AJ Lee (Maryland, BT 2018) has reached base in 15 straight games, and leads Maryland in average and OBP. Photo by Niamh Brennan.
Summer is approaching quickly, but it’s not yet time for Big Train Baseball - college ball is still in full swing.
In local action, Maryland SS AJ Lee (BT 2018) is red hot, reaching base in 15 straight contests, including five multi-hit efforts in that span. He collected eight hits and four RBIs in three games over the weekend against Ohio State. The senior now leads the team in batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.420). Terps’ RHP John Murphy (BT 2016-17) leads the team with seven saves, and has whiffed 38 hitters in 22.2 innings of work.
UMBC RHP Stephen Schoch (BT 2016-17) stretched his scoreless innings streak to 14.1 frames after making two scoreless appearances over the weekend against Hartford. The big right-hander recorded his 12th career save April 10 against Delaware, setting the all-time UMBC record. He’s struck out a whopping 47 hitters in 33.2 innings pitched on the year now, with a 3.48 ERA.
At George Mason, C/OF Logan Driscoll (BT 2017) continues to pace the Patriot offense, leading the team with a .346 average, 1.101 OPS, eight homers, nine doubles, 30 runs scored, 27 RBIs and six stolen bases.
1B Tanner Allen (BT 2017) had his seven-game hit streak snapped Friday, but rebounded with a 2-for-3 showing in Saturday’s contest. On the year, he’s slashing .297/.387/.485 with 13 doubles and six homers for No. 9 Mississippi State.
Elsewhere in the SEC, Alabama LHP Brock Guffey (BT 2018) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in relief over the weekend against Vanderbilt. A trusty bullpen arm, Guffey sports a 2.03 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 13 appearances this spring.
LHP/1B Alec Burleson (BT 2018) leads the attack for No. 12 East Carolina, hitting a team-best .374 with 14 doubles, four homers and 26 RBIs. RHP Tyler Smith (BT 2017) picked up his fifth win of the season Saturday, allowing three earned runs over 5.1 innings against UConn.
Virginia Tech C/1B Carson Taylor (BT 2018) hit his second collegiate homer in Thursday’s win against Georgia Tech, and the freshman has a .290/.389/.413 slash line through 37 games. RHP Ryan Metz (BT 2018) has made two starts recently after starting the season exclusively out of the bullpen. His 1.23 ERA leads all Hokie pitchers who have pitched at least ten innings this season.
INF Peyton Sorrels (BT 2016) is raking atop the La Salle lineup, hitting in 14 straight games and 20 of his last 21. He leads the Explorers with a .355 average, .945 OPS, four triples, 37 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.
Wayne State RHP Hunter Brown (BT 2018) has dominated on the mound all spring. In ten starts, he sports a 1.74 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 62 innings. He has struck out 20 batters over his last two starts, while allowing just one run in 13 innings in that span. Teammate RHP Josh Nelson (BT 2018) is 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA in seven appearances (five starts).
RHP Matt Marsili (BT 2016) continues his role as one of the go-to arms in the James Madison bullpen. He leads the team with 17 relief appearances whiles sporting a solid 2.57 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 14 frames. LHP Anthony Piccolino (BT 2018) has made seven appearances with a 3.68 ERA. After a slow start to the spring, SS Fox Semones (BT 2016-18) has found his groove, taking the team lead in doubles (9). He hit in ten straight before his streak was snapped Saturday, but he still reached and scored a run.
Chris Clarke (BT 2018) has settled into the USC Trojans’ closer role quite nicely. His four saves lead the team, and his 37.1 innings pitched lead all relievers. He owns a 1.45 ERA and a .190 opponents’ average to go with his 39 strikeouts.
