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10 Things to Know, 2017 Edition: Week of 3/20/2017

1.A set of future Sweets teammates went head-to-head on Tuesday when UC-Irvine defeated UCLA 5-3 in Los Angeles. Anteaters’ bullpenner RHP Ryan Johnston earned the win in relief, tossing 1.2 shutout innings. Johnston entered to begin the fifth inning and was removed with two down in the sixth. Bruins C Will McInerny entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh and came away from the contest 1-for-2 with a double. The two missed each other by half an inning but will spend much time together as battery-mates this coming summer.

2.Cal Baptist 1B John Glenn whacked his third home run of the season in the fifth inning of a 14-12 loss to Dixie State on Saturday. The longball was Glenn’s first in PacWest conference play. The freshman from Thousand Oaks HS is hitting .324 with 15 RBI through 23 games. 

3.San Francisco RHP Benji Post recorded a stellar outing on Friday against Loyola-Marymount. The sophomore hurled 3.2 innings of relief, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out four. The Dons lost the game 6-5 despite Post’s excellent performance.

4.Speaking of Loyola-Marymount, Lions OF Dylan Hirsch made his first collegiate start on Tuesday, manning left field during a 4-3 extra-inning walkoff win over USC. Hirsch, a native of West Hills, CA, also received playing time over the weekend when the Lions snatched two of three from the Dons.

5.UC Santa Barbara RHP Chris Lincoln picked up his first career save on Friday as the Gauchos downed Stony Brook 12-4. Despite such a bloated final, Santa Barbara only led 7-4 when Lincoln entered the ballgame in the top of the eighth. A five-run bottom of the inning stretched UCSB’s lead and gave Lincoln a comfortable ninth-inning cushion. The 2016 Blue Jays draftee allowed two hits and a walk while picking up a K in his two innings of work.

6.Richmond SS Vinny Capra continued his hot-hitting ways. He walloped his second homer of the season on Friday during the Spiders’ 8-7 extra-inning win over Cornell. Capra picked up three more hits this weekend, one in each of Richmond’s three games.

7.Washington State OF J.J. Hancock, who we profiled last week, also socked a dinger last week. Hancock blasted the first home run of his college career in the fourth inning of the Cougars’ 8-7 loss to Long Beach State on Wednesday. The right fielder finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Hancock’s teammate, 3B Shane Matheny also had a big week, earning six base knocks across four games. Four of Matheny’s hits went for extra bases.

8.South Mountain Community College C Jordan Rathbone had the game of his young career on Tuesday. Rathbone, a freshman from Gonzaga Prep HS, batted 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. Rathbone picked up six hits across four games last week as South Mountain swept both a midweek pair from Western Nebraska CC and a weekend doubleheader against Northeastern JC.

9.For the first time this year, three Sweets all saw action in the same collegiate game. C Colby Watilo and George Fox defeated 1B/OF Joseph Zimmer, RHP Patrick Stanton, and Whitman 6-0 on Saturday. Watilo started behind the plate and finished 0-2 for George Fox. Meanwhile, Stanton tossed a scoreless inning of relief and Zimmer went 1-for-3 out of the leadoff spot for the Blues. Zimmer also swatted his third home run on Friday, one of four hits he accumulated over the weekend.

10.Emory RHP Billy Dimlow turned in another terrific start on Friday as the Eagles soared past Covenant 7-3. Dimlow surrendered six hits and two earned runs while striking out four over seven strong innings to earn his fourth win of the season. The sophomore from Sammamish, WA is pitching to an ERA of 0.89 across six starts this season. He’s allowed 32 hits, eight walks and four earned runs while punching out 52 in 40.2 total innings.

Bonus. St. Louis Cardinals RHP Arturo Reyes, a 2012 Walla Walla Sweet, is still in big league camp. Last week we wrote about how Artie survived the first round of roster cuts at Major League Spring Training. Well, he's also made it through round two. The Cardinals reassigned four more pitchers to the minor leagues on Sunday, and again Reyes was not among them. The St. Louis coaching staff seems to be taking a long, hard look at him. Interesting. Very interesting.

Last week, Reyes first allowed a run on two hits in one inning against Minnesota on Wednesday. He took the mound again three days later and surrendered the same stat line--one run on two hits--but this time in two innings versus the New York Mets.