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Petchark Named NJCAA All-American

GROTON, Conn. – Following a season in which he ranked third among all NJCAA Division II players in batting average with a .469 mark, sophomore third baseman Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) of the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team has been named an All-American for his play on the diamond this spring.

Selected to the Second-Team, Petchark also led the Pointers with five home runs and 25 RBI. His .847 slugging percentage was eighth in the nation, while his .540 on-base percentage ranked 11th.

Petchark was previously recognized as a Region XXI Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient for his defensive efforts during the season.

The Pointers finished the 2019 season with 15 wins and qualified for the Regional Tournament.

Ratchford Named Head Baseball Coach at UConn Avery Point

GROTON, Conn. – Ian Ratchford, a former student-athlete for the Pointers, has been named as the head baseball coach at UConn Avery Point. He replaces Mike Aldrich, who stepped down at the conclusion of the 2019 season after four seasons as head coach.

Most recently, Ratchford spent the past academic year as an assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport, where he helped the Purple Knights reach the finals of the East Coast Conference Tournament. His previous coaching experience includes three seasons at Western Connecticut State University, along with stints with the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the Front Royal (Va.) Cardinals of the Valley Baseball League.

“We are pleased to welcome Ian Ratchford back to UConn Avery Point as our next head baseball coach,” said Athletic Director Michael Kobylanski. “Ian’s familiarity with our campus and our program, along with his knowledge of the local college baseball landscape, will be key assets as he transitions into this role. We look forward to seeing UConn Avery Point baseball continue to prosper under his guidance.”

Ratchford’s role at Bridgeport included working with the hitters, outfielders and coaching first base. He also assisted with student-athlete recruitment. During his three years at WCSU, Ratchford helped the Colonials reach the Little East Championship game and served as the program’s junior varsity head coach for two of those years.

“I’d like to thank Mike and the rest of the athletic department and the administration for this tremendous opportunity,” Ratchford said. “I am very grateful and excited to build upon the success and standard of the program which has been set by Coach Greer, Coach Bidwell and Coach Aldrich. This program is where I began my collegiate career as a student-athlete and I look forward to my time in my new role as head coach at Avery Point.”

Ratchford holds a bachelor’s degree from Post University, where he completed his athletic eligibility after UCAP as a member of the Eagles’ baseball squad.

Petchark Earns Region XXI Rawlings Gold Glove Honor

GROTON, Conn. – Sophomore third baseman Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) of the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team has been named as a Region XXI Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient for his defensive efforts during the recently completed 2019 season.

Petchark registered 51 assists and seven putouts for the Pointers this year and posted a .906 fielding percentage.

The Pointers finished the 2019 season with 15 wins and qualified for the Regional Tournament.

Late Rally Comes Up Just Short As Pointers Drop 2019 Finale

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Trailing by five runs entering its final at-bat, the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team scored four times and had the tying run in scoring position, only to drop a 12-11 decision to Mercyhurst Northeast. The loss concluded regional play and the 2019 season for the Pointers.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (15-16) | Mercyhurst NE (23-20)

Key Performers:

  • Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) and Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) each finished with two hits and three RBI in the contest. Petchark also scored twice, while Yokoi crossed the plate once.
  • Chris Oliwa (Ansonia, Conn.) had two hits, two RBI and scored a run.
  • Jeremy Nunes (Windsor, Conn.) finished with two hits and a run scored.
Baseball Splits Day One of Regional Action, Faces Must-Win Situation On Saturday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team split a pair of games during day one action at the regional tournament today. In the opener, Brayden Cooney (Southington, Conn.) smacked two home runs and had four RBI in a 12-5 win over Mercyhurst Northeast. Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) totaled three hits in the nightcap, but host Monroe Community College captured a 21-5 win over the Pointers.

The split puts UCAP in the losers’ bracket and results in a rematch with Mercyhurst Northeast on Saturday at noon. A loss ends the 2019 season, while a win will set up a rematch with Monroe CC at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (15-15) | Mercyhurst NE (22-19) | Monroe CC (26-19)

Key Performers:

  • Yokoi finished 5-for-9 with four runs and two RBI in the two games.
  • Cooney was 4-for-7 was four runs and five RBI today.
  • Elijah Martinez (New London, Conn.) also totaled four hits, two runs and two RBI.
  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) and Jeremy Nunes (Windsor, Conn.) each contributed three hits.
  • Collin Bakken (Waterford, Conn.) hurled a complete-game in the opener to earn the victory.
Pointers Drop Two at NECC to Close Regular Season

HAVERHILL, Mass. – Sophomore Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) had four hits and scored a run as the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team lost a doubleheader at Northern Essex by scores of 6-1 and 7-4. Today’s action was the last of the regular season for the Pointers, who head to upstate New York for regional tournament action beginning this coming Friday.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (14-14) | Northern Essex (23-14)

Key Performers:

  • Petchark had three hits in the opener and a hit and a run scored in the nightcap.
  • Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.) tallied a hit and two RBI in game two.
  • Jeremy Nunes (Windsor, Conn.) posted a hit in each game, along with a RBI in the second contest.

