CONCORDIA SWEEPS CACC BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Concordia College has swept this week's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Week awards. Difre Reyes was named Player of the Week, Keith Malanga was chosen Pitcher of the Week and Eric Skutch was selected Rookie of the Week.
Reyes, a 6-0 senior 3B from New York, N.Y., helped lead Concordia to a 7-0 week with a .512 (17-for-33) batting average with eight runs scored, eight runs batted in, five doubles, one home run and three stolen bases. He collected at least two hits in all seven games, including four in a game against USP. He blasted a home run in a win over conference rival Dominican College.
Malanga, a 6-5 sophomore right-hander from Mount Vernon, N.Y., earned a win and a save with a 0.00 earned run average in three appearances last week. He allowed only three hits in 8.2 innings of work with seven strikeouts. He earned a win over USP and saved a game against Dominican.
Skutch, a 6-2 freshman right-hander from Ithaca, N.Y., also recorded a win and a save in three appearances for the Clippers. He did not allow an earned run for the week, surrendered just seven hits in 9.2 innings and fanned 10 batters.
Joe Harris, Wilmington (Jr., LHP, Douglassville, PA) - Went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two appearances. Struck out 12 in 11.0 innings of work and allowed only eight hits and two earned runs.
Bryan Henry, Chestnut Hill (Jr., C, Columbus, NJ) - Hit .467 to lead CHC to a 3-1 week. Hit one home run, drove in five runs and scored four times.
Mike Godwin, Wilmington (So., C, Hockessin, DE) - Hit .375 with six RBI, one HR and four runs scored in a 4-0 week.
Ray Keelan, Caldwell (Sr., OF, Barnegat, NJ) - Hit .444 with seven runs scored and seven RBI in eight games last week. Hit two home runs and stole one base.
Dave Bartuska, Dominican (So., RHP, Duryea, PA) - Allowed only three hits and no runs in 7.0 IP in a win over Adelphi.
Bloomfield - The Deacons went 1-4 over the week, earning their victory in a doubleheader split against American International College. Junior outfielder Alberto Ruiz paced the offense over the five-game span, hitting .412 while driving in three runs, including a 5-7 performance in the AIC doubleheader. Junior third baseman Chris Rosa and sophomore outfielder Emilio Fernandez also posted outstanding weeks, with Rosa hitting .353 and Fernandez hitting .316 while notching a pair of triples and swiping a pair of bags. In the Deacons’ doubleheader loss to Chestnut Hill, junior southpaw Sean Stimpfel was near perfect in his Game One start, going eight innings while surrendering just a single run.
Caldwell - The Cougars finished up their trip to Florida last week, losing to local teams Florida Tech and Barry before splitting a doubleheader with St. Michael’s and losing to New Haven in regional matchups. Caldwell also started its CACC schedule with a split at Philadelphia, losing the first game 4-1 before coming back to win Game 2, 19-12. Senior Ray Keelan broke the school record for career hits with a single in the second game of the doubleheader with St. Michael’s Mar. 17. The record was previously held by Hasani Whitfield, the 2005 CACC Player of the Year who had 186 hits during his career at Caldwell. Keelan now has 190 hits in 144 games as a Cougar.
Chestnut Hill - The Griffins went 3-1 this week while picking up two wins over Bloomfield College in the CACC opening doubleheader. The Griffins came from behind to defeat the Deacons 4-2 in game one, before three Griffins combined for a six-hit shutout in game two, 3-0.
Concordia - The Clippers went 7-0 this week in baseball. They also opened up their first-ever CACC season with two wins over USP on Saturday.
Felician - Senior RHP Jeff Calabrese hit his first two collegiate home runs, one in each game, during a sweep of Lincoln on Sunday. Calabrese went 2 for 4 with two walks in the twinbill after entering the day with two career at bats. During Game 1, senior LHP Al Jardine caught the final inning, and is believed to be Felician’s first ever left-handed catcher.
Philadelphia - The team split with Caldwell College in the first conference games of the season, winning the first game 4-1 and losing the second 19-12. Senior Tyler Mentzer had two homers in the second game for the Rams. The team will pick up play this week against Chestnut Hill (3/24), Bloomfield (3/27) and Dominican (3/28).
Post - This week the Eagles prepare for a challenging week with two road double headers against Bloomfield and Stonehill before playing Mercy at home over the weekend. Post University is currently 1-1 in conference play to this point in the season.
USP - Freshman Kyle Davis (Garnet Valley, Pa.) hit safely in five of the Devils six games this week, batting .391. He recorded the first three-hit game of his career vs. Villanova on 3/18, getting two doubles and a single in USP’s 4-3 loss to the Wildcats. The Devils set a school record (NCAA years only) when they scored 11 runs in the eighth inning in Saturday’s game vs. Concordia. Mark Perry (Toms River, N.J.) had a career-high four hits in the Devils 16-14 loss to Concordia on Saturday, including a school record two doubles in one inning (USP’s 11-run eighth).