LATCHUM, BARTUSKA AND MARTINDALE CLAIM BASEBALL WEEKLY HONORS
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Alex Latchum of Chestnut Hill College was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, May 1. Dave Bartuska of Dominican College was tabbed Pitcher of the Week, while Collin Martindale of Felician College was selected Rookie of the Week.
Latchum, a junior OF from Warrington, Pa., helped CHC go 5-0 last week and make a push to qualify for the CACC Tournament. He hit .458 on the week with nine runs scored, four RBI, two doubles and a pair of triples. He went 4-for-6 with three runs and three RBI in a game 1 win over Nyack. He collected two hits in each of the final three games of the week against USciences and Post.
Bartuska, a 6-0 righty from Duryea, Pa., went 2-0 on the week with a 0.00 ERA. He allowed only 10 hits and two walks and fanned 24 in 17.0 innings of work. He hurled a complete game against Wilmington, allowing four hits with 11 K’s.
Martindale, a 5-8 freshman from Pembroke Pines, Fla., hit .360 with six runs scored, five RBI’s, two doubles and nine stolen bases in a 4-3 week. He had three steals in game 1 against USciences and went 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in game 1 against Saint Rose.
David Perlleshi, Concordia (Jr., INF, Eastchester, NY) - Hit .421 with eight RBI, six runs, three doubles and one home run in four games. Drove in four runs in a win over Nyack. Went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI in a 15-14 win over Dowling.
Alberto Ruiz, Bloomfield (Sr., OF, Edison, NJ) - Hit .583 in three games with three doubles and three RBI.
Rudy Behrens, Chestnut Hill (Jr., ) - Picked up two wins last week, allowing only two hits in 8.0 IP with 11 K’s and two walks.
Tony Blake, Dominican (So., OF, Windsor, CT) - Hit .556 in a 4-1 week with three runs and three RBI. Hit four doubles.
Brett Hauber, Felician (Jr., RHP, Deposit, NY) - Won two games last week, allowing only two runs in 13.1 IP (1.35 ERA).
Bloomfield - The Deacons went 2-1 over the three-game week, keeping the CACC Tournament hopes alive with a doubleheader split against Concordia College. Senior outfielder Alberto Ruiz continued his hot streak at the plate during the winning week, batting .583 with three doubles, and three RBI. After a 2-4 performance in the team’s victory over Caldwell College Wednesday afternoon, Ruiz went 3-4 with 2 RBIs in the opening game victory over Concordia. Freshman second baseman Allen Rivera hit an even .400 for the week with a .455 on-base percentage, while Alex Sepulveda hit .333 with a pair of hits in the victory over Caldwell. Senior Louis Castillo picked up the victory against Caldwell, his first of the season, going 5 and 1/3 innings and allowing two runs. Sophomore Kevin Baumiller earned his first collegiate save in the victory. In the victory over Concordia, junior righty Luis Mendoza picked up his fourth victory of the season, going seven-plus innings and allowing four earned runs.
Caldwell - The Cougars worked overtime to earn a key CACC victory over Post on Monday, winning in the bottom of the 14th inning on a single by junior Jorge Ynoa that plated freshman Paul Nyitray for a 2-1 triumph. Freshman Robert Bennetti tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and a walk while fanning six to earn the victory. The late-inning heroics overshadowed an outstanding pitching performance from junior Matt Cook, who gave up one run on five hits while walking four and striking out 10. This week the Cougars play CACC doubleheaders against Wilmington on Monday and Felician on Wednesday.
Chestnut Hill - Chestnut Hill College went 5-0 this week, including the sweep of two conference doubleheaders and a non-conference matchup at the University of the Sciences. The winning streak is the Griffins longest in the program’s four year history. On Saturday, April 30, the Chestnut Hill College Athletic Department held a ceremonial brunch and Senior Day celebration for the Griffins inaugural class; third baseman D.J. Santoro Jr. (Jeffersonville, PA), shortstop George Kochu (Pottstown, PA), pitcher Chris Lauber (Morton, PA), pitcher Justin Wiercinski (Hatboro, PA), first baseman Mike Knipe (Sellersville, PA), pitcher Ryan Weber (Philadelphia, PA), outfielder Dan Etherton (Princeton, NJ), catcher Andrew Donofry (Hatboro, PA), and outfielder Andrew Koziol (Wilmington, DE), who will be returning due to an injury. Fellow senior, pitcher Matt Casino (Port Chester, NY) was also recognized.
Concordia - The Clippers went 3-1 on the week with non-conference wins over Nyack and Dowling and a conference win over Bloomfield. Jonathan Hickey picked up the win over Nyack for his first career win as a pitcher. At Bloomfield in game two the Clippers were down 3-0, but in the top of the fourth the Clippers put up 5 runs as they batted around to take the lead. The Clippers then held onto the lead and even added three more runs later in the game for the 8-4 win. In the game with Dowling the Clippers went back and forth throughout the game, in the bottom of the eighth a three run home run from Luis Gonzalez tied the game up for the Clippers and then in the bottom of the ninth David Perlleshi hit a walk off single to score Jason Berrios.
Felician - Freshman RHP Larry Schoer picked up his first career victory, striking out five in three innings of scoreless relief as Felician erased an 8-3 deficit to defeat Saint Rose, 9-8, in Game 1 of a Sunday doubleheader. Felician won three of its final four CACC games to finish 10-10 in league play and needs outside help to reach its third consecutive conference tournament.
Philadelphia - The Rams played a tough week, falling in each of their contests. The team recognized their senior players Friday (4/29) for their efforts both on and off the field for the past four years. The team will say goodbye to seniors shortstop Anthony DiFranceso, outfielder Jared Farbman, pitcher Kevin McGovern and catcher Matt Minakowski. PhilaU baseball will close its 2010-11 season with a double-header at home against Chestnut Hill.
USciences - The Devils clinched a spot in the CACC playoffs with a win over Felician on Saturday. It is the first time since the school joined the CACC that a Devils baseball team has qualified for the playoffs. The win on Saturday was the Devils 13th of the season, their most since the 1987 season when the team went 15-11-1. This year’s 13-20 mark is a 12.5 game improvement over last season when the squad was 4-36, this includes a ten-game improvement in their conference record, going from 1-19 to 11-9. Dan McMahon (Millville, N.J.) won his sixth game of the season on Saturday – only one other pitcher in program history has won more games in a single season (Tim Fox won 9, 7, and 7 respectively from 1985 to 1987). McMahon continues to lead the league in earned run average and remains amongst the top pitchers nationally in this category, ranking seventh (through games of 4/24). Kyle Davis (Garnet Valley, Pa.) is hitting .385 against conference opponents this year – the second best mark in the league. In the most recent NCAA statistics report (4/24/11), Nick Szalejko is currently ranked second in the nation in hit by pitch/game (0.64) and 10th in total times being hit by pitch (18). McMahon is 8th nationally in hits allowed (4.96/9 in.). The Devils as a team are 41st in earned run average (3.59) and 28th in hits allowed (8.22/9 inn.)