 On Deck: Regional Tournament at Monroe CC (Rochester, N.Y.), Friday, May 10-12

Pointers Win Second Straight, Down ECSU JV, 5-3

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Freshman Orlando Swift (Newtown, Conn.) fanned nine over five innings of work to earn the win and classmate Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) had two hits, a run scored and a RBI as the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team captured a 5-3 win over the Eastern Connecticut State JV squad today.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (14-12)

Key Performers:

  • Elijah Martinez (New London, Conn.), Chris Oliwa (Ansonia, Conn.) and Tristan Punzo (New Haven, Conn.) all finished with a hit and a RBI in the win.
  • John Urban (Clinton, Conn.) tossed the final two innings to earn the save.

On Deck: at Northern Essex CC, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Baseball Squad Blanks Bunker Hill, 10-0

BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman Colin Sparaco (Ivoryton, Conn.) hurled six innings of one-hit ball to lead the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team in a 10-0 win at Bunker Hill Community College.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (13-12) | Bunker Hill (2-13)

Key Performers:

  • Sparaco issued a leadoff single in the first and that was it for the afternoon. He finished with eight strikeouts.
  • Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) reached base four times (two hits, two walks), homered and scored two runs.
  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) finished with three doubles and scored twice.

On Deck: at Northern Essex CC, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Pointers Drop 8-5 Decision To Northern Essex

GROTON, Conn.  – After a 12-day hiatus, the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team returned to the diamond for game action and lost an 8-5 decision to Northern Essex Community College.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (12-12) | NECC (19-14)

Key Performers:

  • Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) posted two hits, a run scored and a RBI in the contest.
  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) registered a hit, scored a run and drove in two.
  • Omar Montalvo (West Hartford, Conn.) tallied a hit and scored twice.

On Deck: at Bunker Hill CC, Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Baseball Program Visits Fitch Unified Sports Program

GROTON, Conn. – The University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball program visited with the Fitch Unified Sports program on Wednesday. During the course of the visit, the members of the squad competed in a series of volleyball matches with their friends from the Fitch Unified Sports program.

The event is an example of the numerous outreach events, both on- and off-campus, that UConn Avery Point student-athletes, coaches and staff participate in on an annual basis.

Baseball Wins Fourth Straight, Routs Holyoke CC, 12-1

HOLYOKE, Mass.  – A seven-run fourth inning provided more than enough offense in support of sophomore Jordan Warecke (Old Lyme, Conn.), who merited just one hit in a 12-1 win (five innings) for the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team at Holyoke Community College.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (12-11) | Holyoke CC (1-7)

Key Performers:

  • Warecke’s only blemish was a leadoff double in the fourth. He fanned eight and walked just one to earn the win.
  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.) finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI.
  • Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) had a hit, drove in two runs and scored two more, while Brayden Cooney (Southington, Conn.) posted a hit, scored twice and drove in a run.

On Deck: at Bunker Hill CC, Saturday at 12 p.m.

Pointers Keep Rolling, Earn Key Home Sweep of CC of Morris

GROTON, Conn.  – Sophomore Collin Bakken (Waterford, Conn.) dominated with a complete-game shutout in the opener and classmate Brayden Cooney (Southington, Conn.) made it a sweep with a walk-off single in the nightcap as the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team defeated the County College of Morris, 5-0 and 5-4 (eight innings) today.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (11-11) | CC Morris (23-14)

Key Performers:

  • Bakken allowed just five hits and fanned nine in a seven-inning complete game in the opener.
  • Chris Oliwa (Ansonia, Conn.) had a double and two RBI in game one, while Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) had a hit, a run scored and a RBI.
  • Omar Montalvo (West Hartford, Conn.) went 3-for-5 in the nightcap, while Barry added two more hits, a run scored and a RBI.
  • Colin Sparaco (Ivoryton, Conn.) tossed six innings and left in line for the win, fanning 10 in the process.
  • The visitors scored twice in the top of the seventh to erase a 4-2 deficit and even the game at 4-4. The Pointers then loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth before Cooney’s single to center field that plated Elijah Martinez (New London, Conn.) with the winning run.

On Deck: at Holyoke CC, Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Milewski’s Arm, Offensive Barrage Key Pointers’ Win Over BHCC

GROTON, Conn.  – Freshman Liam Milewski (Lyme, Conn.) hurled a complete-game (five inning) shutout and fanned nine, while every starting position player reached base at least once as the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team blanked Bunker Hill Community College, 11-0.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (9-11) | BHCC (0-7)

Key Performers:

  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) finished 2-for-3, including a home run, scored two runs and drove in two.
  • Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) and Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.) also registered two hits. Yokoi added a run scored and a RBI. Brennan scored twice and drove in a run.

