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2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 01-17-2020 12:42 AM

Freshman pitcher Sebastian Keane was named to Perfect Game's top 50 freshmen (#43).


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RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 01-20-2020 03:58 PM

We're just 25 days away from 1st pitch down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama!

RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 01-21-2020 11:53 PM

FWIW, Carlos Pena was on the 2020 MLB Hall of Fame ballot.


RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 01-24-2020 12:26 AM

New England Baseball Journal listed 2 Huskies as the Top 16 New England pitchers for the 2020 MLB Draft.

2. Brandon Dufault

Pitcher, Northeastern University
Windham, N.H.
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 195

Dufault tilts the scales in the opposite direction of Va Tech's Ian Seymour — heavy on projection and light on performance. The 6-foot-5 righthander had his fastball clocked at 97 mph in the 2018 Futures Collegiate League, and he has since consistently pitched in the low- to mid-90s. He struggled both at Northeastern and on the Cape in 2019 after a promising year in 2018.

12. David Stiehl

Pitcher, Northeastern
Manchester, Conn.
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200

Stiehl got some experience on the Cape last summer, making five appearances for the Orleans Firebirds. As a swing pitcher for Northeastern last spring, he went 6-4 with a 4.82 ERA in 70 innings. Stiehl established some momentum in May when he picked up wins over James Madison and Towson, allowing a combined two earned runs in 12.2 innings with 13 strikeouts.


RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 01-24-2020 02:05 PM

NU got 1 vote in the latest USA Today poll.

UNCW got 3 votes.


RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 01-25-2020 01:03 AM

The boys are in full swing at Cabot. They held their first practice on Friday.

Glavine talked about the preparation and the first practice ...



RE: 2020 Baseball - Bawlmer Duke - 01-28-2020 09:02 AM

Did you come across the preseason CAA rankings?

Nevermind...another JMU poster thinks it will be out in a week or two based on last years release.

RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 01-28-2020 12:36 PM

(01-28-2020 09:02 AM)Bawlmer Duke Wrote:  Did you come across the preseason CAA rankings?

Nevermind...another JMU poster thinks it will be out in a week or two based on last years release.

No I haven’t yet.

I know D1 Baseball will soon release their CAA Previews. They have already released several other conferences on their website.

As far as the coaches and media CAA preview, not sure when they will release it.

RE: 2020 Baseball - Seahawk Nation 08 - 02-05-2020 11:45 AM

You guys were picked to finish 2nd by the coaches: https://caasports.com/news/2020/2/5/uncw-picked-to-win-2020-caa-baseball-championship.aspx


1. UNCW (7 first-place votes) 63
2. Northeastern (2 first-place votes) 54
3. Charleston 44
Elon 44
5. William & Mary 40
6. James Madison 32
7. Delaware 23
8. Hofstra 12
Towson 12

Ian Fair earned Preseason CAA POY Honors.

You also had 1 other player appear on the All-CAA Preseason Team list (Scott Holzwasser) and 4 others make the Honorable Mention list (Costello, Rosen, Stiehl, Dufault).

RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 02-05-2020 05:35 PM

(02-05-2020 11:45 AM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  You guys were picked to finish 2nd by the coaches: https://caasports.com/news/2020/2/5/uncw-picked-to-win-2020-caa-baseball-championship.aspx


1. UNCW (7 first-place votes) 63
2. Northeastern (2 first-place votes) 54
3. Charleston 44
Elon 44
5. William & Mary 40
6. James Madison 32
7. Delaware 23
8. Hofstra 12
Towson 12

Ian Fair earned Preseason CAA POY Honors.

You also had 1 other player appear on the All-CAA Preseason Team list (Scott Holzwasser) and 4 others make the Honorable Mention list (Costello, Rosen, Stiehl, Dufault).

You beat me to this!

I was busy today and didn't have the chance to post this so thanks.

Coach Glav and Ian Fair spoke about the preseason honors ...


I'm still waiting for D1 Baseball to post their CAA preview.

RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 02-05-2020 05:58 PM

Baseball America's 2020 CAA College Baseball Preview ...

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The 2019 season in the CAA looked like it was going to be headlined by Elon. The Phoenix not only won the regular-season title, but advanced to the CAA Conference Tournament championship game with their 36th win of the season. It was there that the team’s run ended, however.

UNC Wilmington upset the top seed in the title game with a thrilling 6-5 win in 10 innings to advance to the NCAA Tournament in the final season of longtime coach Mark Scalf’s tenure.

The offseason that followed that run was not kind to the Seahawks, or other teams in the conference. Not only did 2019 CAA player of the year Greg Jones get drafted in the first round by the Rays, but two other key Seahawks—lefthander Blake Morgan and righthander Justin Crump—said goodbye to the school. Elon, meanwhile, lost the 2019 CAA pitcher of the year George Kirby in the first round to the Mariners, and righthander Kyle Brnovich and hitters Ty Adcock and Cam Devanney also moved on. College of Charleston won’t have Danny Wondrack, the 2019 CAA home run leader, and five other top hitters.

The losses leave holes in the rosters of three of the conference’s top teams. Coming into the 2020 season, UNCW has the strongest combination of depth and talent to offset its losses, but will have to hold off a determined Northeastern team in its pursuit of an NCAA Tournament bid.

Preseason Awards

Player of the Year: Ian Fair, 3B, Northeastern

Fair has put together an impressive resume in his two seasons suiting up for the Huskies. As a redshirt freshman, he was named CAA co-rookie of the year and a second-team all-CAA selection. As a redshirt sophomore, he was even better, leading the league in average (.357), hitting eight home runs and driving in 33 runs and earning a first-team all-CAA selection. As a redshirt junior, there’s every reason to think that Fair should take another step forward and earn player of the year honors as the leader for a Northeastern team looking to bounce back from a tough season. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Fair has good size and speed, evidenced by his 14 stolen bases in two seasons, and he will continue to wreak havoc with his bat in 2020.

