Big Men On Campus Week XIII
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network
It may not feel like spring in parts of Canada but the college season continues on. This weeks edition of the BMOC features an all-time hits record. Lets get to it, below is the best from the past week.
Wilson sets hits record
Zac Wilson (New Lowell, Ont.) went 3-for-5 for Davenport University in an 11-5 Game 2 win over No. 22 Northwoods and in the process set the all-time hits record for the program. Wilson went 9-for-17 on the week with five RBIs and a walk. The Panthers still have 13 regular season games left on the schedule for Wilson to pad his lead.
Gauthier wins twice
Picking up one win is nice but picking up two is even better. Even more impressive is with the two wins David Gauthier (Mont-Sainte-Hilaire, Que.) improved his record to 7-0. In the first victory he went five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out five to beat Otero 13-0. Later in the week he worked 3 2/3 innings of relief, giving up a run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts. The Trojans dropped Adams State 13-5.
Clarke hits five home runs
The power was on full display for Tristan Clarke (Brampton, Ont.) of Tennessee Wesleyan. Clarke hit five home runs, including two each in Games 3 and 4 against Truett McConnell. Tennessee Wesleyan went 3-1 on the week and scored 69 runs.
UBC takes 3-of-4
The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds will head into their final regular season series after taking three of a possible four wins from Corban University. Niall Windeler (Toronto, Ont.) did what he has done many times this season in turning in an impressive performance on the mound. He went seven innings, allowing just four hits and two runs. He walked four and struck out nine as the Thunderbirds took Game 1 by a 8-2 score.
Braeden Allemann (Surrey, BC) struck out 14 and threw a complete game in a 3-1 Game 3 victory. He allowed just the one run on eight hits and didn’t walk a batter.
Mitch Robinson (Surrey, BC) had a hit, two walks and a stolen base in the Game 1 win. In Game 2, a 10-3 win, he slugged his way to a 3-for-4 game with a walk and RBI. Despite dropping the finale, Robinson went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and a RBI.
John Whaley (Oaklville, Ont.) pounded out six hits, walked once and was hit by a pitch over the four-game series. One of his hits was a solo home run in the Game 3 win. The former Ontario Blue Jay also stole a base. The Thunderbirds close their regular season with a four-game series at Oregon Tech.
St. Albert Cardinals grad Austin Watamaniuk (Westlock, Alta.) had seven hits for the Benedictine Ravens.
What a week for Watamaniuk
Austin Watamaniuk (Westlock, Alta.)had seven hits for Benedictine last week. His best game came in a 13-11 Game 4 loss to Evangel where he went 3-for-5 with a triple and four RBIs.
Golden Griffins go 3-1, sweep Iona
A 13-11 loss to Kent State started the week for the Canisius Golden Griffins but they responded by sweeping the Iona Gaels in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. Connor Morro (Cheltenham, Ont.) didn’t play against the Golden Flashes but made the most of the three games against Iona. In Game 1 he went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and drove in three runs. Morro went 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Game 2. To help complete the sweep he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two more stolen bases.
Jacob Martins (Richmond Hill, Ont.) did play in the loss to Kent State and went 3-for-5. After being hit by a pitch in Game 1 against Iona he went 3-for-4 with a RBI in the final game of the series.
Marklund appears three times
Brandon Marklund (North Vancouver, BC) allowed just one run over three appearances for No. 10 Bryan College. He tossed a scoreless inning in an 8-6 loss to Cumberland University. He allowed one hit and struck out one in the loss. His next appearance came in a 12-8 Game 1 win over Union College. He again threw a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out two. The only run scored against him came in Game 3 of the series with Union, a 13-11 loss. He worked two innings, allowing a hit, a walk and striking out three.
Massad earns first collegiate win
Freshman Aiden Massad (Leamington, Ont.) of Alderson Broaddus has been in the BMOC before but it was last week he finally earned his first collegiate win. He did so in a 6-2 win over Cedarville University where he threw 5 1/3 innings, scattering five hits and a run. He walked three and struck out four in Game 2 of the series. The win also clinched the series for the Battlers.
Thorp with CG win
Bellevue University scored a 7-1 win over Dickinson State that was backed by a complete game, seven inning performance from Dylan Thorp (North Vancouver, BC). Thorp scattered just three hits and a run, walked one and struck out four.
