BMOC Week 2
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network
It was another busy week on the diamond for Canadian college baseball players.
The University of British Columbia got their season under way and there were also plenty of stellar performances from south of the border. Let’s take a look at the top Canadian performers from the last week.
UBC off to fast start
Plenty of Canadians got their season off to good starts for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The T-Birds took three of a possible four wins during the teams season opening trip to Lewiston, ID.
First up was an 8-3 victory over Northwest Nazarene. Tyler Enns (East St. Paul, Man.) would lead the offense with a 4-for-5 day at the plate that included an RBI and a run. Not to be out done, Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) would go 2-for-4 in the game with a home run, double, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. Lucas Soper (Vancouver, BC) also went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and run. Alex Webb (Surrey, BC) stepped up big on the mound for the Thunderbirds, allowing just three hits over six innings while walking one and striking out six, picking up the win.
Game 2 saw just as much success for UBC as they topped Corban 4-2. Yari was back at it with a pair of hits and an RBI while Soper chipped in with a 2-for-4 game that included another double. Brad Smith (Vancouver, BC) would pick up the win in relief tossing 2 1/3 innings. He would not give up a hit, a run or a walk and would strikeout two. Tyler Gillies (London, Ont.) would come on to pitch the final two innings allowing a hit, no runs, a pair of walks and three punch outs to secure his first save of the season.
After dropping a 5-1 decision to the defending national champion Lewis-Clark State Warriors, UBC would rebound with a 6-2 win over Corban. It was Enns who was back at it this time knocking in a pair of runs and scoring one himself. Soper would collect his third multi-hit game of the weekend as well. On the bump it was Connor Noble (Vancouver, BC) who had himself a solid performance. He would go seven innings, surrendering six hits, two earned runs, a pair of walks and three strikeouts to record the win.
Sardellitti, Saucedo and Wilson come up big for Davenport
Davenport University picked up two wins in their three game set with Union College over the weekend. In Game 1, Davenport would crush Union 12-3 and Canadians had a lot to do with it. Zac Wilson (New Lowell, Ont.) would lead the charge with a 2-for-5 game with a stolen base and two runs scored. Zack Sardellitti (Maple, Ont.) would also chip in with a hit and two RBIs. Wilson would hit a double and record an RBI in Davenport’s 7-6 game 2 loss. Bryan Saucedo (Toronto, Ont.) would pick up the win in Game 3 going five innings, giving up two hits, one run while walking three and striking out seven.
Holgate hammers Sailfish
In Game 1 between the No. 8-ranked West Alabama Tigers and the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, it was PBA sneaking out a 2-1 victory. That did not stop red shirt senior Mitch Holgate (Windsor, Ont.) from getting his season off to a fantastic start. Holgate would go 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in the loss. Game 2 would see UWA pound out 14 hits on route to a 13-1 drubbing of PBA. Holgate would get on base twice via walks and score a run. A double, a walk and a run scored from Holgate would help lead the Tigers to a 7-2 win, securing the 2-1 series victory.
Goodall’s been good
The way Liam Goodall (Nanaimo, BC) has been playing the past couple seasons it’s hard to imagine not seeing his name in the weekly BMOC. This past weekend was no exception to his solid play as his Embry-Riddle Eagles swept the Fighting Lions of Florida Memorial. In game 1, a 5-3 Eagles win, Goodall had a double, a RBI and a run scored. Game 2 would see him go 2-for-4 with an RBI and another run score in the 4-3 win. Embry-Riddle would shutout FMU 4-0 behind a hit and a run from Goodall.
Schulz solid for Minot State
Although the scores weren’t pretty for the Minot State Beavers it did not mean Jordan Schulz (Strasbourg, Sask.) didn’t have himself a good weekend personally. Schulz would go 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in the Beavers 14-0 game 1 loss to the College of Idaho. Game 2 would result in a 13-10 loss for the Beavers. Schulz would reach base four times in that game going 2-for-4 which included a home run, a pair of walks, a RBI and four runs scored. After falling 13-0 in game 3, Schulz would go 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a RBI and a run scored in the 10-2 Game 4 loss.
Grant’s a gamer for Millersville
Logan Grant (Brockville, Ont.) would toss a scoreless inning of relief in Millersville’s 3-0 game 1 win over Winston-Salem State. In that appearance he would allow a hit while also striking out one. Grant was back at it in game 3 recording the save while throwing two innings, giving up just one hit, no runs, a walk and striking out five Ram hitters.
Kunkel enjoying the K’s
Talon Kunkel (Saskatoon, Sask.) struck out five hitters in five innings of relief in Salem International’s Game 1 loss to Barton College. Kunkel would allow just two hits, yielding just one run and issuing one free pass. Talon is currently in his junior season with the Tigers.
Morache mashes for Dixie
Just about everything went well for Tanner Morache (Vancouver, BC) and his Dixie State University teammates in their four game sweep of Cal State San Bernadino. Morache would get his weekend started by swatting a triple, knocking in two runs while scoring one himself. Game 2 would see him go 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. After collecting a hit in his teams 14-2 Game 3 win, he would go 3-for-3 in game 4 with a pair of walks, two stolen bases, a RBI and three runs scored. Not a bad way to kick off your season, a four game sweep and eight hits.
Ferguson contributing for Freed-Hardeman
It took until Game 3 for Garrett Ferguson (Brampton, Ont.) to get his bat going but was it ever worth the wait. In his teams 8-5 victory, Ferguson exploded for a 3-for-4 game that included a home run, two doubles, five RBIs and a run scored. He would continue his solid play at the plate in game 4 with a 2-for-5 game that saw him hit another home run, record an RBI and another run scored. Freed Hardeman would win that game 5-4 in 10 innings and take three of the four games in the series. They will host St. Catharine College this weekend.
Osborne helps Tampa stay perfect
The Tampa Spartans are off to a perfect 6-0 start to their 2016 season. After sweeping Bentley University in their opening series the Spartans headed to Milledgeville, Ga to take on Georgia College. J.D. Osborne (Whitby, Ont.) would collect a hit, a RBI and score a run in the 4-3 game 1 win. In Game 2 it was a 2-for-5 game for Osborne that also included his second home run of the season. He would knock in three and score a run in the 6-4 Tampa win. Game 2 would see Tampa take a 16-14 decision in 11 innings. Osborne would go 3-for-5 in the game with another home run, four RBIs and a run scored. Osborne now has a .348 average with 3 home runs and nine RBIs on the season.
Purple Eagle picks up honour
Tanner Kirwer (Sherwood Park, Alta.) was named to the College Sports Madness preseason MAAC All-Conference first team. Kirwer is entering his sophomore season with the Niagara Purple Eagles. In his freshman year Kirwer finished with a .324 average with two home runs, 17 RBIs, 32 runs scored and was 24-for-27 in stolen base attempts. He also had a .400 OBP and a .419 SLG in 44 games, 41 starts. The Purple Eagles kick off their season February 19th in Vero Beach, FL against Pittsburgh.
Senior in need of support
If you did not see the story on Global News in Quebec, Cyrus Senior (Montreal, Que.) is an outfielder for the Canisius College Golden Griffins and his family has been hit hard by the exchange between Canadian and US dollars. His family has worked hard to help their son continue following his dream but is now in need of support. They have set up a GoFundMe page to help Cyrus and his family. The link to the GoFundMe page.
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