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Rothenberg stays hot, 15 Loggers compete in DQ Classic
La Crosse, Wis. – 15 former and/or current Loggers competed in the Dairy Queen Classic hosted at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis over the weekend including seven from Arizona, two from Washington, and six from UCLA.
The Arizona Wildcats roster includes former Loggers Cesar Salazar, Randy Labaut, Jason Seever, Cameron Cannon, and Mitchell Morimoto, as well as current Loggers Jacob Blas and Donta Williams. Friday’s Pac-12/Big 10 matchup against Minnesota saw both Blas and Williams in the starting lineup, as Blas ripped an RBI double down the left field line in the 5th inning and Williams went 2-for-5 in his second career start for the Wildcats.
Former Logger Nick Kahle and incoming Logger Braiden Ward represented the Washington Huskies at the DQ Classic, while six members of the UCLA Bruins roster have also been Loggers including Jake Hirabayashi, Jeremy Ydens, Jack Ralston, Gavin Johns, and future Loggers Jarron Silva and Kevin Kendall.
The weekend was highlighted once again by Duke catcher Michael Rothenberg as the freshman continues to impress in the middle of the Blue Devils’ lineup. Rothenberg had a trio of multi-hit games last week, going 7-for-16 with six RBI, including a career-high four-RBI game in Saturday’s win over Cornell.
Incoming Loggers continue to dominate on the mound at their respective schools, as five future Loggers (Frontzak, Larkins, Matthews, Price, and Roa) have been excellent out of the bullpen this season, combining to post a 1.05 ERA in 34.1 innings of relief work. Sean Frontzak has yet to surrender an earned run for Saint Louis, while Liberty’s Garret Price is up to 17 strikeouts with just one walk in 9.2 innings of work after an impressive outing against the #20 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.
Other weekend notables include USC’s Jamal O’Guinn who continues to have an immediate impact for the Trojans, going 2-3 on Sunday vs. #5 ranked Arkansas. The freshman standout is hitting .313 on the season with an impressive .984 OPS. Newly signed left handed pitcher Tyler Butzin is off to an outstanding start for the 16-4 Madonna Crusaders of the NAIA, going 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts while striking out an incredible 31 batters in 19.0 innings. North Florida southpaw Eddie Miller picked up the win in his Ospreys’ late victory over Connecticut on Saturday, striking out three over 2.2 shutout innings.
Follow along next week as Duke faces off against #17 Virginia, #11 UCLA battles #15 Vanderbilt, and USC hosts #8 TCU. Don’t forget to reserve your seats at the Lumberyard for the 2018 season and remember, Roll Logs!
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