Pitcher of the Year: Jared Wetherbee, LHP, Elon

After spending his freshman season primarily in the bullpen, Wetherbee moved to the rotation as a sophomore and went 7-4, 3.00 with 98 strikeouts in 84 innings. He should follow in the footsteps of former Elon righthander George Kirby, the 2019 CAA pitcher of the year, as the next Phoenix pitcher to take home the award. With both Kirby and righthander Kyle Brnovich having been selected in the 2019 draft, the 5-foot-10, 203-pound Wetherbee, who possesses a three-pitch mix headlined by a low-90s fastball, will be the undisputed ace of Elon’s staff and should take another step forward with an impressive junior campaign.

Freshman of the Year: Sebastian Keane, RHP, Northeastern

Keane became the first Northeastern player in program history to honor his commitment after being selected in the MLB draft. The Red Sox 11th-round selection was the top high school prospect in Massachusetts and brings a projectable 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame to campus. Keane relies on a fastball that sits at 90-92 mph to go along with an improving low-80s slider, a curveball and a changeup. Keane should take little time in getting comfortable with his new surroundings before putting the rest of the conference on notice.

Predicted Order of Finish (2019 record)

1. UNC Wilmington (32-31, 12-12)

There will be a different feel around UNCW this spring. Coach Mark Scalf retired following last season, his 28th at the program’s helm, and Randy Hood, his longtime assistant, was promoted to take his place. Hood has been on staff at UNCW since 2001 and played a key role in the program’s growth over the last two decades. Now, his task is to keep it rolling in 2020, after losing 2019 CAA player of the year Greg Jones and key relievers Blake Morgan and Justin Crump. Despite those losses, the Seahawks return much of their core from last year’s roster. Back to lead the lineup is senior third baseman Cole Weiss (.305/.387/.434, 49 RBI), junior center fielder Noah Bridges (.263/.324/.390, 17 SB) and senior DH Kep Brown (.273/.343/.449, 8 HR). Two-way player Adam Smith steps up to take over the reins for Jones at shortstop and provides solid defense and a strong arm at the position. Meanwhile, talented freshmen Trevor Marsh and Jac Croom will slide in at left fielder and second base, respectively, to give the Seahawks a talented lineup to lead them back to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year. Their real strength, though, is on the mound. All three starters that pitched at least 50 innings are back to lead the way, starting with Friday starter Luke Gesell (5.5, 3.59). He’s joined by junior lefthander Zarion Sharpe (3-3, 4.21), who was drafted in the 19th round in 2019, but decided to return to school for his senior season, and junior righthander Landon Rouppe (6-3, 3.47). Rounding out the pitching staff is Smith (0-0, 1.64), who will be asked to take on the closer role. With quality bats in the lineup and three quality starters returning to lead the pitching staff, the Seahawks should capture the CAA regular-season title for the first time since 2016.

2. Northeastern (28-29, 12-12)

Coming off a disappointing season in 2019, coach Mike Glavine and his squad will be out to prove the season was an aberration for a program that consistently finishes near the top of the conference. The Huskies will have to do so without key players from last year’s team, including leading home run threat Jake Farrell and Friday starter Sean Mellen. Fortunately, the Huskies do return a lot of speed from a lineup that stole 101 bases last season, good for the third-best mark in the conference. Redshirt-junior third baseman Ian Fair (.357/.419/.520, 8 HR) has gotten better every year on the diamond and should be the conference’s best hitter this season. He’s joined in the lineup by three seniors in DH Jake Rosen (.237.,380/.356, 9 SB), left fielder Kyle Peterson (.167/.321/.182) and second baseman Scott Holzwasser (.254/.394/.402, 27 SB). Junior right fielder Jeff Costello (.267/.348/.351, 19 SB) will also prove to be an integral part of the lineup and redshirt junior Teddy Beaudet (.200/.333/.200) provides quality defense behind the plate. The loss of Mellen in the rotation should be offset by the arrival of the conference’s top freshman in righthander Sebastian Keane, who bypassed a chance to sign with the Red Sox as an 11th-round draft pick in order to honor his commitment. Keane brings a strong four-pitch mix led by a fastball that can top out at 95 mph. Redshirt-senior righthander Kyle Murphy (5-4, 4.66) provides experience at the top of the rotation, and junior righthander Sam Jacobsak (2-6, 5.34) converted from a reliever to the team’s Saturday starter and is expected to have a strong year. Even with heavy losses from last year’s squad, the Huskies have enough talent to challenge the Seahawks at the top of the conference.

3. College of Charleston (36-21, 16-8)

For the second consecutive season, College of Charleston finished with 35 or more wins and 15 or more conference victories, but it could be tough to accomplish that feat in 2020. Losing leading hitter Danny Wondrack is tough, but he’s far from the only player from last year’s team who won’t return this season. Of the team’s top seven hitters, only senior outfielder Chris Graham (.291/.352/.346, 13 SB) will this spring take the field for the Cougars. He will need help from other returning hitters in seniors Harrison Hawkins (.220/.305/.364) and Ari Sechopoulos (.202/.312/.327). With many more questions than answers, it’s tough to envision the Cougars leading the league in hitting once again. On the mound, Charleston faces more heavy losses with the departure of dominant righthander Griffin McLarty and closer Nathan Ocker. Fortunately, senior righthander Tradd James (3-0, 2.77) and junior lefthander Zach Williams (3-3, 4.58) return to school. It could be a rebuilding year in Charleston, but it’s tough to count out the program after seeing the results from Chad Holbrook’s first two seasons at the helm.

4. Willam & Mary (33-22, 12-11)

Even with the loss of lefthander Bodie Sheehan, the Tribe returns a strong core of pitchers to once again features one of the better staffs in the league. Senior righthander Wadee Strain (6-4, 3.61) will be the team’s Friday starter and fellow senior righthander Chris Farrell (5-2, 2.58) brings a strong fastball/slider combo to the Saturday starter role. Sophomore lefthander Zach Tsakounis (4-2, 3.60) should continue to get better after being a CAA all-rookie selection in 2019. Junior righthander Randy Prosperi (3-2, 3.52) will take over in the closer role after striking out 42 batters in 38.1 innings last year. The real question for the team lies with the Tribe’s hitting after losing catcher Hunter Smith, Zach Pearson and Kyle Wrighte. If other hitters can step up to help senior left fielder Brandon Raquet (.269/.402/.531, 8 HR), a third-team all-CAA selection last season, and junior second baseman Matt McDermott (.251/.292/.330, 35 RBI), then the Tribe can reach its ceiling and potentially make it to a regional after a three-year absence.

