The first weekend of the college baseball season is in the books. Between now and the start of the CCBL season, we will occasionally check to see how some former and future Cape Leaguers are performing. Obviously, there is no way to cover every player. I'm sure there will be some performances that are better (or worse) than some of those that do get mentioned. You are encouraged to chime in and provide news on the players and teams that you are following during the college season. Before going any further, please keep Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn in your thoughts. Hahn was badly injured in yesterday's game. Some sources are reporting the nature of Hahn's injury but, suffice to say, he suffered a neck injury. As of this afternoon, Kendall Rogers at Perfect Game is reporting "Sounds like Arizona State is not real pleased about some of the rumors being spread about Cory Hahn. Said statement coming soon. The family would like fans to know Cory sustained a neck injury, that he had surgery last night, and is recovering." Baseball America's Aaron Fitt is saying "More from Arizona State: 'The family welcomes all wishes and positive thoughts from everyone at this time.' Here's hoping for a swift, full recovery." It was just last week that ASU coach Tim Esmay was quoted as saying that Hahn has a chance to be one of the "great" ones. Hahn was scheduled to play for Yarmouth-Dennis this summer.
On Friday, Mark Appel (Y-D; '11) and Scott Snodgress (Y-D; '10) teamed up to hold Rice's all-everything Anthony Rendon hitless while leading Stanford over the Owls, 5-3. Appel started and gave up two runs in 5.2 innings and Snodgress allowed just one run over the last 3.1 innings. Star freshman John Simms (Falmouth; '11) was very impressive for Rice, giving up 5 hits and one run in his 5 innings of work. Y-D was well-represented in this game as incoming Red Sox Stephen Piscotty went 3 for 3 for the Cardinal. Piscotty was 6 for 11 (.545) for the series. Other impressive hitters for Stanford in this series were Austin Wilson (Harwich; '11) who was 6 for 12 with a homerun and Kenny Diekroeger (another Y-D newcomer) who was 5 for 12.
I'm guessing there aren't many pitchers with multiple wins after one weekend but Baylor's Trae Davis (Chatham; '11) is one of them. Davis worked .2 innings on Saturday and three innings on Sunday and picked up the win in both games as the Bears took 2 of 3 from Oral Roberts.
Other pitchers on Chatham's roster turned in some very impressive performances. UNC's Chris Munnelly did not factor in the decision in the Tar Heels 2-1 win over Cal Poly on Friday, but he only allowed one run on 4 hits over 6.1 IP while striking out 8. Matt Koch picked up the win in Louisville's 6-3 win over Michigan on Saturday. Scott Frazier gave up just one run in 5 innings of work as Pepperdine beat Eastern Kentucky, 9-2. Buck Farmer started for Georgia Tech on Sunday and left after 5 innings with a 1-0 lead. Kent State came back against the Yellow Jackets bullpen to post a 6-1 win. Farmer allowed 4 hits and struckout 6. Hudson Randall pitched Florida to a win over South Florida on Saturday, giving up one run over 6 innings. Randall struckout 6 and did not walk a batter. Nick Vander Tuig picked up saves on Saturday and Sunday in UCLA's wins against San Francisco. In the two games, Vander Tuig allowed one hit while striking out 3 in a combined two innings of work. Tim Cooney pitched well for Wake Forest in a 4-3 loss to LSU. Cooney went 6.1 innings and gave up 3 runs. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Jeff Gibbs took the loss in Maine's opener against UNLV. Gibbs was the starter but lasted just 3 innings, and was tagged for 6 hits and 4 runs in a losing cause.
Arizona State's Riccio Torrez (Orleans; '09, '10) was 4 for 5 with 2 homeruns and 5 RBI in the Sun Devils 8-2 win over New Mexico on Friday. Torrez finished the weekend with 3 homers. Brady Rodgers (Cotuit; '10, '11) started and won the Friday game by giving up just 2 hits and no walks while striking out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Deven Marrero (Cotuit; '10, '11) was 6 for 12 in the three game set.
One of the more impressive pitching lines of the weekend was turned in by Grayson Garvin (Falmouth; '09; Bourne '10) in Vanderbilt's 7-3 win over San Diego. Garvin went 8.1 innings and gave up 5 hits and 2 earned runs. Most impressive was the fact that he struckout 10 and did not issue a walk. Amherst, MA. product Kevin Ziomek (Cotuit; '11) also turned in a solid outing for Vandy in his college debut. Ziomek lasted into the sixth inning and gave up one earned run in a 7-3 win over San Diego State. The Commodores had a great start to their season in sweeping all four games on their west coast trip.
Highly-acclaimed St. John's outfielder Jeremy Baltz (Falmouth; '11) went 7 for 14 as the Red Storm took 2 of 3 games in the Big East-Big 10 Challenge.
A couple of good starts were turned in by two future Harwich Mariners. Joe Mantiply pitched Virginia Tech to a 4-2 win over Indiana. Mantiply went 7 innings, striking out 5 and walking one. In the previously mentioned LSU win over Wake Forest, Kevin Gausman pitched into the sixth inning and was touched for just 2 runs.
Austin Elkins (Hyannis; '11) hit a grand slam to help Dallas Baptist to a 9-6 win over Indiana State in the series opener. Elkins finished the weekend with 9 RBI over the three games.
There has been a lot of talk throughout the off-season about how the new bats would affect offenses. In order to get a read on that, we will have to wait until the season is over when we can compare this season's numbers to previous years. What we do know is that for at least one weekend, one team was not affected at all. James Madison Univ. swept four games from Bucknell, scoring 37, 9, 26 and 19 runs in those games. According to the JMU Athletic Dept., on the way to scoring those 91 runs, "the series featured 23 JMU home runs, a team slugging mark of 1.056, a team on-base percentage of .588, and a perfect 16-for-16 on stolen base opportunities. Overall, the Dukes' offense saw 30 innings at the plate for an average of 27.3 runs per nine innings." It probably wouldn't take much to have a better day today than the one that the Bucknell pitching coach has had.