BMOC: Siddall, Filipek, Kellogg, Degano

LHP Jeff Degano (Surrey, BC) struck out 10 Missouri State Bears hitters but the Indiana State Sycamore wound up losing its conference opener by a 4-1 score

LHP Jeff Degano (Surrey, BC) struck out 10 Missouri State Bears hitters but the Indiana State Sycamore wound up losing its conference opener by a 4-1 score

The Canisius Golden Griffins broke out over the weekend with the help of many Canadians. Also, we see some familiar faces and a few new ones in this weeks edition of the BMOC’s. So here it is, this weeks look at Canadians in college baseball.

Siddall makes history in sweep of Iona:  
Brett Siddall (Windsor, Ont.) did something no visiting player had done before him when the Griffs visited the Iona Gales over the weekend. Siddall hit the first ever home run by a visitor since the Gales moved to City Park in New Rochelle, N.Y. The home run was one of two hits Siddall had in the game to go along with a pair of RBIs in the Griffs 7-1 Game 3 victory. Siddall also notched a hit in each of the first two games.

Stewart dominates Gaels:
The Iona Gaels are about sick of Devon Stewart (Maple Ridge, BC). Stewart was magnificent in the Griffs 8-0 shutout in Game 1 of the weekend conference series. Stewart threw eight innings scattering four hits while walking two and striking out five. Stewart improved to 2-4 on the season while continuing his dominance of the Gaels hitters. He has thrown 15 straight scoreless innings. He also holds a 2-0 record against the conference rival. Even more impressive than the four hits he allowed in this one? He has allowed just six in his career against Iona. Not bad at all.

Stevenson shuts down Iona:
J.P. Stevenson (Hunter River, PEI) sat during Game 1 and watched as Stewart baffled the Iona hitters one after the next. Apparently he was  [j.p. stevenson] paying very close attention. Stevenson did some baffling of his own, tossing six scoreless innings and allowing just four hits and a walk with six punch outs over just 78 pitches. Stevenson also added to his perfect record and improved to 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA over seven appearances, three being starts. The Griffs improved their overall record to 10-13 and improved to 3-0 in conference play.

Degano back at it:

This time around it was the Missouri State Bears who were ordered to try and figure out Indiana State Sycamore lefty Jeff Degano (Surrey, BC), unfortunately for them they failed miserably. Degano had his way with hitters all day long, going 6 1/3 innings allowing three runs but just one earned while walking one and striking out 10. Yet thanks to some unearned runs Missouri State scored a 4-1 win, despite all those swings and misses. Degano is sure putting his name on the map for the upcoming draft. He is currently number 11 on the Canadian Baseball Network draft list and could continue to climb even higher with performances like these.

Historic first for Marygrove: [chris gottleman]
Marygrove’s Chris Gittleman(Windsor, Ont.) came up with a clutch hit, a pair of RBIs and a run scored to help lead the Mustangs to their first ever school victory over Florida Memorial in NAIA baseball action. He then went 2-for-3 in the next game while also scoring a run as his team dropped a close 8-6 decision. Gittleman and his teammates are back at it this weekend as they travel to the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Power leads Warhawks in Florida:
The UW-Whitewater Warhawks began their season in Florida and it has been a time to remember for  [casey power] Casey Power (Belle River, Ont.) He began the trip with a 2-for-4 day with a pair of runs scored against Farmington State. The very next game he went 2-for-4 again with an RBI and a pair of runs scored this time around against William Paterson. After going hitless in the teams fourth game of the trip, Power responded with a huge performance. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. It was back to a 2-for-4 game against North Central while also crossing the plate once. After what apparently is a slow 1-for-3 day with a run scored against Elmhurst, Power went 1-for-3 again but with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Next it was St. Thomas’ turn, but to no avail as Power smashed his way to a 2-for-3 day with an RBI. So just what does this all total up to? Power is hitting .448 with a home run and 9 RBIs through eight games. Not a terrible start in sunny Florida.

Kellogg feasts on Duck:
Lefty Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, Ont.) has been pretty rock solid this year but may have come up with his best game yet against the Oregon Ducks.  [ryan kellogg] The Ducks were clueless in this one as Kellogg pitched his way to a complete game while allowing just three hits. He allowed just one earned run, walks two and struck out seven as the Arizona State Sun Devils defeated Oregon 2-1 in PAC 12 action.

Not all was bad for Oregon:
Even though Kellogg was spectacular, Phil Craig-St. Louis (Gatineau, Que.) may still hold the Canadian bragging rights. Craig St.-Louis had two of the three hits Oregon collected on the day and drove in the only run his team would get. Oregon would go on to lose two of three in the weekend series. But lets face it, it was a win for Canada in Eugene, Oregon.

Filipek earns second save:
Jeremy Filipek (Langley, BC) closed out the final two innings for the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd to pick up the save. He allowed just one hit and struck out one in his two innings of work. So far on the season the senior is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA with a save over nine appearances.

