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By: Matt Betts

Another week of college ball, another chance for Canadians to shine and they did just that. Teams are getting closer to their respective conference tournament with every passing week and many young Canadians are helping them get there. There are a few new faces in this week’s edition of the BMOC, while some you may recognize. So lets get started, here are the top performers who have kept up in the loop from the past week of college baseball.

Reichstein a rock for Muleriders:
Byron Reichstein
(St. Thomas, Ont.) makes his first stop of the season in this week’s BMOC. Reichstein helped lead his University of Southern Arkansas Muleriders to a 3-1 series win over in state rival Arkansas Tech. In game one Reichstein went 1-for-4, a game SAU took 4-0. It was actually in a Game 2 loss that Reichstein tried to steal the show. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs while manning centre field. Game 3 saw another hit for Reichstein, this time it was a 1-for-3 performance with a walk and a run scored as SAU pounded Arkansas Tech 18-6. Reichstein finished up the four-game set on Tuesday with a 1-for-4 game with another run scored. That is not a bad way to break into the BMOC.

Bridgen tosses no-no:bridgen
What better way to start the BMOC then with a no hitter? Former Ontario Terrier Trevor Brigden (Toronto, Ont.) got his Lackawanna College team off to a solid start in conference play by striking out 15 during his no hitter. He threw seven no hit innings en route to a 5-0 victory.

Only three men reached base, two on walks and one on an error. Now that is a tough performance to beat. He is now 3-1 with a complete game and a 2.67 ERA over 27 innings pitched.

Degano dealt tough loss:
I am starting to feel like I should just pencil Jeff Degano’s (Surrey, BC) name permanently into the BMOC column. It was another eye popping performance for the lefty, however, he would be left with a no decision in a 5-3 Wichita State victory. Degas would throw seven innings, surrendering just five hits and three runs, while just two were earned. He would walk four but strike out an impressive 12 en route to the tough no decision. Delano is now 5-2 on the season with a 1.68 ERA over 53 2/3 innings pitched with 19 walks and 68 strikeouts which is an average of 8.5 Ks over eight starts.

Filipek notches third save:
jeremy filipekJeremy Filipek (Langley, BC) may have only thrown 2/3 of an inning, but it sure was an important one as he closed out the University of Texas San Antonio’s 4-2 win over the Florida International Panthers. In his short stint he did record a strikeout and his third save. Filipek has seen his name on the BMOC before for closing games out. He is now a stellar 1-0 with a 2.75 ERA to go along with his three saves over 13 appearances.

Pair of Seawolves help sink Black Bears:
It was Toby Handley (Whitby, Ont.) who came through with a two-out RBI single to help his Stony Brook Seawolves plate three runs in the 13th inning to down the University of Maine 8-5 in game one of their America East doubleheader. Handley finished the game 4-for-7 with three runs scored and an RBI. He would then go 2-for-4 with another RBI in the back end of the doubleheader to finish up 6-fpr-11.

Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ont.) also had a big doubleheader for the Seawolves. Game 1 saw him go 1-for-5 with an RBI. In Game 2, Caputo would go 1-for-3 with another RBI as Stony Brook would sweep the doubleheader with a 3-1 victory in game two. Now, 2-for-8 may not seem impressive compared to 6-for-11, but consider this, Caputo extended his hit streak to nine games with hits in both ends of the double dip. Stony Brook also improved to 12-11 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

Fernando Fernandez-Beltran stymies Howard:Fernandez-Beltran
It was a complete game gem for Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Chateauguay, Que.) over the weekend. He would toss seven innings, scattering three hits and allowing just one earned run with a pair of walks and eight punch outs to lead his New Mexico Junior College team to the in over Howard College. It was back-to-back wins for Fernandez Beltran as he also picked up the victory March 28th against Frank Phillips College. He is now 3-2 on the season.

Mountford’s massive day leads Bulldogs:
It was one Canadian going up against another when the Bryant Bulldogs played host to the Northeastern Huskies. It was Montford vs. Foster on April 1st, and Jordan Mountford (Guelph, Ont.) was the victor. Mountford went 2-for-3 with a pair of walk, four runs scored and three RBIs. This performance powered Bryant to an 18-2 drubbing of the Huskies. Mountford followed that performance with a 2-for-5 day with two runs and three RBIs against Saint Joseph’s in Game 1 of three over the weekend. He would also collect a walk and an RBI in two other games versus Villanova.

