All of the 2014 Kalamazoo Growlers players were in action for their college teams this past weekend. Here is recap of how the players fared:
Brett Sunde (C-Western Michigan) – Sunde was instramental in the Broncos win on Friday against conference foe, Ball State. He totaled three hits including an RBI and a run scored as the Broncos won on the road, 7-3. On Saturday, Sunde picked up two more hits in the 3-2 loss. Over the entire weekend, the catcher went 5-for-11 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks. Sunde boosted his batting average to a team high .336 and his RBI total to 25, second on the team to fellow Growler, Jared Kujawa.
Jared Kujawa (RF-Western Michigan) – Kujawa also played a part in the Broncos win on Friday, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. On Sunday, Kujawa hit an RBI double in the third inning to help give the Broncos an early 3-0 lead but would fall 7-6 in extra innings. Kujawa went 3-for-13 on the weekend with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. He leads the Broncos with 30 RBI and a .467 slugging % in 35 games played.
Ryan Spaulding (2B-Ball State) – Spaulding started all three games over the weekend with his best showing coming on Saturday as he went 1-for-2 with a homerun, two RBI, a run scored and a walk. In 2014, Spaulding is batting .293 and is second on the team with five homeruns.
Ryan Bull (RF-Notre Dame) – Bull started both games in right field for Notre Dame over the weekend. He was unable to record a hit but did produce an RBI in the Irish's 7-4 win over Miami on Sunday. The Irish will wrap up their series with the Hurricanes on Monday.
John Rubino (SS-Eastern Michigan) – Rubino went 2-for-12 over the weekend against Miami (OH) including an RBI single in the ninth inning on Sunday to pull Eagles within two. Rubino is batting .284 with 25 RBI this season and has been a mainstay in the Eagles' lineup, starting all 37 games.
Devon Bronson (P-Eastern Michigan) – Bronson came out of the bullpen in Saturday's 8-2 loss against Miami (OH), allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over 1 1/3 innings. Bronson has made 14 appearances out of the bullpen in 2014, totaling eight strikeouts over 12 innings pitched.
Michael Robards (P-San Diego State) – Robards got the start for the Aztecs on Thursday against No. 21 UC Irvine and pitched a gem, helping his team to a 3-1 victory. Robards allowed only one run over 7 2/3 innings, totaling four strikeouts and one walk on the night. The left-hander's outstanding start lowered his ERA to 4.47 and his 56 1/3 innings pitched rank third on his team.
Joshua Buchalski (P-Michigan State) – Buchalski made a relief appearance in Friday's 7-0 loss to Indiana. He only pitched to two batters, allowing one hit in 1/3 of an inning.
Austin Cangelosi (3B – Indiana) – Cangelosi came into Friday's game as a pinch hitter but was unable to record a hit in his only at-bat over the weekend. The freshman is 7-for-27 (.259) in his first season for the Hoosiers.
Troy Montgomery (CF-Ohio State) – Montgomery started all three games over the weekend for the Buckeyes, going 2-for-8 with three walks and scored a run in Sunday's 7-3 win over Murray State. Montgomery is batting .240 with 14 RBI over 34 games in his freshman season for Ohio State.
Jacob Post (P-Ohio State) – Post started the final game of the series against Murray State, throwing three shutout innings while striking out four and walking one batter. The sophomore dropped his ERA to 3.35 has struck out 34 batters over 43 innings pitched in 2014.
Cody Leichman (1B-Central Michigan) – The Central Michigan star was unable to record a hit over the weekend, but did walk three times and scored a run in Friday's game against Northern Illinois. Despite the off weekend, Leichman still possesses some of the best numbers on the team. He batting .329 in 2014 with four homeruns and 36 RBI. He also leads the team with a .500 slugging %.
Grant Van Putten (CF-Calvin College) – After his video of stealing home went viral this past week, Van Putten continued to show off his speed, swiping two bags in three games, one against Aquinas College on Thursday and another against Alma College on Friday. The center fielder went 4-for-11 over the weekend, scoring two runs as Calvin College extended their winning streak to five games.
Pitchers Ryan Smoyer (Notre Dame), Kyle Rubbinaccio (Notre Dame), Kent Williams (Indiana), Jake Baldwin (Ashland) and Chris Cervantes (Eastern Kentucky) did not appear in any games over the weekend. Catcher Ryan Lidge (Notre Dame) also did not play this past weekend.