March 31, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

WARRIOR WAYS: Cal State Stanislaus remained in contention for the California Collegiate Athletic Association title as the Warriors swept four games in a series against Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend.  The Warriors now sit in third place in the league standings, only a half-game behind Sonoma State.

Senior outfielder Kyle Loretelli sparked the Warriors’ offense with a .579 batting average, seven runs scored, three doubles, two homers and eight RBI, earning Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week honors.

The native of Modesto, Calif., reached base 14 times in four games, and recorded two multi-hit outings.  Loretelli also belted a pair of round-trippers in the series opener on March 27, becoming the Warriors’ all-time home run leader. 
The Warriors re-entered the Collegiate Baseball Division II poll at No. 13 following the sweep.

STREAKING: Wayne State extended its winning streak to six games as the Warriors moved above .500 for the year, and into second place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings as they swept Findlay last weekend.

Senior shortstop Matthew Williams ripped four multi-hit games while batting .579 in five games last week as he stretched his career-long hitting streak to 10 games.  The native of Detroit, Mich., also knocked in five runs and scored four, while turning in an errorless performance on the field.

Williams, who paces the Warriors with a .384 batting average, was named GLIAC Player of the Week for his contributions.

POWER-PACKED: Barry University’s Yan Gomes provided an offensive show as he led the Buccaneers to four victories, including a sweep of Eckerd, as they remained on top of the Sunshine State Conference standings.

The junior from Miami, Fla., hit .500 with eight runs scored and 15 RBI during the week, blasting at least two hits and driving in three runs in all four contests.  Gomes belted a home run in every game, including two in a 13-9 victory over Eckerd, and did not strike out in 16 at bats for the week.  He was named SSC Player of the Week for his outstanding play.
Gomes paces the No. 7 Buccaneers with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, and a .784 slugging percentage.

WHITE HOT:  University of Indianapolis’ Cory White struck out a single-game school-record 15 batters in a seven-inning complete-game to help the Greyhounds to a 3-1 victory over Lewis in the first game of a doubleheader sweep on March 28.
The native of South Fulton, Tenn., gave up just one run on two hits in the contest, lowering his season ERA to 1.44 and improving to 4-0 for the year.  White was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for his parting in the Greyhounds’ 5-1 week. 

White paces the GLVC in ERA and 12.24 strikeouts per game.  He has surrendered just four earned runs in six appearances this season.

LONELY AT THE TOP:  Florida Southern is now in sole possession of a No. 1 ranking in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll after compiling a 5-0 record last week.  The Moccasins were previously tied with Grand Valley State for No. 1, but the Lakers dropped a game last week.

The Moccasins have won nine straight contests, and 27 of their last 29 games.  They share the SSC lead with No. 7 Barry with identical 8-1 league records.