Weekly Update: 3/23 – 4/5

This extended version of the NavigatorsBlog Weekly Update is highlighted by Sebastian Bellitto, who now leads St. Bonaventure with a 2.59 ERA after seven-plus innings of one-run baseball against A-10 opponent Saint Joseph’s, and Mike Dowd, who leads Franklin Pierce in hitting at .350.

P Sebastian Bellitto (St. Bonaventure Bonnies) sparkled in the Bonnies’ 3-1 win over Saint Joseph’s, lasting 7.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five.  The win improved Bellitto’s record to 3-1, where it remains after a relief appearance against George Washington last Sunday.  The Bonnies, who have won six of their last eight games, are 13-9 overall and 3-5 in the Atlantic-10 Conference.  Bellitto holds a team-best 2.59 ERA.

IF Kyle Bellows (San Jose St. Spartans) went a combined 4-10 with four runs scored in back-to-back games against #12 Cal Poly and CSU Bakersfield.  Bellows ended this two-week stretch with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored at Hawaii.  After losing three of four in Hawaii, San Jose St. stands at 20-8 and 1-3 in the WAC.  Bellows is hitting .355 with a home run and 15 RBI.

IF Benjamin Benigno (Franklin Pierce Ravens) went 4-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored in Franklin Pierce’s 15-2 win over American International.  With help from Benigno and his six stolen bases, the Ravens are now 7-3 in conference play and sit at 16-12 overall.  Benigno is batting .266 with a home run and 13 RBI.

P Matthew Boylan (Brown Bears) picked up his first two wins of the year, both coming in conference play.  Boylan began this two-week stretch throwing 4.1 innings of one-run baseball in a 20-8 win over Pepperdine before recording the win over Princeton with four-plus innings of two-run baseball.  Boylan finished last week with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief while striking out two, helping Brown best Columbia 9-7 and extending Boylan’s record to 2-0 on the year with a 4.29 ERA.

IF Patrick Brady (Bellarmine Knights) went 2-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, and three stolen bases in Bellarmine’s 11-8 win over Kentucky Wesleyan.  Brady totaled six runs batted in as Bellarmine won six of their last ten games, bringing the Knights’ record to 21-13 on the year.  Brady is hitting .289 with three home runs and 22 RBI.

P Tim Busbin (UC-Davis Aggies) has made one appearance in the last two weeks, throwing 2.2 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two in the Aggies’ 14-0 loss to Tony Gwynn and San Diego St. in a game started by Stephen Strasburg, who is expected to be the 1st pick of the 2009 Major League Baseball amateur draft.  Busbin is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA on the year.

P Matthew Costello (Valdosta St. Blazers) homered in the Blazers’ 5-1 win over Albany St., picked up three hits and three RBI in eight at-bats against West Alabama, collected four hits, four RBI, and four runs scored against West Georgia, and completed play last week by going 3-3 with his seventh home run, two RBI, and two runs scored while throwing seven innings of one-run-ball on the mound.  Valdosta State is 25-13 this year and Costello is hitting .525 with seven home runs and 50 RBI.  On the mound, Costello is 6-1 with a 4.36 ERA.

OF Tre Dennis (Long Beach St. Dirtbags) has been solid atop the Long Beach St. batting order of late, going 1-4 with two runs scored and a walk against San Diego at the beginning of this two-week stretch.  The Dirtbags are now three games under .500, and Dennis is batting .250 with one home run and eight RBI.

OF Tyler Derby (Campbellsville Tigers) walked four times and scored twice in the Tigers’ 12-1 win over Union University, went 2-4 with two runs scored in a 14-0 win over West Virginia Tech, and scored two runs and stole a base in a consequent game against West Virginia Tech.  Campbellsville is now 27-6, and has only lost once in 14 conference games.  Derby is batting .290 and 13 RBI.

C Michael Dowd (Franklin Pierce Ravens) has been dominant of late; he homered against Southern New Hampshire, went 2-3 with a homer, three RBI, and a stolen base against American International, went 3-5 with a double and two RBI later in the series, went 2-3 with three RBI, three runs scored, and a stolen base against Saint Rose, went 4-4 with a two doubles, a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored against Saint Michael’s, and picked up three more hits and a stolen base against Southern Connecticut State.  Dowd is now hitting a team-high .350 with four home runs and 24 RBI.

…continue to check back as the weekly update is extended to include all of the navigators…

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