Cunningham makes two starts
Hunter Cunningham (Mission, BC) went six innings and gave up two runs (one earned) as the LSU Shreveport Pilots defeated Texas A&M Texarkana 10-4 in Game 3 of their series. Later in the week he played a part in the Pilots sweeping Jarvis Christian. In Game 3 of that series he went five innings, giving up four hits, two runs, walking one and striking out four in the 15-5 win.
Reyes-Cruz inches closer to .400
It was an offensive slugfest as Tommy Reyes-Cruz (Montreal, Que.) and Clarendon College downed Seward County 27-16. Reyes-Cruz went 4-for-5 with a RBI and stolen base in the win and chipped in nine hits for the week. He hit a home run in Game 4 of Clarendon’s series with Odessa. Reyes-Cruz is hitting .397 with five home runs and 34 RBIs over 38 games played.
Tanner Rempel (Abbotsford, BC) found a groove over Colorado Mesa’s five games this past week. In the first, a 12-6 loss to Colorado School of Mines, he had a hit. He wasn’t pencilled into the lineup in Game 1 of the Mavericks series with Regis but went 2-for-3 when he checked in for Game 2. In Game 3 of the series he went 3-for-3, was hit by a pitch, had two RBIs and stole a base. In the finale he launched a solo home run and walked. Colorado Mesa dropped 3-of-4 in the series.
Nice week for Nychyk
Taylor Nychyk (St. Andrews, Man.) played in five of Indiana Tech’s 10 games and had five hits, one of which was a solo home run. He walked five times, drove in six runs, and stole a base for the Warriors.
Bent brings the bat
It was a solid week for Quentin Bent (Mississauga, Ont.) and Southern Wesleyan University. In an 11-9 win over Young Harris he went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three RBIs. Toccoa Falls was the next opponent for the Warriors. In Game 1, a 3-1 loss, Bent contributed a hit. Game 2 went the way of the Warriors and Bent had a RBI in the 4-1 victory. They won the rubber match 7-4 behind a 4-for-5 game with a two-run home run and three RBIs from Bent.
Sabrowski nears 100 K’s
Erik Sabrowski (Edmonton, Alta.) is just three strikeouts away from reaching the century mark for the season after a 14 punch out performance in a Game 1, 5-0 win over Butler Community College. He threw a complete game, two-hit shutout. He walked just won to move to 6-1 on the year. Sabrowski has accumulated his 97 strikeouts over 55 innings of work.
Not only has he been a force on the mound all year long, he can also hit. Sabrowski had three multi-hit games and seven hits in total for the T-Birds last week. He hit a solo home run and worked a walk, as well, as the T-Birds lost to Iowa Western and split a four-game series with Butler.
Spencer with multi-hit games
Hits came in bunches for Craig Spencer (Calgary, Alta.). In MacMurray’s Game 1 loss to Greenville College he went 3-for-3. After not recording a hit in Game 2 he went 3-for-4 in a 10-0 Game 3 win. Spencer went 2-for-4 with a stolen base as MacMurray secured a split in Game 4.
Wright rips pitching for Northeastern State
Colton Wright (Surrey, BC) had a hit in every game he played in for Northeastern State as they went 4-1 on the week. In Game 3 of their series with Missouri Western State, a series they finished at the beginning of the week, he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in the win. They then dropped a 24-4 decision to Central Oklahoma despite a 2-for-3 game from Wright. The Riverhawks closed their week with a three-game sweep of Fort Hayes State. In Game 1 Wright went 4-for-5 with a three-run blast and a walk. After a hit in Game 2, a game in which the Riverhawks pounded out 20 hits, he hit his third home run of the week in Game 3. It was another solo shot which he combined with two walks to help his team to a 16-5 win.
Diaz allows one run
No. 10 on the Canadian Baseball Network Draft List, Indigo Diaz (North Vancouver, BC) struck out five over five innings of work as his Iowa Western Reivers downed Marshalltown 16-1. He surrendered six hits, a run and struck out five.
Chester beats Utah State Eastern
Fynn Chester (Victoria, BC) tossed a complete game to lead Salt Lake Community College to a 7-3 win in Game 3 of their series with Utah State Eastern. Chester allowed three hits, three runs (two earned) with two walks and nine strikeouts.
