March 11, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

UP AND UP:  Barry University vaulted 11 spots to No. 16 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll after sweeping Lynn University in a three-game Sunshine State Conference season opener last weekend.

Senior first baseman Yudelmis Hernandez batted .583 with eight RBI, two home runs and three runs scored to lead the Buccaneers offensively against Lynn, garnering SSC Player of the Week honors.  The native of Miami, Fla., paces the team with six homers and 27 RBI, while batting .351 on the year. 

On the mound, freshman Brad McAllister set the tone with a complete-game 4-0 victory over Lynn in the series opener.  The native of St. Petersburg, Fla., held the Knights to just six hits while striking out seven batters and was named SSC Pitcher of the Week for his performance.  McAllister tops the Bucs’ pitching staff with a 4-0 record and 1.44 ERA.

The Buccaneers are riding a six-game winning streak following the Lynn series.

ON A ROLL: Northern Kentucky’s Joe Ambrose collected his second straight Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week award after continuing his offensive onslaught for the Norse.

The senior outfielder batted .680 with 17 RBI, eight runs scored and five home runs in a 5-1 week for the Norse.  In NKU’s four-game sweep of West Georgia, Ambrose recorded a .722 batting average with 13 RBI, six runs and four homers, including the game-winning grand slam in the Norse’s 6-4 victory on March 8.

Ambrose, a native of Lexington, Ky., also earned Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors.  He is batting .510 with 22 RBI and five home runs on the year, and is riding a 12-game hitting streak. 

The Norse looks to extend its five-game winning streak in a doubleheader at Truman State on March 11.

SWEEPING UP: Top-ranked Cal State Stanislaus took over sole possession of first place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings with a series sweep of San Francisco State last weekend behind the clutch hitting of first baseman Leandro Dottavio.

The senior from Studio City, Calif., batted .538 with four runs scored, nine RBI and a home run for the week, including two game-winning hits, and was selected Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week for his contributions.  Dottavio ranks second on the team with a .400 batting average.

The Warriors have won five straight games, and seven of their last eight contests.  They currently hold a two-game lead over three second-place squads in the league standings.

SHUTTING IT DOWN:  West Florida left-hander Kyle Ramsey pitched a pair of complete-game shutouts last week to collect his third career Gulf South Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week award.

The senior from Kissimmee, Fla., held Columbus State to two hits while striking out four batters in a 1-0 victory on March 4, and followed it up with nine strikeouts in a seven-inning, 6-0 win over then-No. 1 Southern Arkansas over the weekend.

Ramsey improved to 3-0 on the year, and currently paces the GSC with a 1.08 earned run average.

NOTABLE:  Nova Southeastern stretched its winning streak to 12 games with a dominating 23-5 win over Saint Rose on March 9.  On the merits of their lengthy winning streak, the Sharks jumped 14 spots to No. 8 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll … Millersville University is sporting an overall record above .500 for the first time since 2006 after improving to 8-7 during the Marauders’ spring break trip.  Senior outfielder Cody Wile sparked the squad by hitting .586 with five homers and 16 RBI to garner Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Player of the Week honors.  The native of Lancaster, Pa., is riding a 10-game hitting streak, and belted multiple hits in six of the last seven games.