America East Baseball News & Notes
There is just one weekend left in conference play. Much is still to be decided before the league baseball championship takes place in Maine on the week of May 22-27. Here is what is still at stake in the America East.
Five of the six spots in the tournament field has been secured, with Hartford, Stony Brook, UMass Lowell, UMBC, and the host of this year’s championship the Maine Black Bears already in. One spot is up for grabs and will be decided this weekend. Albany and Binghamton are separated by two games in the loss column with Albany having the upper hand.
This weekend, Albany will be playing UMBC. While Binghamton will be playing non-conference baseball versus Central Connecticut State. Scoreboard watching will be a priority, especially for Binghamton.
It does appear that the Hartford Hawks will be the AE regular season champs. They hold a three-game lead over four teams that are battling it out for second place. Speaking of those four teams, Stony Brook, UMass Lowell, UMBC, and Maine head into this weekend with a shot at the runner-up spot. All of these teams can finish between second and fifth place since they have an identical league record of 11-10.
This week, America East Player of the Week is Maine’s, Hernen Sardinas. The sophomore outfielder hit .500 and slugged .857 in the Black Bears sweep of Albany. He had three multi-hit games and recorded an extra-base hit in all three, and he drove in five runs and score five in the weekend series.
The Pitcher of the Week is Matt Chanin of UMBC as the senior threw a complete game shutout against Binghamton last Saturday. He allowed three hits, one walk while striking out five. It’s the second time this season that Chanin has won the award. The previous time was May 1.
There are two Co-Rookie of the Week in LHP John Dombkowski of Hartford. He threw seven scoreless innings in a victory over Stony Brook last weekend. He allowed only five base runners while striking out five. Dombkowski is also receiving this award for the second time this season. The other was back on March 27. Dombkowski is joined on the rookie honors for this week by John Tuccillo of Stony Brook. He went 3-for-6 in a pair of wins against Hartford. He also had a walk-off single in Sunday’s game against the Seawolves. Tuccillo also earned this award back on April 10.
Hartford’s Nick Campana holds the batting race lead currently hitting .425 while slugging .695. He has hit 10 home runs and 36 RBI this season. When not knocking the ball out of the park, Campana likes to steals bases too. With three games left in conference action, Campana has 17 steals.
Also having a big year with the bat is UMass Lowell junior Russ Olive. He is third in hitting with a .358 average and his 13 home runs lead the team. Olive is slugging .676 and leads the America East with 117 total bases. Olive has hit into only two double plays so far.
His teammate Colby Maiola is having a solid year in the leadoff position. Maiola is seventh in batting at .310 and is slugging .512. He has 17 steals out of the number one spot in the batting order. Maiola is pretty good in the outfield as well. He has a 0.992 fielding percentage with 114 putouts in 118 chances. He has three assists committing only one error.