Liddell tosses complete game
Not only was Jack Liddell (Mississauga, Ont.) in total control over his complete game, seven inning win but the Connors State Cowboys had little trouble disposing of Coffeyville. Liddell allowed an unearned run on a pair of hits and struck out five in the 16-1 thumping.
Iltshishin takes advantage of playing time
Chris Iltshishin (Waterloo, Ont.) didn’t record a hit in Frontier Community College’s 14-4 loss to John A. Logan and didn’t get in the lineup the following two games but he sure made an impression in the three-game series with Southwestern Illinois College. In Game 1, a 10-8 win, he went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Game 3 saw him go 4-for-5 with a walk and two RBIs.
Skirrow with six scoreless
Being expected to perform as a freshman can bring a lot of pressure but that doesn’t seem to be bothering Noah Skirrow (Stoney Creek, Ont.) of Liberty University. Skirrow worked six scoreless innings and gave up just three hits in the Flames 9-1 Game 3 win against Charleston Southern. He walked two and struck out eight to improve his record to 3-2. The Flames put their 22-12 record to the test this week with a midweek game with Virginia and a three-game set against High Point.
Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) of the University of Washington continued his climb to dominance with two appearances last week. Burgmann is coming off Tommy John surgery in April 2017 and was looking good in games against Gonzaga and Oregon. In a 5-3 win over Gonzaga he was given the start and went three innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He came on in relief of Game 3 of the Huskies series with the Oregon Ducks and picked up the save in the 4-0 win. He went 3 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed four hits with a walk and four punch outs.
White with five hits
The Tigers of East Central University may have only gone 1-3 on the week (they are 3-34 overall) but Ryan White (Mississauga, Ont.) was stellar. White had five hits, walked twice and was hit by a pitch. He also stole two bases and drove in two runs.
Chaput finds ways on
Samuel Chaput (Montreal, Que.) was a thorn in the side of the opposition during Crowder College’s games last week. Chapati launched two home runs, had five hits in total and walked nine times to wreak havoc on the base paths. He drove in eight runs as Crowder went 4-0.
Strilchuk strikes again
As the week went on Russell Strilchuk (Calgary, Alta.) provided more offence for Northeastern Junior College. Strilchuk stroked a hit in each of his teams first three games and had two hits in the last two. He hit a home run in Game 2 and Game 3 of their series with McCook.
Koroneos keeps hitting
Zachary Koroneos (Toronto, Ont.) had six hits and walked four times to help Penn State Harrisburg to four wins. The sophomore is hitting .317 on the year.
Jackson makes abbreviated start, wins in relief
Corey Jackson (Calgary, Alta.) threw two innings and gave up two hits and a run for Indian Hills in a start against Des Moines Area. He struck out one in the 17-9 win. Jackson earned the win in his next appearance, this time in relief, when he worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings giving up just one hit, walking three and striking out five.
UT Tyler takes series
The University of Texas Tyler took down Louisiana College in a three-game series. In Game 1, a 5-3 loss, Alex Bishop (Calgary, Alta.) went 2-for-3 with a RBI. They evened the series in Game 2 with a 8-3 win and Bishop had a hit, a walk and a RBI. He went 2-for-4 in Game 3 to help his team clinch the series.
Weirsma goes deep twice
Trevor Wiersma (Vancouver, BC) hit a two-run shot in Concord’s 13-1 Game 1 win over West Virginia Wesleyan. He went deep again in Game 2 but it wasn’t enough as Concord dropped the game 8-2. They got back in the win column in Game 3 behind two hits, a walk and two RBIs from Weirsma. He chipped in two hits in a Game 4 loss.
Lata leads Southeastern Illinois
Chris Lata (Victoria, BC) had 11 hits in a busy week for Southeastern Illinois. In a 25-15 Game 3 win over Lake Land he went 4-for-6 with a walk and a stolen base. A 10-4 win over Olney Central saw Lata hit a solo home run.
Schlosser walks 10 times
Patience appears to be one of Wyatt Schlosser’s stronger traits. Schlosser walked 10 times in five games for the Minot State Beavers. He walked four times in a 27-12 Game 3 win over the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also had a hit, was hit by a pitch, scored four runs and stole two bases. Over the five games he had seven hits.