RHP Carlos Lomeli’s (BT 2018) strong sophomore campaign continues - the St. Mary’s (Calif.) right-hander has gone at least seven innings in three of his last five starts, including a 7.2 inning, three run, five strikeout performance in the Gaels’ Saturday win over Loyola Marymount. His 3.44 ERA and 1.13 WHIP rank second among St. Mary’s starters. Teammate LHP Ken Waldichuk (BT 2017) struggled last time out, but is having a strong season nonetheless, boasting a 3.49 ERA while leading the team in innings pitched (59.2) and strikeouts (68). RHP/1B Kevin Milam (BT 2017) moved to the bullpen where he has thrived. Last weekend against San Francisco, he tossed six innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, The junior has started all 39 games in the lineup, as well, hitting .304 with five homers and a St. Mary’s-leading 14 doubles. OF Andrew Shebloski (BT 2018) owns a .240 average in limited appearances, including a two-hit effort off the bench against San Francisco on April 14.
San Francisco Dons OF Tyler Villaroman (BT 2018) has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 contests, including a 3-for-5 performance Friday against Pacific, and a 4-for-6 effort against St. Mary’s the week before. He’s now hitting .278 on the year and is 13-for-14 on the basepaths. LHP Scott Parker (BT 2018) is now a mainstay in the Dons rotation, having allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, lowering his season ERA to 3.59.
Down the California coast, C Ben Martz (BT 2018) ranks second among Santa Barbara CC regulars with a .505 slugging percentage, and third with a .312 average. In his last five games, he is 9-for-22 with a double, a triple, two home runs and seven runs scored.
California Baptist 1B John Glenn (BT 2018) owns a respectable .279 average and .726 OPS, and his five home runs rank third among Lancer hitters.
C Gaby Cruz is an offensive force for the Bryant Bulldogs, slashing .370/.450/.565 with nine extra-base hits in 29 games. He's homered in two of his last three games as part of an offense that ranks second in the country in runs scored.
In the Sunshine State, RHP Blake Sanderson (BT 2017) continues to turn in quality outings for the Florida Atlantic Owls. He leads the team in starts (10) and innings pitched (63.2) to go with a solid 3.39 ERA. 1B Udie Summerall’s (BT 2018) 13 doubles pace the Owls, and he has nine RBIs in his last six games. He is slashing .270/.355/.453 for the year. DH Gunnar Lambert (BT 2016) has cooled off of late, but is still hitting .240 with five homers and 20 RBIs on the campaign.
OF Bryan Diaz (BT 2018) is a fixture in the Nova Southeastern lineup, slashing .359/.413/.543 with seven doubles and two homers. Sunday against Eckerd, he went 5-for-5 with six RBIs, including a first-inning grand slam.
OF Kirk Sidwell (BT 2017) leads Embry-Riddle in most offensive categories, with a .382 average, .987 OPS, a .441 OBP and 11 doubles. He’s picked up multiple hits in five of his last six games.
Through 37 games, Jacksonville C Jacob Southern (BT 2018) has a .259/.338/.393 slash line with nine doubles and three homers, and has thrown out 11 of 31 (35 percent) of would-be base stealers. RHP AJ Jones (BT 2017) leads the Dolphins with 62.2 innings pitched and 59 strikeouts, going 5-4 in his 11 starts.
In Tuscon, Arizona OF Justin Wylie (BT 2018) is hitting .244 with five extra-base hits and 13 runs scored in 52 at-bats. The graduate transfer hit his first home run as a Wildcat two weeks ago against the California Golden Bears. RHP Quinn Flanagan (BT 2018) owns a 4-3 record and a 5.82 ERA in ten outings (nine starts).
Sacred Heart RHP John Cerretani (BT 2017) has made 11 relief appearances spanning 28 total innings, with a 4.18 ERA and 13 strikeouts.
Waynesburg 2B Tyler Reis (BT 2018) hit safely in all three games against Westminster over the weekend, raising his season slash line to .309/.472/.489. The senior leads Waynesburg with 28 walks to just 14 strikeouts in 31 games.
SS Garrett Kueber (BT 2016-17) went 4-for-8 with a double and two runs scored for Austin Peay State over the weekend. The senior is hitting .266 with a team-best six stolen bases this spring.