The evening win came after the Bantams downed Southern Maine 6-0 in the morning. Continue reading
MANSFIELD Conn. – A day after getting it done at the plate, Shawn Gilblair was dealing on the mound.
The senior drove in four runs with his bat in Thursday’s 13-2 win over Suffolk, but it was his arm that guided Eastern Connecticut to 7-2 win over Southern Maine that knocked the Huskies from the New England Regional of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Continue reading
MANSFIELD Conn. – Down 4-0 before they came to bat against Babson, Husson had little reason to be concerned.
The scrappy Eagles once again battled back for the third time in as many games, hustling their way to six runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to come away as 10-6 winners over the eighth seeded Beavers (23-19) in an elimination game at Eastern Connecticut Stadium. Continue reading