Firebrace ignites Brescia offence
Yonnelle Firebrace (Toronto, Ont.) had a hit in the first three games of the week for Brescia College before going 3-for-4 in the fourth. In the final game of the week, a 12-10 loss to Asbury, he hit a two-run home run, a double, walked and drove in three.
Duncan delivers, Reilly rakes
Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) lead Crowder College to a 5-0 week with a strong bat. In a 16-1 drubbing of Fort Scott Community College Duncan had a hit, a walk and a RBI. In Game 1 of their four-game set with North Central Missouri he went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Duncan had a hit and a RBI in Game 2 and followed it with a home run, a walk and three RBIs in Game 3. He went 3-for-4 with another home run and three RBIs as Crowder finished off the sweep.
Drew Reilly (Cambridge, Ont.) had two hits including a home run, walked and drove in three in the win over Fort Scott. He had five hits in the following four games and also walked in all four. The Roughriders own a 35-9 record.
The Cal State Northridge Matadors picked up a 15-2 win over Gonzaga to opened their week. Nolan Bumstead (Calgary, Alta) had a hit, two walks and three RBIs in the triumph. He walked and was hit by a pitch in a Game 1 loss to Long Beach State. After chipping in a hit in a Game 2 win, he went 3-for-3 with a hit by pitch but Long Beach State picked up the win.
Follett with three multi-hit games
Nick Follett (Toronto, Ont.) had two hits in every game of the College of the Desert’s series with San Diego City. Of the six hits, two were home runs with one coming in Game 1 and one coming in Game 3.
Mitch Hazlett (Riverview, NB) started his week with a 3-for-5 game with two RBIs in the University of Texas Permian Basin’s 8-7 loss to Cameron. He contributed seven hits in the next five games, walked twice, was hit by two pitches and stole a base. He is hitting .277 in 2018.
Southeastern Community College gets two wins for Canadians
Will Undershute (Okotoks, Alta.) threw five scoreless innings to pick up the win for Southeastern Community College in Game 4 of their series with Iowa Central. He gave up just one hit, walked three and struck out eight.
Justin Snow (Mount Hope, Ont.) followed Undershute’s start with a win of his own. Snow also threw five innings, giving up a run on three hits. He struck out three for the Blackhawks. Undershute moved his record to 4-1, while Snow is 3-0.
Turino takes advantage
Former Toronto Met Matt Turino (Toronto, Ont.) was all over the boxscore with eleven hits, three walks and 12 RBIs for Jefferson Community College. In a 14-4 Game 1 win over State Fair he went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.
Charleston goes 2-2
The University of Charleston won their first and third games of the week but dropped their second and fourth to finish the week .500. Gianfranco Morello (Toronto, Ont.) went 5-for-12 with a 1.166 OPS in the four games.
Reeves ready for Central Oklahoma
He got the game off when Central Oklahoma lost 9-3 in Game 2 of their series with Pittsburg State but Glenn Reeves (Ajax, Ont.) was locked in the rest of the week. Central Oklahoma flipped the script in Game 3 with a 9-3 win of their own behind a 3-for-5 game with a RBI from Reeves. He had another three hits and drove in five in a 24-4 thumping of Northeastern State. His week concluded with two hits and two walks as his team dropped a 17-7 decision to Emporia State.
Midway goes 3-1 against ranked opponents
Graeham Luttor (Toronto, Ont.) had a hit, a walk and two RBIs in a 7-3 win over No. 20 Campbellsville to start an impressive week for both himself and Midway University. In Game 1 of their series with No. 14 Point Park University Luttor launched a home run and finished with three hits and two RBIs in an 8-3 win. Midway took Game 2, 8-7, to win the series. In the win he had two hits, three walks and two RBIs. He went 2-for-3 with a RBI in the only loss of the week in Game 3.
Jaco stands out for Sycamores
It was a battle of in-state rivals as Hayden Jaco (Coquitlam, BC) and the Indiana State Sycamores took on No. 10 Indiana. Jaco went 2-for-3 with a RBI but it was the Hoosiers who walked away with a 6-1 win. In Game 1 of the Sycamores series with Illinois State which resulted in a 5-2 win, Jaco went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Indiana State dropped Game 2 but Jaco had two hits, a walk and a RBI. He finished the week with a hit in a Game 3 loss.
