Contact: Colton Andresen, Media Relations Coordinator
USD sweeps, Rothenberg with two long balls
La Crosse, Wis. – Week two of the college baseball season was highlighted by breakout performances from two standout freshmen and San Diego’s weekend sweep at the Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament.
Duke catcher/designated hitter Michael Rothenberg slugged his way into the cleanup spot for the Blue Devils after hitting his first two home runs of the season in a sweep over Bucknell. The switch-hitter boosted his batting average to .364 with a .500 on-base rate in the young season. Returning Logger Hunter Davis also had a productive weekend for the Blue Devils, picking up a pair of wins in 2.2 shutout innings of relief, striking out three and allowing just one hit.
Freshman Jamal O’Guinn had a huge game on Saturday for the USC Trojans, going 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a two RBI triple in a 12-6 victory over Villanova. O’Guinn improved his batting average to .364 and is leading the Trojans with an impressive .727 slugging percentage.
The San Diego Toreros continued their strong start to the season as they improved to 7-2 after sweeping four games at the Tony Gwynn Legacy Tournament including wins over #4 Arkansas and Arizona on Sunday. Future Loggers Brhet Bewley and Shane McGuire both had productive weekends, with Bewley going a combined 4-for-7 with a pair of RBI on Sunday.
Relief pitcher Garret Price had another strong weekend for Liberty as he added two more saves, giving him a total of four on the season. Price did not give up a run, striking out five in 2.0 innings of work on Saturday and closing out a 3-2 victory on Sunday. Returning Logger Peter Hamot earned a victory in his first start of the season for Lewis University, striking out eight batters over 5.0 innings on Saturday.
Butler’s Harrison Freed also had another big weekend, improving his average to .379 with 13 RBI during the Bulldogs’ 8-0 start.
Follow along with your 2018 Loggers at their respective schools as we make our way closer to Opening Day at Copeland Park on May 30. Check out the updated roster and stay tuned for more weekend recaps!
The La Crosse Loggers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.lacrosseloggers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Loggers as your favorite team.