NEW HAVEN, CT - Mike Knipe of Chestnut Hill College has claimed Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Week honors for the week ending Sunday, March 29. Tim McCarthy of Post University took Pitcher of the Week accolades, while Felician College's Shane Junger was named Rookie of the Week.
Knipe, a 6-2 sophomore 1B from Sellersville, PA, hit .409 with nine runs scored, seven runs batted in, one homerun and seven stolen bases in as many attempts in a 5-2 week for the Griffins. He hit a homer and went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI against Philadelphia in the second game of a double-header, and went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases in the first of two contests at Felician.
McCarthy, a 5-10 lefty from Waterbury, CT, recorded a 1-0 record with one save in two appearances last week for the Eagles. He did not allow an earned run in 12 1/3 innings of work to go with 13 strikeouts while allowing only nine hits. He hurled a complete game at Philadelphia with 10 strikeouts.
Junger, a 6-1 freshman right-hander from Waretown, NJ, posted his first two career victories in a pair of relief appearances last week. Both were come-from-behind CACC victories for Felician. He struck out 10 batters in 6 1/3 innings of work for the week and allowed only three hits, one run and one walk.
Cody Levins, Nyack (Sr., 1B, McKinney, TX) - Hit .400 in five games with eight RBI and five runs scored.
Steve Godowski, Bloomfield (So., RHP, Sayreville, NJ) - Earned a win over Dominican by allowing no earned runs and four hits in 7.0 innings of work.
Justin Moore, Dominican (Fr., RHP, Wantagh, NY) - Recorded three saves last week and allowed one hit in 3.0 IP.
Alberto Ruiz, Bloomfield (So., OF, Edison, NJ) - Hit .444 in five games with seven RBI, three runs and one homerun.
Bloomfield - Saturday's double-header sweep of Dominican marked Bloomfield's first victory over the Chargers since 2004. Alberto Ruiz went 7-10 with six RBI's in the series, and Steve Godowski picked up his second win of the season, pitching a complete game with five strikeouts in game two. Brad Smith picked up his first collegiate win and Anderson Perez knocked his first collegiate home run this past Saturday. Ricky Maldonado hit three doubles in his first four at-bats of the first game of the double-header on Saturday. The Deacons return to CACC play against Felician on Tuesday.
Felician - Senior RF Mike Libretta has been hit by 12 pitches in 23 games. Libretta set the school record of 13 last season. No Golden Falcon pitcher has more than two of the team's 12 victories. Junior LHP Danny Conti has already pitched more innings (33 2/3) than he did all of last season (25), when he was 1-3 with a 7.56 ERA. He is currently 1-1 with a 1.07 ERA.
Philadelphia - The Rams have five games this week, including four CACC match-ups against Chestnut Hill and Caldwell. The team looks to rebound after suffering some early conference loses. The pitching for the Rams has kept them in games, so look for the staff to carry the Rams through the week and into the weekend for a three-game match-up vs. Caldwell on April 3 and 4.
USP - USP won its first CACC conference game of the season with
an 8-3 win over regionally ranked Wilmington University. The Devils
as a team batted .316 this week, all against conference foes.