Berube stays hot:
A week after throwing a gem against the University of North Carolina, Marc Berube (Trois Pistoles, Que.) did it again, this time against the Duke Blue Devils. Berube did all he could to try and help the Pittsburgh Panthers pick up a series win. He would throw a solid seven innings allowing four runs but just one earned, he would walk none and strikeout six. Unfortunately for the Panthers, it was not enough as the Blue Devils escaped with the 7-6 victory and the series win.

Mose impressive versus Riverland CC:
Iowa Lakes’ Ryan Mose (Vancouver, BC) shut down Riverland Community College last week. The lefty would throw seven shutout innings allowing just two hits with five strikeouts and no walks. He is now 1-0 on the season over two starts and 12 innings, he owns a 1.50 ERA.

UBC splits close ones:
It was all about the pitching in UBC’s first two games against the College of Idaho over the weekend. Connor Lillis-White (Toronto, Ont.) was excellent in game 1 throwing 7 2/3 innings while not allowing a run on two hits, eight strike outs and a walk.

It was then Jeremy Newton’s (Toronto, Ont.) turn to shine on the bump. He would throw seven shut out innings, scattering five hits, with five  [jeremy newton] strikeouts and a walk. However, UBC would drop game 2 3-1 after leading 1-0 going into the ninth. UBC would go on to split the next two and settle for a conference series split on the weekend.

On the offensive:
Although the pitching was the main show, there were some offensive standouts for the Thunderbirds. Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) was 3-for-4 in Game 1 and 2-for-4 in Games 3 and 4 while collecting an RBI. Left fielder Brenden Rose (Calgary, Alta.) also had a fine weekend at the dish. He went 2-for-4 in Game 2 and 2-for-4 in Game 4. Tyler Enns (Winnipeg, Man.) also had hits in three of the for games. He would collect a hit in Game 1, go 2-for-4 in Game 3 with two RBIs and a run scored and finish his weekend collecting a hit and another RBI.

Terriers Round up:
[mattingly Romanin] Mattingly Romanin (Burlington, Ont.) collected an RBI in each of Chicago State’s three games against Northern Colorado over the weekend.

Eastern Michigan’s Matthew Beaton(Guelph, Ont.) threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball against Akron allowing just one hit and recording a strikeout in a 6-2 game 1 loss. He then bounced back in Game 3 to throw two innings allowing just three hits with three strikeouts in the finale.

Stony Brook’s Toby Handley (Whitby, Ont.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI in a loss to Creighton. He then went 1-for-1 with a pair of walks along with a couple RBIs and a run scored in an 8-3 win over Sacred Heart.

Ontario Blue Jays round up:
Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) once again lead the Virginia Cavaliers. he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the Cavs Game 2 loss to Florida State. He also went 1-for-4 with a run scored in game 1 and 1-for-5 with another run scored in game 3.

Jayson Freeman (Mississauga, Ont.) was 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and a stolen base for Northwestern Oklahoma State against Southern Nazarene in Game 3. He also recorded a hit in Game 2.

Phil Diedrick (Ajax, Ont.) had a pinch-hit home run in Game 1 and a pair of hits in Game 2 as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers split a double-header with UTSA.

Mississippi State Bulldog Jacob Robson (Windsor, Ont.) had a day in Game 3 against Zach Pop (Brampton, Ont.) and the Kentucky Wildcats. Robson went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base. He would also go 1-for-4 in Game 1 and 1-for-4 in Game 2 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

Toronto Mets round up:
Zach Pop (Brampton, Ont.) had a strike out in 1/3 of an inning against SEC rival Mississippi State, continuing to improve.

J.D. Osborne extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a 2-for-4 game against Indiana River State College on Wednesday. He was 1-for-4 against Indiana River State College and a 1-for-3 game against Palm Beach State College over the weekend. He also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored against Sante Fe College earlier this week.

Yuji Suzuki (Toronto, Ont.) threw three innings allowing only one hit with no walks and collecting his second save of the season for the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears and legendary coach Lunch McKenzie.

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Matt Betts

Matt Betts was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1992. From a very young age, he loved all things baseball ... but even more, all things Canadian. His baseball career began with the Brantford Junior Red Sox, followed by three years (2008 thru 2010) with the Ontario Terriers program of the PBLO - twice winning the Most Proficient Pitcher award. The past four years he pitched at the University of West Alabama of the Gulf South Conference – twice earning Most Dedicated Player honours. Summer baseball experience includes pitching for the Hamilton Cardinals, and the Licking County Settlers (2013 Great Lakes League champs) and again this summer the Hamilton Cardinals. As an Integrated Marketing Major at UWA, he wrote extensively for the university newspaper, with a focus on baseball. His lifelong dedication and love for the game is indisputable, but his passion for sports writing and broadcasting/analysis has grown with each passing year. There is something very satisfying about “digging a little deeper” to reveal the “story within the story.” After four years of life in the United States, he is thrilled to be back home in Canada, ready to cover and promote Canadian sports and players.