5. Elon (33-24, 19-5)

After taking home the CAA regular-season title in 2019, Elon looked like it was on its way to its first regional bid since 2013. The Phoenix got all the way to the CAA Tournament championship game before losing in heartbreaking fashion in a 6-5 extra-innings loss to UNC Wilmington. Elon will be determined to avenge that defeat in 2020, but perhaps no CAA team lost more of its core from last season than the Phoenix. Not only did the 1-2 combo of starting pitchers George Kirby and Kyle Brnovich leave in the draft, but catcher Cam Devanney and outfielder/closer Ty Adcock also must be replaced. With the return of senior third baseman Joe Satterfield (.325/.438/.476), senior outfielder Tyler Stanley (28 SB) and sophomore DH Matt Oldham (.224/.320/.362, 5 HR), Elon still retains a strong lineup, however. On the mound, junior lefthander Jared Wetherbee (7-4, 3.00) is the easy choice for the team’s Friday starter and will be aided by freshman righthander Spencer Bauer and senior lefthander Dean McCarthy (2-3, 3.70) who transitions to a role as a starter after appearing in 27 games as a reliever in 2019. Sophomore righthander Joe Sprake (0-2, 4.91) will take over the closer role for Adcock after earning one save as a freshman. Elon faces a tough test after losing so much talent to remain in the conference’s top tier.

6. James Madison (31-26, 11-15)

The Dukes return their nine most productive hitters from last year’s team, led by speedy left fielder Trevon Dabney (.306/.457/494, 17 SB). Joining Dabney in the outfield is freshman Chase Delauter, who impressed coaches in fall ball, and junior Conor Hartigan (.280/.383/.420). Power threat Brady Harju (.295/.358/.479, 9 HR) will slide in at first base opposite 2018 CAA all-rookie team selection Josh Jones, who missed last season. Shortstop Nick Zona (.337/.387/.388) will take on a bigger role this season after starting 30 games as a freshman. The team’s pitching staff doesn’t have quite the same continuity. Friday starter Kevin Kelly was drafted in the 19th round by the Indians and Joe Williams exhausted his eligibility. But 6-foot-5 righthander Kevin Stewart (4-5, 2.74) will slide into the Friday role and will be joined in the weekend rotation by righthanders Michael Bechtold (2-2, 5.67) and Justin Showalter (1-3, 3.72). Redshirt senior lefthander Brett Ayer (4-1, 2.52) takes over the closer role after the departure of Nick Robertson (5-1, 1.01, 8 SV). If the Dukes can again boast the top ERA of the conference, they will finish higher than this ranking, but that will be a tough task after losing key pitchers.

7. Delaware (21-33, 9-15)

Even though Delaware finished with just 21 wins last season, the fewest by the program since 2003, there were reasons for optimism. Freshman first baseman Joseph Carpenter (.300/.368/.459) was named the 2019 CAA rookie of the year and should be even better as a sophomore. The Blue Hens also added redshirt junior third baseman John Marti, who was a first-team all-Patriot League selection in 2018 before transferring to Delaware. The two hitters will be joined by first-team all-CAA selection in center fielder Jordan Hutchins (.272/.375/.421, 4 HR) and left fielder Austin Colmery (.262/.413/.352), a CAA all-rookie team honoree in 2019, to form a strong lineup. That stability extends to the pitching staff. Even without Friday starter Brandon Walter, the Blue Hens boast plenty of familiar faces, including junior righthander Chris Ludman (3-8, 5.82). Sophomore righthander Jack Dubecq (2-5, 3.44) should be the team’s Saturday starter as a sophomore and righthander Joey Silan (3-5, 5.53) should retain a spot in the rotation, as well. Closer Derek Wakeley (2-3, 3.91, 6 SV) retains his role after a nice junior season. The Blue Hens might not have the talent to compete at the top of the conference, but they will certainly improve upon last season’s results.

8. Hofstra (18-31-1, 10-14)

It will be tough for the Pride to replace the big bat of catcher Vito Friscia, who led the team in nearly every offensive category from a season ago. The good news is that the Pride still bring back 27 lettermen from last year’s team, headlined by senior first baseman Rob Weissheier (.258/.371/.509, 8 HR), junior shortstop Austin Gauthier (.269/.373/.374, 12 SB) and sophomore center fielder Anthony D’Onofrio (.253/.320/.400, 10 SB). On the mound, starters Jack Jett (2-3, 5.52) and Ryan Rue (3-4, 4.48) return to lead the rotation. Jimmy Joyce (2-4, 8.35) slides in to become the team’s Sunday starter after pitching mostly in a relief role. Although high-leverage reliever Daniel Page (2.19, 4 SV) graduated, Andrew Mundy (1-2, 4.78, 5 SV) is back to reprise his role as closer. Even with so much of the team’s core back, the Pride must figure out a way to both manufacture runs and tighten up run prevention after finishing at or near the bottom in the CAA in runs and ERA last season.

9. Towson (7-17, 14-39)

Towson finished last in the conference in runs scored (211) and seventh in ERA (5.59) and it will be tough for the team to get much better in 2020 with the losses of third baseman Zach Piazza and Friday starter Gavin Weyman. Senior first baseman Brad Powers (.267/.391/.478, 7 HR) will be the key cog in the Tigers’ lineup, along with sophomore center fielder Javon Fields (.272/.366/.371, 15 SB). Junior righthander Josh Seils (2-8, 4.00) will take over Weyman’s role as Friday starter and junior college transfer Shayne Clowar will be the team’s Saturday starter. Junior righthander Jake Pecilunas (2-5, 5.14, 1 SV) takes over the closer job this season.

