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CAA Baseball Report | April 3, 2023

CAA Baseball Report | April 3, 2023

Catch up on the CAA Baseball weekly news, notes and awards.

Apr 5, 2023 by FloBaseball Staff
CAA Baseball Report | April 3, 2023

Catch up on the CAA Baseball weekly news, notes and awards.

CAA Baseball Player of the Week

Dan Covino, Delaware – Sr., 2B – Weston, Connecticut/Weston

Covino batted .474 (9-for-19) with a triple, homer, four RBIs and seven runs scored in Delaware’s 4-0 week, which included its first series sweep of Charleston. 

The second baseman hit .571 (8-for-14), scored six times and drove in four against CofC, including a season-high four hits Friday and three Saturday. He also walked four times for a .565 on base percentage.

CAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week                                                                                                    

Brad Camarda, Hofstra – Gr., RHP – Dix Hills, New York/Half Hollow Hills West

Camarda threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout, helping Hofstra beat Stony Brook, 4-0, on Sunday to take the weekend series. 

The right-hander carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and fanned five, as the Pride claimed their first CAA series. 

He made 121 pitches on the way to the second shutout and complete game of his career.

CAA Baseball Co-Rookie of the Week

Aiven Cabral, Northeastern – Fr., RHP – Lynn, Massachusetts/St. Mary’s Lynn

Cabral allowed just two hits over six shutout innings, struck out five and didn’t issue a walk in Northeastern’s 9-5 win at Monmouth last Friday. 

The right-hander, who moved to 3-2, gave up leadoff singles in the first and third innings, but saw only one runner reach third base on the afternoon.

CAA Baseball Co-Rookie of the Week

Dylan Palmer, Hofstra – Fr., Util. – West Windsor, New Jersey/Notre Dame HS

Palmer batted .545 (6-for11) with a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs, as Hofstra won 2-of-3 over Stony Brook. 

The freshman was 3-for-3 and drove in two, as the Pride claimed a 4-0 victory Sunday. 

Palmer is riding a 10-game hitting streak and is batting a team-best .408 for the season.


TWO MORE ON TUESDAY: For the third week in a row, CAA baseball teams recorded two wins over nationally ranked teams. 

Last Tuesday, UNCW beat No. 9 East Carolina, 9-3, to sweep the season series with the Pirates, and William & Mary defeated No. 15 Campbell, 3-2, for its first victory over a top-15 team since 2016. 

This Tuesday, Elon hosts No. 2 Wake Forest.

CAA RANKED No. 9 IN LATEST RPI RANKINGS: The CAA is ranked No. 9 among the nation’s 30 Division I baseball conferences as of April 3. 

Six teams are ranked among the top 115, led by Northeastern at No. 17 and Elon at No. 32. William & Mary jumped to No. 90, while Charleston is No. 111, UNCW is No. 112 and Monmouth is No. 114.

STREAKING: Northeastern is riding a 10-game winning streak, which is the second-longest in Division I behind Vanderbilt (11). William & Mary’s five-game win streak is tied for ninth.

TOP TWO TEAMS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD: First-place Elon (10-2) hosts second-place UNCW (9-3) in a thee-game series starting Friday. The Phoenix and Seahawks both have won all four of their conference series this season.

TOUGH ON THE MOUND: Three CAA squads rank in the top 16 nationally in ERA - William & Mary is No. 8 (3.32), Northeastern is No. 9 (3.33) and Elon is No. 16 at 3.55.


CHARLESTON (16-11, 7-5 CAA): The Cougars dropped four games last week, falling 10-3 against Clemson, before being swept in their CAA series at Delaware. 

All-American closer William Privette threw 5.1 scoreless innings and fanned six at UD on Sunday, but he didn’t get a decision, as CofC lost 4-3 in 13 innings. 

Privette lowered his ERA to 1.08 with 34 Ks in 25 innings. 

Luke Wood homered against UD on Friday and drove in two on Saturday. 

Cole Mathis had two hits Saturday and delivered a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning Sunday.

Will Baumhofer had five hits last week and is batting a team-best .348 for the season. 

Charleston has played four games of 11 or more innings in CAA play.

DELAWARE (13-14, 5-4 CAA): The Blue Hens posted a 4-0 week, beating Saint Joseph’s in the Liberty Bell Classic, before sweeping a three-game CAA series from Charleston for the first time in school history. 

UD scored 41 runs for the week, while not allowing more than three in any game. 

Dan Covino batted .474 (9-for-19) and scored seven times, while JJ Freeman had seven hits and eight RBIs for the week. 

Joey Loynd increased his hitting streak to six games and is batting .398. 

Jake Dunion tallied seven hits and six RBIs for the week. 

Joey Silan held CofC to one hit over six shutout innings of relief Saturday and struck out seven. 

Bryce Greenly and Eli Atiya combined on a four-hitter in the series opener against CofC.

ELON (19-9, 10-2 CAA): The Phoenix cruised past USC Upstate (14-1) and kept the top spot in the CAA standings after winning 2-of-3 at Towson. 

Cole Reynolds batted .529 (9-for-17) for the week with a homer and six RBIs. He was 4-for-5 with a three-run homer in Saturday’s 17-5 victory at TU and has reached base in 21 straight games. 

Ryan Sprock was 5-for-9 vs. the Tigers, while Charlie Granatell had a hit and scored a run in all four games. 

Joe Savino gave up just an unearned run and two hits over 5.1 innings of relief last week. 

Justin Mitrovich improved to 4-2 after holding Towson to one run over 5.1 innings in Sunday’s 4-1 win. 

Ben Simon recorded his fifth save with a shutout inning on Sunday.

