Holgate Steals the Show on Opening Weekend


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Holgate Steals the Show on Opening Weekend

La Crosse, Wis. – College baseball season is officially back after an opening weekend filled with Division I action across the nation. Future Loggers made an early impression that exceeded high expectations to start the 2019 season, led by Arizona freshman Ryan Holgate.

Holgate found himself in the three-spot on the Wildcats’ opening day lineup card and did not disappoint in his first career collegiate series, going a combined 6-for-14 with three majestic home runs to fuel Arizona to a four-game sweep out of the gates. The 32nd round draft pick blasted two longballs to deep center at Hi-Corbett Field in Saturday’s doubleheader, and followed with a moon shot to right field in the finale on Sunday afternoon. Holgate delivered as the designated hitter, driving in 12 runs on the weekend and adding four walks to yield a 1.571 OPS.

Returning Loggers infielder Bryce Blaum had a big weekend for Texas A&M, collecting six hits and six runs scored in the Aggies’ three-game sweep of Fordham. The A&M leadoff hitter reached base five times and scored four runs in Saturday’s 19-6 blowout victory, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a line drive double down the left field line at Blue Bell Park in College Station.

Freshman shortstop Cody Jefferis made his collegiate debut for the San Diego Toreros on opening day, picking up three hits and reaching base four times in the number two spot of the USD lineup. Jefferis collected five hits on the weekend as the Toreros swept a three-game set against Wagner. Right-handed pitcher Jake Miller also made his debut for San Diego, striking out two over 2.0 scoreless innings of relief on Friday.

South Carolina freshman Brady Allen blasted a three-run home run to left field in his first collegiate plate appearance as the Gamecocks won 2-out-of-3 against Liberty. Jon Meyerring made two appearances for Miami (OH) in a series split with Saint Louis, tossing a scoreless inning on Friday before recording the final out and picking up save in Sunday’s victory. The returning Loggers’ left-hander led the club with three saves last season.

Penn State left-handed reliever Tyler Shingledecker also picked up a 3.0 inning save on Saturday as the freshman struck out four and did not allow a hit. Stay updated with weekend recaps every Monday on your incoming Loggers at Roll Logs!


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