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College Baseball Week 5: March 22-March 28

Collegiate Baseball season continues nationwide

By Manny Rodriguez

ASHWAUBENON, Wis.The 2021 Green Bay Booyah roster continues to fill out as we inch closer to Opening Day on May 31. If you missed out on what happened at school this weekend, we’ve got you covered.

Illinois-Springfield third baseman Zion Pettigrew continues to rake. The Prairie Stars continued their road trip and Pettigrew managed to go 6-for-14 at the plate, scoring eight runs, nine RBIs, four home runs, a double, four walks and a stolen base. His batting average slipped a few points from last week but is still boasting a hefty .481. Left-handed pitcher Mason Coon also made an appearance for the Prairie Stars over the week. The southpaw went one inning, striking out two and walking one. He also recorded his third at-bat of the season, but failed to record a hit. Illinois-Springfield outscored Truman State 65-6 during the lopsided four-game sweep. Conference play continues for the Prairie Stars as they’ll host Missouri S&T for a four-game series beginning on Thursday.

Dixie State catcher Kaden Hollow had a great week. He went 10-for-20 and drove in eight men. He also scored seven runs, raked two home runs and two doubles. He also drew three walks. Second baseman Tyler Hollow had himself a short week. The older Hollow brother went 2-for-9, scoring three runs, hitting a double and drawing two walks. He suffered a hand injury in the first game of a doubleheader against Sacramento State. He was replaced and did not play the rest of the series. There is no word on how long he’ll be out. Left-handed pitcher Ben Hart struggled for the Trailblazers. He pitched 4.1 innings, giving up 12 hits, allowing eight runs, seven earned. He was able to record four strikeouts. The Trailblazers dropped three of the five games played last week. Dixie State is 6-15 and will continue conference play this weekend. They are scheduled to visit fellow WAC newcomer Tarleton State for a four-game set, starting on Thursday.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee right-handed pitcher Dylan Szajkovics made a start for the Panthers against Horizon League foe Purdue-Fort Wayne. He went four innings, allowing one hit while walking three and striking out five. The Panthers swept the four-game series against the Mastodons to improve to 7-12. They continue conference play as they’ll travel to Rochester, Michigan to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. That four-game series is slated to begin on Thursday.

Texas A&M Corpus-Christi utilityman Brendan Ryan started all four Islanders games this week. Ryan went 5-for-16, scoring twice and driving in another. Ryan continues to find playing time in the outfield for the islanders. Ryan’s batting average now sits at .378. The Islanders dropped three of four against Southland rival Sam Houston State. The 5-17 Islanders head to Texas, Rio Grande Valley for a midweek fight before hosting Southland rival New Orleans starting on Thursday.

Richmond outfielder Johnny Hipsman is seeing an increase in playing time coming off an injury. The Spiders had three games last week in which Hipsman went 3-for-10. He scored a run, had three RBIs, hit a double and had a huge game-tying RBI groundout against Longwood. The Spiders walked off during the next at-bat. The Spiders were perfect last week and saw their record improve to 9-4. They are due to host Norfolk State on Tuesday for a midweek date before taking on William and Mary for three this weekend in two different locations.

West Virginia left-handed pitcher and De Pere native Ben Hampton had a fine week on the mound for the Mountaineers. On Saturday, he made an appearance as the Mountaineers hosted Big 12 foe Kansas. He pitched three innings, walking one and striking out two in a Mountaineer win. West Virginia split the four games they played this week and now sit at 10-9 overall. They are scheduled to head to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys for a conference battle slated to begin on Thursday.

Clemson third baseman and Green Bay native Max Wagner started in all four games last week for the Tigers. He went 4-for-18, scoring two runs, driving in another and walked. Wagner also made an outstanding diving play at third base on a line drive. The Tigers had a perfect week, defeating Georgia Southern in a midweek bout before sweeping the Boston College Eagles. At 12-9, the Tigers will host the Georgia Bulldogs for a midweek game before heading to Raleigh to take on ACC rival North Carolina State for a three game set starting on Friday.

Northern Illinois left-handed pitcher Connor Langreder made a start for the Huskies this week. He went four innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, four earned. He also walked one and struck out five. Catcher Jacob Schroeder went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI this week for the Huskies. NIU was able to salvage the final game of the series against the Miami (OH) Redhawks. They’ll host the Central Michigan Chippewas, starting on Friday, as MACtion continues.

Single game tickets go on sale Friday, April 16th. Opening Day at Capital Credit Union Park is slated for Tuesday, June 1stas the Booyah host the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at 6:35. Group tickets and the all-new Fleet Farm Flex Pack are on sale now. The Fleet Farm Flex Pack includes six tickets that can also be used for any games this summer along with a $50 Capital Credit Union Park gift card, $10 Fleet Farm gift card and much more. Visit www.booyahbaseball.com or call the ticket office at 920-497-7225 to reserve your seats today. The Booyah front office at Capital Credit Union Park is located at 2231 Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm.

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