Big Man On Campus Week 10
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network
Gems on the mound to big boppers, this week of the BMOC has it all. Canadians continue to shine through all levels of college baseball in 2018. Below is a recap of the top performers.
Humeniuk named National Player of the Week
It was quite the week for Ryan Humeniuk (Stonewall, Man.) of Indian Hills Community College. In a game against Ellsworth, a 15-2 win, he went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Indian Hills dropped their next game 7-6 in 11 innings but Humeniuk chipped in a hit, a walk, a RBI and a stolen base. He really got his week going in Game 1 of their series with Colby. In the 14-9 win he popped two home runs and drove in half of his teams runs with seven. He again left the yard and worked a walk in Game 2, a 7-6 win. His power continued to be on display in a 10-7 Game 3 win as he hit another two home runs. He also had double and drove in five runs in the victory. He closed his week with two hits, one of which was another double and a pair of walks in a 3-2 Game 4 loss. For his efforts he was named NJCAA Division I Player of the Week. It was the second straight week a Canadian has taken home the honours following Elliott Curtis (Waterloo, Ont.) and third time this season. Tauren Langley (Edmonton, Ont.) earned the honours for the week of February 12th-18th.
More Canadians impress for Indian Hills
Ryan Humeniuk wasn’t the only Canadian that helped Indian Hills to a 4-2 week. Corey Jackson (Calgary, Alta.) made three appearances and picked up a pair of wins. He posted a 2.07 ERA over 4 1/3 innings. His wins came against Ellsworth and in Game 3 against Colby.
DJ Depiero (Thunder Bay, Ont.) was the winner on the mound in Game 2 against Colby. Depiero worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits in the victory. He allowed six runs (two earned), walked two and struck out nine.
Justin King (Okotoks, Alta.) homered in the 11 inning loss to Iowa Central and had 10 hits on the week. He walked five times, drove in eight runs and stole three bases.
Former Brampton Royals' Zachary Fascia (Brampton, Ont.) batted .307 for the week as well as hittting a home run.
Zachary Fascia (Brampton, Ont.) hit .307 including a home run in Game 3 of their series with Colby.
Curtis earns National Player of the Week honours
Elliott Curtis (Waterloo, Ont.) was recognized for his strong play during the week of March 12-18 by being named NJCAA Division 1 Player of the Week. He had 11 hits, three home runs and drove 18 on the week. He chipped in two more hits in three games this week for the Chargers.
Canadians help Kentucky to SEC series win
After a lopsided 20-4 midweek win over Xavier the University of Kentucky Wildcats took 2-of-3 from the No. 9 Auburn Tigers. Kole Cottam (Knoxville, Tenn.) had a pair of solo home runs and three hits in all in the thumping of Xavier. In Game 1 against Auburn he chipped in a hit in a 5-4 win. After dropping Game 2, Kentucky rebounded to win the series with a convincing 13-3 Game 3 win. Cottam launched a two-run home run in the convincing win. He had two hits in total and scored four runs. Cottam is no stranger to the long ball having hit 10 so far on the year.
Tristan Pompey (Toronto, Ont.) had two hits and a pair of walks in the first three games of the week for the Wildcats. He exploded in Game 3 versus Auburn going 4-for-5. He lead off the bottom of the first with a solo home run and drove in five RBIs in the game. Pompey leads Kentucky with a .387 batting average.
Onyshko continues strong season
Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, Man.) was tasked with the start against Florida International University. He worked four innings, surrendering three hits and two runs (one earned). He walked two and struck out five Panther hitters. He holds a minuscule 1.50 ERA over 10 appearances.
Hooge, Weibe pound out 10 hits each
Tabor College received plenty of offence from Jaxson Hoge (Calgary, Alta.) and Graham Weibe (Abbotsford, BC). Both went 10-for-20 in the Bluejays six wins. Hooge also walked nine times, including four times in a 17-13 win over Panhandle State University. He turned the four free passes and a hit in the win into four runs scored. Weibe had had a pair of three hit games and both him and Hooge hit safely in all six.
Wlad with five hits in series win
Siena Heights took care of business by sweeping Michigan Dearborn last week. Carson Wlad (Calgary, Alta.) had a hit, a walk and three RBIs in a 14-3 win in Game 1. He went 3-for-3 with a walk in Game 2 and had a hit and a walk in Game 3.
