Weekend Recap – May 7, 2018
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Ward and Bewley stay hot as McGuire walks off for San Diego
La Crosse, Wis. – The weekend was highlighted once again by production from Braiden Ward (Washington), Brhet Bewley and Shane McGuire (San Diego), and more quality pitching from incoming Loggers Tyler Butzin (Madonna) and Brady Acker (Nova Southeastern).
Braiden Ward had another productive weekend at the top of the order for the Washington Huskies, who improved to 13-8 in Pac-12 Conference play (4th place) after taking two out of three from Arizona State. Ward reached base eight times on the weekend, going a combined 5-for-10 with three runs and a pair of RBIs. The freshman is now batting .308 with a .431 on-base percentage and 12 stolen bases for the Huskies this season.
The San Diego duo of Shane McGuire and Brhet Bewley combined to go 8-for-22 vs. Gonzaga over the weekend. McGuire tripled in the series opener, ripped an RBI double in game two, and walked-off the Toreros with his first career home run in the series finale. The freshman has a .297 batting average, .425 on-base percentage, and has collected more walks (31) than strikeouts (27) in 46 games this season. Bewley displayed his power hitting ability in the three game set, belting his fifth and sixth home runs of the season and improving his batting average to .270.
Tyler Butzin earned a postseason victory for Madonna University against the second seeded Northwestern Ohio on Friday, improving the Crusaders to 2-0 in WHAC Tournament play. Madonna went on to win their region on a walk-off over Northwestern Ohio and secure an automatic bid in the NAIA Opening Round of the National Tournament. The Crusaders will play Indiana Tech in a three game series for the conference championship on Monday and Tuesday.
Eighth ranked Nova Southeastern faced the number one team in the country for the second straight weekend after North Greenville captured the top spot in last week’s poll, taking two out of three including a walk-off home run that cemented a complete game victory for incoming Logger Brady Acker in the series finale. Acker improved to 5-0 on the season after surrendering three runs on seven hits in the seven inning game.
Returning Logger Pete Hamot pitched well again for the Lewis Flyers, but received a no-decision after tossing 7.1 strong innings against #4 Illinois-Springfield, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight.
UC Santa Barbara reliever Alex Patterson tossed 3.0 shutout innings vs. Cal State-Northridge on Sunday, allowing just two hits while striking out three. The right-hander has been lights out as of late, surrendering only one earned run on four hits in his last 9.0 innings of relief work, collecting eight punch outs over the four game span.
Daylon Matthews tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief to finish Sacramento City’s 5-1 victory over Chabot, completing the round one sweep and advancing the Panthers to the Nor-Cal Super Regional of the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) where they will host Fresno in a three game series beginning May 11.
Check back next week for more updates on your 2018 Loggers as we are 22 days until Opening Day – Roll Logs!
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