Rousseau shines for Mid America Nazarene
JP Rousseau (Montreal, Que.) had nine hits including a 3-for-4 game in a 14-2 loss to Penn State College. He drove in two and posted a 1.078 OPS in the games.
Trogrlic-Iverson dominates again
Giving the ball to Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (Oakville, Ont.) must be a good feeling for Central Arizona College. Trogrlic-Iverson has been brilliant for the Vaqueros and that continued last week as he tossed six scoreless innings to pick up his eighth win in 2018. He scattered four hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Dressler dealt loss
He was good but Steven Dressler (Burlington, Ont.) still took the loss for the University of Texas San Antonio’s 3-2 loss to Florida Atlantic. He went 6 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. His record dropped to 4-2 with the loss.
Marks makes two starts for Spartans
Jordan Marks (Bright’s Grove, Ont.) took the ball and picked up the win for USC Upstate in a 10-3 victory over UNC Asheville. He went two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk with three strikeouts. He then went five innings, giving up six hits and four runs (two earned) with a walk and four strikeouts as the Spartans downed the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Game 2 of their series. The Spartans won the series two games to one.
Martin takes tough loss
It was all going so smoothly until the bottom of the seventh inning. Stuart Martin (Eden Mills, Ont.) went 6 2/3 innings for Monroe Community College but Onondaga scored three unearned in the bottom of the seventh to earn the walk-off win. Martin allowed five hits and struck out eight in the loss.
Johnson strikes out 10, earns win
Ryan Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.) threw a complete game, seven innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits for Lubbock Christian to help them to an 8-4 win over Texas A&M International. He walked one and struck out 10 in Game 3 of the four-game sweep.
Demchenko deals for Northeastern
Miles Community College didn’t have much of a chance against Zach Demchenko (Saskatoon, Sask.) last week. Demchenko worked all six innings, surrendering one hit and an unearned run to lead Northeastern Junior College to a 11-1 win. He walked just one and struck out nine in the victory.
Zinck zaps opposition bats
Zachery Zinck (Bridgewater, NS) threw a scoreless inning of relief for Genesee Community College in a 9-7 loss to Erie Community College. He walked one and struck out the side. He then lasted five innings, giving up four hits and two runs (one earned), while walking three and striking out eight in a 4-3 win overJamestown Community College.
Hooge hammers out eight hits
Jaxson Hooge (Calgary, Alta.) had eight hits for Tabor College this past week. He went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a stolen base in a Game 2 win over McPherson College. Tabor dropped a game to Oklahoma City and then swept the three-game series from McPherson.
Tevlin strong in tough week for Binghamton
The Binghamton Bearcats went 0-3-1 on the week but Luke Tevlin (Toronto, Ont.) was stellar. In a 5-5 tie with Cornell, Tevlin drove in a run. Hartford then swept the Bearcats in America East Conference play despite Tevlin having a good series in the batters box. In Game 1 he went 2-for-4 with a RBI. He again went 2-for-4 with a RBI in Game 2 and closed things out with a 3-for-4 game in Game 3.
Williams continues to hit
Malik Williams (Toronto, Ont.) just keeps on hitting. He stroked a hit and drove in a run in Johnson County Community College’s 6-5 win over Southeast. A game that they won 19-2 over Fort Scott saw him going 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. He had a hit and a walk as his team dropped Game 2 to Fort Scott 10-9.
Lepard doesn’t allow an earned run
Dodge City Conquistador Taylor Lepard (Toronto, Ont.) made three appearances and didn’t allow an earned run in the process. His first appearance came in a 4-2 win over Lamar when he worked a scoreless inning with a strikeout. He lasted 3 1/3 innings in a 18-17 win over Seward County. He allowed three unearned runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out one in the high scoring win. Dodge City made 7 errors in the game. Seward County took Game 4 by a 5-4 score . Lepard tossed a scoreless 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout in the defeat.
DiLuca does well
Lucas DiLuca (Windsor, Ont.) walked and drove in a run in Cuyahoga’s 11-4 win over the Baldwin Wallace JV’s. In a 16-14 loss to the Oberlin College JV’s he went 2-for-2 with a walk and a RBI. Next up was a doubleheader with Edison. In the first game he went 2-for-4 with a RBI in a 8-1 win. Cuyahoga also won the second game, this time by a 13-3 score and DiLuca went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs.
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