Trogrlic-Iverson improves to 5-1
Nick Trogrlic-Iverson allowed a single run on four hits over seven innings to pick up the win in Central Arizona 10-1 bashing of Gateway Community College. Trogrlic-Iverson walked three and strikeout nine to earn his fifth win of the year. His solid ERA currently sits at 2.14.
Former Ontario Terrier Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) pitched three scoreless innings for the Stoney Brook Seawooolves.
Turcotte makes first appearances
Former Ontario Terrier Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) made his first appearance of the season in Stony Brook’s 12-3 loss to the Jaspers of Manhattan. Turcotte got the start and went three scoreless and allowed just one hit. He walked two and struck out three for the Seawolves. He was back in action in Game 3 of their series with Quinnipiac, a game the Seawolves took 9-2. This time he came out of the bullpen and worked two innings, allowing an unearned run. He struck out three to help the Seawolves complete the three-game sweep.
Freure provides long relief
The University of Pittsburgh dropped Game 3 and their series to the Duke Blue Devils. RJ Freure (Burlington, Ont.) tossed five innings of relief, giving up three hits and one run in the 6-5 loss. The sophomore walked two and struck out eight.
Renaud with six hits for Warriors
Laine Renaud (Hamilton, Ont.) had a hit in all four games that East Stroudsburg University played. He stroked a double in Games 1 and two of the Warriors series with Mansfield. He also had an RBI in the second game of the series. In Game 3 he went 3-for-4 with another double and RBI. He finished the series with a hit and a walk. East Stroudsburg took 3-of-4 games in the series.
Esau with three multi-hit games
Frank Phillips went 1-5 on the week but Brett Esau (Meadow Lake, Sask.) did his best to bring his team success. Esau had seven hits in the six games including three multi-hit games. One of those multi-hit games was a three hit game with two home runs and five RBIs in a 19-16 loss to Odessa.
Hill hits .500
Jason Hill (Surrey, BC) went 9-for-18 for McCook Community College. He had a RBI and three walks despite his team going just 1-5. His OPS for the week stood at a stellar 1.071.
Loschiavo reliable for Fighting Saints
There was plenty of fight in John Loschiavo (Sainte-Julie, Que.) this past week. He kick started his teams offence with a 4-for-6 game in a 17-10 win over Keiser University. He also walked, drove in a run and stolen three bases in the triumph. After walking in a 2-0 loss to No. Weber International he went 3-for-6 with a stolen base in a 19-13 loss to Warner University.
Lacasse launches a pair
Marcel Lacasse (Gatineau, Que.) hit a pair of home runs for Western Texas. He had six hits, walked three times, contributed six RBIs and stole a base in a four-game set with Frank Phillips.
Bourassa backs Dons to win
With a series sweep of Portland on the line the San Francisco Dons relied on Landen Bourassa (Lethbridge, Alta.) to finish it off. Bourassa went seven scoreless innings in Game 3 of the series to lead the Dons to a 4-0 win. He scattered five hits and a walk while striking out four. The righty improved his record to 4-1 in 2018. San Francisco has a midweek contest with the Oregon Ducks before taking on San Diego in a three-game series.
Sabrowski continues to show off multiple talents, Bondarchuk bashes out six hits
Erik Sabrowski (Edmonton, Alta.) tossed eight innings and gave up two runs to help pace Cloud County Community College to a 5-2 win over Seward County in Game 1 of their series. He worked around eight hits, a pair of walks and struck out 10. He leads the T-Birds in innings pitched with 38. While going strong on the mound in Game 1, Sabrowski went 2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI in the Game 1 win. He went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and four RBIs in a 13-1 Game 3 thumping. He polished off his week with a pair of doubles and a RBI in a Game 4, 11-10 victory.
Matt Bondarchuk (Edmonton, Alta.) had six hits for the T-Birds including a 3-for-5 effort with a RBI their Game 4 win over Seward County.
Manitoba’s Moxham solid in win
Midland College transfer Brady Moxham (Oakville, Man.) went 7 1/3 innings, surrendering three hits and three runs (one earned) to help the South Dakota State Jackrabbits to a 6-3, 12 inning win over Western Illinois. He walked two and struck out seven and was handed the no-decision.
Schnarr goes the distance
Brady Schnarr (Waterloo, Ont.) took the ball for Frontier Community College and didn’t relinquish it, throwing a complete game, nine innings in his teams 7-3 win over Southeastern Illinois College. He scattered six hits and three runs (one earned) with a walk and six strikeouts. Frontier took the series 2-1.
