Dolshun Named America East Rookie of the Week; Baseball Closes Out 2014 Home Slate with “Thank Jank” Night Tuesday vs. Georgetown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC freshman Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) has been named the America East Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.
In UMBC's five games last week, Dolshun hit .389 (7-for-18), driving in six runs and scoring four as well. The rookie helped propel the Retrievers past local rival Towson, 13-8, on Tuesday afternoon by going 4-for-5 at the plate and knocking his third home run of the season over the right field fence. The next evening, Dolshun collected another multi-hit game by going 2-for-3 and adding a sac fly in UMBC's 4-3 win over Georgetown. He went on to add an RBI in each of the three weekend games against America East rival Stony Brook.
Dolshun was also named the league's Rookie of the Week back on March 17 while classmate Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) received the award on April 14.
For the season, Dolshun is batting a team-best .308 while also leading the team in non-conference play, hitting .400 with two long balls and 11 RBI in 21 games.
The UMBC baseball team finishes its 2014 home schedule by hosting Georgetown on Tuesday evening at Alumni Field. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a ceremony to honor long-time head coach John Jancuska.
Serving as the head coach for the Retrievers from 1978-2011, Jancuska guided the UMBC program to 682 wins and five NCAA Tournaments, including that very first season in 1978. In addition, the Sykesville, Md. resident helped mentor three Retriever student-athletes on their way to the major leagues, the most recent being pitcher Zach Clark who pitched for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013.
UMBC junior right-hander Shane Vlasic (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) will make his seventh start of the season on Tuesday, while Georgetown will send lefty Chris Giordano (1-2, 9.51) to the mound . In his six starts this season, Vlasic (3-1, 5.60 ERA) is 3-0 while working to a 3.48 ERA. Prior to his outing last week at Towson, the junior hurler had tossed back-to-back quality starts, holding Coppin State and George Washington to a combine two runs over 12 innings (six in each start), while striking out 12 and walking none.
UMBC edged Georgetown, 4-3, last Wednesday evening at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. behind a late RBI ground out by freshman Conor Hax (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) and eight strong innings from senior Stephen Chrzanowski (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Hagerstown CC). The tall right-hander struck out a career-best 11 batters in his fourth start of the season while sophomore Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) worked a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.
Senior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) and freshman Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) paced the Retriever offense last week with Dolshun earning America East Rookie of the Week honors. McCabe hit .533 (7-for-15) in four games played last week, scoring a run in each contest. Dolshun, meanwhile, smashed his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, against Towson as a part of a 4-for-5 day at the plate.
Georgetown won the first two games of its BIG EAST series in Indianapolis against Butler over the weekend, but dropped the finale, 7-6, on Sunday. AC Carter hit a grand slam on Saturday to help the Hoyas pick up the series win.
Nick Collins continues to lead the GU offense, hitting .355 for the season with 30 runs scored and 37 runs-batted-in. Steve Anderson has also been a main cog in the Hoya attack, batting .343 with five home runs and a team-best 45 RBI.
- UMBC leads the all-time series with Georgetown, 29-16, and was won the last two matchups between the clubs.
- Chrzanowski's 11 K's last week against Georgetown were the most by a Retriever starting pitcher in head coach Bob Mumma's three years at the helm.
- McCabe has hit.500 (12-for-24) in seven games career against the Hoyas.