Home runs were the name of the game for Rays alums this past week. A total of 10 long balls were hit by former Rays players as they entered the meat and potatoes of their schedules. A couple of former Rays were also dominant on the mound and other got their seasons started. Below we will highlight some of the performances from this past weekend by former Rays players.

STEPHEN LUND belted three homers in five games for Gonzaga. Lund blasted two home runs in the last two games of a series win for the Zags at No. 11 ranked TCU. On the season, Lund is second on the team with a .375 average while leading the team with four homers.

JOE ACKER shined at the plate and in the field as the Nebraska Cornhuskers split a weekend series at US Bank Stadium in Minnesota. Acker had three hits and drove in four runs while providing a web gem in right field reaching over the wall and bringing back a would-be home run. For the season, Acker is batting .321 for the Cornhuskers.

ZACH GILLES had another outstanding weekend at the plate for Central Michigan as the Chippewas won two-of-three at No. 25 ranked West Virginia. Gilles went 7-for-14 at the plate while scoring six runs, driving in three fellow Chippewas. Gilles also walked five times. On the season, Gilles is batting a team-leading. .419 while fashioning a .617 on-base percentage.

RILEY FREY continued his hot start on the mound for Milwaukee as the freshman threw a scoreless six innings in his start at UIC. Frey allowed five hits while striking out eight Flame batters. For the year, Frey is pitching to a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings with 12 strikeouts.

Fellow Panther teammate and form Rays player ADAM LaROCK threw two innings in a 5-4 win at UIC. LaRock struck out two batters in his two innings.

TANNER KOHLHEPP was lights out in relief for Notre Dame in their weekend sweep at Virginia. Kohlhepp came out of the pen and went 4.2 innings allowing two lone hits while striking out three Cavalier batters.

A whole pack of former Rays helped the Madison College Wolf Pack to a season-opening sweep at Carl Sandburg. SPENCER BARTEL and BRADY JURGELLA each homered while CAM DUPONT, EDDIE SAUCEDO and TAITEN MANRIQUEZ all registered their first collegiate hits for Madison College. ADRIAN MONTILVA also threw a strong inning in relief.

JACK WASHBURN shined out of the pen again for Oregon State. Washburn went three strong innings for the Beavers allowing one hit to go along with four strikeouts.

ALEC TRELA crushed a home run for the Memphis Tigers in a 4-3 win over Miami (OH). For the week, Trela went 6-for-15 with two runs and two RBIs. For the year, Trela is hitting .318, good for second on the team in batting average.

QUINN BERGLIN started his collegiate career with a bang. Berglin homered for his first hit as a member of the Lawrence University Vikings. Berglin homered again in the Vikings weekend sweep of Northland College.

NATE STEVENS left the park two times last week for Johnson County CC upping his season home run total to four. Stevens went 4-for-7 last week scoring three runs and driving in five.

TREVOR OLSON turned in a strong start for Xavier in their weekend set at Baylor. Olson threw 5.1 innings allowing four hits while striking out two.

LOGAN MICHAELS went 5-for-14 at the plate for Virginia, including tying a career-high with four hits against Notre Dame.

JAKE RAJKOVICH went 4-for-11 as St. Norbert continued their hot start to the 2021 campaign. Rajkovich hit a double and scored three runs as the Green Knights have raced out to a 6-1 start.

COLTEN SCHILD went 5-for-14 for Saint Louis as the Billikens battled Western Illinois. Schild is second on the team in 2021 with a .333 batting average.

ELIOT TURNQUIST turned in a scoreless inning for Ball State at Old Dominion. Turnquist struck out one in his outing.

NICK SMITH made his collegiate debut for Michigan State as the Spartans took on Northwestern. Smith threw three innings and allowed a lone hit.

JAKE BERG made his collegiate debut for Jacksonville as they payed a visit to No. 5 Florida.

TUCKER COLE and JACK HAUFLE have started strong for Southeastern CC. Haufle is 3-for-8 with an RBI on the young season, while Cole 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI.

KAYDEN KRUEGER made his collegiate debut for Bradley at Alabama State. Krueger K’d one batter in his inning pitched.

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