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Baseball sweeps AE weekly awards
Thomas is Player of Week, Lynch is Pitcher, Cryts top rookie
March 4, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton baseball has swept the America East weekly awards after notching two wins in a weekend series at VMI. Sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas was named Player of the Week, senior Jay Lynch was Pitcher of the Week and freshman pitcher/DH Jake Cryts earned Rookie of the Week honors.
“It’s a great honor for all three guys,” head coach Tim Sinicki said. “They battled through some difficult weather conditions and performed at an amazingly high level.”
Thomas went 7-for-13 (.538) with seven RBI and six runs scored in the four-game series at VMI. He had a .667 on-base percentage and a .769 slugging percentage . During the team’s 10-run final at-bat rally in game 3, Thomas came up twice in the seventh inning and had two hits and three RBI (in the inning). Thomas also tied a school record with four walks in game 2 of the series. Early this spring, Thomas is hitting a conference-best .458 with 9 RBI in 8 games and he has a team-high on-base percentage of .600.
“Thomas continues to wear pitchers out with his patience and ability to hit an eventual mistake,” Sinicki said. “He is really locked in right now.”
Lynch fired six scoreless innings and departed with a 4-0 lead in game 2 of the series – a game BU ultimately won 9-7 in extra innings. He only allowed an infield single in the fourth inning and two singles – including a bunt – in the sixth. Lynch worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning with a line-out to preserve his shutout. He lowered his season ERA to 3.86 in two starts.
“Lynch was in command from the very first pitch of his start,” Sinicki said. “He mixed well and established command of both sides of the plate.”
Flashing his two-way skills, Cryts notched his first collegiate win in relief and also picked up his first two collegiate hits from the DH spot over the weekend. On the mound, he went two innings and allowed just one hit during BU’s 12-inning 9-7 win. Cryts struck out three and walked one. In two pitching appearances, he has only allowed four hits and no runs in 4.0 innings. He also played DH in Sunday’s final game and went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
“Cryts was a warrior in relief,” Sinicki said. “Sitting around for 10 innings in wind chills below freezing then dominating for two innings ... what a performance. He also did a great job in the DH role on Sunday with quality at-bats.”
The Bearcats (4-4) next head to Greensboro, N.C. for a weekend set against North Carolina A&T. The four-game series begins with a single game Friday afternoon and includes a doubleheader on Saturday and single game on Sunday.