Top 2020 Draft Prospects

Landen Roupp, RHP, UNC Wilmington
Noah Bridges, OF, UNC Wilmington
Billy Sullivan, OF, Delaware
Jared Wetherbee, LHP, Elon
Ian Fair, OF, Northeastern
Zarion Sharpe, RHP, UNC Wilmington
Cole Weiss, 3B, UNC Wilmington
Chris Farrell, RHP, William & Mary
Nick Stewart, RHP, James Madison
Jack Jett, RHP, Hofstra

RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 02-12-2020 06:48 PM

2020 Colonial Preview: UNCW Still The One

Elon won the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title by three games last year, but when the dust settled it was still UNC Wilmington representing the CAA in the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Seahawks bring back an experienced pitching staff and an athletic lineup, making them the league’s clear-cut favorites heading into 2020, but Northeastern, James Madison, Elon and College of Charleston all look capable of making noise. The CAA has sent two teams to regionals three times in the last five years, and it has a real chance to do so again in 2020.

Projected Standings

Bold indicates 2019 regional team, and records are from 2019. Teams are listed in order of projected 2020 finish.

UNC Wilmington 12-12 32-31

Northeastern 12-12 28-29
James Madison 11-13 31-26
Elon 19-5 33-24
William & Mary 12-12 33-22
College of Charleston 16-8 36-21
Hofstra 10-14 18-31-1
Delaware 9-15 21-33
Towson 7-17 14-39

Projected Regional Team (1): UNC Wilmington

Player of the Year: Ian Fair, 3B, Northeastern

Pitcher of the Year: Zarion Sharpe, LHP, UNC Wilmington

Freshman of the Year: Sebastian Keane, RHP, Northeastern

Top Prospects/Impact Freshmen
Asterisks denote draft-eligible underclassmen.


1 Zarion Sharpe LHP UNC Wilmington
2 Nick Stewart RHP James Madison
3 Jared Wetherbee LHP Elon
4 Noah Bridges OF UNC Wilmington
5 Billy Sullivan IV RHP Delaware
6 Justin Showalter RHP James Madison
7 Brandon Dufault RHP Northeastern
8 Josh Jones* 3B James Madison
9 Sam Jacobsak RHP Northeastern
10 Ian Fair 3B Northeastern

11 Chris Farrell RHP William & Mary
12 Landen Roupp RHP UNC Wilmington
13 Brandon Raquet OF William & Mary
14 Cole Weiss 3B UNC Wilmington
15 Chris Graham OF College of Charleston
16 Luke Gesell RHP UNC Wilmington
17 Josh Seils RHP Towson
18 Tradd James RHP College of Charleston
19 Kip Brandenburg 1B UNC Wilmington
20 Dean McCarthy LHP Elon
21 Fox Semones 2B James Madison
22 Rob Weissheier 1B Hofstra
23 Blake Deatherage RHP UNC Wilmington
24 Shane Klowar* RHP Towson
25 Austin Gauthier SS Hofstra


1 Joseph Carpenter 1B Delaware
2 Trevon Dabney OF James Madison
3 Adam Smith RHP/SS UNC Wilmington
4 Joe Sprake RHP Elon
5 Ryan Rue LHP Hofstra
6 Brooks Baldwin OF UNC Wilmington
7 Jared Dupere OF Northeastern
8 Nick Zona SS James Madison
9 Matt Suggs C UNC Wilmington
10 Jack Cone OF William & Mary
11 Anthony Galason OF Elon
12 Javon Fields OF Towson
13 Randy Prosperi RHP William & Mary
14 Anthony D'Onofrio OF Hofstra
15 Brody Lawson RHP UNC Wilmington


1 Sebastian Keane RHP Northeastern

2 Chase DeLauter OF/LHP James Madison
3 Caswell Smith RHP College of Charleston
4 Trotter Harlan SS College of Charleston
5 Jordan Jurkiewicz C Delaware
6 Spencer Bauer RHP Elon
7 Trevor Marsh OF UNC Wilmington
8 Jac Croom INF UNC Wilmington
9 Ben Williamson 3B William & Mary
10 Alex Iadisernia OF Elon
11 Joseph Mershon 2B College of Charleston
12 Will Kennedy OF Hofstra
13 Ronald Evans 1B/3B UNC Wilmington
14 Matt Yip C UNC Wilmington
15 Burke Camper C Towson

Projected Regional Team

UNC Wilmington

The Seahawks struggled to a .500 record in CAA play a year ago, but they got hot at the right time, winning the conference tournament by taking down top-seeded Elon in extra innings in the winner-takes-all title game, sending Mark Scalf back to regionals for the 10th time in his 28th and final season as head coach. Randy Hood, who had served as Scalf’s lieutenant since the fall of 2001, took over the reins as head coach upon Scalf’s retirement, ensuring a seamless transition for a program that has recorded 14 top-three CAA finishes in the last 17 years.

The Colonial’s most experienced and accomplished pitching staff makes Wilmington the obvious favorite to win the league again in Hood’s first season as skipper. Senior RHP Luke Gesell (5-5, 3.59), fourth-year junior lefty Zarion Sharpe (3-3, 4.21) and junior righty Landen Roupp (6-3, 3.47) give UNCW three seasoned weekend starters who all have quality stuff and loads of mound presence. The 6-foot-5 Gesell attacks the zone at 88-91 and touches 93 with a quality 80-83 slider and low-80s mph changeup, and he can throw all three for strikes in any count. Sharpe, the league’s top prospect, is loose 6-foot-5, 207-pounder whom Hood compared physically to Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. Sharpe has made a strong recovery from the back injury that sidelined him in 2018; after building up his strength last spring, he posted a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings in the Cape Cod League last summer. Sharpe has run his heater up to 93-94 mph in the past along with a good short late-breaking slider at 81-82 and a quality changeup at 84. Roupp is a reliable, durable strike-thrower who pounds the zone with an 88-91 sinker, a sharp three-quarters breaking ball at 74-76 and a solid changeup. Between sophomore sinker/slider specialist Gage Herring, senior RHP Blake Deatherage (who showed 90-93 heat and a decent 78-79 slider in the fall), and 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore Brody Lawson (who owns a nice four-pitch mix), Wilmington also has three very capable options for midweek starts.

