NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Tyler Mentzer of Philadelphia University has garnered Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Week accolades for the week ending Sunday, March 11. Gary Thompson of USP was chosen Pitcher of the Week, while Felician College's Mike Farrell was the choice for Rookie of the Week.
Mentzer, a senior 5-11 shortstop from Gettysburg, Pa., hit .625 in four games with two home runs, seven runs scored, six RBI, two doubles and four stolen bases. He went 3-for-4 with four RBI, three runs scored and a homer in a win over Wilmington. He also went 2-for-3 with one run, one RBI and three stolen bases in a victory against Concordia.
Thompson, a 6-2 senior left-hander from Sicklerville, N.J., hurled a complete game shutout against Caldwell to end USP’s 43-game losing streak, dating back to last season. He allowed only two singles and one walk while fanning eight in nine innings of work.
Farell, a 6-0 3B/DH from Lincroft, N.J., hit .412 in a 4-1 week with six RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and one home run. He connected for a 3-run homer in a 6-5 win over Bloomfield and went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a victory vs. Post.
Phil Messerian, Felician (Sr., RHP, Fair Lawn, NJ) - Went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances, totaling 10.2 IP.
Buddy Riggs, Caldwell (Sr., RHP, Coral Springs, FL) - Threw a CG shutout over Post, allowing three hits and fanning 6.
Joe Harris, Wilmington (Jr., LHP, Douglassville, PA) - Went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two appearances. Struck out 11.
Ray Keelan, Caldwell (Sr., OF, Barnegat, NJ) - Hit .444 in seven games with seven RBI, six runs scored and two homers.
PJ Rodriguez, Nyack (Sr., SS, Levittown, PR )-Hit .450 in five games with five runs scored, four RBI and five steals.
Russell Trojan, Philadelphia (Fr., RHP, Springfield, PA) - Earned a win over Wilmington by allowing one ER in 7 IP.
Bloomfield - The Deacons had several highlight performances over the course of their five-game week. Second baseman Edgardo Fernandez finished the week notching 8 hits in 17 at-bats, good for a .471 batting average for the week and notching his first career home run against Wilmington. In the Deacons’ 5-2 loss to Wilmington University Saturday, junior southpaw Sean Stimpfel was outstanding over seven innings of work, allowing just an earned run while walking one hitter. Junior left fielder Alberto Ruiz continued his outstanding season at the plate, hitting .353, while centerfielder Anderson Minyetty hit at a .333 clip over the five-game span.
Caldwell - The Cougars went 3-4 last week while splitting CACC doubleheaders with Post and USP. Senior Ray Keelan became the first Cougar baseball player to achieve the 200-hit milestone when he doubled in the first game of a doubleheader with Post. He stayed hot all week, batting .444 and extending his hitting streak to nine games. Senior right-hander Buddy Riggs tossed a three-hitter in the second game with Post to lead Caldwell to a 3-0 win. The performance, which included six strikeouts and no walks, was the first shutout of Riggs’ career. Freshman Adolfo Lopez hit his first career home run in a 13-11 victory over Concordia on Sunday.
Chestnut Hill - The Griffins have won six of their last seven games with the University of the Sciences. As a team, the Griffins are 76-for-97 on stolen base attempts (78.4%) and they average 3.3 stolen bases pre game (3rd in NCAA as of April 10).
Felician - Senior C Marcos Torres recorded his 200th career hit during Game 2 against Post on Saturday night. He joined Mike Rooth (210, 2003-06) and Frank Quintana (207, 2004-07) in Felician’s 200-hit club. Senior P Phil Messerian broke the single-season school strikeout record in Game 1 of that twinbill, currently with 74. Nick Riker had 68 in 2008. Felician has won seven consecutive conference games.
Philadelphia - The Rams went 2-2 on the week, winning a big conference game against Wilmington. They also split their conference doubleheader against Concordia. The Rams will next play at home against Kutztown (4/12) at 3:30 pm.
USP - The Devils won their first game of the season Saturday, defeating Caldwell College 1-0 in the first game of their doubleheader. The win snaps a 43-game losing streak dating back to last season. Junior Mark Perry (Toms River, N.J.) became the 13th baseball player in school history to record 100 career hits, reaching the mark with a double in his last at-bat in the opener vs. Millersville on Sunday. Perry added another double in the nightcap, his seventh of the season and 22nd of his career, moving him into ninth place on the Devils all-time doubles list. Freshman Kyle Davis (Garnet Valley, Pa.) continues to lead the Devils offensively, batting .343 with a team leading 34 hits. Davis also leads the team in on-base %(.441), slugging% (.465), walks (17) and is tied with Perry with seven doubles.