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Big Train College Round Up: 4/17/2015

By:David Schneider
Kevin Tatum (BT '13-14) lines a hit for Cornell Big Red

The ninth installment of our College Round Up for the 2015 baseball season is a good one.  Several Big Train players are on hitting streaks and others are producing with additional playing time.

UNCW catcher, Nick Feight (BT ’14-15), now has six base hits in 20 at bats, including two doubles and a home run.

Kevin Tatum (BT ’13-14) out of Cornell is leading the team with 23 RBI on the season, while starting every game for the Big Red.  He has also posted a team leading .350 batting average.

Andrew Witczak (BT ’15) had another good outing for Campbell.  In six innings, Witczak allowed no earned runs.

Maryland has a host of Big Train players who are performing well.  Zach Morris (BT ’13) earned his third win of the season this week.  On the season he has a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings of work.  Brandon Lowe (BT ’14) has continued his great season from the plate posting an eye-popping slash line of .377/.497/.692 (Batting Average/On-base Percentage/Slugging Percentage).  Freshman, Jack Piekos (BT ’15), has pitched 1.2 innings of zero earned run baseball.

Sacramento State’s Chris Lewis (BT ’14-15) and Brandon Hunley (BT ’15) hit very well form the plate this week.  Lewis accounted for seven RBI including two home runs and a triple.  Hunley added a two-RBI game himself.

Starting the majority of the games at catcher for Cal State Northridge, Albee Weiss (BT ’14) went 1-1 with a three-run home run in his last game.

Brandon Gum (BT ’12, ’15) has posted the longest hitting streak of the season for any Big Train player.  Currently on a 12 game streak, Gum is batting .349 on the season.  Tyler Tobin (BT ’15) has gone three straight outings in relief without giving up a run.

Matt Toscano (BT ’15) out of St. Mary’s College (CA) had a three hit, three RBI game in his last appearance as a leadoff hitter for the Gaels.  In the same game, Drew Strotman (BT ’15) earned his first win of out of the bullpen.

At Mississippi State, Cody Brown (BT ’14-15) is on an eight game hitting streak that includes four multi-hit games.  His average is up to .339 on the year.   In the Bulldogs last game, Wes Rea (BT ’14) logged three hits including a home run.

Pitcher, Michael Boyle (BT ’13), has posted very impressive numbers on the mound for Radford this year.  He is 6-2 with a 2.21 ERA, averaging a strikeout per inning in the starter role.

Florida Atlantic has seen a very consistent approach at the plate from Ricky Santiago (BT ’13) who has posted a .353/.425/.526 slash line for the Owls.  David McKay (BT ’15) has hit the 10-strikeout threshold in 10.1 innings of work, while allowing a meager two earned runs.  Mark Nowatnick (BT ’15) has allowed three hits and no walks in 4.2 innings of work this season.

Stay tuned for next weeks round up.  Email me at davids@bigtrain.org if there is a player who you would like to see featured.

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