1. The first of our Ten Things to Know isn’t about anyone on our roster. In fact, this player never suited up for Walla Walla. But even though we compete for wins against a near-dozen West Coast League opponents, we’re always thrilled when a WCL alumn reaches the big stage. RHP Nick Pivetta, who pitched for the Victoria HarbourCats in 2013, took the ball for team Canada in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday. Pivetta, a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013, was splendid in four innings against Colombia’s formidable lineup. The six-foot-five right-hander allowed one run on five hits and no walks through four innings. He recorded one strikeout—a backwards K against right fielder Jesus Valdez. Canada lost all three of their games and was eliminated after the tournament’s first round. Still, with his masterful pitching, Pivetta made the West Coast League proud. Look for Nick to reach Philadelphia sooner rather than later. In 27 starts between Double-A and Triple-A last season, Pivetta was 12-8 with a 3.37 ERA. He struck out 138 against just 128 hits allowed in 148.2 innings. Those are the kind of numbers that get you to the show.
2. Cal Baptist 1B John Glenn continues to destroy the baseball. The freshman slugger was 5-for-10 over the weekend with 3 RBI as the Lancers swept four games from Hawaii Pacific. At 16-6 overall and 7-1 in conference play, Cal Baptist has vaulted itself to a No. 23 overall ranking in Division II. Glenn’s prowess at the plate has been a major factor in the team’s success.
3. UC-Berkeley 2B Ripken Reyes picked up a pair of hits this weekend as Cal swept a three-game series against Pepperdine in Malibu. Reyes recorded a two-run double in the eighth inning of California's 12-7 Friday win. It was the first extra-base hit for the sophomore this season.
4. It’s always fun when a set of summer teammates battles each other during the spring. The Sweets had a couple of roster-mates go at it on Tuesday when RHP Ryan Johnston and UC-Irvine topped OF Dylan Hirsch and Loyola-Marymount 7-6. Johnston entered the game in the fourth inning and walked both batters he faced before being removed. Hirsch, meanwhile, was featured as a defensive replacement when starting right fielder Niko Decolati was brought in to pitch the ninth inning for the Lions. Despite the midweek loss, LMU went on to snag two-of-three from Cal Poly over the weekend.
5. A model of consistency, Richmond Spiders SS Vinny Capra thrice batted 2-for-5 last week. The junior was 6-for-19 overall across five games but posted multi-hit efforts in Wednesday’s 7-5 win over Incarnate Word, Friday’s 7-1 win over Youngstown State, and Sunday’s 8-5 loss to Youngstown State. To date, Capra leads Richmond with a .396 batting average out of the leadoff spot. His .458 on-base percentage is also the team's best.
6. Our Washington State guys went wild over the weekend. 3B Shane Matheny blasted his second home run of the year—a two-run shot in the first inning of Friday’s 8-4 win over Utah Valley.
7. The Walla Walla-bound Cougars didn’t stop there. All three future Sweets on Washington State’s roster had tremendous weekends. Matheny was 8-for-15 with six runs and six RBI. He belted a pair of doubles in addition to his round-tripper. OF J.J. Hancock was also 8-for-15 with four runs scored and six RBI. Like Matheny, Hancock recorded a trio of extra-base hits over the weekend: two triples and a double. Finally, freshman INF Danny Sinatro recorded his first collegiate hit, finishing 1-for-1 with an RBI on Saturday. Washington State swept four games in three days from Utah Valley over the weekend, improving their record to an impressive 10-4. Check the team site later in the week for a full introduction to our three terrific Washington State hitters!
8. It was another productive weekend for Whitman College 1B Joseph Zimmer. He recorded hits in all four games (five hits total) even though his squad dropped three-of-four to Willamette. Zimmer leads the Blues with a .307 batting average, a .480 slugging percentage, eight extra-base hits, and 36 total bases. His 13 RBI are tied for the team lead.
9. Zimmer’s teammate RHP Patrick Stanton registered a quality outing on Saturday. Entering to start the eighth inning with his team trailing 3-2, Stanton tossed two frames of no-hit, no-walk scoreless baseball. Talk about performance under pressure! Whitman rallied for a run in the ninth to force extra innings. Unfortunately, Stanton was removed for the tenth and Willamette wound up walking off on a two-out base hit.
10. Finally, our weekly Arturo Reyes update! Reyes, an all-star with the Sweets in 2012, survived the first round of roster cuts in Cardinals camp. Arturo was not among the 11 players St. Louis re-assigned to minor league camp on Sunday and he’ll stay with the big club for now. Reyes last allowed three runs on five hits in two innings against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.