HOFSTRA (10-16, 5-7 CAA): The Pride claimed their first CAA series of the season by taking the final two games from Long Island rival Stony Brook. 

Brad Camarda (2-1) fired a complete-game, five-hit shutout in Sunday’s 4-0 victory. 

Dylan Palmer went 3-for-3 with two RBIs from the leadoff spot in the win and batted .545 for the series to raise his average to .408. He also stole three bases and is on a 10-game hitting streak. 

Steve Harrington smacked a pair of homers in the SBU series and drove in four. 

Kevin Bruggeman was 4-for-5 with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs in Saturday’s 10-8 triumph. 

Will Kennedy extended his on base streak to 23 games. 

HU hasn’t had an error in its last four games.

MONMOUTH (9-15, 2-10 CAA): The Hawks suffered four setbacks last week, including three to CAA foe Northeastern. 

Casey Caufield provided four hits and two RBIs from the leadoff spot in Friday’s doubleheader with NU. 

Phil Stahl, who tops MU with a .408 batting average, smacked a three-run homer in a loss to Columbia and drove in six for the week. 

Harry Padden had a hit in all four games last week, including a two-run homer Friday. 

Ben Winstead had a two-run double against NU on Sunday and is on a five-game hitting streak. 

Drew Helmstetter turned in a solid start against NU on Sunday, giving up just two runs over six innings.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T (13-14, 6-6 CAA): The Aggies lost 2-of-3 at UNCW over the weekend, earning a 4-3 victory on Saturday. 

Xavier Meacham (5.0 IP, 2 R) and Jake Delisi (4.0 IP, 1 R) combined to limit the Seahawks to four hits in the win. 

Anthony Hennings went 2-for-4 and drove in two in the game, including a key RBI double in the sixth. Camden Jackson added a two-run single. 

Jackson provided three hits in the series but saw his eight-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. 

Shemar Dalton had a hit and scored a run in all three games at UNCW from the leadoff spot. 

Tre Williams was 2-for-4 with a RBI double in the opener and leads A&T with a .348 batting average for the season.

UNCW (18-10, 9-3 CAA): The Seahawks had a 3-1 week, which included a 9-3 victory at No. 9 East Carolina and their fourth CAA series win over North Carolina A&T. 

UNCW didn’t allow more than four runs in any game. 

Reliever Luke Craig earned two wins, throwing 4.1 shutout innings at ECU and giving up just a solo homer over 3.1 frames in the finale against A&T. 

Jacob Shafer improved to 5-1 after holding A&T to two runs over seven innings in Friday’s opener. 

Catcher Kevin Pitarra was 5-for-6 with two RBIs against the Aggies. 

John Newton batted .571 (8-for-14) for the week, including a 3-for-3 outing at ECU, to raise his average to .366. 

Tanner Thach smacked his team-leading ninth homer Friday, and Trevor Marsh hit his eighth.

NORTHEASTERN (22-4, 6-3 CAA): The Huskies extended the nation’s second-longest winning streak to 10 with a 5-0 week that included a CAA sweep at Monmouth. 

Tyler MacGregor batted .429 (6-for-14) in the MU series. He had a double, homer, five RBIs and six runs scored. 

Alex Lane went 6-for-9 with a homer and five RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of the Hawks on Friday. He leads NU with nine homers and 34 RBIs for the season. 

Luke Beckstein was 4-for-8 against MU, including a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning on Sunday. 

Aiven Cabral held MU to two hits over six scoreless innings Friday and fanned five. 

Griffin Young picked up two more saves last week and has six for the season, along with a 1.13 ERA.

STONY BROOK (10-15, 3-6 CAA): The Seawolves split four games last week, beating Iona (12-2) and earning an 8-6 win over Hofstra in the opener of their CAA series. 

Shane Paradine had a big week at the plate, batting .583 (7-for-12) with two doubles, a homer and six RBIs against. the Pride. He was 3-for-5 and drove in four in Friday’s victory. 

Brett Paulsen had a hit in all three games at HU, including a two-run homer Saturday. 

Matt Brown-Eiring knocked in three against Iona. 

Ben Fero earned a win against Hofstra, despite giving up two earned runs over six innings. 

Freshman Eddie Smink held the Pride to three runs in seven innings Sunday.

Quinlan Montgomery recorded eight strikeouts in five frames against Iona.

TOWSON (8-22, 2-10 CAA): The Tigers had a 1-3 week, but defeated first-place Elon on Friday, 6-1, to snap the Phoenix’s eight-game CAA win streak. 

Justin Rebok (2-1) threw five scoreless innings and fanned four, and Max Simpson gave up just one run over the final four frames to get his second save. 

Jeremy Wagner and Brian Heckelman both homered in the win, and Harper Sy added a two-run double. Wagner batted .500 in the EU series, going 2-for-4 in all three games. 

Reyce Curnane had his 11-game hit streak snapped Saturday, but he got a hit Sunday. 

Nate Nabholz tossed four shutout innings out of the pen in Sunday’s 4-1 setback to EU, and Cam Clark finished with two more scoreless innings. 

WILLIAM & MARY (18-11, 5-4 CAA): The Tribe posted a strong 4-0 week, edging No. 15 Campbell, 3-2, then sweeping a three-game series with St. John’s. 

Nate Knowles (3-2) fired seven shutout innings and fanned eight over two starts, holding Campbell without a hit and giving up one hit in four frames against SJU. He lowered his ERA to 1.97. 

Lucas Carmichael had a pair of hits in three of the four games from the leadoff spot and scored four runs. 

Ben Williamson and Joe Delossantos both went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in Saturday’s 15-6 win over the Red Storm. 

Carter Lovasz tossed six shutout innings and struck out six in two outings last week. He picked up a win and a save.