BMOC III: Germaine, Holgate, Patterson, Robinson, Swift, Yari

Billy Germaine (Aldergrove, BC) hit a two run home run in the bottom of the ninth giving his Southern Arkansas Muleriders a 4-3 win over the Central Missouri Mules.

Billy Germaine (Aldergrove, BC) hit a two run home run in the bottom of the ninth giving his Southern Arkansas Muleriders a 4-3 win over the Central Missouri Mules.

BMOC Week 3
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network

It was another exciting week of college baseball and Canadians were in the middle of it all again. A few new faces also made their way into this week’s edition of the BMOC. Lets take a look at who stepped up for their respective college teams this week.

Germaine walks it off
What better way to start this week’s edition than with a walk off home run. Billy Germaine (Aldergrove, BC) would launch a two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his Southern Arkansas Muleriders a 4-3 win over the Mules of Central Missouri in the first game of the SAU Invitational. Germaine would also collect another hit in the game and would score two runs. Game 2 would see SAU down Oklahoma Christian University 6-3. Germaine would gain another hit, a pair of walks, score 3 runs and swipe a base in the win. After drawing a walk in a 14-2 drubbing of Central Oklahoma he would walk twice more and score a run in the Muleriders 13-5 loss to Washburn. Southern Arkansas is now 6-3 on the year.

Swift steals the show for Blinn
If you look at Austen Swift (Etobicoke, Ont.) and the weekend he had some may think he was playing a video game. He would get his weekend off to a good start going 2-for-2 with a home run, three walks, a pair of RBIs and two runs scored in Blinn’s 10-3 win over Frank Phillips College. In Game 2, a 3-2 victory, Swift would swat a double, walk and drive in a run. Game 3 would see Blinn stomp Frank Phillips 9-1. Swift would go 2-for-4 with another home run, two RBIs and a run scored. Yes, a solid weekend so far for sure but game 4 was what put it over the top. Swift would go 5-for-5 with a pair of home runs, a triple, a walk, four RBIs and three more runs scored. Let’s recap here, that’s 10 hits, four home runs, five walks, nine RBIs and six runs scored. Not bad.

Rossit wreaks havoc for Irvine Valley
It was a good past two games for Adam Rossit (Stoney Creek, Ont.) of the Irvine Valley Community College Lasers. The former Oakville Royal and Ontario Blue Jay would go 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in IVC’s 10-7 win over Mt. San Jacinto. Game 2 would see the Lasers drop a contest to Mt. San Antonio but Rossit would still hit a double, reach base on two walks, collect an RBI and cross the plate twice himself.

UBC drops 3 of possible 4, beat #10
It was not the greatest stretch of games for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds as far as team wins go. The lone bright spot in their past four games was a 6-5 win over #10 nationally ranked The Master’s College. In Game 1 of their weekend series with Westmount the T-Birds would fall 6-5. Tyler Enns (East St. Paul, Man.) would go 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) went 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI and a run scored as well. Alex Webb (Surrey, BC) would do his best to keep his ball club in it going six innings, allowing four hits, two runs while walking two and striking out one. Yari’s triple in a Game 2 loss was about as exciting as it would get for UBC in that one. Yari would be back at it in a 9-6 Game 3 loss walking twice and scoring a run. After a not so memorable weekend the T-Birds would collect a win over #10 The Master’s College. 

Yari would yet again spark the lineup with a 3-for-5 game that included two runs scored. Enns would also collect a hit and knock in a pair of runs. Connor Noble (Vancouver, BC), a Central Arizona community college transfer, would be handed a no decision after going five innings, surrendering five hits, five runs (only two earned), walking one and striking out six. Christian Botnick (Brampton, Ont.), also a Central Arizona transfer, would relieve Noble and pick up the win going 2 1/3 innings, giving up two hits, no runs, walking no one and striking out four. Tyler Gillies would come on for the final 1 2/3 innings, surrendering two hits, no runs with no walks or strikeouts. It would be Gillies second save on the year.