That depth carries over to the bullpen, though the Seahawks need to solidify roles at the back end. Sophomore two-way talent Adam Smith looks like the favorite for the closer job, thanks to his ability to pump strikes with his lively low-90s fastball and swing-and-miss curveball in the mid-70s with sharp 11-to-5 break. Fifth-year senior righty Breydan Gorham, whose 87-89 fastball plays up because of its arm-side run and ability to throw his secondary stuff for strikes, also figures to be a key bullpen piece, along with senior Henry Ryan and fourth-year junior righty Nick Bruno, both of whom have shown 92-94 heat in the past but weren’t as firm in the fall. Bruno, who also spins a nice big-breaking curve, could be the pick to click now that he’s more than two years removed from Tommy John surgery.

Wilmington must replace dynamic first-round pick Greg Jones at shortstop, but the rest of the lineup returns largely intact (though second baseman Jackson Meadows’ status is uncertain after shoulder soreness sidelined him in the fall). The two-way talent Smith will take over for Jones at short, where his rifle arm is a major asset and his hands and feet work well. Instinctive freshman Jac Croom could take over for Meadows at second and grind out tough at-bats at the plate. Senior Cole Weiss (.305/.387/.434) is a sound defender at third and a proven run producer in the heart of the order, and fellow senior Kep Brown (.449 slugging, 8 HR) provides rightanded power at the DH spot or an outfield corner.

Look for big steps forward from talented sophomores Matt Suggs (an athletic, strong-armed catcher with emerging righthanded pop) and Brooks Baldwin (a rangy switch-hitter with speed and feel for his barrel from both sides of the plate, along with the versatility to play either outfield corner, first base or second). Junior Kip Brandenburg, a transfer from North Carolina, figures to take over the first base job and serve as another valuable righthanded power source. Junior center fielder Noah Bridges is the most talented position player on the roster, a legitimate five-tool talent with bat speed from the left side and very good speed. Freshmen Trevor Marsh (an athletic outfielder with good speed and a gap-to-gap stroke from the left side), Ronald Evans (a physical, powerful corner infielder) and Matt Yip (a talented catcher with righty pop of his own) all figure to make impacts early in their careers, adding quality depth. And sophomore outfielder Chris Thorburn, a lefthanded slasher, provides additional speed in the outfield.

Keep An Eye On …


After winning the CAA regular-season title and earning an at-large bid in 2018, the Huskies fell back to the pack in 2019, finishing .500 in the league and one game under .500 overall. But there’s reason to expect Northeastern will return to contending for the Colonial title in 2020, thanks to an experienced and versatile lineup and quality starting pitching. The linchpin of the offense will be fourth-year junior third baseman Ian Fair (.357/.419/.520, 8 HR), the reigning CAA batting champ and preseason conference player of the year coming off a strong summer in the Cape Cod League. Fair is an outstanding all-around player with advanced feel for hitting, good righthanded power, rock-solid defensive skills at the hot corner, and even above-average speed. He’ll team with fleet-footed defensive whiz Spenser Smith to form the CAA’s best left half of the infield. Like Smith, senior 2B Scott Holzwasser brings plus speed and superb defense in the middle infield, and he’s a gritty gap-to-gap hitter who makes the offense go out of the leadoff spot. Redshirt sophomore Corey DiLoreto takes over at first base and is expected to hit cleanup behind Fair, as the Huskies anticipate a power surge from him at the plate. Sophomore Jared Dupere and junior Jeff Costello bring more plus speed to the outfield, and both look primed to take jumps offensively after good falls. The catching position is a question mark, but Northeastern is optimistic that strong-armed redshirt junior Teddy Beaudet is ready to handle the staff.

Northeastern will lean upon a seasoned fifth-year senior on Friday nights in Kyle Murphy, a competitive four-pitch righty with a 90-92 fastball that bumps 94, a swing-and-miss changeup and an emerging slider. Junior RHP Sam Jacobsak has taken a jump physically and turned himself into a draft prospect with a 90-93 fastball and a wipeout slider. The Sunday starter figures to be blue-chip freshman RHP Sebastian Keane, an unsigned 11th-round pick by the Red Sox and the first drafted Northeastern player to eschew pro ball in order to honor his commitment. Keane’s stuff is electric: a 91-93 fastball that touches 95, a filthy slider and a useful curveball along with a developing changeup. The bullpen is Northeastern’s biggest question mark, but junior RHP Brandon Dufault has a chance to be a shutdown closer if he can harness his command of a 93-95 fastball that has bumped 97, swing-and-miss changeup and improving slider. Sr. RHP Brian Rodriguez should be much better than last year’s 7.16 ERA, with a 90-92 fastball and two variations of a slider. The Huskies lack lefthanded pitching, however, after losing Sean Mellen and Andrew Misiaszek to the draft plus James Quinlivan and Matt Downing to Tommy John surgery.

James Madison
Last spring, the Dukes posted a winning record overall for the first time since 2011, and they are built to take another big step forward in Marlin Ikenberry’s fifth year at the helm this spring. This is a balanced, experienced roster with talent in the lineup as well as on the mound, and the offense has a real chance to be the CAA’s best. Three seniors provide valuable veteran presence: catcher Kyle Hayes (who stands out for his catch-and-throw skills), first baseman Brady Harju (an athletic and physical run producer who hit .295 with nine homers a year ago) and second baseman Fox Semones (a speed merchant who can run the 60-yard dash in 6.3 seconds, making him a disruptive catalyst). Junior right fielder Conor Hartigan will hit in the heart of the order and could put up big power numbers if he can stay healthy. And the Dukes have four outstanding sophomores returning who all hit .296 or better as freshmen, though 3B Josh Jones did it in 2018 before redshirting in 2019. Jones and shortstop Nick Zona are standout defenders on the left side of the infield, and both of them have nice line-drive strokes at the plate. Left fielder Trevon Dabney (.306/.457/.494, 6 HR, 17 SB) has the best raw tools on the team, with an exciting power/speed combination and a mature approach. And OF/DH Kyle Novak is a natural born hitter from the left side who could contend for the league batting title this spring, the coaches believe. Freshman two-way talent Chase DeLauter is the other key lefthanded bat in this lineup, with the ability to hit for average and power along with excellent speed that plays in center field.

