NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Brian Short of Wilmington University has garnered Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending April 4. Caldwell College's Buddy Riggs claimed Pitcher of the Week accolades, while Post University's Todd Blair was named Rookie of the Week.
Short, a 5-10 senior 2B from Ashburn, Va., hit .467 with six runs batted in, five runs scored, six stolen bases and two doubles in a 4-0 week. He had the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the 15th inning against Post. He also stole three bases that game against the Eagles.
Riggs, a 6-0 righty from Coral Springs, Fla., notched a complete game victory over Nyack. Scattered eight hits and allowed one earned run, while fanning nine and walking one batter.
Blair, a 5-10 freshman shortstop from Ajax, Ontario, hit .375 in four games with two runs scored, two RBI, three doubles and one stolen base. Delivered an RBI and a double in both ends of a DH against Concordia.
Chris Lauber, Chestnut Hill (Jr., RHP, Morton, PA) - Threw a CG against Concordia and allowed seven hits and one ER.
Cameron Saienni, Wilmington (Sr., LHP, Wilmington, DE) - Went 1-0 and allowed zero ER and two hits with six K’s in three relief appearances totalling 5.1 innings.
Ray Keelan, Caldwell (Sr., OF, Barnegat, NJ) - Hit .833 (5-for-6) in two games with three runs and one RBI.
Phil Messerian, Felician (Sr., RHP, Fair Lawn, NJ) - Went 1-1 on the mound with a 1.23 ERA and also went 4-8 at the plate.
John Walsh, Bloomfield (Sr., RHP, Saddlebrook, NJ)-Threw a CG against USP and allowed one run and five hits with 7 K’s.
Jeff Murtha, USP (So., OF, Worcester, PA) - Hit .667 in three games with one homer and three runs scored.
Joel Sanchez, Felician (Jr., RHP, Hialeah, FL) - Threw a CG against Dominican with five hits and two runs allowed, along with no walks and nine K’s.
Bloomfield - The Deacons went 2-2 last week, earning their first two CACC victories in a doubleheader sweep of USP. In the opener, junior lefty Sean Stimpfel turned in a quality start, going six innings while surrendering three earned runs. The Deacons traded runs with the Devils up until the bottom of the ninth, when junior catcher Alex Sepulveda plated pinch runner Manny Lopez with a dramatic game-winning double, scoring Lopez all the way from first and sending the Deacons into the break with a walkoff 6-5 victory. In Game Two, senior righty Jon Walsh was dominant in a 117-pitch, complete-game effort, striking out seven Devils while surrendering just a single earned run on five hits. The Deacons used an eight-run eighth inning to earn the doubleheader sweep, with senior shortstop Ed Pagan icing the win with a three-run home run in the frame, his first of the season. Junior first baseman Anthony Fratto was the top hitter for the Deacons this week, hitting .625 and drawing five walks while driving in a pair of runs. Anderson Minyetty belted his first home run of the season in the Game Two win over the Devils, and also hit .429 over the four games. Sepulveda also continued his hot hitting at the plate, hitting .364 while driving in three runs. Pagan led the Deacons in runs batted in for the week, knocking in four in four games played.
Caldwell - The Cougars swept a doubleheader at Nyack Thursday in their only action of the week, winning 11-4 and 3-2. Senior Doug Hilgenberg had five RBI on the day, including four in the first game. Senior pitcher Robert Casal entered Game 1 with the score tied 4-4 in the sixth and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. The victory was the 21st of his career, which ranks first all-time at Caldwell. Senior pitcher Buddy Riggs went the distance in Game 2, striking out nine while allowing eight hits and two runs, one earned. In the seventh inning, Riggs fanned all three batters on a total of nine pitches. Caldwell plays CACC doubleheaders at Post Tuesday and at USP on Saturday before hosting Concordia on Sunday.
Chestnut Hill - Chestnut Hill College ranks third in stolen bases per game (3.58) nationally in DII with juniors Mike Knipe (Sellersville, PA) and George Kochu (Pottstown, PA) leading the team with 13 apiece. Sophomore second baseman Jesse Daywalt (Phoenixville, PA) is currently the 22nd hardest player in DII to strike out. With this week’s split against Concordia College, the Griffins hold second place in the CACC (6-2).
Felician - Due to a make-up game and field availability, Felician played a home day-night doubleheader against two different opponents on Thursday. The Golden Falcons defeated Dominican, 8-7, in the morning before falling to Southern Connecticut, 5-2, at night. Junior 2B Mickey Zudonyi had Felician’s first inside-the-park home run of the season against the Chargers. Both opponents were ranked in last week’s regional writers poll.