Baseball With Four Games This Week
The Southern Connecticut State University baseball team, winners of five in a row, visits Adelphi on Wednesday before playing three games at AIC over the weekend.
ALL-TIME AGAINST ADELPHI
SCSU leads the all-time series against Adelphi by a 17-14-2 margin. The Owls lost to Adelphi 4-3 on March 27.
ALL-TIME AGAINST AIC
The Owls are 46-28 all-time against AIC.
Where the Owls’ rank in among the NE-10 stats leaders:
• ERA – Rocco Cundari: 3rd – 0.87
Mike Yerina 5th – 1.11
• Batting Average – Matt Burns: 3rd – .400
T.K. Kiernan: 14th – .345 (As of April 7)
Southern Connecticut swept doubleheaders from Saint Anselm and Saint Michael’s on April 5 and 6.
OWLS DEFEAT NEW HAVEN, 1-0, IN 10 INNINGS
Brandon Docimo threw out the game-tying run at the plate as Southern Connecticut defeated New Haven 1-0 in 10 innings on April 2.
•Matt Burns, who had three hits on the day, singled home the Owls’ left fielder in the top of the 10th for the lone run of the Northeast-10 Conference game.
•The New Haven-area rivals sent their aces to the mound on the sunny afternoon, and Rocco Cundari and Pat Simone did not disappoint.
•Cundari went the first nine for the Owls. The senior scattered six hits and struck out seven to earn the win (2-1).
FULLER IN NEW BRITAIN
Former Southern Connecticut State University All-American Jim Fuller ’08 will return back to Connecticut to start the 2014 professional baseball season as a member of the New Britain Rock Cats, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
•Fuller, who spent the last six seasons as a member of the New York Mets organization, was selected by the Twins in the minor league portion of Major League Baseball’s Rule V draft back in December.
The following Owls have been honored by the Northeast-10 Conference this season:
• T.K. Kiernan went 2-for-3 and scored two runs for the Owls in their lone game of the week, a 4-3 loss to Adelphi on March 27 (March 31 honor roll).
• Julian Sobin led the Owls in their 2-5 week in batting average (11-for-24 .458), and RBI (eight). The junior also scored seven runs (March 24 honor roll).
• Nick Baviello went 15-for-33 (.455) to finish second in the club in hitting over the seven games. The Owls’ second baseman had a team-high 15 hits and five doubles during the stretch (March 24 honor roll).
• In game two of a doubleheader against Mercy on March 15, A.J. Turnier went all seven innings in a 2-0 win. He allowed five hits and had seven strikeouts (March 17 honor roll).
• Matt Burns went 4-for-8 for two triples in the doubleheader against Mercy. The Owls centerfielder scored two runs and drove in three (March 17 honor roll).
• Jordan Hamler spun eight shutout innings in his first collegiate game, a 2-0 win over Molloy on March 9, allowing six hits and striking out six (March 10 honor roll).
• T.K. Kiernan went 8-for-15 in the Owls’ five-game opening week trip to Florida (March 10 honor roll).
IN THE PRESEASON NE-10 COACHES POLL
The Southern Connecticut State University baseball team was picked fourth in the Preseason Northeast-10 Conference Coaches’ Poll.
• The Owls, earned 50 points and one first place vote for the southwest division.
• New Haven was predicted to win the division, with Franklin Pierce and Southern New Hampshire to be at the top of the northeast division.
IN THE PRESEASON REGIONAL RANKINGS
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) picked the Southern Connecticut State University baseball team eighth in its preseason regional rankings.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
The Owls welcome five newcomers to the squad for the 2014 season – Ethan Joyce, Jordan Hambler, Greg Zullo, Kyle Holland and Julian Sobin.
Redshirt senior Tyler Albrecht and senior T.K. Kiernan will
serve as team captains for the Owls this spring.
OWLS’ 2013 LEADERS
• A.J. Rouleau led the Owls in average and in RBI, batting .318, while driving in 24 on the season.
• Michael Cleary topped the team with 29 runs scored.
• Mike Yerina led the staff in earned run average with a 2.12 ERA.
• Pat Egan, who topped the Owls with 18 appearances, closed out five SCSU victories in 2013.
• Rocco Cundari led the team in innings pitched (83), strikeouts (78) and wins (6).
OWLS RAKE IN YEAR END HONORS
Three members of the Southern Connecticut State University baseball team were honored by the Northeast-10 Conference for their play during the 2013 season.
• Junior starting pitcher Rocco Cundari was named to the All-Northeast-10 Third Team. Cundari was the top pitcher on the Owls staff last year, starting in 11 games and appearing in six others. He finished the season with a 6-3 record and 2.60 ERA in 83.0 innings pitched. Cundari ranked in the top 10 in three different categories in the Northeast-10. His 78 strikeouts tied for third in the conference, while his 83.0 innings was fourth and his six wins tied for sixth.
• Two freshmen were also recognized by the conference. Outfielder Matt Burns and pitcher Mike Yerina were both named to the All-Rookie Team.
• Burns started 34 games in right field for the Owls, posting a .276 average from the leadoff spot. Burns drove in 14 runs and stole 10 bases, which was second the club.
• Yerina posted the top ERA on the Owls this season with a stout 2.12 mark in 13 appearances out of the bullpen. He struck out 22 batters in 29.2 innings of work only surrendering seven earned runs on the season.
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