Islander outfielder named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
Coming off a week in which he hit .667, Jeff Cammans was perfect in the field, batted in three runs, stole four bases in four attempts, reached base three of every four times at bat, and he crossed the plate six times.
With numbers like those, it is no wonder that Cammans was named as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week. It was the second time he was honored with the award in his collegiate career.
“It felt real good,” Cammans said. “After not having played last season and to come back, put up some good numbers in the first couple of weeks and to get that honor from the Atlantic 10 is pretty exciting.”
The University of Rhode Island baseball team is 7-3 with three weeks to go in its southern swing, which is part of the regular season that is played well south of the frozen ground of Kingston.
Jeff Cammans grew up in Rhode Island moving from North Kingstown to Jamestown in the middle of his eighth-grade year. He finished eighth grade at the Davisville Middle School and then attended North Kingstown High School.
“I always loved baseball ever since I was little,” Cammans said. “My dad was a big baseball fan. I grew up watching the Red Sox and I always wanted to play.” The Boston Red Sox won the World Series when Cammans was a freshman in high school, and again when he was a senior. In between, North Kingstown twice went to the state championship game with Cammans on the roster. He said that they were first taken down by Hendricken and a year later by Cranston West. During his senior year, North Kingstown lost to Hendricken again, but this time in the regional finals.
Cammans first played organized ball in the Wickford Little League. A catcher throughout his high school years, he was coached by longtime North Kingstown baseball coach Kevin Gormley.
When it came time to choose a college, Cammans looked up and down the East Coast. He said that he chose URI because of “playing time and my career and they have a good business program.”
Currently studying finance, Cammans said that if he got the opportunity to play professional ball he would definitely consider it.
Now a red-shirt junior, Cammans had an outstanding sophomore year for Rhode Island, where he hit .335 after playing in 56 of 58 games. He was second on the team in stolen bases and had 69 hits, 39 runs and 35 RBIs.
Cammans also holds the record for number of at bats in 2009 with 206. At the time Cammans was batting in the five spot. He was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the first time on May 4, 2009, in a week where he batted .625.
Cammans had to postpone his junior year of eligibility following an injury to his hamate bone located at the top of the wrist. Cammans explained that the injury is typical of ballplayers and sometimes occurs as the result of the action of the knob of the bat fracturing the hook-like bone.
While the injury occurred in the fall of his junior year, he was forced to wear a cast for about three months and then had four weeks to get ready for the season.
When he started to play he developed complications from the inactivity. So after only eight games, Cammans spent the rest of the season and the following summer attending physical therapy sessions, many of them at Olympic Physical Therapy in Wakefield.
He played fall baseball at URI to get back in playing shape.
Cammans said that as this baseball season approached, “I was really excited to get back out there. I went 0 for 4 in the first game and since then I’ve been hitting the ball real well.”
Hitting singles consistently, his batting average is currently .423 with a similar slugging percentage; Cammans has been batting in the two spot and playing left field. Self described with “pretty good speed,” he covers the outfield well and on the bases he stole 17 bases in 27 attempts in his sophomore year and he has stolen eight bases in as many attempts so far this year.
The outlook is good for the Rams, according to Cammans. “I think that we should definitively win the A-10 Conference and get into NCAA regional play.”
Cammans said that he respects the play of Xavier and Charlotte the most of the conference opponents that also includes Temple, George Washington, Fordham, UMass, and La Salle. He explained that Xavier and Charlotte are “consistently putting the best baseball teams on the field.”
This summer Cammans will play New England Collegiate Baseball League with the Vermont Mountaineers – he will play in a couple of away games at Cardines Field against the Newport Gulls.