Krahn with pair of multi-hit games
Tyler Krahn (Abbotsford, BC) would collect a pair of multi-hit games for The Master’s College over the weekend. The first would come in an 8-7 loss to Hope International. In that one he would go 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. His next multi-hit game would come in game 3 when he went 2-for-3 again with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Patterson leads Plainsman
The Northeastern Plainsman may have only picked up one of four possible victories but that didn’t stop JT Patterson (Calgary, Alta.) from shining at the plate. Patterson would hit a double, draw a walk and score a run in their 7-4 loss to Seward County. Game 2 would see Patterson go 3-for-4 with a run scored in a game the Plainsman would drop 7-5. After being held quiet in a 3-2 game 3 loss, Patterson would go 4-for-5 including a double, knock in three runs and score another in the finale.

Robinson, Turcotte stir it up for Central Arizona
In Game 1 of Central Arizona’s weekend series with Eastern Utah it was the Vaqueros picking up the 11-0 win. In that one Mitchell Robinson (Surrey, BC) would collect a hit, RBI and run scored. In game 2 he would hit a double while recording an RBI and run scored. Brendan Turcotte (Victoria, BC) would chip in with a 2-for-3 performance that would see him draw a walk, drive in two RBIs and score two runs as well. Turcotte would again score a pair of runs in a 10-2 game 3 win. Game 4 would see Central Arizona crush Eastern Utah 15-1 behind Robinson’s 2-for-4 game. He also drove in four runs and would score one. Turcotte would toss an inning of relief giving up two hits, a run, walking no one and striking out one. Central Arizona would follow that series up with a 15-6 win over Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC). Robinson would go 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored. Turcotte would score a pair of runs.

Valdez helps Bucs to victories
The Barry University Buccaneers played host to Wisconsin-Parkside over the weekend. In Game 1, a 19-10 Barry win, Ramon Valdez (Chestermere, Alta.) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. Games 2 and 3 would be part of a doubleheader between the two teams. Valdez would get a hit, a walk and score a run in the front half of the doubleheader. In the nightcap he would record another hit. In the finale of the series Valdez would go 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored.

Miller collects seven hits for Roane State.
Myles Miller (Windsor, Ont.) would collect four hits, one of which was a double and record an RBI in Roane State’s 9-4 loss to Cleveland State in game 1 of their series. After a 3-0 Roane State game 2 in which Miller was held relatively silent, he would be back at it the next game. Game 3 would see him go 3-for-3 with an RBI, run and a stolen base. Roane State would drop the game 6-2 and the series 2-1.

Auger records a first
It was a big weekend for Simon Auger (Terrebonne, Que.) After getting into Game 1 of Trinidad State’s series with CSU Fort Collins he would leadoff Game 3 and get his first collegiate hit, a triple no less. He would go on to finish the game 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. He would also collect a hit in Trinidad State’s 17-0 game 4 win.

Holgate homers for Tigers
Mitch Holgate (Windsor, Ont.) would homer in West Alabama’s 6-0 game 1 victory over East Central University, he would also walk. After recording a hit in game 2, Holgate would go 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in game 3, which was the front end of a doubleheader. In the back end he would walk three times and score a run. West Alabama would sweep ECU.

Pilgrim picks up win
The win would go to Justin Pilgrim (Pitt Meadows, BC) in Northwest Nazarene’s game 1 win over Holy Names. Pilgrim would go four innings, allow five hits, two runs, would walk no one and strikeout three in relief of starter Ross Clevenger. It was Pilgrim’s first win on the year.

Don’t forget to keep checking back weekly for the latest news on Canadians in college baseball. Division 1 action kicks off this coming weekend. There will be plenty more performances worth noting in the week to come.

Please send any details to any Big Man on Campus candidates to Matt Betts (mattbetts41@gmail.com).

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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.