DeLauter also looks slated for a starting role on the mound, perhaps as the midweek man. He’s a low three-quarters lefty with an upper-80s fastball and polished secondary stuff. The likely weekend rotation features three power-armed righties: juniors Nick Stewart, Michael Bechtold and Justin Showalter. The 6-foot-5 Stewart (4-5, 2.74 in 72.1 IP) is a rising prospect with a 90-94 fastball that flirts with upper-90s at times and the ability to miss bats with his secondary stuff. The 6-3 Bechtold sits at 90-92 and has taken a big step forward with his control, showing the ability to throw four pitches for strikes. And the 6-4 Showalter attacks at 90-93 with a putaway slider and very good changeup. The Dukes also have a proven senior to anchor the bullpen in lefthander Brett Ayer (4-1, 2.52 with 52 strikeouts in 35.2 IP), who set the school’s single-season record for ERA in 2018 (0.45).


Elon dominated the CAA in 2019, going 19-5 in conference to win the regular-season title by three games over second-place College of Charleston and seven games over the three teams tied for third place. But Elon’s heart was broken with an extra-inning loss to UNCW in the CAA tournament title game, denying the Phoenix its first trip to regionals since 2013. Now Elon must move forward without its pair of All-America co-aces, George Kirby and Kyle Brnovich, plus shortstop Cam Devanney and two-way talent Ty Adcock. It’s natural to expect a step back after those kinds of departures, but Elon should remain very competitive thanks to a nice blend of experienced seniors and emerging young talent in the lineup and on the mound. In order for the Phoenix to make another run at the CAA title, it will need some of its unproven young power arms to mature in a hurry to complement junior ace Jared Wetherbee (7-4, 3.00, 98 K in 84 IP), who should be one of the top pitchers in the Colonial. Wetherbee moves from the Sunday starter spot into the Friday night role, and he has Friday night-caliber stuff, with a lively 88-93 fastball and the makings of three solid secondary pitches, though they aren’t finished products. Senior lefty Dean McCarthy, who made 27 relief appearances a year ago, looks like a strong candidate to slide into the rotation; he attacks the zone at 86-89 with a solid three-quarters breaking ball at 76-78 and a firm changeup with decent sink. Elon could choose to split up the two lefties by starting burly 6-foot-2, 235-pound freshman righty Spencer Bauer on Saturdays. Bauer ran his heater up to 94 mph in the fall, along with an 81-83 slider that has bigger break and could use some tightening, but it has the makings of being a nice weapon for him. Another big-bodied power righty, sophomore Joe Sprake, has shutdown closer potential if he can throw more strikes this spring. His fastball touched 96 mph this fall, and his slider and changeup are making progress.

Adcock and Devanney combined for 22 of the team’s 44 home runs last year, so Elon will count upon physical senior catcher Nick Cicci (a quality defender with a strong arm) to help fill the power void after hitting just three homers a year ago. First baseman Joe Satterfield (.325/.438/.476) is the team’s top returning hitter, a lefty bat with some pop and feel to hit. He and athletic 5-foot-7 sophomore outfielder Anthony Galason should be two key pillars to anchor the Elon lineup, and freshman right fielder Alex Iadisernia is a polished line-drive hitter who should step into a key role immediately. He and blazing-fast senior center fielder Tyler Stanley could be counted upon to make the lineup go at the top, though Stanley needs to prove he can get on base more consistently after hitting .225 a year ago. Juco transfer Luke Coker will help shore up the defense at second base and bring plenty of energy and bat handling skills at the plate. Senior shortstop/righthander Adam Spurlin also stood out at the plate in the fall, showing wiry strength at the plate and a rifle arm on defense. On the mound, Spurlin is a funky, high-effort, low-slot righty who worked at 90-92 with deception and flashed a promising Frisbee slider at 79-80, though it was inconsistent. Rounding out the infield is senior third baseman Garrett Stonehouse, who returns from a torn meniscus and should serve as an action player in the lineup’s 2-hole.

William & Mary

The Tribe returns a strong nucleus from a club that ranked third in the CAA in scoring and second in ERA a year ago, making this team a sneaky contender for conference supremacy. The experienced pitching staff will be fronted by the rotation tandem of senior righthanders Wade Strain (6-4, 3.61) and Chris Farrell (5-2, 2.58). The 6-foot-6 Strain is a workhorse who attacks the zone with three solid pitches, headlined by his effective cutter. Farrell is a power-armed righty who used his wipeout slider to strike out 47 batters in 38.1 innings a year ago. A third senior righty, Nick Butts (3-1, 4.64), could push for the Sunday job or work on Tuesdays; his three-pitch mix is highlighted by a very good changeup. Sophomore lefty Zach Tsakounis (4-2, 3.60) is the other strong starting candidate, a four-pitch southpaw whose best offering is his changeup as well. Another four-pitch lefty, Justin Pearson (2.92 ERA), will help junior RHP Randy Prosperi (3.52 ERA, 42-12 K-BB in 33 IP) anchor the bullpen. Prosperi owes that excellent strikeout rate in large measure to his swing-and-miss slider.

The centerpiece of the lineup is senior outfielder Brandon Raquet (.269/.402/.531, 8 HR), a lefthanded power hitter with plus speed. William & Mary hopes fellow corner outfielder Matt Thomas is ready to take a big step forward as a sophomore and provide Raquet some protection in the heart of the order. Sophomore center fielder Jack Cone is the most obvious breakout candidate and the likely leadoff hitter; he’s a dynamic athlete with a rifle arm, good speed and emerging lefthanded pop. Senior catcher Matt Trehub (.282/.397/.403) is a sound defensive catcher with a strong arm and good contact skills at the plate. Junior second baseman Matt McDermott, a returning two-year starter with plus speed, and sophomore shortstop Phil Conti will team up to form a slick-fielding double-play tandem, making this team strong up the middle. And third baseman Ben Williamson leads a promising group of freshmen who could make a big impact early on for this club.

