Bishop Hendricken grad Jeff Roy, a sophomore at URI, was named the Atlantic 10 Baseball Player of the Year this week. The honor comes as the Rams head into the A-10 Tournament, with Roy leading the charge. On the heels of a standout freshman season, Roy has taken it to a new level this season. He batted .360 in the regular season with 14 doubles, five triples and two home runs. His .446 on-base percentage and .493 slugging percentage led the team.
Roy was at his best in conference play, batting .421 in league games and leading the league in hits, runs and triples. He also reached base in a conference-best 41 consecutive games.
Roy is the second Ram to earn Player of the Year honors in the last four years. In 2009, Dan Rhault won the award.
The Rams finished out their regular season with a sweep of Temple last weekend, and Roy wasn’t the only player with Warwick ties making a big contribution.
Pilgrim grad Kevin Stenhouse went 7-for-11 in the series and drove home three runs. Roy and fellow Hendricken grad Milan Adams – who was named second-team All-Conference – combined to go 11-for-13 in the series with eight RBI.
On the mound, Sean Furney (Pilgrim) hurled seven fine innings on Friday, striking out six and scattering six hits as he picked up the win in a 17-3 demolition that saw Rhody score runs in each inning except the fourth and sixth.
Warwick’s Duffy honored at AIC
Warwick native Dennis Duffy was awarded the Henry A. Butova Memorial Award from the baseball team at American International College. The award honors the baseball player who has show outstanding contributions to AIC baseball both on and off the field, and whose commitment, loyalty and leadership represents the highest principles of intercollegiate athletics.
Duffy, a senior, was a two-way contributor for the Yellow Jackets this season, pitching and playing in the outfield.
Marzilli leads South Carolina into postseason
South Carolina’s push for a three-peat on the diamond is marching toward the Southeastern Conference tournament, and the bat, feet and glove of Hendricken alum Evan Marzilli are helping the Gamecocks state their case for one of the eight national seeds when the NCAA announces the 64-team field on Memorial Day.
At the plate, Marzilli is currently batting at a .292 clip, with 11 doubles and three triples, the latter of which places him in a tie for the team lead.
Marzilli is also a sure bet once he gets on base, as evidenced by the fact that he is currently the team leader in stolen bases and runs scored with 11 and 47, respectively.
As for his defensive responsibilities, to say that Marzilli does not shirk them would be an understatement. In 145 chances to date, he has committed just one error from his post in center field, resulting in a .993 fielding percentage, which is good for second on the team among players with at least 100 chances to their name.
South Carolina wrapped up the regular season on Saturday with a 3-2 loss in ten innings to LSU, which cost the Gamecocks the No. 1 seed for this week’s SEC Tournament at the Tigers’ expense.
Despite the setback, South Carolina will be seeded second in the ten-team double-elimination bracket, in which the top two seeds receive first-round byes.
The Gamecocks enter the conference tournament with a 39-15 record, and need a couple of wins to cement their case for one of the aforementioned national seeds despite being ranked fourth in the latest coaches’ poll. They will begin play on Wednesday against the lower-seeded winner of Tuesday evening’s doubleheader.
Briggs closes out career
Despite scoring a pair of goals, Colin Briggs (Hendricken) saw his collegiate lacrosse career come to an end Sunday as Notre Dame brushed aside Virginia in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals by a 12-10 score.
After the Cavaliers surrendered the first two goals of the game, Briggs helped Virginia get back on track at the 10:30 mark of the opening term, accepting a feed from Matt White to cut the Fighting Irish lead in half.
Briggs then scored his final goal in a Cavs uniform with 11:03 left in the final quarter, tying the score at eight. The marker was the last meaningful goal that Virginia would score on the day, as Notre Dame then scored four in a row before the Cavaliers replied with a pair to close out the day’s scoring.
The next step for Briggs, should he choose to take it, is a professional career with the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse. Briggs was selected by the league’s westernmost franchise with the sixth overall pick in January’s draft.