On Deck: vs. CC Morris (DH), Sunday at 12 p.m.

Bakken’s Complete-Game Effort Lifts Pointers to Split at CC Morris

RANDOLPH, N.J. – Sophomore Collin Bakken (Waterford, Conn.) tossed a complete-game four-hitter to lead the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team to a 2-1 win over County College of Morris in game two of today’s doubleheader. The hosts took the opener by a 16-5 final.

 Team Records: UConn Avery Point (8-11) | CC Morris (21-10)

Key Performers:

  • Bakken went the full seven innings and didn’t allow an earned run. He scattered four hits and fanned three.
  • Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) drove in the eventual winning run in a two-run third inning with a RBI single.
  • Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) had three hits in the opener, while Brayden Cooney (Southington, Conn.) posted two hits, including a home run.

On Deck: vs. Bunker Hill CC, Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Late Rally Sends Southern Maine CC Over Pointers, 5-3

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine  – Freshman Chris Bogan (Fairfield, Conn.) drove in a pair of runs and classmate Orlando Swift (Newtown, Conn.) merited just one run (zero earned) over six innings as the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team lost a 5-3 decision at Southern Maine Community College today.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (7-10) | SMCC (18-5)

Key Performers:

  • Evan Kirch (Manchester, Conn.) was the lone Pointer with multiple hits on the day, as he finished with two.
  • Bogan had a RBI single in the second and a RBI single in the fourth to give UCAP a 2-0 lead.
  • SMCC scored the next three runs before Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) tied the game in the top of the eighth with a RBI groundout. The hosts then scored twice in the bottom of the frame to secure the win.

On Deck: at CC of Morris, Sunday at noon

Five Homers, Sparaco’s Whiffs Highlight Pointers Rout Of QCC

WORCESTER, Mass.  – Four different members of the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team homered – including two from Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) – and Colin Sparaco (Ivoryton, Conn.) fanned 13 in six innings of work as the Pointers crushed Quinsigamond Community College, 13-3. The win was the third in a row for UCAP.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (7-9) | Quinsigamond (2-2)

Key Performers:

  • Petchark’s home runs resulted in four RBI and two runs scored on the afternoon. Petchark went back-to-back with Brayden Cooney (Southington, Conn.) in the third inning.
  • Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) and Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.) went back-to-back in the sixth. Barry had a team-high three hits, along with three RBI and scored twice. Brennan posted two hits and two RBI.
  • Cooney, Omar Montalvo (West Hartford, Conn.) and Chris Oliwa (Ansonia, Conn.) also finished with two each hits. Cooney scored three times on the day.
  • Sparaco dominated the Wyverns and merited just one run on four hits to improve to 3-0 on the year.

On Deck: at Southern Maine CC, Saturday at 1 p.m.

Dimatteo’s Gem Sends Pointers To Second Straight Win

GROTON, Conn.  – Freshman Jack Dimatteo (Killingworth, Conn.) tossed a complete-game (six inning) shutout and fanned seven, while Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.) posted three hits for the second straight game in a 10-0 win for the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team over Massasoit Community College today.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (6-9) | Massasoit (3-10)

Key Performers:

  • Brennan finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
  • Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) totaled two hits and two runs scored, while Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) registered two hits and scored a run.
  • Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) had a hit and scored two runs while Corey Plasky (Naugatuck, Conn.) had a hit and drove in two.

On Deck: at Quinsigamond, Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Petchark Posts Five Hits As Pointers Split Against Westchester CC

GROTON, Conn.  – Sophomore Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) went 5-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI as the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team posted a split against Westchester Community College. The visitors took game one by a 9-8 final, while the hosts rallied for a 14-1 (five inning) triumph in the nightcap.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (5-9) | Westchester CC (13-4)

Key Performers:

  • Jeremy Nunes (Windsor, Conn.) and Brayden Cooney (Southington, Conn.) each posted three hits and three RBI combined in the twinbill. Nunes scored three times and Cooney crossed the plate twice.
  • Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.) registered three hits, including a homerun, along with three RBI and two runs in game two.
  • Chris Oliwa (Ansonia, Conn.) connected for his first collegiate home run in game one.
  • Colin Sparaco (Ivoryton, Conn.) went 4.1 innings with nine strikeouts to earn the win in game two. He merited just one run on three hits.

