Grand slams, home runs and stellar performances on the mound were the highlights in Week 7 of college baseball for Rays alums. Many programs are into the conference portion of their schedule and former Rays players are putting up career games. Below we will highlight some of the performances from this past weekend by former Rays players.

NICK ELSEN had a career weekend for Kent State as the Golden Flashes took all four games at Bowling Green. Elsen blasted home runs in each of the last three games of the series, including a Grand Slam. Collectively for the weekend, Elsen finished 5-for-16 with 11 RBIs and five runs scored. Teammate and fellow Rays alum BEN CAREW also put up a career performance going 11-for-18 with a home run, a double, five RBIs and five runs scored.

JOE ACKER belted home runs in two of three games in Nebraska’s weekend set at Illinois. Acker went 5-for-13 from the leadoff spot in the Huskers order scoring five runs to go along with a double and three RBIs.

TRENT BAUER went 6-for-16 for Western Illinois at Oral Roberts. Bauer hit two doubles, drove in five runs and scored three runs. Bauer leads the Leathernecks with a .337 batting average and 20 RBIs.

ZACH GILLES went 4-for-13 for Central Michigan in their sweep at Northern Illinois. Gilles hit a bases-clearing triple to give him six RBIs on the weekend, while also scoring six runs himself. Gilles also walked five times. On the season, the Chippewa Falls native is hitting a team-high .411 and leads the team with 24 RBIs. Teammate and fellow Rays alum GRANT FRAZER threw three innings over two appearances and picked up the save in the series finale.

TREVOR OLSON struck out a career-high nine batters in Xavier’s loss to Dayton. Olson threw 4.2 innings allowing three runs. For the season, Olson features a 2.35 ERA in 30 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts.

NICK CARPENTER has continued his incredibly strong start to the 2021 campaign for UW-Stevens Point. Carpenter struck out five in 5.2 innings pitched of scoreless baseball against UW-Stout. On the year, Carpenter has 20 strikeouts in 12.2 innings without allowing an earned run.

MAX WAGNER is starting to heat up while on a five-game hitting streak for Clemson. The Tiger freshman went 6-for-14 with five runs scored with two doubles and two walks. Wagner is now hitting .289 in ACC games.

MARCUS CLINE has been on a tear lately and this weekend was no exception. Cline went 6-for-16 in Milwaukee’s 3-1 weekend vs. Oakland. Cline scored five runs and drove in five with a double and three walks and now has a .316 batting average on the season. ADAM LaROCK performed well on the mound and at the plate going 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball. At the plate, LaRock went 2-for-6 with three runs scored, two walks and two stolen bases. Fellow Rays alum RILEY FREY got the Game 1 start and earned the win going five innings allowing three hits and two earned runs while striking out a career-high eight batters. For the year, Frey has fashioned a 2.57 ERA in 29 innings pitched with 30 strike outs.

JACK HABECK made two appearances and earned the win over Concordia-St. Paul. Habeck went three innings of hitless baseball with four strikeouts. Fellow Rays alum JOHN NETT went 7-for-17 with a homer, a double, a triple, three RBIs and seven runs scored. For the year, Nett owns a .392 batting average with three home runs for St. Cloud State.

JACK WASHBURN earned his first career PAC-12 start for Utah. Washburn went 3.2 innings and struck out five and now has struck out 24 batters in 16.2 innings pitched while allowing only six hits on the season.

TANNER KOHLHEPP earned the win in relief for Notre Dame over Pittsburgh. Kohlhepp went three innings of hitless baseball with two strikeouts and now has 20 strikeouts in 17.2 innings for the Fighting Irish.

QUINN BERGLIN went 2-for-10 with a homer for Lawrence in their weekend set vs. St. Norbert. Berglin now is hitting .317 with three homers on the season for the Vikings.

EDUARDO SAUCEDO had a career weekend for Madison College going 5-for-16 with a triple, double and five RBIs while scoring three runs. Fellow Rays alum BRADY JURGELLA went 2-for-11 with seven walks while scoring seven runs and driving in two.

NATE STEVENS hit another homer for Johnson County CC. On the season, Stevens has seven bombs.

COLTEN SCHILD went 3-for-11 with a double and two runs scored. Schild owns a .305 batting average on the season for Saint Louis.

CAM CRATIC was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to win the game for Missouri State. Cratic also ranged a long way to make a sliding catch for the Bears in their sweep of Bradley. Fellow Rays alum DRAKE BALDWIN went 3-for-8 with a double and a run scored.

CONNOR MANTHEY went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk for Bradley against Missouri State.

MITCHELL MUELLER earned the win over the Univ. of Mary for Winona State. Mueller went three innings pitched with and earned run allowed while striking out three.

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