The Rest Of The Pack

College of Charleston

The Cougars must replace a host of departed mainstays from last year’s second-plus club, leaving just three returning players who logged more than 100 at-bats last year, and none who registered 160 at-bats. The most accomplished returning position player is senior center fielder Chris Graham (.291 with 13 SB), a 5-foot-8 fire brand with plus-plus speed who will serve as one of the main engines of the lineup. Senior Harrison Hawkins, a physical 6-foot-3 corner outfielder, has tantalized with his power potential but needs to put it all together this spring after posting a meager .637 OPS in 159 at-bats last year. And Charleston needs a big bounceback year from senior first baseman Ari Sechopoulos, who owns a nice lefthanded stroke and hit for power as a sophomore (nine homers, .961 OPS) but slumped dreadfully as a junior (.639 OPS). Sophomore DH Tanner Steffy has intriguing strength in his righty stroke and could be a breakout candidate. An influx of talented newcomers should help the offense stay afloat and inject some athleticism into the defense. Juco transfer Donald Hansis has some righthanded pop and is a solid runner in right field. And the freshman tandem of SS Trotter Harlan and 2B Joseph Mershon should be fun to watch in the middle infield. Harlan, one of the favorites for CAA freshman of the year honors, is a skilled defender and bat handler with gap-to-gap strength and solid-average speed. He and Mershon are twitchy 5-foot-11 athletes who could turn into interesting draft prospects by the time they are juniors.

On the mound, the Cougars will sorely miss departed ace Griffin McLarty and closer Nathan Ocker. Expect lefthander Jordan Carr, a graduate transfer from UNC Asheville, to take over the Friday starter role. He’s a strike-thrower with an 89-91 fastball and a very good changeup, but he has yet to post an ERA under 5.21 in his first three seasons, so the Cougars need him to take another step forward. Two freshmen could join Carr in the weekend rotation: righties Trey Pooser (who stands out for his ability to spot up with his 88-90 fastball) and Caswell Smith. CofC coach Chad Holbrook said the super-talented Smith reminds him of major leaguer Matt Harvey when he was a freshman at North Carolina; he’s an excellent athlete with a clean arm action that can produce 92-95 heat with good sink. Holbrook thinks he has a chance to develop into the first Cougar to be drafted in the first round by the time his collegiate career is done. Junior lefty Zach Williams, who made 10 starts and posted a 4.58 ERA last year, is a more experienced starting option who could wind up in a midweek role; he’s similar to Carr, with an 88-90 fastball and good changeup. Senior righties Tradd James (a sinker/slider specialist who can reach 92 mph) and Josh Price (a rubber-armed sidewinder who logged 81 innings over 33 appearances last year) will anchor the bullpen.


Experience should be a major asset for Hofstra, which should have six upperclassmen in the lineup and a nice group of seniors leading the pitching staff. Sr. RHP Jack Jett (2-3, 5.52) came on strong down the stretch last year and carried his progress over into a good summer, making him the likely Friday starter this spring. Sophomore lefthander Ryan Rue (3-4, 4.48) is an emerging prospect for 2021 with excellent control, a swing-and-miss changeup, and a bulldog demeanor. Jr. RHP Jimmy Joyce could join that pair in the rotation if he can harness his 92-93 mph fastball, the firmest on the staff. Sr. RHP Andrew Mundy (4.78 ERA, 5 saves) returns to anchor the bullpen and should take another step forward in his second full season after Tommy John surgery. He stands out for his command of the zone and his quality slider. Sidewinding junior lefty Jack Anderson presents a different look and also has valuable experience in the pen.

The Pride offense doesn’t figure to lean heavily on the long ball, but it should be able to string hits together and push the action on the basepaths. There is one proven power threat returning in senior first baseman Rob Weissheier (.258/.371/.509, 8 HR), who still hasn’t reached his full power potential, according to the coaches. Hofstra hopes left fielder Brian Goulard, a graduate transfer from Fordham, can slide into the cleanup spot and provide some protection for Weissheier. Sophomore Anthony D’Onofrio and senior Vinnie Costello join Goulard in an athletic outfield. D’Onofrio is is the pick to click, a mature gap-to-gap hitter with good plate discipline, speed and a strong outfield arm. Junior shortstop Austin Gauthier is the best athlete on the team; he has good range and arm strength on defense along with blossoming pop and very good baserunning savvy. Sophomore Sean Flaherty, the nephew of former big league catcher John Flaherty, will take over behind the plate, where he has a strong arm. The Pride expects him to provide some gap power at the plate as well.


After making regionals in 2017 for the first time in 16 years, Delaware finished in the middle of the pack in 2018 and then slumped to eighth plate in the nine-team CAA last spring. The coaching staff likes its returning core and feels optimistic about its chances for improvement in 2020, but this group has a lot to prove. The return from injury of fifth-year senior outfielder Kyle Baker and flame-throwing righty Billy Sullivan IV should help a lot, though Sullivan likely won’t be back at full speed until midseason. When healthy, Sullivan can run his fastball up to 97 mph, though his arm action is fairly violent and has inhibited his strike-throwing consistency in the past. In the short term, the Blue Hens are counting on big steps forward from projected weekend starters Chris Ludman (3-8, 5.82), Jack Dubecq (2-5, 3.44) and Joey Silan (3-5, 5.53). Juco transfer RHP Mike Biasiello, whose fastball touches 92 mph with a high spin rate, figures to help senior RHP Derek Wakeley (3.91 ERA, 6 saves) hold down the bullpen.

Baker and sophomore first baseman Joseph Carpenter (.300/.368/.459) should give Delaware a dangerous duo in the heart of the order. Carpenter, the 2019 CAA freshman of the year, has big righthanded power potential, a clean bat path and natural hitting instincts, making him one of the league’s top prospects for the 2021 draft. Fourth-year junior Jordan Hutchins is a good center fielder whose speed also plays on the basepaths, and he should make the Blue Hens go out of the leadoff spot. And keep an eye on freshman catcher Jorden Jurkiewicz, an athletic backstop with a high baseball IQ. He should be a major difference maker from the outset.


