Alumni Roundup – May 22
The last regular season week of the year is in the books for Division 1 baseball. Division 1 baseball enters its conference tournaments starting today before the regionals and teams involved are unveiled. Division 2, 3, and Junior College teams are fully into their postseason.
Seven former Rays were a part of conference title teams at the D1 level:
Jack Eagan – Mississippi State SEC West Champions
Zach Gilles, Jack Collins, Grant Frazer – Central Michigan MAC Champions
Cade Bunnell and Jeff Holtz – Indiana Big Ten Champions
Alan Roden – Creighton Big East Champions
Some of the top performances as the college season wears down:
Rudy Rott was named MAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Rott is currently 40th in the country in Batting Average. For the week, Rott led Ohio into the MAC tournament with a huge series win over Western Michigan by going 7-for-14 in the series, and 10-for-18 on the week. 4 of those 10 hits were bombs. Rott is just three hits shy of the all-time hits record for Ohio University. He will chase that record tomorrow in Avon versus Kent State.
It can be assumed easily that the runner up for MAC Player of the Year was Ben Carew. Carew is the first player since 2001 to hit over .400 for the Golden Flash. Ben went 10-for-19 on the week, ending the regular season with a .414 clip. Ben currently is 7th in the country in average, 9th in hits, an 44th in stolen bases.
Rott, Carew, and Kian O’Brien were rewarded with all three former Rays being voted to 1st Team All-MAC. Carew was on the All-Defensive team for his play in center field this year.
Zach Gilles was 5-for-17 this week at the plate for Central Michigan.
Jack Eagan chucked a scoreless inning for Mississippi State.
Jack Collins threw three innings of scoreless ball for Central Michigan.
Grant Frazer had a scoreless inning for Central Michigan.
Alex Henwood was 4-for-7 for Nebraska.
Joe Baier threw a scoreless inning for Chicago State.
Madison College is off to the Junior College World Series in Enid, OK this week. Adam LaRock hit 2 HR to lead the charge. LaRock was 4-for-9 on the week with 8 RBIs. Walker Jenkins went 7-for-13 on the week. Eliot Turnquist went 2 ⅓ innings of scoreless ball with 3 strikeouts.
Ryan Schmitt had 1 ⅔ scoreless innings versus Michigan State for Illinois. Schmitt has a 2.83 ERA on the year, and hitters are mustering a poor .212 average against him.
Alec Trela helped Memphis with a 4-for-14 week with a home run.
Logan Michaels had a 4-for-13 week for the Virginia Cavaliers. Michaels has hit .318 for the year.