The 2023 College Baseball campaign started off with a bang for Rays alums as five former players went deep on Opening Weekend. The opening slate of games also saw former Rays pitchers twirls gems and make stellar collegiate debuts.
CAM CRATIC homered in his first at bat of the season as Missouri State traveled to Cal Poly. Cratic finished the weekend 4-for-11 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Left-handed pitcher CHRISTIAN OPPOR was recently named the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the nation by Perfect Game and has been lights out during his first four appearances of the season. Oppor has run his fastball up to 98 mph and features a .56 ERA in 16 innings pitched. Oppor has allowed only three hits while striking out 27 batters, good for an absurd 15.19 k/9 ratio.
JOSH CARON went 4-for-11 with a home run for Nebraska to start the season. Caron drove in three runs while walking twice and scoring three runs himself at San Diego.
Xavier senior right-hander ETHAN BOSACKER made his return from Tommy John surgery last season to throw a gem at No. 8 Oregon. Bosacker went 7 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out six batters. Bosacker allowed a lone earned run.
A pair of former Rays went deep for North Dakota State as the Bison traveled to Sacramento State. STEPHEN LUND homered on Friday night while DAVIS HAMILTON made his collegiate debut and went deep. Hamilton finished the weekend 3-for-9 with an RBI and two runs scored.
RILEY FREY twirled a gem in the opener for Milwaukee. Frey went six innings, allowing only three hits while striking out seven batters as the Panthers topped North Alabama. MARCUS CLINE hit a homer while JUSTIN HAUSSER went 4-for-13 with a double and two walks. ELIOT TURNQUIST started and went two innings and a strike out. THOMAS OTTO returned to the Panther lineup and drew a walk.
CADEN CAPOMACCIO made his collegiate debut and went three innings for Minnesota against Oregon State. The freshman right-hander allowed a lone hit while striking out 4 Beaver batters.
St. Cloud State senior JOHN NETT earned conference Player of the Week honors for two weeks in a row. Nett is hitting .513 (30-for-38) to start the season with 18 runs scored, three home runs and eight doubles.
BRIGS RICHARTZ and TANNER MARSH are the two leading hitters for St. Thomas to start the season. Richartz went 7-for-16 with four runs scored, while Marsh went 2-for-5 with two doubles for the Tommies on opening weekend.
CONNOR MANTHEY started hot for Bradley as he went 5-for-11 with two runs scored an RBI and a double. CAL McGINNIS finished the weekend 2-for-7 with an RBI and a run.
Lindenwood freshman AARON JUNGERS made two appearances, going 2.2 innings scattering three hits with two strikeouts vs. Nicholls State.
JAKE BERG made a opening day start for Lipscomb behind the dish against Notre Dame.
KOLTON SCHALLER made his collegiate debut for Kent State drawing a bases loaded walk. Schaller walked twice on the weekend.
JACK BROWN earned the save for Minnesota State against Missouri Southern.
Freshman right-hander GAVIN GAWRONSKI made his collegiate debut for North Central, going four scoreless innings, scattering two hits while striking out three batters vs. Blackburn.