Big Man on Campus Week XIX
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network
The college baseball season isn’t over yet. Canadians have had a big impact on their teams performances down the stretch. Below is is a recap of those top performances
Pompey, Cottam lead UK to Super Regional
The University Kentucky played host to a regional last week and they didn’t disappoint on home soil. In Kentucky’s opening 6-4 win over Ohio, Tristan Pompey (Brampton, Ont.) had a hit, a walk and a RBI.
North Carolina State snuck out a 5-4 win in Game 2 but not before Pompey went 2-for-4 with another walk, RBI and stolen base. One of the two hits was Pompey’s 10th home run of the season. Kole Cottam (Knoxville, TN) also chipped in with a hit in the loss.
With their backs against the wall against Indiana the Wildcats showed their resolve by pulling out a 14-9 victory. Pompey and Cottam both went 2-for-5. Pompey also a walk and two RBIs, while one of Cottam’s hits was a home run and he knocked in three.
The Wildcats next needed a pair of wins over NC State to advance to the Super Regional. In the first of what would be two, Kentucky pulled out an 8-6 win behind a 3-for-5 game from Pompey and a 1-for-2 perfomance with a triple, a walk and a RBI from Cottam.
Kentucky got the last laugh as they took down NC State 10-5 the next game to clinch their spot in the next round. Pompey walked and was hit by a pitch, while Cottam went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to seal the victory.
To add to his already banner season Pompey was named a Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American Selection. He will head to the Cape Cod League when Kentucky’s season ends to suit up for the Wareham Gatemen.
The Wildcats will face Louisville in their first ever Super Regional appearance.
Crowder crew shows well at World Series
The Crowder College Roughriders went 2-2 at the NJCAA Division I College World Series behind several solid performances from Canadians.
It didn’t get off to a great start as the Roughriders dropped Game 1 to eventual champion Chipola. Kyle Blackwell (Waterdown, Ont.) had a hit and a RBI, Kyle McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.) walked and Kobe Morris (Victoria, BC) chipped in a hit.
They got things back on track in Game 2 with a 19-9 win over Dyersburg State. Blackwell went 4-for-4 with a RBI. Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) went 2-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs, while MacDonald had a hit, a walk and three RBIs. Morris went 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs.
Behind seven more hits from the Canadians, Crowder was able to pull out a 10-7 win over Wallace Dothan in Game 3. Blackwell had two hits, a walk and a RBI, Duncan had a hit and a free pass, MacDonald had two hits, two walks and a RBI and Kobe Morris launched a pair of home runs.
Their season came to an end in Game 4 when Cowley County handed them an 11-5 defeat. Blackwell, Duncan and MacDonald had a hit and a RBI in the loss. Blackwell’s knock was a home run. Morris went 3-for-4 in the finale of 2017.
Blackwell finished the year hitting . 305 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. Duncan hit .358 with 10 home runs, 80 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. MacDonald wrapped up his season hitting .343 with 15 home runs, 73 RBIs and nine stolen bases. In 66 games Morris had a .384 average, nine home runs and 65 RBIs. Jacob Charron (Ottawa, Ont.) and Cyprienne Dussenne (Montreal, Que) were also on the Roughrider roster.
Lloyd handed loss
Matt Lloyd (Okotoks, Alta.) didn’t allow an earned run but was handed the loss in the Indiana Hoosiers opening game loss of the Lexington Regional. NC State scored two in the top of the ninth to take a 7-5 lead and hung on for a 7-6 final. Lloyd tossed 3 2/3 innings, giving up five hits, two runs (zero earned) with two strikeouts and a walk. He also chipped in with a double on the offensive side. He walked in an 11-2 win over Ohio before the Hoosiers were bounced by a 19-4 loss to Kentucky.
NCCC goes 4-2 at World Series
The Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves opened their World Series with a 15-3 win over Delta. Zarley Cina (Kitchener, Ont.) had a 2-for-3 day with three RBIs at the plate and Christian Young (Oakville, Ont.) tossed 3 2/3 innings allowing two hits and two runs with six strikeouts.
Tyler took NCCC down a notch, handing them a 4-1 loss in Game 2. Cina chipped in with a hit in the loss. The Thunderwolves responded in a big way with a 14-1 thumping of Northampton and Cina had a hit, a walk and a RBI.
Cina had another hit and RBI in the next game, a 10-5 win over Century. They again put up 10 runs and a win in their next game, this time against Cumberland County. It was a hit, a walk and a RBI for Cina in the 10-8 win. Tyler proved to be a thorn in the side of the Thunderwolves.
Tyler took a 5-1 victory to end the Thunderwolves season. On an individual front, Cina went 2-for-4 in the finale.
Both Cina and Young were named First Team All-Region.
Boyd has five hits, Arizona goes 1-2
It was not the ending the University of Arizona Wildcats wanted. The Wildcats went 1-2, with both losses coming to regional champions Sam Houston State. In Game 1 against Sam Houston State, a 5-4 loss, Louis Boyd (North Vancouver, BC) went 2-for-3 with a walk. The Wildcats kept their season alive with a 6-5 win over Delaware in Game 2. Boyd collected another hit and a walk in the victory. Sam Houston State ended the Wildcats season in Game 3 with a 9-3 win. Boyd went 2-for-4 with a RBI in that one.
Brash named Freshman All-American
A great year by Niagara University Freshman Matthew Brash (Kingston, Ont.) was recognized as he was named Collegiate Baseball All-American, Brash, who also was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, went 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA. He worked 77 1/3 inning and struck out 63 over 17 appearances, 10 of which were starts. The 77 1/3 innings led the Niagara staff.
Lumley named to ECAC First-Team
The honours keep rolling in for Canisius Golden Griffin Jake Lumley (Windsor, Ont.).He was named to the All-ECAC First Team. The MAAC Player of the Year hit .355, collecting 81 hits in 2017.
Rempel appears in World Series
Tanner Rempel (Abbotsford, BC) and Colorado Mesa went 2-2 in the Division II World Series in Grand Prairie, TX. Rempel had a RBI in the tournament for the Mavericks. He finished the year hitting .333 with four home runs, 28 RBIs, a .390 on-base percentage and a .623 slugging percentage. He played in 26 games, making 18 starts.
Canadians are still alive as the college baseball season gets closer to the end. Don’t miss out on all of the action as the intensity rises. Check back here weekly for the best performances in college baseball.
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