NavigatorsBlog will be providing weekly updates on the 2009 Navigators’ collegiate seasons. The March 16-March 22 updates are highlighted by Valdosta St.’s Matthew Costello, who was named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.
P Sebastian Bellitto (St. Bonaventure Bonnies) started and picked up the win in the Bonnies’ 6-1 victory over Buffalo in game one of a mid-week doubleheader. Bellitto hurled four scoreless innings in the seven inning contest, only allowing three hits and two walks while striking out two. Bellitto also started the final game of a three-game set with Dayton over the weekend. Bellitto picked up the loss, tossing six innings and allowing six runs (five earned) on ten hits and three walks while striking out one. The Bonnies finished the week 1-4, splitting a doubleheader with Buffalo and losing three times in A-10 play in Dayton, and now stand at 7-7. On the season, Bellitto is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA.
IF Kyle Bellows (San Jose St. Spartans) went 2-3 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored in the Spartans’ 31-1 win over Chicago State. Bellows followed that up with a big weekend against Dartmouth, going a combined 4-7 with a home run, five RBI, three runs scored, and three stolen bases. San Jose St. went 5-0 on the week with three wins against Chicago State and two wins over Dartmouth and now stand at 16-3 on the year. Bellows is hitting .395 with one home run and 13 RBI.
IF Benjamin Benigno (Franklin Pierce Ravens) picked up a hit in the Ravens’ 9-5 loss at Lynn University. Franklin Pierce went 1-4 last week after opening the season with a 6-5 record. Benigno is hitting .204 with seven RBI in the young season.
P Matthew Boylan (Brown Bears) did not pitch over the weekend at San Diego. Brown lost the first two games of the series before defeating San Diego 9-8 on Sunday, and now stand at 2-7 on the year. Boylan has no record and a 5.06 ERA on the year.
IF Patrick Brady (Bellarmine Knights) went 3-5 with two doubles, an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in a 15-3 game one win of a four-game series at Lewis University and Brady stole two bases in the final game, a 4-2 win, against Lewis. Bellarmine won three of four against Lewis over the weekend to stretch their record to 15-9 on the season. Brady is hitting .277 with two home runs and 16 RBI thus far.
P Tim Busbin (UC-Davis Aggies) did not play last week, as the Aggies had a week off. They are now 3-12 this season. Busbin is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen and is 4-11 at the plate in five games (three starts) with a double.
P Matthew Costello (Valdosta St. Blazers) earned Gulf South Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, batting .542 with three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI, and seven runs scored while leading the Blazers to a 4-1 record over #26 North Georgia and Alabama-Huntsville. Valdosta St. is now 24-10 on the year, and Costello is hitting .526 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 95 at-bats. On the mound, Costello is 5-0 with a 4.50 ERA in eight starts.
OF Tre Dennis (Long Beach St. Dirtbags) batted lead off, picked up a hit, and stole a base in the Dirtbags’ 12-6 win over Loyola Marymount. Long Beach St. would then travel to Wichita St. and lose two of three to the Shockers, giving the Dirtbags a 7-11 record on the year. Dennis is hitting .250 with one home run and six RBI this year.
OF Tyler Derby (Campbellsville Tigers) collected four RBI in the Tigers’ sweep of Pikeville, including a 2-4 day with a double in game one of the four game series. With a 5-1 week, the Tigers are now 21-3 on the season and a perfect 9-0 in Mid South Conference play. Derby is batting .328 with 13 RBI and five stolen bases.
C Michael Dowd (Franklin Pierce Ravens) caught three of the Ravens’ five games last week. Franklin Pierce went 1-4 after opening the season with a 6-5 record. Dowd is hitting .288 with one home run and seven RBI in 15 games this year.
P Mark Fraser (Rhode Island Rams) faced one batter and allowed a hit in Rhode Island’s 11-9 win at William & Mary. The Rams, who swept a doubleheader against William & Mary and took two of three at George Washington over the weekend, now stand at 12-6 with wins over Miami, Ohio St., and Oklahoma St. already this year. On the season, Fraser has not allowed a run in five appearances out of the bullpen.
P Jared Freni (UMass Minutemen) hurled 6.1 innings, only surrendering two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four, but received a no-decision in UMass’ 14-inning, 4-3 loss in Richmond. The Minutemen, now 5-9, split mid-week games with George Mason and VCU before losing two of three at Richmond. Freni (0-1) leads eligible pitchers on UMass with a 3.96 ERA in four starts.
C John Hill (Long Beach St. Dirtbags) did not appear in a game during the Dirtbags’ 2-2 week against Loyola Marymount and Wichita St, extending the Long Beach St. record to 7-11. Hill is batting .150 with one home run and two RBI in 20 at-bats.
P Nate Klein (Hawaii Rainbow Warriors) did not pitch in the Rose City Baseball Invitational, in which Hawaii won three of their four games with wins over Washington, Oregon, and Portland. The Rainbow Warriors are now 13-7 this season. Thus far, Klein is 0-1 with a 4.21 ERA in four starts.
P Frank Luongo (Pace Setters) pitched twice in relief, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings against Molloy and hurling 2.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts at Saint Anselm. The Setters finished the week 2-3 and are now 6-11-1 on the year. In six appearances out of the bullpen, Luongo has no record and an 8.68 ERA.
P Jason Markovitz (Long Beach St. Dirtbags) pitched in three games last week for the Dirtbags against Loyola Marymount and Wichita St., hurling 3.1 scoreless innings and allowing two hits while striking out two. Long Beach St. now stands at 7-11 on the year. Markovitz has no record and a 1.17 ERA in seven appearances out of the bullpen.
OF Kyle Multner (UMass Minutemen) hit safely in four of UMass’ five games last week, including a two-hit game against VCU and a 1-3 day with an RBI and two runs scored in UMass’ 24-9 win over Richmond. The Minutemen, now 5-9, split mid-week games with George Mason and VCU before losing two of three at Richmond. Multner is batting .259 with four RBI thus far.
P Jeff Tardiff (Le Moyne Dolphins) started the first game of a four-game set at Stony Brook and took the loss, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out six. The Dolphins were able to salvage the final game of the series by the score of 10-7 after losing the first three, bringing their record to 4-13 on the season. Tardiff is 1-2 with a 5.58 ERA in five starts, including one complete game.
OF Tyler Thompson (Florida Gators) saw action in four of the Gators’ five games this week and picked up an RBI sacrifice fly in Florida’s 7-3 win over UCF. Florida won all five games they played, beating Florida St. and UCF in mid-week contests before sweeping Tennessee over the weekend in Gainesville to push their record to 14-7. Thompson, a highly-touted prospect fighting for playing time on a talented Gators squad, is batting .130 in 23 at-bats with two RBI.
P Michael Zaccardo (Connecticut Huskies) has not yet appeared in a game in his freshman campaign. The Huskies finished the week 2-3, but a sweep at the hands of West Virginia left Connecticut 0-3 in Big East play with a 7-10 overall record.
IF Chad Zurcher (Memphis Tigers) went a combined 4-12 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, five runs scored, and three stolen bases in a three-game series against Marshall. Memphis, 9-12 overall and 1-2 in C-USA action, lost two of three to Marshall after losing mid-week contests against UT-Martin and Ole Miss. Zurcher, who started all five games this week, is batting .267 with one home run and eight RBI in 12 games.
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