Firebrace in fine form
It was a good week for Brescia University’s Yonelle Firebrace (Toronto, Ont.). Firebrace went 6-for-14 with four RBIs for the Bearcats. Brescia went 2-2, winning a three-game series with Ohio Christian University 2-1 and dropping a game to Murray State.
Victoria Eagles' Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) had a pair of homers and drove in eight runs.
Duncan does damage with the bat, Morris drives in 13
Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) had eight hits, walked five times and drove in eight RBIs for Crowder Community College. He swatted a pair of home runs in Games 3 and four of their series with St. Louis Community College.
It was a productive offensive week from Kobe Morris (Victoria, BC). Morris had eight hits, two home runs and drove in 13 runs. One of his best games came in a 23-7, Game 3 win over St. Louis Community College when he went 3-for-3 with two walks, three RBIs and four runs scored.
Massad handed tough loss
Giving up a single run over 6 1/3 innings of relief is a nice outing but it didn’t end on a positive note for Aiden Massan (Leamington, Ont.). He gave up four hits and struck out four and was handed the loss in a 4-3, 12 inning defeat at the hands of No. 18 Ohio Dominican.
Cappe comes up big for Lakers
Brady Cappe (Brantford, Ont.) picked up Lake Land College’s only win of the series against Olney Central. Cappe threw a complete game, seven inning shutout in a 6-0 victory. He scattered five hits, walked one and struck out eight.
UBC arms shine
Braeden Allemann (Surrey, BC) appeared twice for the UBC Thunderbirds last week, picking up a win. His first appearance came in a 11-2 win over Concordia when he went a scoreless, hitless inning with a walk, while striking out the side. He picked up his firs win of the season in a 5-4, 11 inning win over Oregon Tech. He went four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks. He struck out four to improve to 1-3.
Jack Caswell (Brampton, Ont.) also got into the game against Concordia. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out six. He threw two more scoreless innings in a Game 1 win over Oregon Tech. He surrendered a hit and a walk in the win. The Thunderbirds went 5-1 on the week.
Wark picks up win No. 4
The St. Louis Billikens have won 14 straight games. Jackson Wark (St. Albert, Alta.) helped continue the win streak by pitching in Game 2 of the Billikens series with Saint Joseph’s. He went six innings, giving up two hits and a run in a 7-3 win. He walked two and struck out three as his record now stands at 4-1. The last loss for the Billikens came February 25th against Incarnate Word.
Trinidad State goes 2-1
Alex Bedard (Levis, Que.) helped Trinidad State take a three-game series with Western Nebraska. In Game 1, a 9-2 win, Bedard went 3-for-5 with a RBI. He had a pair of RBIs in a 9-4 Game 2 win and went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in Game 3.
Fernandez-Beltran fans nine
Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Mercier, Que.) got the ball in Game 1 of St. Mary’s series with Rogers State and struck out nine en route to a 3-0 win. He threw a complete game, seven inning shutout, allowing only four hits and a walk. He currently owns a 2.37 ERA over 49 1/3 innings for the Rattlers.
Stovman maintains perfect record
Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) gave up four unearned runs over six innings to help Indian River State to an 11-5 win over Lafleche College. He allowed six hits and struck out eight in the win. Stovman was a member of Team Canada that participated in the 18U World Cup in 2017.
Brettell dominates in Central Michigan win
It was a great performance for Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) of the Central Michigan Chippewas. He threw a complete game, nine innings in an 8-1 win over Northern Illinois. He allowed a run on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Dressler wins for third time
Steven Dressler (Burlington, Ont.) picked up his third win of the season going 6 2/3 innings in an 11-2 win over Marshall. He gave up five hits and a run with seven strikeouts in the Game 2 win. The Roadrunners swept the Herd and won four times on the week.
College of the Ozarks oust Owls
Taran Oulton (St. Albert, Alta.) is becoming a regular in the BMOC. Last week he worked 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and two unearned runs as his William Woods Owls dropped a 3-2 score to the College of the Ozarks. He walked two and struck out seven in the loss.
Stark stymies McCook
Colby Community College’s Nathan Stark (Medicine Hat, Alta.) gave up just a single unearned run over six innings to lead his team with an 8-1 win. He allowed four hits and struck out two.