Speaking of Foster:
Michael Foster (Pickering, Ont.) and his Northeastern Huskies have been busy over the past week. It started on March 31st with a game against Rhode Island in which Foster had a 1-for-5 day with a run scored. Up next was the Montford and the Bulldogs, although he was outdone by his Canadian counterpart, Foster still managed to collect a hit going 1-for-4. Elon was next up for a weekend series. In Game 1 Foster would go 1-for-3 with a run, while Game 2 saw him go hitless while scoring a run. He would round out his series by going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI while leading off for NU. The UConn Huskies were waiting in a midweek and Foster collected yet another hit going 1-for-4 and would do the same the next day against Boston College going 1-for-4 again. Despite Foster’s performance, NU would drop six of the seven contests it played over the last week.

Boyd big in win:
louis boydLouis Boyd (North Vancouver, BC) would go 2-for-2 with double, a pair of walks and two runs scored in Cochise College 10-0 win over Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Boyd would also collect a hit going 1-for-4 with a walk and a couple of RBIs in his teams victory over GateWay College on their tour through Arizona.

Trio of Griffs solid on the bump:
Zachary Sloan (Brampton, Ont.) would pick up his third win of the season and improve his record to a perfect 3-0 by throwing two shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two against Akron. Josh Shepley (Windsor, Ont.) also had a solid day throwing 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball allowing only a hit.

Iannick Remillard (Valleyfield, Que.) would close things out against the Zips tossing a shutout inning with a strikeout.

Stewart continues Griffs solid pitching:
Devon Stewart (Maple Ridge, BC) would last 6 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Unfortunately his team would drop a 7-5 decision to Rider. Stewart is now 2-5 in eight games started with a 3.51 ERA

Lumley has a nice day versus Riderjake lumley
Jake Lumley (Windsor, Ont.) went 3-for-5 with a run scored against Rider in Game 1 of the weekend series. He would also draw a pair of walks in game 2. In the finale he would go 1-for-3 with two walks, twoo runs and an RBI. He would round out his week going 1-for-6 with a run scored and three RBIs in a midweek contest against Binghamton.

Stevenson a bright spot in loss:
J.P Stevenson (New Glasgow, PEI) threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs with two walks and five punch outs over 107 pitches. Canisius would drop the game against and the series. Stevenson is now 3-2 over nine appearances (five starts) with a 3.72 ERA on the season.

Antchak goes deep against Seminole State:
Brad Antchak (Delta, BC) would go 1-for-3 for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College making the lone hit count as he left the yard. He would score a run and drive in two in the game. Earlier in the week he went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs in a game one win over Oklahoma Weslyan University JV during a double-header. In the nightcap he would go 2-for-4 with a run scored and five RBIs. After dropping the bomb on Seminole State he would go 1-for-2 against them in the back half of their doubleheader. Antchak is now hitting .315 with five home runs, 24 runs and 29 RBIs to go along with eight stolen bases in 23 games.

Shaw doubles in Sooner win:
Catcher Chris Shaw (Winnipeg, Man.) would go 1-for-3 with a double while scoring a run in his Oklahoma Sooners victory over the visiting Kansas Jayhawks. The Sooners would sweep the Jayhawks in conference action. In a midweek game before the series against KU, Shaw had a nice game going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI against Central Arkansas. He would also go 1-for-3 in the opener against Kansas and 1-for-5 with a run and RBI in the final game of the series. Following their series they would head to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State earlier this week. He was the lone bright spot in a 24-2 loss, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Connor Lillis-White honoured:
It was quConor-Lillis-White-BASEite a season for Connor Lillis-White (Toronto, Ont.) in 2014. It was definitely one to remember. He allowed just four earned runs over 78 2/3 innings for the UBC Thunderbirds while going 9-0. Earlier this week he was honoured with the “Bus” Phillips Memorial Trophy as the male athlete of the year at the University of British Columbia. This honour goes along with his conference all star selection and honourable mention as an All American. Lilli-White currently owns an 8-2 record and a 3.22 ERA in 2015. To add to his good week, Lillis-White would also throw seven solid innings, giving up just three hits, two runs (one earned) with a pair of walks and six strikeouts in UBC 8-2 win over Concordia.

Sardelitti, Davenport continues to roll:
So how about those Davenport University Panthers? They have played eight games over the past week and have won them all. That should not be a surprise to anyone I guess considering they are an incredible 33-2 on the season. Helping them to that record has been Zack Sardellitti (Maple, Ont.). His week started out with an RBI against Purdue University North Central before getting the game off in the second game of a doubleheader. It was in a weekend series with Marygrove that Sardellitti really impressed. In game 1 he went 2-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs while doing the catching. As the DH in Game 2 he played the part going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Sardellitti would then take his defence to first base in Game 3 and go 2-for-3 with another run scored. In the final game of the weekend sweep he would go back behind the plate while going 2-for-5. All in all Davenport would pick up four wins while scoring 64 runs. Davenport then played host to the Aquinas Saints for a midweek doubleheader and Sardellitti was again big at the plate going 1-for-2 with a walk and three RBIs. In the back half Sardellitti, the designated hitter, went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Not a terrible week for both player and team.

