The Navigators Media staff has all arrived in the North Shore, and we are hard at work in preparation for Opening Night (June 4 at Fraser vs. Sanford). Here’s the catch-up edition of the Weekly Update, which will become a staple of NavigatorsBlog in May:
P Sebastian Bellitto (St. Bonaventure Bonnies) is 3-3 with a 4.41 ERA in nine starts with one complete game. Bellitto has struck out 34 batters and walked 26 in 49.0 innings, while providing the only two successful pick-off attempts of the Bonnies’ season. St. Bonaventure is 21-20 (7-13 in the Atlantic-10) after losing three games this past weekend against Masschusetts in Amherst.
IF Kyle Bellows (San Jose St. Spartans) ranks second on San Jose St. with a .350 batting average and 32 RBI, while standing in a tie for third on the team with three home runs. The Spartans are 32-15 overall with an 8-6 record in the WAC and only five losses at home in 28 contests.
IF Benjamin Benigno (Franklin Pierce Ravens) is hitting .277 with one home run and 26 RBI in 46 games (44 starts) and has added eight stolen bases this year. The Ravens are 33-15 on the season with only two losses in 18 home games. Franklin Pierce is 24-6 in the Northeast-10 conference thus far.
P Matthew Boylan (Brown Bears) is 2-1 eith a 5.94 ERA in 12 appearances and six starts. Boylan, who recently began to extend himself in a starting role, has effectively pitched to contact, allowing only 14 walks in 33.1 innings pitched. Brown is 24-19-1 on the year with only one home loss in 18 games and a 15-5 Ivy League record.
IF Patrick Brady (Bellarmine Knights) is hitting .322 and ranks second on the team with six home runs and 41 RBI. Brady has shown tremendous plate discipline, walking 17 times with only 11 strikeouts in 183 at-bats, and leads the Knights in stolen bases with 15 in 18 attempts. Bellarmine is 33-22 thus far with a 19-13 record in the GLVC.
P Tim Busbin (UC-Davis Aggies) has made 10 appearances out of the bullpen, compiling a 1-1 record and a 5.14 ERA while striking out nine batters in 14.0 innings pitched. Busbin has also contributed at the plate, collecting six hits in 19 at-bats (.316) with two RBI. The Aggies are 7-35 this season with one win in Big West action.
P Matthew Costello (Valdosta St. Blazers) leads the Blazers in batting, hitting at an astounding .512 clip, while recording 10 home runs and 65 RBI in 47 starts and 166 at-bats. Costello has an other-worldly .831 slugging percentage and a .597 on-base percentage, with only 15 strike-outs. On the mound, Costello has been stellar as well, turning in an 8-2 record and a 3.76 ERA in 19 appearances (12 starts) with two complete games, one shutout, and two saves. Costello has led the Blazers to a 37-17 season with an 11-7 record in the Gulf South Conference.
OF Tre Dennis (Long Beach St. Dirtbags) is hitting .227 with a home run and nine RBI in 28 games. Dennis has stolen six bases and is one of six Dirtbags to collect a triple this season. Long Beach St. is 23-20 thus far, and 10-5 in Big West conference play.
OF Tyler Derby (Campbellsville Tigers) is batting .303 with 16 RBI. Derby has plagued opponent-pitching, walking 29 times with only 16 strikeouts in 132 at-bats, while recording a .429 on-base percentage. Campbellsville is 35-9 this year with only four losses coming in 25 home games. The Tigers were superb in Mid South Conference play, posting a 16-1 record with their only loss coming at Lindsey Wilson. With a win at Georgetown College on Sunday, Campbellsville wrapped up their fifth consecutive MSC Tournament title. The NAIA National Championship begins on May 12.
C Michael Dowd (Franklin Pierce Ravens) leads the Ravens in batting at .374 with six home runs and 38 RBI. Dowd boasts a .563 slugging percentage, a team-best .449 on-base percentage, eight stolen bases, and has only struck out 15 times in 174 at-bats. As noted above, the Ravens are 33-15 on the season with only two losses in 18 home games. Franklin Pierce is 24-6 in the Northeast-10 conference thus far.
P Mark Fraser (Rhode Island Rams) has a 4.22 ERA with no record in 17 appearances out of the bullpen. Fraser has struck out 16 in 10.2 innings pitched while limiting opponents to a .243 batting average. The Rams are 32-15-1 with a 13-2 record at home and a 17-3 record in Atlantic-10 play.
