|Maine Catcher Joe Mercurio (PHOTO AMERICA EAST)|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- After a four-game series sweep last weekend, University of Maine's senior catcher Joe Mercurio (Brewster, N.Y./Kennedy Catholic) and freshman hurler Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass./Abington) have been tabbed the league's baseball player and pitcher of the week. Stony Brook rookie outfielder Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario/St. Mary's) also picked up the America East rookie award for the week ending April 4.
Mercurio led Maine with a .538 batting average for the week, in addition to a .625 on-base percentage and an .846 slugging mark. The senior catcher recorded two hits in three of the four weekend games at NJIT, a Black Bear sweep. Mercurio also finished with seven RBI, seven hits, three runs, a double and a four-bagger. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 7-1 win over NJIT, and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Maine’s 11-4 victory over the Highlanders. In Saturday’s first game, Mercurio finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. He belted both his double and homer in that game. Finally, he drove in a pair of runs in the final game of the series, an 8-2 Maine victory. He’s batting .349 and slugging .605 on the season.
Perakslis, a rookie righty, picked up a win in Maine’s 7-1 victory over NJIT in Friday’s series-opener. He went six innings and scattered six hits, allowing just one run. The freshman finished with a 1.50 ERA, seven strikeouts and one walk in his only appearance of the week on the mound. Perakslis, who ranks fourth in America East with an ERA of 4.84, earned the same honor on March 15. He also ranks third with 33 strikeouts.
Nivins batted .409, while recording seven RBI, nine hits and five runs in 22 at-bats last week. He also had an on-base percentage of .458 and a slugging percentage of .773 with two doubles and two homers. Nivins went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Seawolves’ 18-14, 14-inning win over San Diego State on Tuesday. He then went 3-for-5, including a home run, in Stony Brook’s 10-4 win over Le Moyne on Saturday. The rookie’s other homer came in the 8-7 win over Le Moyne in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Nivins finished the week with 17 total bases after having entered the week with 22 on the season.
Conference play will get underway this weekend. To get the action started, Hartford will host UMBC in a two-day, four-game series on Saturday and Sunday. Binghamton will welcome Stony Brook and Albany will host Maine in three-game series beginning with doubleheaders on Saturday.
Courtesy America East