Kalamazoo, Mich – For all the Growlers who play on NCAA Division 1 baseball teams, their regular season ended this past weekend. Here is how the future Growlers fared in their final weekend before postseason play begins.
Brett Sunde (C-Western Michigan) – Sunde only collected two hits on the weekend, but he did help the Broncos clinch a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament on Friday, going 1-for-4 with a walk. In Thursday's game, the sophomore catcher picked up an RBI despite the 9-7 loss to the Central Michigan Chippawas.
Jared Kujawa (RF-Western Michigan) – Kujawa went 6-for-12 with five RBI and three runs scored against the Broncos rival, Central Michigan. The right fielder helped the Broncos pick up the win on Friday, going 2-for-4 with four RBI. On Saturday, Kujawa totaled four hits as he touched home three different times that game. Kujawa currently leads Western Michigan with 37 RBI and a slugging percentage of .426. The Broncos dropped two out of three games to the Chippawas, but they were able to clinch the final spot in the MAC tournament. The Broncos are set to face No. 1 seed Ball State on Thursday from All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.
Cody Leichman (1B-Central Michigan) – Leichman totaled five hits over the weekend with his best performances coming in Thursday and Saturday's victories over the Broncos. The junior first baseman went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's 9-7 win, and in the series finale, he went smashed three hits including a double as well as three RBI and two runs scored. Leichman has put up a monster junior season for the Chippawas. His current slash line sits at .319/.393/.505 including a tem-leading seven homers, 15 doubles and 55 RBI. The Chippawas will also play in the MAC tournament next weekedn in Avon, Ohio.
Nick Yarnall (1B/OF-Pittsburgh) – Yarnall started the opening game of Pittsburgh's series against Notre Dame over the weekend, going 0-for-4. He wouldn't see a start the rest of the weekend, but did pick up two walks and a run scored in two pinch-hit appearances. The Panthers did not qualify for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, so Yarnall's freshman season is officially over. He batted .241 with seven RBI in his first season at Pittsburgh.
Ryan Bull (RF-Notre Dame) – Bull ended his junior season with the Fighting Irish in stunning fashion, hitting the walk-off homer against Pittsburgh on Saturday to give the Irish the 5-4 win and series sweep. Over the weekend, Bull saw starts in all three games, going 5-for-11 with a home run and two RBI. The junior smacked a team-high three home runs during the 2014 season and also led the team in walks with 21.
Ryan Smoyer (P-Notre Dame) – Smoyer made a relief appearance in the final game of the freshman's season, throwing four innings, allowing six hits and no runs while striking out two batters on the day. Smoyer appeared in 11 games in 2014, posting 4.19 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.
Kenny Koplove (SS-Duke) – Koplove started the first two games of the series against Florida State but was unable to pick up a hit in his five at-bats. The Blue Devils dropped two out of three over the weekend, but the team has advanced to the ACC tournament, where they will face Clemson on Wednesday from Greensboro, N.C.
John Rubino (SS-Eastern Michigan) – Rubino went 4-for-12 during his final series of his junior season, scoring two runs over the weekend as the Eagles took two out of three games against fellow MAC foe, the Toledo Rockets. Rubino finished the season batting .330 with 34 RBI and 22 stolen bases. The third-year shortstop started every game except one for the Eagles in 2014.
Devon Bronson (P-Eastern Michigan) – Bronson appeared in two games over the weekend coming out of the bullpen. He pitched a total of 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. Bronson also recorded two strikeouts during Friday's game. Bronson totaled 14 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings for the Eagles during the 2014 season.
Austin Cangelosi (SS/2B-Indiana) – Cangelosi was pinch hitter for the Hoosiers during their first game of the weekend but was unable to reach in his only at-bat of the weekend. Indiana opens their Big Ten Tournament play on Wednesday as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Omaha, Neb.
Jacob Post (P-Ohio State) – Post made a relief appearance during Friday's 6-2 loss against Northwestern. The reliever pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs while striking out two batters. Post finished the 2014 season with a 3.47 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings.
Troy Montgomery (CF-Ohio State) – Montgomery started the final game of the weekend series against Northwestern, going 1-for-3 with a walk. The freshman finished the 2014 regular season batting .240 with two homers and 22 RBI. The Buckeyes season will continue on Wednesday, when they will take on Nebraska in their opening game of the Big Ten tournament.
Jesse Puscheck (3B-Canisus College) – Pushcheck went 2-for-5 with a run scored during a double header against Monmouth on Friday. The third baseman batted .305 with three home runs and 37 RBI during the regular season. Canisus College begins their postseason play on Wednesday, when the Metro Atlantc Athletic Conference tournament is set to begin.
Michael Robards (P-San Diego State) – Robards started the final game of the weekend for the Aztecs against Fresno State. The junior starter struggled to get things going, as he gave up five runs over three innings while striking out three. Robards finished the regular season with a 4.73 ERA in 13 starts. The Aztecs finished the season with a record of 37-18 and begin postseason play on Wednesday against the winner of the Air Force/San Jose State game in the Mountain West Conference tournament.
Ryan Spaulding (2B-Ball State) – Spaulding went 5-for-14 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Cardinals clinched the MAC regular season title by sweeping Northern Illinois. Ball State finished the with a record of 38-16, including a 22-4 record in MAC play. Spaulding finished the regular season batting .300 with six homers and 40 RBI in 51 starts at second base. Ball State goes into the MAC tournament as the favorite and the No. 1 seed.
Caleb Baragar (Jackson CC), Karl Blum (Duke), Jevon Boyd (Kaskaskia College), Shane Bryant (Purdue), Joshua Buchalski (Michigan State), Chris Cervantes (Eastern Kentucky), Ryan Colegate (Ohio Dominican), Donnie Eaton (Michigan), Jalen Phillips (Duke), Kyle Rubbinaccio (Notre Dame), Grant Van Putten (Calvin College) and Kent Williams (Indiana) did not appear in any games over the weekend.