NEW HAVEN, Conn. (March 19, 2012) - Wilmington senior Joe Harbach has been selected as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Baseball Player of the Week, for the period ending March 18. Nyack senior righthander Kevin Earlie was honored as the Pitcher of the Week, while Wilmington also claimed the Rookie of the Week award, which was presented to Frank Samulk.
CACC Player of the Week
Joe Harbach, Wilmington (Sr., OF/RHP, 6-3, Abingdon, Md.)
Posted a batting average of .550 (11-of-20) while leading Wildcats to a 3-1 mark last week. Tallied nine RBI, three doubles and two triples while scoring five runs. Has 10 multiple-hit games this season and four multiple RBI efforts. Has reached in all 15 games this season and owns a current 10-game hitting streak. Did not strikeout in 20 at bats last week.
CACC Pitcher of the Week
Kevin Earlie, Nyack (Sr., RHP, 5-9, Moriches, N.Y.)
Struck out nine while pitching a seven-inning complete-game shutout in win over St. Mike's (3/13). Allowed just three hits and walked three en route to the victory. Currently leads the CACC with four wins.
CACC Rookie of the Week
Frank Samulk, Wilmington (Fr., 3B, 6-1, Middletown, Del.)
Hit .533 (8-of-15) over four games last week which saw the Wildcats post a 3-1 mark. Picked up first career hit with bunt single vs. Post (3/14) and went on to post three multiple-hit games while filling in at 3B because of an injury. Added six runs and two doubles over the four games.
CACC Honorable Mention
Sawyer Brown, Philadelphia (Fr., RHP, 5-11, Newfield, N.J.)
Allowed just one run over seven innings while striking out six to earn victory against New Haven (3/14). Struck out six and scattered five hits in the victory.
Brian Dudzinski, Felician (Sr., RHP, 6-6, Lincroft, N.J.)
Fanned 10 while tossing six innings to earn the win over USciences (3/17).
Allowed only one unearned run and one hit in the victory.
Mike Farrell, Felician (Jr., 3B, 6-0, Lincroft, N.J.)
Registered an average of .444 (4-of-9) over four games last week with an on-base percentage of .667. Was on base 10 times and notched three steals while adding three runs and two RBI.
Desmond Lites, Chestnut Hill (So, OF, 5-10, Philadelphia, Pa.)
Recorded a .500 (6-of-12) while adding three stolen bases, a run and an RBI over three games last week. Had five run-scoring hits over the Griffins three games last week.
CACC Baseball Notes
Bloomfield - The Deacons went 3-1 for the week, picking up a doubleheader sweep in their opening CACC series of the season against Concordia College. Junior righty Luis Nova (Santiago, D.R.) picked up his third victory of the season in the opener, going seven innings while surrendering a single earned run in the 3-1 victory. Senior Luis Mendoza (Brooklyn, N.Y.) went the distance in game two, yielding just two runs over nine innings to pick up his first win of the season in a 5-2 victory. Junior third baseman Anthony Koban (Elmwood Park, N.J.) hit .429 for the week, belting the go-ahead home run in game two against Concordia to put Bloomfield on top for good and ensuring the doubleheader sweep. Koban led the Deacons in total bases (10), on-base percentage (.467) and slugging percentage (.714) for the week, while outfielder Jason Luzzi (Belleville, N.J.) hit .308 and led the team with two doubles and two RBIs over the four-game stretch. Freshman righty Francesco Scudiero (Brooklyn, N.Y.) picked up his second victory of the season in the win over Queens Sunday, while Senior lefty Eric Kamp (Warwick, N.Y.) picked up his first save of the season in the game one victory over Concordia.
Caldwell - Caldwell dropped all six games last week and ended its Florida trip with an 0-9 record to start the season. The Cougars play their first CACC games this we
ek, including a doubleheader with Concordia at home on Tuesday and another double dip at USciences on Saturday.
Concordia - Concordia opened up their CACC schedule this past Saturday where they fell at home to Bloomfield in both games. The Clippers also played Queens as they picked up a win and dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Dowling on Sunday afternoon. This week, Concordia will travel to Caldwell on Tuesday and host Dominican (NY) for a single conference game on Friday. The Clippers will close out the week on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader against Philadelphia U. at home.
Felician - In a 4-0 week, Felician pitchers allowed just seven runs on 12 hits, with opponents hitting .106 for the week. In a sweep of USciences on Saturday to open the CACC season, the Golden Falcons allowed three hits and struck out 25 batters. The Felician offense drew 35 walks in the four games, the same number of hits it achieved. Against Dowling on Wednesday, senior SS Jimmy Simpson became the fifth Golden Falcon to ever have two triples in a game. His second three-bagger drove in the tying run as part of
a five-run eighth inning in a 6-2 victory. Felician has scored 20 or more runs in four of its last five meetings with Lincoln. Freshman P Matthew Facendo has struck out 16 batters in 8 1/3 innings over seven relief appearances this season.
Nyack - Nyack freshmen Kris Chatman and John Kennedy combined to steal 15 in a 3-4 week for the Warriors. Freshman Craig Jacobs was outstanding in a 3-2 win against Mercy College last Wednesday. Jacobs pitched 7 strong innings for Nyack, allowing 0 walks and striking out 7 Maverick hitters.
Philadelphia - Philadelphia went 2-7 during a busy week. The Rams posted a 2-4 mark during their spring break trip with wins against Mercy and the University of New Haven. Rob Spragis threw seven innings of five-hit ball and Ryan Shellock and CJ Wallowitch each had two hits in the win against the Mavericks. Sawyer Brown was the winning pitcher with a complete-game effort versus New Haven. Rick Reigner had a 10-game hitting streak from March 6 against Millersville until March 15 against UMass-Lowell. He hit .459 (17-of-37) during the streak. This week the Rams begin CACC play with road games against Chestnut Hill, Wilmington, Concordia and the University of the Sciences.
Post - Post will begin a six-game road trip this week where the Eagles will play a CACC doubleheader at Bloomfield on Tuesday, March 20, and Felician on March 25. Post will play non-conference contests at New Haven (March 21) and Nyack (March 27). Junior James Wong (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is on a four-game hitting streak and leads the team with a .328 average this year. He has started all 16 games and has totaled six extra base hits this year. The pitching staff is led by senior Stephen Corbett (Prospect, Conn.) who has two wins and a shutout. Juniors Kevin Collinge (Chandler, Ariz.), Andrew Harris (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and John Jeanes (Hatchechubbee, Ala.) and senior Cutler Ruby (Diboll, Texas) have all notched wins on the mound for Post.
Wilmington - Joe Harbach continues to lead the CACC in batting average, raising his average to .474 on the year after another stellar week at the plate. He went 11-for-20 in leading the Wildcats to a 3-1 week against CACC foes. He is also now tied for the CACC lead in RBI's with 14 after knocking in nine this past week. Mike Godwin had a stretch of four consecutive at-bats with hitting a double on Saturday, as he finished 7-for-15 with five doubles, five RBI's and five runs scored on the week. Jamie Treml had another outstanding performance on the mound in the first game of the doubleheader against Dominican, throwing seven innings with eight strikeouts to move to 2-0 on the year. He is now second in the CACC with 27 strikeouts.