The Delaware Blue Hens used a 17 hit attack to knock off La Salle 12-9. Every starter for the Blue Hens had at least one hit in the game with Scott Shockley going 4-5 with 3 runs scored and a run driven in to lead the offensive attack. La Salle was led on offense by John Rickards and George Papuchis who each had two hits for the Explorers. Delaware will be back in action on Wednesday at Rider while La Salle hosts St. Louis on Friday.
The UMass Minutemen headed to Fitton Field in Worcester MA to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders were they walked away with a 4-3 victory. The Minutemen received a very strong pitching performance from Jim Cassidy who went seven innings while surrendering three hits and only one run. Adam Tempesta led the Minutemen offense with two runs driven in. Tyler Stampone was the only Crusader with a multiple hit game with two hits and a run scored in a losing effort. Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday when they visit Harvard. UMass will host URI on Friday when UMass head coach Mike Stone goes for win number 500.
The Lafayette Leopards and Lehigh Mountain Hawks both picked up victories in the semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic to qualify for the final on April 10th at Citizens Bank Park home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lafayette used a ten hit attack to knock off the Penn Quakers by a score of 10-2. The Leopards got a strong start from Brad Woodfield who went six innings while giving up two unearned runs. Jeff Butler led the offense by going 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Kevin Leasure also had a strong game by going 2-3 and two RBIs. The Quakers top hitter for the game was Williams Gordon who went 2-3. The Quakers starter Robbie Seymour gave up eight runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Penn will be back in action on Wednesday at 6pm when they visit Lehigh. Lafayette will head to NJIT for a 6pm game also.
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks got ten runs in the first inning to cruise to a 14-4 victory over Temple to advance to the Liberty Bell Classic final next Tuesday at Citizen Bank Park. Joe Ercolano and Liam O’Connor each scored two runs in the first inning to lead the Hawks to the ten run inning. Lehigh starter Joe Matteo pitched four scoreless innings to get his first win of the year against three losses. Temple starter Rob Chamra only lasted 1/3 of an inning while letting up nine runs (one earned) to put his record at 0-2 for the season. Temple will be back in action Friday when they head to Dayton while Lehigh will face Penn at Limeport Stadium.
The UNC Tar Heels completed a two game sweep over UNC-Wilmington with a 14-2 victory. Dustin Ackley led the Tar Heels like usual by going 2-3 with a homer and 5 RBIs. Reid Fronk also had a solid game by going 3-4 with 4 RBIs. Adam Warren pitched a solid six innings while giving up two runs to up his record to 6-0. UNC-Wilmington starter Ryan Doolittle was lit up for six runs in two innings of work. His record drops to 0-2 on the season. The Seahawks offense was led by Steve Halford who went 3-4.
UNC heads to Boston College for a weird Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday series. The weather in Boston is expected to drop to high 30’s or low 40’s for the weekend set so I might not attend because of the bad weather. UNC-Wilmington heads to Hofstra as they return to conference action.
Tim Kearney pitched a perfect scoreless inning in relief of Maryland starter Brett Curll to pick up his first career victory with a 9-0 shutout over UMBC. The Terps were led by Mike Murphy, Steve Braun, and Wink Nolan who each went 2-3 in the victory. UMBC’s leading hitter was Scott Peddicord who went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Maryland returns to action on Wednesday when they head to Towson for a non-conference match-up while UMBC is off until Friday when they host Hartford.
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 2, today. Florida State junior second baseman Tony Thomas, Jr., was named National Hitter of the Week, while VMI junior left-handed pitcher Trey Barham was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Thomas Jr. had a career week as he hit .579 in four games, going 11-for-19 with five home runs, five singles and a double. The Valrico, Fla., native scored nine times and registered eight RBI’s, while going a perfect 4-for-4 in the stolen base category. Thomas tallied 27 total bases and slugged 1.421 for the week to lead the Seminoles to three wins including a series victory on the road at Duke. Against the Blue Devils, he hit .643 (9-for-14) with five home runs, eight runs scored and eight RBI’s. He posted career-highs with two home runs and nine total bases in game one as Thomas slugged 2.250 on Friday. In that first game, Thomas hit back-to-back home runs in his first two at-bats as he saw a total of three pitches. In game two, Thomas led off the game with a double and then hit a solo shot for his third home run of the series. In the series finale, Thomas once again led off the game with a hit, an infield single to second. He hit a two-run homer in the second and followed that with another single in the fourth. His last at-bat was a mirror image of how he began the series with another home run, his fifth of the series and second two-run homer of the game. In the series finale, he set a career-high with 10 total bases and tied career-highs in runs scored (4) and home runs (2). He was 3-for-3 in leading off the game vs. Duke with a home run, a double and a single.
