Most 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 slowed down a little, but still racked up three more hits this weekend at Homer Stryker Field. The future Growlers backstop went 2-4 with a run scored in the first game of the weekend series against Northern Illinois. Western Michigan won that game 7-0. Sunde also collected a hit in Saturday's game, but went hitless in the 3rd and Western Michigan dropped those games 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.
Jared Kujawa (RF-Western Michigan) – Kujawa saw similar results as Sunde against Huskies, going 1-3 with a run and a walk in Western Michigan's only win of the weekend. He was 0-4 in the Saturday game, but 1-4 in the Sunday game.
Ryan Spaulding (2B-Ball State) – Spaulding started all three games over the weekend in a huge series sweep of MAC rival Central Michigan. He was 0-4 Friday's game with the Chippewas, but went 1-3 with a run scored and 3 RBI in a tight 6-5 win on Saturday. Spaulding's Cardinals wrapped up the sweep on Sunday with a 5-3 win that has all but clinched a MAC title for Ball State.
Ryan Bull (RF-Notre Dame) – Bull saw two ABs as a pinch hitter against Northeastern. He was 0-2 and Notre Dame dropped two of three.
Ryan Smoyer (RHP-Notre Dame) – Smoyer saw his first action in a week on Saturday. The freshman right-hander threw 1 inning out of the Fighting Irish bullpen and sit down all three batters he faced including one on strikes.
Ryan Lidge (C-Notre Dame) – Lidge started the game on Sunday and went 1-3 in Notre Dame's loss to Northeastern.
John Rubino (SS-Eastern Michigan) – Rubino was quiet in Eastern Michigan's first two games of the weekend, losses to Ohio University. He was 2-9 with 2 RBI combined in those games, but exploded on Sunday with a 5-hit day that included an RBI, 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases. The Eagles would win that game 10-5. Rubino has been instrumental to the Eagles offense all year.
Devon Bronson (P-Eastern Michigan) – Bronson came out of the bullpen in Saturday's 10-8 loss against Ohio, allowing four earned runs on two hits. It was a tough outing for the Southgate native, who didn't record an out before being pulled from the game.
Michael Robards (P-San Diego State) – Robards got the start for the Aztecs on Saturday against San Jose State and received a no-decision. The lefty tossed 6.1 innings of 7-hit ball, giving up 4 earned runs while striking out 6 Spartans batters. San Diego State would lose that game 9-5, but take 2 of 3 from San Jose S
Austin Cangelosi (3B – Indiana) – Cangelosi came into Friday's game as a pinch hitter and connected for a hit in his only at bat of the weekend.
Troy Montgomery (CF-Ohio State) – Montgomery started all three games over the weekend for the Buckeyes, and recorded a hit in each including 2 runs scored and an RBI. Ohio State took two of three from Purdue.
Cody Leichman (1B-Central Michigan) – Leichman's Central Michigan squad was swept in a pivotal three-game series with Ball State. The powerful junior managed only 1 hit, but did walk twice and have an RBI in the Saturday and Sunday games.
Grant Van Putten (CF-Calvin College) – Van Putten spent the weekend doing what he does best, scoring runs and stealing bases. The junior collected 4 hits in 4 games, but drove in 3, scored 5 runs, and swiped 2 bases to add to his season and career records at Calvin College.
Pitchers Jake Post (Ohio State), Josh Buchalski (LHP), Kyle Rubbinaccio (Notre Dame), Kent Williams (Indiana), Jake Baldwin (Ashland) and Chris Cervantes (Eastern Kentucky) did not appear in any games over the weekend.