Mailloux masterful in win
Olivier Mailloux (Ville de Quebec, Que.) threw six scoreless innings to pick up the win in a 12-1 Northwestern Ohio drubbing of Rochester College. Mailloux, a Monroe Community College transfer, allowed just a pair of hits and a walk, while striking out five.
O’Rourke handed no-decision
Minot State’s Reilly O’Rourke (Sydney, NS) gave the Beavers 5 2/3 innings in a 4-2 win over Minnesota State Mankato. He scattered five hits, two walks and was dealt the no-decision. He struck out three in the victory.
Rutgers loses, wins
Reilly Rutgers (Hamilton, Ont.) took the loss as Garrett College dropped a 10-9 decision to USC Sumter. He worked an innings, giving up a hit, two runs and a walk with two strikeouts. He rebounded in a 10-0 win over Coastal Carolina club team. He went six scoreless innings in picking up the win. He allowed a pair of hits, two walks and struck out seven.
Johnson throws complete game
It was a pair of Johnson’s leading Lubbock Christian University on the mound to a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Christian. One of the Johnson’s was Ryan Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.). The Canadian Johnson allowed a pair of unearned runs on just two hits over seven innings. He struck out five in the 14-2 win. Lubbock Christian swept the four-game series. The other was Callan Johnson of Idalou, Tex.
Marklund atop pitching categories
It has been a strong season for Bryan College’s Brandon Marklund (North Vancouver, BC) as he leads all Canadian pitchers with a 13.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His WHIP is also sitting at the top of the stats category at 0.61. Last week Marklund made two appearances, working four scoreless innings. He picked up a win, allowed just two hits and struck out eight.
Lantigua has eight hits
John Lantigua (Quebec City, Que.) went 8-for-17 with a pair of home runs for the Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan University last week.
MacDonald leads team in average
In an 11-1 loss to No. 15 Missouri, Kyle MacDonald (Mississauga, Ont.) went 2-for-4 for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. In a rematch he went 4-for-5 with a double and a RBI but the Red Wolves dropped the contest 14-9. In Game 2 of their series with the University of Louisiana Monroe, a 31-7 win, MacDonald went 4-for-7 with a solo home run, a double and seven RBIs.
Hamilton Cardinals grad Justin Snow (Mount Hope, Ont.) of Southeastern gained his first viictory.
Snow slows Quincy JV offence
Justin Snow (Mount Hope, Ont.) of Southeastern Community College picked up his first win of the season by throwing six innings of one run baseball in a 17-1 win over the Quincy University JV’s. He surrendered two hits and a walk with seven punch outs.
Douglas with five innings of relief
Garden City Community College dropped a 7-3 score to Dodge City but Jacob Douglas (Georgetown, Ont.) pitched five scoreless innings of relief. He gave up five hits over the five innings, walked two and struck out four.
Lebreux the leader of the offence
Marc Lebreux (Sainte-Anne, Que.) had three two-hit games in the first three games Seminole State (OK) played last week. He homered in the first two games, as well. In the final Game of the week he went 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and another home run.
Latimer a light in dark season
It’s been an brutal season for Trinity International as they are currently 0-23. Matt Latimer (Georgetown, Ont.) has been a shining spot in the otherwise tough campaign. In a 1-0 loss to Saint Ambrose University Latimer went 2-for-3. They then lost again to Saint Ambrose but Latimer went 3-for-4 with a RBI. He again went 3-for-4, this time with a walk in Game 1 of their series with Saint Xavier.
Abbotsford Cardinals RHP Hunter Cunningham (Mission, BC) pitched a complete-game shut out against Huston-Tillutson.
Cunningham with complete game shutout
Hunter Cunningham (Mission, BC) spun a gem for the LSU-Shreveport Pilots in their 13-0 Game 2 win over Huston-Tillutson University. Cunningham threw a complete game shutout, giving up five hits and three walks with six strikeouts. The Pilots outscored their opponent 46-7 over the four game sweep.
Rijo leads OPS category
Slugger Ryan Rijo (Barrie, Ont.) went 4-for-10 in New Mexico Junior College’s games last week. He had a home run and drove in three in total. His 1.373 OPS is currently the best among Canadian hitters.
Another week down, another week packed full of highlights. Canadians continue to shine bright in the world of college baseball. Check back next week to see the next round of top performances.
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