P Jared Freni (UMass Minutemen) is 1-3 with a 6.76 ERA in 12 starts this season. Freni has collected one complete game with 40 strikeouts in 60.0 innings pitched. Freni has not been hesitant to pitch batters inside, hitting a team-high 11 batters thus far this year. The Minutemen stand at 19-22 with an 11-10 record in the Atlantic-10.
C John Hill (Long Beach St. Dirtbags) is batting .282 with a home run and six RBI in 17 games and 39 at-bats. Hill has posted a superb .408 on-base percentage and .818 OPS. As noted above, Long Beach St. is 23-20 thus far, and 10-5 in Big West conference play.
P Ryan Juarez (Cal. State-Northridge Matadors) is 4-5 with a 4.96 ERA in a team-high 11 starts with one complete game. Juarez has racked up a team-best 65.1 innings pitched while only issuing 24 walks. Northridge is 18-29 this year with a 4-14 Big West record.
P Nate Klein (Hawaii Rainbow Warriors) is 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in eight starts. Klein has showcased tremendous control on the mound, only walking nine batters in 44.0 innings pitched. Hawaii is 27-20 with a 9-10 record in the WAC.
P Christopher Kowalski (Boston College Eagles) is 3-1 with a 5.47 ERA in a team-leading 24 appearances out of the bullpen. Kowalski has been difficult to hit this year, allowing only 23 hits and a .253 opponent batting average in 24.2 innings pitched. The Eagles are 29-19 on the year and 12-13 in the ACC.
IF Alex Lee (Wofford Terriers) is hitting .264 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 26 games. Lee has displayed excellent plate discipline, walking 22 times with only 18 strikeouts and a .442 on-base percentage. Wofford is 17-26 and 7-16 in the Southern Conference.
P Matt Lewis (UC-Davis Aggies) is 0-1 with a 11.12 ERA in 13 appearances out of the bullpen. Lewis has nearly one strike out per inning pitched, recording 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings of work. As noted above, the Aggies are 7-35 this season with one win in Big West action.
P Frank Luongo (Pace Setters) is 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 20 appearances out of the bullpen with a team-best six saves. Luongo has been tough to hit, permitting a mere .218 opponent batting average in 23.0 innings pitched. Pace is 20-30-1 on the year with a 13-17 record in the Northeast-10.
P Jason Markovitz (Long Beach St. Dirtbags) has spent on the mound as both a starter and a back-end reliever, posting a 1-1 record and a 3.31 ERA in 15 appearances with two starts and 16.1 innings pitched. Markovitz holds a 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has only allowed six earned runs. As noted above, Long Beach St. is 23-20 thus far, and 10-5 in Big West conference play.
C Joe Medeiros (UC-Davis Aggies) is hitting .339 with one home run and 8 RBI in 26 games and 13 starts. As noted above, the Aggies are 7-35 this season with one win in Big West action.
OF Kyle Multner (UMass Minutemen) ranks third on the Minutemen with a .320 batting average to go with four home runs and 20 RBI. Multner has a .520 slugging percentage and an .889 OPS thus far. As noted above, the Minutemen stand at 19-22 with an 11-10 record in the Atlantic-10.
P/OF Jim Schult (Eastern Connecticut State Warriors) is third on the Warriors with a .411 batting average and five home runs, while ranking second on the team with 44 RBI. Schult has compiled an absurd .721 slugging percentage and .510 on-base percentage in 35 games. On the mound, Schult has been dominant in seven starts, posting a 3-0 record and a 3.13 ERA. Schult has struck out 30 batters while walking only 11 and holding opponents to a .260 batting average. Eastern Connecticut St., at 32-6 overall and 11-3 in Little East Conference action, was recently ranked fourth among the nation’s Division III baseball teams by D3Baseball.com.
P Jeff Tardiff (Le Moyne Dolphins) holds a team-best 3.04 ERA with a 5-2 record in 11 starts. Tardiff has registered three complete games and a team-high 80.0 innings pitched, striking out 57 batters and holding opponents to a .267 batting average. The Dolphins are 21-21 on the year.
OF Tyler Thompson (Florida Gators) has seen increased playing time off the bench, appearing in 30 games with six starts and recording a .250 batting average (10-40) with six RBI in his freshman campaign. Thompson has contributed to Florida’s superb season, in which they have gone 34-14 with only six losses in 30 games at home and a 16-8 record in the SEC. The Gators are ranked 11th in the nation by Baseball America and 12th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll (with two first place votes).
P Michael Zaccardo (Connecticut Huskies) has not yet appeared in a game during his freshman season. The Huskies are 27-21 with 10-11 in the Big East.
Head Coach Jason Falcon (Clark Cougars) led Clark University to a 14-21 record before falling to MIT in the NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) Tournament Semifinals.
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