NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Matt Umba of Wilmington University has been honored as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 10. Dave Bartuska of Dominican College was tabbed Pitcher of the Week, while Dan Bartlett of Caldwell College was chosen Rookie of the Week.
Umba, a 6-0 senior from West Deptford, N.J., led Wilmington to a 3-0 week by hitting .727 with eight runs scored, six RBI, three doubles, one triple and five stolen bases. He went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, one RBI and a triple in a victory over Philadelphia. He also had a 3-for-3 game with four RBI, two runs scored, two doubles and three stolen bases in game 2 against Bloomfield.
Bartuska, a 6-0 junior right-hander from Duryea, Pa., earned two victories last week and allowed only one earned run and 12 hits in 15.0 innings of work. He struck out 17, including nine in a win over Nyack.
Bartlett, a freshman right-hander from Levittown, N.Y., picked up two victories last week over CACC foes Concordia and USciences. He surrendered four runs in 14.0 innings with 15 strikeouts. He threw a complete game against Concordia, allowing two runs and fanning 10.
Jason Berrios, Concordia (Jr., CF, 5-7, Brooklyn, NY) - Led Concordia to a 4-1 week with a .647 average along with five runs scored, one RBI and seven stolen bases. Went 2-for-3 with four steals in a win over Nyack.
Luke Peyton, USciences (Jr., RHP, 6-2, Haddonfield, NJ) - Shut out Chestnut Hill and allowed only five hits to go with five K's.
Dennis Murphy, USciences (Jr., 3B, Mullica Hill, NJ) - Hit .533 with five RBI and two runs scored in four games last week.
Joe Harris, Wilmington (Sr., LHP, 6-3, Douglassville, PA) - Went 1-0 in two appearances with a 1.12 ERA.
Joel Sanchez, Felician (Sr., RHP, 5-11, Hialeah, FL) - Didn't allow an earned run and only four hits in 9.0 IP in a win over Bloomfield.
Steven Corbett, Post (Jr., RHP, 6-2, Prospect, CT) - Hurled a CG shutout against Felician, allowing four hits in 9.0 IP with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Bloomfield - The Deacons went 1-3 in CACC play this week, taking a rain-shortened victory over Felician College in the second leg of the midweek doubleheader. In the victory, the Deacons pounded out nine hits and scored 11 runs in just five full trips to the plate, their highest offensive output of the season. Junior designated hitter Luis Buron finished the game 2-3 with a game-high five RBIs, complete with a bases-loaded triple. Junior Rafael Medina also notched his first triple of the season in the victory. Rookie center fielder Joe Meola continues his consistent play in the outfield this week, going 1-2 in the win over Felician. In the loss to the Falcons earlier in the day, junior righty Luis Mendoza went eight innings allowing just a single earned run while striking out 10 in a no-decision.
Caldwell - The Cougars played five conference games last week, splitting with Concordia, sweeping USciences and losing a single game with Post. Freshman Dan Bartlett picked up wins in both of his starts last week, going the distance and striking out 10 batters in a 3-2 win at Concordia on Monday and working five innings of a 6-2 victory over USciences on Saturday. In the 4-2 loss to Post on Wednesday, junior Matt Cook struck out a career-high 15 batters in seven innings of work. The Cougars host Post in a make-up game on Monday before hosting fifth-ranked Southern Connecticut State on Tuesday. The next CACC doubleheader is Saturday at Wilmington.
Concordia - The Clippers picked up four wins this week over CACC opponents and will face Nyack, Post and C.W. Post this week.
Dominican - Dominican improved to 16-9 overall this season and remained undefeated in CACC play after a 4-0 week this week. The Chargers earned CACC victories over Nyack and Chestnut Hill to move to 9-0 in conference play.
Felician - Felician improved to 4-1 in extra innings this season with a 3-0, 10-inning Game 1 win at Post on Saturday. The Golden Falcons last five victories have come in their final at-bat, including four in extra frames.
Philadelphia - The PhilaU Rams led picked up their fourth win for the season against Lock Haven. Senior shortstop Anthony DiFrancesco and sophomore catcher Kevin Gibbs each nabbed homeruns in the contest. PhilaU controlled the score for much of game two against Concordia, as they found trouble in getting hits off senior hurler Kevin McGovern who held the Clippers scoreless until the eighth inning. The senior recorded 15 strikeouts over 9.0 innings pitched this week. PhilaU baseball has a busy week as they prepare to face Bloomsburg (4/12), Chestnut Hill (4/14), Post University (4/16) and Washington Adventist (4/17).
USciences - The Devils now have six conference wins, their most since the 2006 season when they won seven CACC games. Their eight wins overall is also the most by a Devils program since 2006 (10). Senior Mark Perry's (Tom's River, N.J.) single in the Devils first game against Caldwell on Saturday was the 139th of his career, tying him for the Devils all-time lead with Vinnie Madeline (2002-05). Leadoff batter Nick Szalejko (Norristown, Pa.) extended his school record when he was hit by a pitch for the league-leading 16th time on Saturday. He is currently ranked second in the nation in hit by pitch/game (0.62). Nick also extended his hitting streak to 13 games.