Tough loss for Suzuki:yuri susuzki
Yuji Suzuki (Toronto, Ont.) would take a tough loss over the weekend. He would throw 1 2/3 innings while giving up two hits and two walks while surrendering an unearned run. Suzuki’s Concordia University would drop the game 1-0 to Bemidji State. Suzuki has made six appearances so far this season.

Firth leads UBC pounds out five hits against Concordia:
Cam Firth (London, Ont.) was right in the middle of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds split with Concordia over the weekend. He went 3-for-4 in a game 1 victory. He hit a home run and a double while driving in three RBIs. He would then go 2-for-4 in game 3 with a run scored.

Solid pitching for TBirds:
Starter Jeremy Newton (Toronto, Ont.) would pick up the win in game 2 by going seven strong innings, giving up five hits and no runs while walking one and striking out eight. It was yet another solid start for Newton. Curtis Taylor (Port Coquitlam, BC) would come in after Newton, locking down the 1-0 victory with two innings, giving up no hits or runs, walking one and striking out two.

brad smithBrad Smith (North Vancouver, BC) did some impressive work out of the UBC bullpen in a 4-2 loss. Smith came on in the fourth inning and threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. He would walk one and strike out five. It was another solid combination in game four but it was not enough as Concordia clipped the Thunderbirds 1-0. Alex Webb (Surrey, B.C.) would get the start in the finale and go six innings, giving up seven hits and no earned runs with a walk and nine punch outs. Reliever Tyler Gillies (London, Ont.) would finish up the final three innings without giving up a run, just one hit, a pair of walks and a strikeout.

Terriers round up:
Mattingly Romanin (Guelph, Ont.) went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in a loss to Northwestern. He would record a walk and score a run against Utah Valley in Game 1 of the series. He would record a multiple hit game in Game 2 going 2-for-4. In the finale he would go 2-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI despite CSU being swept. Finally, agains UIC, Romanin went 1-for-3 to cap an impressive week individually.

Bruce Yari (Waterloo, Ont.) recorded a hit against Concordia in Game 1 over the weekend for the UBC Thunderbirds. He would also go 2-for-4 in the finale.

Matthew Beaton (Guelph, Ont.) threw 1 2/3 without giving up an earned run against in-state rival Western Michigan. In his first appearance in matthew BeatonGame 2 he picked up the win, his first of the year, going 2/3 of an inning without giving up a hit or a walk. He would then throw an inning, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout. he would allow three runs but they were all unearned. He would then record his first save in a midweek against Bowling Green. He threw 2 2/3 innings, not giving up a hit or run. He walked one and struck out three. He is now 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a save in 12 relief appearances.

Ontario Blue Jays round up:
Brodie Harkness (Bowmanville, Ont.) threw a complete game shutout for his Evansville Purple Aces as they beat Illinois State over the weekend. He would throw eight innings in the win with a walk and two strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches to record his fourth win (4-1)

Matt Paculan (Mississauga, Ont.) went 1-for-3 with a run and three RBIs as Urbana University topped Wright State-Lake 12-8. He then went 2-for-4 with an RBI in 10-5 loss to Cedarville University.

Left Fielder Cooper Stanley (Mississauga, Ont.) went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple to go along with an RBI in Rose State’s 11-0 shellacking of Hillsdale College.

Toronto Mets round up:
jd osborneJ.D. Osborne (Whitby, ON) went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Polk States win over Hillsborough Community College. He then went 1-for-4 with a run scored against St. Peterburg College in Game 1 of a three game set. After going hitless in game 2 he would bounce back with a 1-for-3 performance with a walk, run scored and RBI. To round out his week he went 3-for-6 with a run scored and three RBIs against State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

Christian Botter (Toronto, Ont.) would throw a scoreless inning, without allowing a hits or a walk striking out two for his Ohio Bobcats against the Buckeyes of Ohio State. He would then throw 1/3 of a scoreless inning again without allowing a hits or walk in the opener of a series against the University of Buffalo. In the finale of that series he would throw an inning, giving up two hits, one earned run, no walks and a strikeout. He would then bounce back against the Marshall Thundering Herd tossing an inning and again allowing no hits, runs or walks and retiring one on strikes.

Jordan Giller (Toronto, Ont.) would have himself a nice last week for the Oswego State Lakers. He would start it off in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Plattsburgh. He would go 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. He would then go 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Game 1 of another doubleheader with New Paltz. In the second game he would go 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and three RBIs. In the final game of the three game sweep he would again go a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with another pair of walks to go along with two runs scored and two RBIs. Giller would then feast on SUNY Cortland, going 1-for-4. The lone hit? a home run, his first of the year to go along with a run scored and two RBIs. Giller is now hitting .417 on the season with a home run and 18 RBIs.