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By Matt Betts
It was a weekend that included a reunion, a few firsts and player of week honors for Canadians as they continued to shine on the college baseball scene.
Quantrill back at it:
Former Ontario Terrier Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) had yet another solid outing this past weekend. After suffering a no decision in a loss to Indiana University to open the 2015 season for the Stanford Cardinals it was the Cal State Fullerton Titans up next. Quantrill would not disappoint, picking up his first win of the season. The sophomore RHP tossed six scoreless innings surrendering just three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. There is reason to be excited about the young Canadian right hander after having a superb 2014 that saw him go 7-5 with a 2.56 ERA and became the first freshman to start opening day for the Cardinals since Mike Mussina in 1988.
Robson continues hot start:
A week after being named National Player of the Week in NCAA Division 1 by Collegiate Baseball former Ontario Blue Jay Jacob Robson (Windsor, Ont.) continued his torrid pace to start the season. It was a 7-for-14 week for the Mississippi State red shirt sophomore. Robson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in a win over the Marshall Thundering Herd. That was followed by a perfect 3-for-3 game with another three runs scored and an RBI in a win over Alabama A&M. It was then back to terrorizing Marshall pitchers with a 1-for-3 performance with a pair of walks. All in all Mississippi State went 4-0 on the weekend and improved their record to 9-0 to start the 2015 season.
All Canadian Matchup:
Nothing like seeing two Canadians duke it out in the NCAA. That was the case when OF Philip Diedrick (Ajax, Ont.) and his Western Kentucky Hill Toppers took on freshman RHP Brodie Harkness (Bowmanville, Ont.) and Evansville Purple Aces. It was Diedrick who got the upper hand in this matchup between the former Ontario Blue Jays. Diedrick went 2 for 4 with an RBI double off his Canadian counterpart. However, it was Harkness’ Purple Aces that came out on top 11-10 in ten innings.
Martin’s the man for Bulldogs:
Former Ontario Blue Jays first baseman Jim Martin (Ajax, Ont.) was leading the charge in Union University’s Gulf South Conference contests this past weekend. Martin went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 3-2 16 inning loss to Mississippi College. Game 2 of the double header saw Union pick up its first win of the season with Martin leading the way offensively. He went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Unions 10-3 win. Martin collected another three hit and three RBIs in the finale and helped Union to the series win. Union improved to 2-9 on the season and 2-4 in conference play.
A series of firsts:
Nick Capitano (Bolton, Ont.) recorded his first collegiate hit for the Canisius Golden Griffins on the weekend and helped the Griffs win game two of their weekend series against the Appalachian State Mountaineers. Canisius went on to take two of three and currently hold a record of 4-3 heading into this weekend’s action against the Kentucky Wildcats.
Senior Infielder and former Ontario Blue Jay Joey Hawkins (Whitby, Ont.) also accomplished a first this past weekend. Hawkins hit his first collegiate home run in a win in a 17-4 win over the Arkansas Little Rock Trojans. It was one to remember for Hawkins as it was also a grand slam. That is not all though, Hawkins had to show off his wheels to earn his first home run, yes that is right he had to use speed. Not many player’s first home run is a grand slam, and even fewer are inside the park but that is exactly how Hawkins accomplished the feat. Not a bad way to help out your team.
Riding the mule:
Southern Arkansas Muleriders C-OF Billy Germaine (Aldergrove, BC) was the Great American Conference Player of the Week. Germaine was almost impossible to retire this past weekend as he picked up nine hits in his 13 at-bats for a .692 batting average. Additionally, Germaine drew a pair of walks to bring his weekend on-base percentage to a staggering .733. In each game against Southern Nazarene, all SAU wins, Germaine recorded multiple hits, culminating with an impressive 5-for-5 (all singles) effort in the series finale. Additionally, Germaine would score multiple runs in each game while also registering at least one RBI per contest. In the opener, Germaine would go 2-for-4 with three RBIs. His two hits were home runs as Germaine now leads the GAC with four. All told for the week, Germaine would go 9-for-13 with eight runs scored and six RBIs.
Foster shines versus South Carolina:
Michael Foster (Pickering, Ont.), a Houston Astros draft, showed this past weekend exactly why he was chosen by the Astros last June. Foster had a hit in each of the three games his Northeastern University played Huskies against the South Carolina Gamecocks going 4 for 12 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. The Gamecocks took all three games by the score of 10-1, 6-0 and 6-4. Foster currently stakes claim to a .500 average through six games, five of which he has played in. Next up for the Huskies is the University of Kansas Jayhawks in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Another Ontario Blue Jay impresses:
Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) of the Virginia Cavaliers went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and two walks in a 9-1 win over the Marist Red Foxes. Pinero was not done for the powerhouse Cavs as he then went 1 for 3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored in an 8-3 win over the La Salle Explorers. It was then the Red Foxes turn to deal with Pinero again as he went 1 for 3 in another win, this time by a score of 7-2.
Holgate hammers Wolves:
The reigning Gulf South Conference Player of the Year Mitch Holgate (Windsor, Ont.) had four hits in a conference weekend series against the University of West Georgia Wolves. Holgate went 1-for-4 in Game 1, 2-for-5 in Game 2 with a home run, two RBIs and 2 runs scored. He capped his weekend with a 1-for-2 performance with a double, a pair of walks and two RBIs as the Tigers took the series two games to one from the Wolves. Holgate currently leads the Tigers through 15 games in average at a .365 clip to go along with 3 home runs and 15 RBI.
Terriers round up:
Brian Doran (Ayr, Ont.) was one of the lone bright spots in game two of the Maine Black Bears series against the Clemson Tigers. Doran went 2-for-6 with a run scored in the game as the Black Bear fell 5-4 and eventually were swept at the hands of the Tigers.
A comeback by Oregon Tech fell short against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds over the weekend. UBC took a 13-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth before giving up 8 runs before recording the final out. Former Terrier Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Toronto Mets round up:
Christian Botter (Vaughan, Ont.) helped the Ohio University Bobcats to a 6-0 record over the weekend making two appearances. He ended up throwing 3 1/3 innings, allowing zero runs and recording two strikeouts against Longwood.
Senior catcher Zach Lampreia (Toronto, Ont.) of Allan Hancock Bulldogs had hits in all three games over the weekend, including a 3-for-4 game in a Saturday win over Cuesta College.
Senior catcher/DH Nick Studer (Toronto, Ont.) had three hits in a pair of losses for the Doane Tigers.
Junior RHP Jeremy Newton (Toronto, Ont.) continued his hot start on the mound for the UBC Thunderbirds. He threw six innings, allowing six hit, five punch outs, a walk and no runs. His record improves to 3-1 on the season.
Redshirt sophomore OF Connor Ledger (Toronto, Ont.) made his first appearance in almost two years for the Northern Kentucky Norse. He went 5-for-12 with two runs and two RBIs during the four games. This included a 3-for-5 day Saturday versus CSU Bakersfield.
Ontario Blue Jays round up
LHP Steven Dressler (Burlington, Ont.) is 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 17 innings and zero earned runs allowed for the Cisco Wranglers. Dressler is one of three pitchers in the NJCAA Div 1 with min 17 innings and a 0.00 ERA.
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