DiFRANCESCO TABBED CACC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Anthony DiFrancesco of Philadelphia University has been tabbed the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, May 3. Tim McCarthy of Post University was named Pitcher of the Week, while Anthony Pisano of Concordia College was the pick for Rookie of the Week.

DiFrancesco, a junior 3B from Landenberg, Pa., led Philadelphia to a 4-0 week by hitting .436 with eight runs batted in, six runs scored and one home run. He went 3-for-6 with four runs and five RBI in a game 2 win over Nyack. He also collected three hits in a game 2 win over USP. 

McCarthy, a 5-10 senior left-hander from Waterbury, Conn., went 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two appearances last week. He allowed one earned run in a complete game victory over Chestnut Hill, with one walk and six strikeouts.

Pisano, a 6-0 freshman lefty from Bardonia, N.Y., went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA last week and helped the Clippers gain a home game in the first round of the CACC Tournament with a win against Bloomfield. Against the Deacons, he went the distance and allowed only five hits and one earned run with three strikeouts. 

Honorable Mention

Mickey Zudonyi, Felician (Jr., 2B, Holmdel, NJ) - Hit .600 in three games with five RBI and two runs scored.

Tommy Maloney, Dominican (Sr., 1B, Massapequa Park, NY) -  Hit .500 with four runs, five RBI and four 2B’s last week.

Danny Conti, Felician (Sr., LHP, Aberdeen, NJ) - In 6.0 IP vs. USP, allowed five hits and no runs while fanning eight.

Kevin McGovern, Philadelphia (Jr., LHP, Philadelphia, PA) - Threw a CG vs. Nyack with one earned run and 10 strikeouts.

Dave Bartuska, Dominican (So., RHP, Duryea, PA) - In a win at Post, allowed one run in 8.0 IP with 10 strikeouts. 

Luis Gonzalez, Concordia (Fr., OF/C, Carmel, NY)  -  Hit .455 in five games with nine RBI, one HR and three runs scored.

CACC Notes

Bloomfield - The Deacons’ final week of the season was complete with numerous outstanding pitching performances. Junior righty Steve Godowski threw a complete-game against Nyack on Wednesday, allowing three earned runs while striking out nine in a 3-2 loss. On Sunday, junior southpaw Sean Stimpfel saw his ERA drop to 3.93 for the year with a seven-inning performance in which he gave up just one earned run over seven outstanding innings of work. In game two of the Doubleheader against Concordia, sophomore righty Brad Smith went the distance, allowing two unearned runs over eight and two-thirds innings.

Caldwell - The Cougars lost all three games last week and finished the season 15-20 overall and 11-9 in the CACC. The defeats ended the collegiate careers of 10 Caldwell seniors, including eight four-year players who helped the Cougars capture the 2008 CACC Tournament and advance to the NCAA Division II Northeast Region Tournament in 2007 and 2008. The Cougars won a total 92 games during the past four seasons, including a program-best 34 wins in 2008.

Chestnut Hill - In only their third season of existence, Chestnut Hill College earned the #6 seed in the upcoming CACC Championship Tournament. The Griffins topped Wilmington University, 3-1, in a non-conference contest this week for their only win over a regionally ranked opponent this season (Wilmington ranked #9 in East Region, NCAA, April 25).

Concordia - The Clippers enter their first CACC Tournament in their inaugural year as a member of the CACC.  The Clippers earned a spot in the playoffs by defeating Bloomfield twice on Sunday, claiming dramatic walk-off wins in both contests.  

Felician - Felician has qualified for the CACC Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons, all under head coach Chris Langan. Senior P Kevin Ernst picked up his first career hit, a near 400-foot double, in Game 1 vs. USP on Saturday. Junior 2B Mickey Zudonyi went 5 for 6 with five RBI as the Golden Falcons swept the Devils.

Philadelphia - The Rams ended their regular season with a five game winning streak, four of the games being this week.  The team went 14-19 overall and 11-9 in the CACC this season.  Last weeks highlights came from senior Tyler Mentzer who had a home run against Chestnut Hill and  Anthony DiFrancesco who had a three-run homer in their second game against Nyack.

USP - The Devils closed out their season with a doubleheader loss to Felician, ending their season with a 4-36 record. Kyle Davis (Garnet Valley, Pa.) led the Devils with a freshman record 51 hits and a .345 batting average and was one of two USP players to start all 40 games. Davis had the highest batting average, on base % and slugging average amongst all freshman players in the CACC and had the second highest hit total. In the field, Davis set a single season record with 129 assists at shortstop. Junior Pete LaRocco (Sewell, N.J.) became the 15th baseball player in school history to record 100 career hits, reaching the mark with a double in his final at-bat of the season in the ninth inning of Saturday’s second game. Pete had hits in 12 of his last 13 games this season. Senior Gary Thompson (Sicklerville, N.J.) closed out his career on Thursday with an eight strikeout performance in the Devils 3-0 loss to Philadelphia U.- moving into second place on the Devils all-time strikeout list. Thompson also set a single-season USP record by holding opponents to just a .227 batting average this year. Senior Mark Forbes (Hockessin, Del.) also closed out his career on Thursday, having played in 132 games, most behind the plate. He ends his career having thrown out more runners than any other catcher in the 110-year history of the program.

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