Wednesday, March 14, 2018

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Lawton pitching well for Florida Southwestern

Lawton (Fla. Southwestern athletics)
Former Holy Cross star Sarah Lawton is doing a solid job in the circle for Florida Southwestern State College.
Lawton has pitched in 16 games, including four starts. She is 4-1 with a terrific 1.22 ERA and two complete games. In 40 innings pitched, Lawton has struck out 55 and walked 18. She has allowed 12 total runs (seven earned) on 22 hits.
In the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday against State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Lawton fired a complete game one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just three walks. She faced 26 batters in the game.
Florida Southwestern is 35-2 on the season, 6-0 in the Suncoast Conference. They are ranked second in the latest NJCAA Division I and Region 8 Softball Coaches' polls, which were released on Tuesday.

Guilmette (CCSU athletics)
Mitch Guilmette, Central Connecticut State University baseball
The former Bristol Central standout displayed some awesome power in a 4-2 loss to UMass on Sunday in Northborough, Mass.
Guilmette had two solo home runs for the only CCSU runs of the game. Guilmette homered to right field with one out in the fourth inning. With the Blue Devils down to their final out of the ninth inning, Guilmette smacked his second home run to right field.
Guilmette has played in all seven games this season. In 26 at bats, he is hitting .269 with two homers, two doubles, a team-high six RBI and four runs scored. Guilmette leads the team in slugging percentage at .577 and is tied for first in home runs.

Matt Mancini, Western Connecticut State University baseball
Mancini (WCSU athletics)

Mancini, another strong left-handed hitter from the area, is off to a good start with the Colonials.
The Sacred Heart graduate has played in six games and is hitting .381 (8-for-21). Mancini has driven in four runs and scored two more for WCSU. In a game against undefeated Hood College on Tuesday in Florida, Mancini went 3-for-4 with drove in two runs, each on a RBI single.
Mancini is already two-thirds of the way to the number of games he played in during his freshman season (nine).

Carney (SCSU athletics)
Nate Carney, Southern Connecticut State University baseball
Speaking of lefties, this former Bristol Eastern ace is off to a perfect start with the Owls.
A sophomore, Carney has started three games and is 2-0 with a solid 2.04 ERA in 17.2 innings. He has given up nine runs (four earned) on 23 hits and compiled 13 strikeouts to go with just four walks.
Carney pitched six innings in his first start, a 14-0 win over Dominican on Feb. 23. He scattered four hits, struck out five, walked two and a hit a batter.
Carney bounced back from a tough outing against Bridgeport with a strong one against Felician on March 9. He threw seven innings and gave up four runs (one earned) on nine hits. Carney struck out four and walked one in the 9-4 victory.

Brendan McCormack, Post University golf
McCormack (Post athletics)

McCormack, who played at Kaynor Tech, competed with the Eagles at the Barton College Intercollegiate two-day event in Wilson, N.C.
After starting the second day tied for 32nd overall, McCormack shot a 3-over-par 75 to move into a tie for 20th place. McCormack was third out of five finishers on his team.
McCormack, a Watertown native, is majoring in Marketing at Post. The next tournament for the Eagles is the St. Thomas Aquinas Spring Invitational on April 7-8 in Berlin, Md.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.

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