The Towson coaches have their work cut out turning around program that won 14 games last year and just 13 games the year before. But the Tigers should be competitive on weekends thanks to the one-two punch of Josh Seils and Shayne Clowar atop the rotation. Seils (4.00 ERA in 78.2 IP) has a quick arm that can produce heat up to 92 mph. Clowar, a juco transfer, is a projectable 6-foot-4, 205-pound righthander with very good feel to spin breaking balls, and if he can fine-tune his command he’s got a chance to make a huge impact and get himself drafted. Junior righty Jake Pecilunas and senior lefty Austin Weber give Towson a pair of veterans to hold down the bullpen, but the Tigers need both to take steps forward after posting matching 5.14 ERAs last spring.

Towson’s offense was downright anemic last year, ranking 289th in the nation in scoring (four runs per game) and 292nd in batting (.231). Center fielder Javon Fields (.272/.366/.371) is an emerging talent who could bust out in a big way as a sophomore. Senior first baseman Brad Powers (7 HR) provides a little bit of thump in the heart of the order, but this lineup is otherwise bereft of proven commodities. Juco transfer Brandon Austin is an athletic third baseman with strength at the plate and will be counted upon to bolster the lineup. Another juco transfer, Portland kickback Nick Janowicz, could help shore up the catcher position, which is one of this team’s many question marks.

RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 02-13-2020 09:52 PM

The pitching matchups for the Alabama series ...

4 pm Friday: Kyle Murphy (Sr., RHP) vs. Connor Prielipp (Fr., LHP)

1 pm Saturday: Sam Jacobsak (Jr., RHP) vs. Connor Shamblin (So., RHP)

2 pm Sunday: Sebastian Keane (Fr., RHP) vs. Antoine Jean (Fr., LHP)

All times EST

All 3 games will be on SEC Network Plus on ESPN.com.


RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 02-13-2020 10:02 PM

D1 Baseball listed their Top 150 Impact Freshman.

Sebastian Keane was listed 32nd ... (I posted just the top 50)

Top 150 Impact Freshmen

Rank Player Position School

1 Hunter Barco LHP Florida
2 Jack Leiter RHP Vanderbilt
3 Nate Savino LHP Virginia
4 Bryce Osmond RHP Oklahoma State
5 Josh Rivera SS/3B Florida
6 Steven Hajjar (RS) LHP Michigan
7 Brooks Lee SS Cal Poly
8 Cooper Benson LHP Arizona State
9 Connor Prielipp LHP Alabama
10 Jose Torres SS NC State
11 Chris Newell OF Virginia
12 Drew Compton 1B Georgia Tech
13 Cade Doughty INF LSU
14 Hayden Dunhurst C Ole Miss
15 Will Frisch RHP Oregon State
16 Trey Faltine SS Texas
17 Michael Curialle SS UCLA
18 Nathan Hickey C/3B Florida
19 Dustin Dickerson SS/RHP Southern Miss
20 Zach Agnos 3B/RHP East Carolina
21 Sean McLain OF Arizona State
22 Pete Hansen LHP Texas
23 Kendall Pettis OF Oklahoma
24 Porter Brown (RS) OF TCU
25 Will Rigney RHP Baylor
26 JT Schwartz 1B UCLA
27 Reggie Crawford 1B/LHP Connecticut
28 Alex McFarlane RHP Miami
29 Spencer Jones 1B/LHP Vanderbilt
30 Brennan Milone 3B South Carolina
31 Robert Moore 2B/SS Arkansas
32 Sebastian Keane RHP Northeastern
33 Bryce Hubbart LHP Florida State
34 Henry Williams RHP Duke
35 Caden Miller 2B San Diego State
36 Nick Durgin RHP Stetson
37 Ryan Wrobleski (RS) C Dallas Baptist
38 Jack Frank OF Michigan State
39 JJ Cruz SS Cal State Fullerton
40 Henry Gargus OF Stanford
41 Aaron Roberts INF/RHP California
42 Eli Saul RHP Sacramento State
43 Ethan Vecrumba OF Indiana
44 Sean Burke (RS) RHP Maryland
45 Hayden Minton RHP Missouri State
46 Eric Brown INF Coastal Carolina
47 Ethan Fewell DH Winthrop
48 Cameron Weston RHP Michigan
49 Chris Campos 3B/RHP Saint Mary's
50 Ryan Cermak 3B Illinois State

JMU OF/P Chase DeLauter was ranked 59th on the list and CofC P Caswell Smith ranked 102nd

RE: 2020 Baseball - EvanJ - 02-16-2020 10:01 AM

You lost 10-0 and 8-0. Hits were 12 to 4 in each game.

RE: 2020 Baseball - Seahawk Nation 08 - 03-03-2020 01:27 PM

Teddy Beaudet was just named Player of the Week. Congrats to him.

CAA Baseball Player of the Week
Teddy Beaudet | C | Northeastern

Jr., 5-11, 195, Franklin, N.H./New Hampton School
Beaudet batted .545 (6-11) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, six runs scored and four RBI’s in Northeastern’s 4-0 week. The junior was 2-for-3 with a homer in a win over Villanova, 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored vs. Eastern Michigan and tripled and drove in two in another victory over EMU. He tops NU with a .423 average.

RE: 2020 Baseball - geewizNU - 03-03-2020 02:01 PM

(03-03-2020 01:27 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  Teddy Beaudet was just named Player of the Week. Congrats to him.

CAA Baseball Player of the Week
Teddy Beaudet | C | Northeastern

Jr., 5-11, 195, Franklin, N.H./New Hampton School
Beaudet batted .545 (6-11) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, six runs scored and four RBI’s in Northeastern’s 4-0 week. The junior was 2-for-3 with a homer in a win over Villanova, 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored vs. Eastern Michigan and tripled and drove in two in another victory over EMU. He tops NU with a .423 average.

I saw this. I was going to add to the Snowbird topic but I forgot.

Thanks for posting!