Week 14: May 15-21

By: Ryan Murphy
Ernie Clement (Virginia)

Professional Baseball-

Mike Jurgella, River City Rascals- Jurgella is in his third season of professional baseball, and is playing for the independent Rascals of the Frontier League. The St. Cloud State product has been the team's leading hitter over the first nine games of the season, recording 11 hits and a .314 batting average. A catcher from the 2012 Dutchmen, Jurgella had four multi-hit games in the first week and a half of the season. He is coming off a season where he hit .304 in the regular season and .300 in the Frontier League Playoffs.

NCAA Division I

JT Genovese, UAlbany- The 2015 Dutchmen pitcher concluded the regular season with a victory over Maine on Friday. Genovese did not allow an earned run over six innings, striking out six hitters as he improved his record to 4-1. The righthander exited the game with a 7-1 lead, and the UAlbany bullpen was able to hold on for a 7-6 win. He finished the regular season with a 3.55 ERA.The Great Danes enter this week's America East Tournament as the No. 5 seed, and will again face off with Maine in the first round before a possible meeting with top seed Binghamton.

Dominic DiCaprio, Rice- DiCaprio helped Rice to a 3-1 record in the final week of the regular season, including a series victory over UAB. The catcher had three hits in each of the two Rice wins over the Blazers, with six runs scored and three RBIs. His three RBIs came in the opening game of the series, where he hit his fifth home run of the season in a 12-4 victory. He also drove in runs on a pair of singles. The Owls open play in the Conference USA Tournament on Wednesday morning in Biloxi against Florida Atlantic.

Austin Goeke, Wagner- Wagner's senior righthander capped a stellar campaign with his sixth victory of the year on Thursday. Goeke, a member of the 2014 Dutchmen, struck out four Mount St Mary's hitters over five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits. After Goeke exited the game, a slugfest erupted that ended with an 18-16 victory for the Seahawks. His regular season ended with him leading the roster in wins (6), innings pitched (77), strikeouts (75), and batting average against (.192). Wagner will play in the Northeast Conference Tournament, where Goeke will likely make his 14th start.

Ernie Clement, Virginia- The former All-College World Series selection led Virginia to a series victory over Georgia Tech to end the regular season. He hit safely in all three games against the Yellow Jackets, led by a 3-for-5 performance in the middle game of the series in Atlanta. Clement scored eight runs over the week's four games, which upped his season total to an even 50, and he ended his season with a .315 batting average. Virginia is the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament, and is paired with Clemson and Duke in pool play.

Nate Harris, Louisiana Tech- An All-American caliber season for the 2016 Dutchmen star rolled on during Tech's regular season finale series. On Friday, Harris moved to 9-0 with a six-inning victory over Middle Tennessee. He allowed two runs and scattered eight hits, and did not surrender a walk. Harris struck out two hitters in his six innings, and concluded the regular season with 90 strikeouts. He heads into the Conference-USA Tournament with nine wins, eight saves, and a 1.75 ERA for the Bulldogs, who are the fifth seed in the tournament.

Jack Gethings, Fairfield- For the second season in a row, Fairfield claimed the MAAC Championship on Friday. The Stags wrapped up the title by taking two of three from Quinnipiac. Gethings went 7-for-22 over the week's five games, which also included a victory over Marist and a loss to UMass. In Friday's regular season finale, Gethings went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Entering the MAAC Tournament, Gethings has a .337 batting average with 42 runs scored, both of which are team bests.

Kyle Zurak, Radford- A former PGCBL All-Star, Zurak earned his eighth save of the season in Radford's win over regular season champion Winthrop on Thursday. Zurak entered the game in the seventh inning, and struck out five hitters with just two hits allowed. He only allowed one run as Radford took the series opener, 3-1. The senior ended the regular season with the lowest ERA on the Radford roster, and struck out 55 hitters in 42.2 innings. The Highlanders are the No.5 seed in the upcoming Big South Tournament, and will match up with High Point in the first round.

Greg Marino, Stony Brook- Marino started the second game of Stony Brook's regular season finale series against UMBC, and tossed a pair of scoreless innings in a 7-1 win. The redshirt freshman, who is signed to play for the Dutchmen this season, struck out two hitters in his two frames, and allowed a pair of hits. Marino enters the America East Tournament with a 4.31 ERA and a 2-2 record, and the Sea Wolves will square off with Hartford in their opening conference tournament game.

NCAA Division II

Brian Ruhm, Cal Baptist- Cal Baptist eliminated the No. 2 team in the nation, Chico State, from the postseason on Friday behind a big performance from Ruhm. The 2013 Dutchmen drove in five runs, including a grand slam, in a 14-2 victory for the Lancers. He also homered in the team's final game of the season, a loss to Dixie State, and hit safely in all three regional contests. Cal Baptist's season ended on Saturday in the West Regional, which concluded a productive career for Ruhm at CBU, where he played for three seasons.



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