Big Men On Campus Week XXI
By Matt Betts
Canadian Baseball Network
Two Canadians are headed to Omaha. Others got close and more awards were handed out. The recap of the last week is below.
Huskies punch their ticket
It came down to a winner-take-all Game 3 between the Cal State Fullerton Titans and the Washington Huskies and in the end it was the Huskies who prevailed. In Game 2 of the Super Regional, a game the Huskies lost 5-2, Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) worked four innings and surrendered one run. He allowed four hits, and walked one in the loss. Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) came on and threw a scoreless 1/3 of an inning. The trip to the College World Series is the first in program history for the University of Washington and they will face the Mississippi State Bulldogs in their opener.
So close, yet so far
The Super Regional between Auburn and Florida also went the distance. Game 1 of the series went the way of the Gators by an 8-2 score. Edouard Julien (Quebec City, Que.) had a hit, a walk and a RBI in the opener. Auburn took Game 2, 3-2, before dropping Game 3 by a 3-2 score. Julien walked twice in Auburn’s final game and finishes the year hitting .275 with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs. For his efforts, he has been named First Team Perfect Game/Rawlings College Freshman All-American.
On the plus side for Canadians, Gators volunteer assistant coach Lars Davis (Grande Prairie, Alta.) is off to Omaha.
Onyshko stellar is lone appearance, Hatters eliminated
The Stetson Hatters were swept in two games at their Super Regional against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, Man.) appeared in a 7-4 Game 1 loss and went 1 1/3 scoreless innings, walking two and striking out four. The Seattle Mariners 24th rounder made 22 appearances in 2018, making two starts. He posted a 2-1 record with a 2.60 ERA and held opponents to a .210 average.
Lloyd named to another All-American team
Matt Lloyd (Okotoks, Alta.) was named a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Third Team All-American. Lloyd hit .275 and locked down seven saves for the Hoosiers. He had a 1.54 ERA over 15 appearances.
Williams an All-American
Malik Williams (Toronto, Ont.) was still pulling in the awards recently. He was named a NJCAA Third Team All-American for his strong season with Johnson County Community College. Williams hit .397 with 17 homers, 78 RBIs, a .445 on-base percentage and a .710 slugging percentage over 60 games played.
Diaz an honourable mention
It was an impressive year on the bump for Indigo Diaz (North Vancouver, BC). Diaz went 11-1 with a miniscule 1.52 ERA over 16 appearances, 12 of which were starts. He tossed 65 innings, three complete games and struck out 101. He averaged 13.98 strikeouts per nine innings. For his efforts he was named a NJCAA All-American Honourable Mention
Howie a smart All-American
In the classroom Nick Howie (Oakville, Ont.) posted a 4.0 GPA. Howie, a finance major, also hit .333 with 10 home runs, 50 RBIs and 17 stolen bases on the field. He was recently named to the Google Cloud Academic All-American Baseball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. This comes off Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference and the OVC All-Tournament selections. Howie went 10-for-21 in the tournament.
Erik Sabrowski (Edmonton, Alta.) was also named an NJCAA All-American Honourable Mention after a season that saw him be a force both on the mound and in the batter’s box. On the mound he went 7-2 with six complete games and a 3.14 ERA. He worked 66 innings and struck out 117, averaging 15.95 strikeouts per nine innings. In the box he hit .355 with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs. He also reached base at a .475 clip and slugged .663. Sabrowski was a 14th round selection of the Padres in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Cottam picks up another accolade
Kole Cottam (Knoxville, Tenn.) was named ABCA/Rawlings All-South Region Team as a first baseman. Cottam hit .352 with a 1.105 OPS. His 19 home runs was the ninth best single season mark in Kentucky history. He hit 10 home runs in Southeastern Conference play, ranking first. He also led the conference in RBIs.
Davis, Vanderbilt season ends
Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) saw his freshman campaign come to an end after the Vanderbilt Commodores dropped their Super Regional 2-1 to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Davis hit .182 in nine games played during the 2018 season.
MacDonald earns recognition for A-State
Kyle MacDonald (Mississauga, Ont.) was named American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Central All-Region First team for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. MacDonald lead the team in average, hitting .346. He launched 15 home runs, drove in 50, had a .464 on-base percentage and a .665 slugging percentage in 51 games, all starts. His 15 home runs is tied for second most in program history.
Morello recognized for hard work in the classroom
The University of Charleston's Gianfranco Morello (Toronto, Ont.) earned Academic All-American honours after he had a 3.90 GPA. Morello, a junior who hit .309 with five home runs and 39 RBIs in 2018, is a political science major.
It’s officially the final stretch of the college baseball season. Two Canadian players and one coach are still alive and heading to the big stage at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Check back next week to see how they do.
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