Barham allowed only one hit in 10 innings of work, including two perfect innings of relief against VCU in a 5-3 win before allowing only two base runners in eight innings against Savannah State. He retired all six batters VCU batters he faced, and mowed down the first 12 hitters against the Tigers. The Portsmouth, Va., native allowed a leadoff walk in the fifth and a two-out single in the seventh against SSU. He finished with eight strikeouts in collecting his sixth win of the season. Barham’s line last week was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 10 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, .031 opponents batting average (1-32).
Dan Houston got his first start of the season on Tuesday and took full advantage as he led the Eagles to a 10-3 victory over cross-town rival Northeastern. Houston went eight innings while only surrendering two earned runs on nine hits. He picked up his second victory on the season as Dan is making his transition back into a starter’s role as he filled miserably as the team’s closer during the opening weekends. Eric Campbell hit his second home run in as many days to lead the Eagle offense. Northeastern starter Dan Zehr got the loss by only lasting 4.0 innings while giving up seven runs. His record drops to 1-2 on the year. Northeastern will return to action on Wednesday when they visit Marist while BC is off until Thursday when they host North Carolina for a three game set. The CBB might be in attendance for the series depending on the weather.
Pitcher of the Week-Paul Nardozzi(Pittsburgh); Nardozzi threw his second of back to back complete game shut outs.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Sean Conley, Pittsburgh, OF, Jr.
Went 6-for-7 in two wins over Notre Dame.
Casey Gaynor, Rutgers, RHP, Fr.
Pitched a complete game and got the win against St. John’s (4/1).
Walter Diaz, USF, SS, Jr.
Batted .455 and collected seven RBIs in a 4-1 week.
Dan Terpak, Villanova, 1B, Jr.
Posted an average of .545 at the plate and collected eight RBIs Seton Hall.
Justin Jenkins, West Virginia, OF, Sr.
Batted .842 with three RBIs for the week.
Big East Standings
BIG EAST Overall
W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Louisville 5 1 0 .833 19 8 0 .704
Rutgers 4 2 0 .667 13 12 0 .520
USF 6 3 0 .667 22 9 0 .710
Pittsburgh 5 3 0 .625 11 12 0 .478
West Virginia 3 3 0 .500 15 8 0 .652
Villanova 3 3 0 .500 12 10 0 .545
St. John’s 3 3 0 .500 12 11 0 .522
Connecticut 3 3 0 .500 12 12 0 .500
Cincinnati 2 4 0 .333 14 13 0 .519
Georgetown 2 4 0 .333 12 16 0 .429
Notre Dame 1 4 0 .200 12 14 0 .462
Seton Hall 1 5 0 .167 8 14 0 .364
Georgetown 8, Cincinnati 2 (Washington D.C.)- Georgetown Recap
St. John’s 5, Rutgers 1 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Villanova 7, Seton Hall 6 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Louisville 4, West Virginia 3 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Pittsburgh 4, Notre Dame 2 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Notre Dame Recap
South Florida 16, Connecticut 1 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
South Florida 3, Connecticut 0 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
Villanova 15, Seton Hall 7 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Cincinnati 11, Georgetown 3 (Washington, D.C)-Georgetown Recap
St. Johns 10, Rutgers 7 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Pittsburgh 5, Notre Dame 0 (Pittsburgh, PA)-Notre Dame Recap
Louisville 16, West Virginia 5 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Seton Hall 5, Villanova 3 (Villanova, PA)-Seton Hall Recap
Connecticut 6, South Florida 2 (Storrs, Conn)-UConn Recap
Georgetown 6, Cincinnati 5 (Washington, D.C)-Georgetown Recap
Notre Dame @ Pittsburgh-Canceled
Rutgers 8, St. Johns 3 (Queens, NY)-Rutgers Recap
Louisville 9, West Virginia 8 (Louisville, KY)-Louisville Recap
Sorry I couldn’t write recaps some personal things came up that I had to take care of. I’ll be back on it next week.
The Citadel and the College of Charleston will take part in a “Turn Back the Century” baseball game on Tuesday. Both teams will be playing in special throwbacks uniforms for the occasion and use wooden bats. The game will be televised live by CSS on Tuesday at 7pm.