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San Diego Freshmen Keep Producing, Blaum Homers Twice
La Crosse, Wis. – With two weekends of NCAA Division I baseball in the books for the 2019 season, four teams currently ranked within the D1Baseball Top 25 feature incoming Loggers players on their rosters. UCLA and Arkansas moved up to No. 2 and No. 15 respectively, while Texas A&M (No. 20) and South Carolina (No. 24) joined the Top 25 for the first time this season.
The University of San Diego continued its successful start with three wins last week including a 2-1 victory in extras courtesy of a walk-off single from former Loggers All-Star Shane McGuire in the tenth inning. McGuire is not the only Loggers player contributing for the Toreros this season as freshman infielder Cody Jefferis tallied four hits in the first two games of USD’s series with St. John’s. Jefferis is batting .333 with an .898 OPS, four doubles, and is tied for the team lead with 10 RBI in the young season while right-handed pitcher Jake Miller delivered another dominant effort on Saturday to pick up his first career save with 3.0 scoreless innings and three strikeouts. Miller has yet to allow a run in 16.0 innings of work to start his collegiate career.
Bryce Blaum displayed his power from the leadoff spot in the Texas A&M lineup as the Aggies went a perfect 3-0 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic held at the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park. Blaum blasted a first-inning solo shot in game one against the No. 18 ranked Baylor Bears, then deposited a second into the left field bleachers in game three against Houston on Sunday afternoon. Blaum is hitting .294 with an .880 OPS and three HR for the 11-2 Aggies who are now the No. 20 ranked club in the nation.
Freshman right-hander Gabriel Levy joined the starting rotation for Davidson College and immediately delivered a 6.0 inning gem allowing just one run on five hits to earn his first career victory and help the Wildcats take two-out-of-three from the University of Toledo.
Two-way sophomore Hunter Koep made the most of his first appearance in the North Dakota State batting order on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a double and home run to deep center in the Bison’s 11-5 victory over Northern Colorado.
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The La Crosse Loggers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 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 (MIA). 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.