BMOC II: Cienfuegos, Granton, Swift, Trogrlic-Iverson

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Big Man On Campus Week 2


By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network

Week 2 of the BMOC features quite a jump in the number of players featured. More teams have started their seasons, which means more impressive Canadian performances. Check out the recap of the top showings from around college baseball.

Trogrlic-Iverson stymies Southern Nevada

Let’s get this week underway with an opening day start. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (Oakville, Ont.) got the ball for the Central Arizona Vaqueros in their first game of the season and didn’t disappoint. The righty tossed four scoreless innings without surrendering a hit, he struck out seven and his the only blemish on his line was four walks en route to a 3-0 win the Coyotes.

What’s on deck: Central Arizona is preparing for four games this week. One against the Arizona Christian JVs, a pair against Gateway Community College and a single against Glendale Community College. 

How about another solid start

Dany Paradis-Giroux (Laval, Que.) also threw four innings in his start this week to pick up his first win of the season. He toed the rubber in Game 2 of William Woods University’s series with Mid America Christian. He allowed a single run on two hits, walking three and striking out three. 

 Brian Granton (Calgary, Alta.)

Brian Granton (Calgary, Alta.)

Granton supports his starter

It wasn’t just a Canadian pitcher who had a big weekend for the William Woods Owls. Brian Granton (Calgary, Alta.) helped power his team to a 2-1 weekend. In Game 1 of their series he pounded out two hits, drove in a run and swiped a base in a 6-4 win. He chipped in with a hit and a walk during Paradis-Giroux’s start to help him and the team to victory. In the finale, a 16-5 loss, he went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and another stolen base. He did all of his damage out of the leadoff spot.

Coming up: The Owls fly into Mississippi for a four game set with Blue Mountain College this week.

Swift swats two

It was another impressive week for Austen Swift (Toronto, Ont.) as he makes his second appearance in as many weeks in the BMOC. His biggest game of the week came in Game 2 of William Jessup’s series with Oregon Tech. In the 11-10 loss he went 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs. He connected on a solo shot in the third and a three-run shot in the 9th. He collected a walk and an RBI in a Game 3 win and a hit in a 4-3 triumph in Game 4. William Jessup took 3-of-4 from the Owls.

Next up: A midweek game versus Simpson and a three game series at Hope International.

Cunningham provides sweet relief

Another Canadian picked up a win on the mound as Hunter Cunningham (Mission, BC) came on and threw three innings of relief for LSU Shreveport. He gave up a run on a pair of hits and struck out five.

Upcoming: The Pilots have a tough week ahead. They take on Lindsay Wilson before plays #17 Clarke University and #16 Tabor College in NAIA action.

 Jarryd Manick (Aldergrove, BC)

Jarryd Manick (Aldergrove, BC)

Manick the man for McPherson

Another relief appearance, this time resulting in a save. Jarryd Manick (Aldergrove, BC) locked down a 5-2 win for McPherson College over Huston-Tillotson with a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. He gave up a hit and a walk and struck out one.

Willow helps with wins

Evan Willow (Victoria, BC) helped power McPherson to a four game sweep of Huston-Tillotson. In Game 1, an 18-2 thumping, he reached four times via a pair of hits and two walks. He also drove in two. In Game 2 he had a hit and a RBI in an 8-2 victory. After working a walk in Game 3, he had a hit, another walk and a RBI in an 11-1 drubbing.

What’s next: It’s a pair of doubleheaders for the Bulldogs this week. First they take on Texas College before wrapping up with Jarvis Christian College.

 Nick Seginowich (Victoria, BC)

Nick Seginowich (Victoria, BC)

Seginowich displays smooth swing for Salt Lake CC

Nick Seginowich (Victoria, BC) reached base in all four of Salt Lake Community College’s game this past week as the Bruins went 2-2. He recorded a hit in Game 1, a walk in Game 2, another hit in Game 3. Game 4 was by far his best performance as he went 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBIs. The two hits? A solo blast in the first inning and a two-run shot in the 6th.

Upcoming schedule: The Bruins get an off week.

Turcotte with four hits, reaches five times

It was back-to-back two hit games for Brendan Turcotte (Victoria, BC) in Hope International’s first two games of their series with Marymount California University. In Game 1 he went 2-for-4 with a RBI in the 15-3 win. Game 2, a 12-4 win, saw him match his Game 1 performance with a 2-for-4 game with a RBI. He walked in Game 3, also a win, to close out his week.

Canadian matchup: Hope International now readies for a three game set with Austen Swift and William Jessup

 Miguel Cienfuegos (Laval, Que.) .... Photo: Jacques Lanciault.

Miguel Cienfuegos (Laval, Que.) .... Photo: Jacques Lanciault.

Cienfuegos can hit, Cienfuegos can pitch

Miguel Cienfuegos (Laval, Que.) did a little bit of every for Northwest Florida State College last week. In their 18-2 lashing of Seminole State College of Florida he went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run. He then stepped on the mound and threw 1/3 of an inning against Lake Sumter State College. He didn’t allow a hit or run and issued a walk. He went back to the bat rack the next game against Lake Sumter recording a hit, a walk and a stolen base in the 8-6 win.

Up next: Four games are upcoming for the Raiders this week. Two against Enterprise State Community College and a pair against East Mississippi Community College


That’s a wrap for the second week of the BMOC. It was a successful week for Canadians on the diamond. Check back next week for more highlights.

If you know someone deserving of a mention in the weekly BMOC column please email Matt Betts at mattbetts41@gmail.com.

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.