By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Natwork
Daniel Pinero did what every college player dreams about before every season. It did not start out well but it ended exactly how he imagined, a dog pile.
Pinero was not the only Canadian in Omaha over the last week.
Lets take a look at how Canadians did in Nebraska in the final BMOC issue of 2015:
Pinero captures National Title:
It started off well for Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) and the Virginia Cavaliers in Game 1 of their College World Series run. It was the Razorbacks of Arkansas who posed the first test and it was one the Cavs would pass. Virginia would take the game 5-3 and Pinero would have a monster day going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Virginia then would squeak by another SEC powerhouse, edging Florida 1-0. Pinero would go 1-for-3 with a walk in that contest. They would then have another date with Florida and the Gators would take a bite out of the Cavaliers, taking a 10-5 decision. Pinero, however would do his best going 2-for-4 while scoring a run. With the season on the line, it was Florida again. This time Virginia would take down the Gators 5-4 to book their ticket to the best-of-3 College World Series final. Pinero would collect another pair of hits, going 2-for-3 with another run scored. This set up a rematch and a chance for revenge by the Virginia Cavaliers as they would see Vanderbilt in the final. Game 1 would go the way of the Commodores 5-1 and would put Virginia’s back against the wall. Pinero would be quiet with the bat but would earn a walk in the loss. Game 2 would see them keep their season alive with a 3-0 victory, Pinero would again earn a walk. This would set up a winner take all final, something Virginia surely had been thinking about since last year’s heartbreak. Virginia would complete the comeback with a 4-2 win to capture the College World Series, the first in program history. Pinero would go 1-for-3 in the decisive game. Virginia finished the year 44-24 while Pinero would finish hitting .308 with six home runs, 29 RBIs, 60 runs scored, .409 OBP, .419 SLG, nine stolen bases while having a .933 fielding percentage over 67 games, all starts.
Fagnan, TCU close but so far:
It was a week filled with SEC opponents for the TCU Horned Frogs. First up was LSU, a game Jeremie Fagnan (Calgary, AB) and his teammates would take 10-3. Fagnan would score a run and an RBI. They would then drop a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Vanderbilt. Fagnan would record a hit, going 1-for-4. They would then see the Tigers again with their season on the line, and would beat them yet again by an 8-4 score. Fagnan would have his best game of the College World Series going 2-for-4. Vanderbilt would end the Horned Frogs season, beating them 7-1. The TCU’s Canadian first baseman would go 1-for-4 again. The Horned Frogs finished the season with a 51-15 record while Fagnan ended his season hitting .265 with four home runs, 26 RBIs, 29 runs scored, .353 OBP, .373 SLG, 10 stolen bases while having a sparkling .998 fielding percentage.
Congratulations to all Canadians in college baseball this season.