The conference portion of the year is in full swing as we finish Week 9 of the college baseball season and Rays alums continued to swing hot bats. Here are some highlights from Week 9. Be sure to head over the Rays Twitter account to vote for your Rays alumni Player of the Week!
Clemson third baseman MAX WAGNER continued to swing one of the hottest bats in the ACC as the sophomore went 7-for-17 with two home runs, two doubles, a triple, five runs scored while driving in eight runs. Wagner is now hitting .357 on the season with 11 long balls.
If Max Wagner if swinging one of the hottest bats in the ACC, the Rays alum JOHN NETT is swinging one of the hottest bats in the country for St. Cloud State. Nett went 13-for-23 with three home runs, four doubles while driving in 10 runs and scoring 14 himself. Since March 7th, Nett is hitting .481 (50-for-104) with four home runs, 14 doubles and four triples.
Lefty AUSTIN WAGNER set a school-record for strikeouts with 15 punchies for Univ. of Mary. Wagner for the season has 70 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched.
Five Rays alums helped No. 1-ranked Madison College to a 7-1 week. BRADY JURGELLA (9-for-23, 9 runs, 4 RBIs, 3 doubles, .436 AVG on the season), CAM DuPONT (5-for-14, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, .455 avg on the season), EDUARDO SAUCEDO (5-for-12, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles), GABE ROESSLER (11-for-27, 7 runs, 10 RBIs, 2 doubles, .447 avg. on the season) and SPENCER BARTEL (6-for-17, 3 runs, 2 doubles, a home run, 8 RBIs).
ALAN RODEN homered twice and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Roden scored four runs, drove in three and is now hitting .382 on the season.
OWEN WASHBURN hit his fourth homer of the season for Texas Tech. The freshman is now hitting .321 on the year for the Red Raiders.
BRYCE MILLER is heating up since April 1st. The sophomore catcher at Jeff Co. is hitting .592 (16-for-27) with a homer and a double in that span.
Tulane senior lefty KEATON KNUEPPEL threw an inning and a third, striking out three of the four batters he faced in the Green Wave’s win at New Orleans.
TYLER CHADWICK continues to pitch well for Iowa Western. The sophomore righty threw three innings in relief with three strikeouts and now has 16 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched on the season.
WALKER JENKINS extended his hitting streak to 10 games after going 6-for-15 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI. Jenkins is now hitting .323 on the year for Missouri State. Teammate DRAKE BALDWIN went 3-for-15 with a double, four RBIs, two runs scored and three walks and is now hitting .350 on the season.
TANNER MARSH hit an ins0de-the-park home run for his first collegiate homer for St. Thomas as the Tommies took two of three from Tarleton State. Fellow Rays alum BRIGS RICHARTZ went 6-for-17 with three RBIs and now has an eight-game hitting streak.
JUSTIN HAUSSER went 5-for-9 for Milwaukee, raising his average to .417 on the season. RILEY FREY was the tough-luck loser on Friday as the lefty went 6.1 innings, allowing three earned with a walk and eight strikeouts. On the season, Frey has struck out 52 batters in 48.1 innings pitched.
JEFF HOLTZ went 3-for-7 with a double and four RBIs for Xavier. TREVOR OLSON went three innings allowing zero earned while striking out three batters.