BMOC Week XXII: Burgmann, DeCooman


Big Men On Campus Week XXII


By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network

The college baseball season is in the books as far as Canadians are concerned. What a year it was with great performances, individual honours and championships. Below is a wrap of the final week.

Huskies bow out in Omaha
The opener of the Division I College World Series ended in heartbreak for the University of Washington Huskies as they were downed 1-0 in walk-off fashion by the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Huskies would be eliminated in their next game with a 15-4 loss to Oregon State. Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) worked a scoreless 1 1/3 innings against the Beavers, surrendering a hit, a walk and striking out one. Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) also saw action in the game but didn’t record an out, while giving up three hits and two runs (one earned). 

DeCooman finishes his freshman campaign 0-1 with a 3.37 ERA. Burgmann, a redshirt freshman, went 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA. They helped lead the Huskies to their first ever appearance in Omaha.

The season ended on the brightest stage for two Canadians. The 2018 campaign was filled with highlights and 2019 should bring more of the same. Thanks for reading.

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.