On Deck: vs. Massasoit, Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Montalvo Powers Pointers To Game One Walkoff Against Mercer CC

GROTON, Conn.  – Trailing 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Omar Montalvo (West Hartford, Conn.) delivered a two-out, bases loaded single to cap a six-run rally and give the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team a 9-8 win in the opener against Mercer Community College today. The visitors went on to take the nightcap by a 9-1 final.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (4-8) | Mercer CC (14-5)

Key Performers:

  • John Domijan (Montville, Conn.) earned the win in relief in game one.
  • Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) had two hits, three runs scored and two RBI in the opener.
  • Corey Plasky (Naugatuck, Conn.) finished with two hits and a RBI in game one.
  • Brayden Cooney (Southington, Conn.) had two hits in the nightcap.

On Deck: vs. Westchester CC (DH), Saturday at 12 p.m.

 

Pointers Sweep Twinbill From Westchester CC

WEST HARRISON, N.Y.  – Five different members of the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team registered three hits apiece in today’s doubleheader sweep of Westchester Community College. The Pointers posted a 3-1 win in game one and an 11-4 win in the nightcap.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (3-7) | Westchester CC (8-3)

Key Performers:

  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.), Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.), Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.), Elijah Martinez (New London, Conn.) and Jeremy Nunes (Windsor, Conn.) each posted three hits. Nunes had three hits and five RBI to power the Pointers in the nightcap.
  • Jordan Warecke (Old Lyme, Conn.) tossed five scoreless innings in the opener to earn the win.
  • In game one, Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) and Martinez each had RBI singles in the third as the Pointers took a 2-0 lead. Barry added a RBI single in the fifth.
  • Trailing 1-0 in the nightcap, the visitors scored six times in the third and didn’t trail again. Barry and Brennan each had multiple hits in the contest.
  • Liam Milewski (Lyme, Conn.) tossed four scoreless innings in relief in game two.

On Deck: vs. Mercer CC (DH), Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Pointers Unable to Come Back From Early Deficit and Fall to CCRI, 2-1.

WARWICK, RI. – The University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball went down 2-0 in the first inning, and never recovered in the loss to CCRI.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (1-7) | CCRI (4-7)

Key Performers:

  • Gary Costello (Cheshire, Conn.) struck out 4 batters.
  • Omar Montalvo (West Hartford, Conn.) notched 2 hits.
  • Elijah Martinez (New London, Conn.) scored the Pointer’s only run.

On Deck: at Westchester CC, Saturday at 12 p.m. (DH).

Pointers Storm Back From Early Deficit, Knock Off CCBC-Catonsville, 12-7

CATONSVILLE, Md.  – Trailing 7-1 after three innings, the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team rallied to score the final 11 runs of the game en route to a 12-7 triumph over CCBC-Catonsville.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (1-6) | CCBC Catonsville (9-9)

Key Performers:

  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) and Noah Yokoi (Westport, Conn.) each notched two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Petchark also blasted his first home run of the year in the top of the first.
  • Omar Montalvo (West Hartford, Conn.) and Aidan Brennan (New London, Conn.) also contributed two hits apiece. Montalvo also scored a run, while Brennan added a run and a RBI.
  • Seamus Barry (Montville, Conn.) posted a hit, a RBI and scored three times.
  • Jack Dimatteo (Killingworth, Conn.) earned his first win as a Pointer. He came out of the pen and fanned five over 4.2 scoreless innings for the victory.

On Deck: at CCRI, Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Harford CC Sweeps Two From Pointers, 5-2 and 5-4

CHURCHVILLE, Md.  – Sophomore Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) posted four hits and scored a run in Sunday’s doubleheader, but the University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team dropped a pair of games to Harford CC by scores of 5-2 and 5-4.

In the opener, the Pointers had the tying run at the plate in the seventh but couldn’t score. In the nightcap, the Pointers had a 4-2 lead after five innings and clung to a 4-3 lead into the seventh before the hosts scored twice in walk-off fashion.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (0-5) | Harford CC (13-5)

Key Performers:

  • Chris Oliwa (Ansonia, Conn.) registered hits in both games, and also drove in a run in the opener.
  • Brayden Cooney (Derby, Conn.) totaled two hits in the nightcap.

On Deck: at CCBC-Catonsville, tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

 
Friday’s Baseball Game at CCBC-Essex Cancelled

GROTON, Conn. – This Friday’s scheduled baseball contest between the University of Connecticut Avery Point and CCBC-Essex has been cancelled due to field conditions.

The Pointers are scheduled to resume their 2019 schedule on Saturday with a doubleheader at Delaware Tech. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.

Baseball Drops Season-Opening Doubleheader At Mercer CC

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The University of Connecticut Avery Point baseball team opened its 2019 season with a doubleheader at Mercer (N.J.) Community College. The hosts claimed both ends of the twinbill by scores of 7-2 and 9-0.

Team Records: UConn Avery Point (0-2) | Mercer CC (2-0)

Key Performers:

  • Alex Petchark (Waterford, Conn.) finished with a team-high three hits over the doubleheader. He totaled two doubles and a triple in the contests.

On Deck: at Union County CC, March 3 at 12 p.m.