As we enter the third month of the college baseball season teams are into the thick of their conference schedules and players are starting to stand out. Here’s a look at some of the best seasons our alumni are having…
Jake Lee (also known as big game Jake) is repeating what he has done as a Bull for the Hillsdale Chargers baseball team. Jake is currently on a three game winning streak which included seven innings of one hit baseball on March 22 in a 1-0 win against Walsh College. In his four starts, Jake has made it at least into the sixth inning each time and posts an ERA 3.86 to go along with 25.2 innings pitched and 16 strike outs. Jake is a true freshman who graduated from Milford High School and started in the Bulls program as a 15 year old. Jake will be pitching for Coach Frank’s collegiate team this summer.
At Michigan State Jimmy Pickens and Joel Fisher continue to perform after some big games early in the season. Pickens is leading the team with a .329 average and boasts a .494 slugging % to go along with his .430 on base. Fisher continues to slug as he leads the team in home runs and is second in doubles. Both look to build on the team’s 3-3 Big Ten start and bring home that always elusive ring.
At Central Michigan Logan Regnier, Nick Regnier and Pat MacKenzie are three of only four players to have played in every game for the Chips this season. Logan has been leading the team in hitting most of the season and at the moment is posting a .351 average, .425 OBP, and has five doubles and 11 stolen bases to go with. His older brother Nick is right behind him in average and has a crazy 21 steals in 22 attempts through 28 games. Just about a week ago Nick had the second most steals in NCAA D1 baseball. MacKenzie is a get on base guy with close to a .400 on base percentage and has only committed two errors on the infield all season.
Sophomore hard throwing right handed pitcher Matt Stojkov is beginning to make his mark on Saginaw Valley State’s rotation. In his last start, Matt defeated conference foe Findlay allowing only two earned runs and lasting all of eight innings. On the year Matt is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched.
Wake Forest senior Matt Conway has finally made the switch to full time hitter and there’s a reason why. Through 30 games Matt is hitting a consistent .301 while leading the team in doubles with seven and chipping in an impressive 22 RBI. Look for that to continue as Conway leads the 20-11 Deacs through the tough ACC conference.
One of the nastiest and smartest pitchers we’ve had through the program is finding success in his senior season at Lehigh University. Nick Cassell started with the Bulls as a 14 year old in 2008, mastered the “move” and is now one of Lehigh’s main weapons out of the bullpen. Nick has picked up 20 strike outs in just 19 innings to go along with his 3 saves and 2 wins.
At Madonna University John Lauro continues to be the Crusader’s top hitter. John has played in every game in the 2014 campaign and is hitting a cool .333 with 10 RBI and 10 runs scored. Christian Holder is coming through as a pinch hitter and utility player as he bats .318 in that always difficult role.
Look for another College Roundup in late April and our first Bulls in the Pros update in early May.