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10 Things to Know, 2017 Edition: Week of 3/27/2017

1.It was a big week for San Francisco RHP Benji Post. The sophomore from Rolling Hills, CA earned a pair of wins on the mound. First, Post emerged from the ‘pen on Tuesday and tossed two innings of one-hit scoreless baseball as the Dons downed Nevada 7-1. Then on Sunday, Post took the ball again, this time to start the game. He hurled a career-high 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three and picking up the win against Gonzaga and his future Sweets teammate Nick Nyquist. On the season, Post is 4-0 with a 2.83 ERA in 29.2 innings.

2.Three future Sweets took part in Saturday afternoon’s marathon 16-inning game between Gonzaga and San Francisco. INF Nick Nyquist started at third base for the ‘Zags and drove home a run on a fielder’s choice. Meanwhile, the USF pitching tandem of Post and LHP Scott Parker each made an appearance. Post came on with one out in the sixth and tossed 0.2 scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Parker entered in a high-pressure situation: two outs in the eighth frame of a tied ballgame. Parker did his part by pitching a scoreless inning but the Dons eventually folded. Gonzaga walked off in the 16th and snatched the contest 4-3. The Bulldogs won two-of-three to take the series.

3.Richmond SS Vinny Capra had another productive weekend. The junior transfer was 7-for-14 with four runs scored and a pair of RBI as the Spiders took two-of-three from Dayton. Capra’s .375 batting average is tops for Richmond as is his .450 on-base percentage.

4.Another collegiate veteran who’s making noise with the bat is Washington State 3B Shane Matheny. Matheny flexed his muscle on Saturday, finishing 3-for-4 with a walk and a double in the Cougars’ 11-7 win over Cal State Northridge. He leads Washington State in batting average (.391), hits (27), doubles (11), extra-base hits (15), slugging percentage (.696), and on-base percentage (.475).

5.Matheny’s teammate, OF J.J. Hancock also picked up four more hits of his own last weekend. The Walla Walla-bound tandem has been the offensive engine for a WSU team that’s raced out to a 13-8 start. Matheny and Hancock (.338/.390/.535) have been the Cougars’ top two hitters this season.

6.Whitman College 1B/OF Joseph Zimmer continued his monster 2017 with a 4-for-4 performance the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, a 9-8 loss to Pacific Lutheran. In addition, Zimmer drew a walk, scored two runs and drove home three more. Shortly thereafter, Zimmer launched his fourth home run of the season as part of a 2-for-3 performance in Saturday’s nightcap, an 11-5 Whitman loss. Zimmer, who was tabbed as a preseason All-American by D3baseball.com, is head and shoulders above his teammates in nearly every offensive category. The junior from Billings, MT leads the Blues with a .370/.449/.570 slash line plus 37 hits, 20 runs scored, 11 extra-base hits and 57 total bases.

7.Another talented outfielder, Harvard’s Jake Suddleson, impressed at the plate last weekend. Jake went 3-for-4 and bashed a home run for his first collegiate hit, a three-run job in the top of the third inning of an 11-5 Crimson win over Army on Saturday. Jake hit safely in each of the three games he appeared in over the weekend, managing five base knocks in total.   

8.Emory ace RHP Billy Dimlow was masterful yet again on Friday. The sophomore from Sammamish, WA pitched eight shutout innings, scattering six hits and retiring eight by way of the K as Emory blanked Case Western Reserve 4-0 in Druid Hills. In seven starts, Dimlow is now 5-0 with a microscopic 0.74 ERA. He’s allowed just 38 hits in 48.2 innings while walking eight and striking out 60. Opponents have managed just four earned runs against Dimlow, who’s putting together a strong case for Division III pitcher of the year.  

9.Cal State Bakersfield RHP Isaiah Moten started Saturday’s contest against Grand Canyon. The sophomore native of Temecula, CA surrendered four hits and three earned runs across 3.2 innings. The Roadrunners lost the contest 7-4. Moten on the season is 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 24.1 innings spread across six games (four starts).

10.Our old buddy RHP Arturo Reyes remains in big-league camp with the St. Louis Cardinals. Though it’s unlikely Reyes cracks the opening day roster, the fact that he’s made it all the way to the final week of Spring Training speaks to the high regard in which the St. Louis coaching staff clearly holds the 2012 WCL All-Star. Reyes pitched in Wednesday’s game, a 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins, and tossed a scoreless eighth. Unless he’s trimmed from the roster later today, we should see Arturo make one final spring appearance this week. Once the Cards break camp, Reyes will head to Triple-A Memphis. Still, with his performance this spring, Artie has inserted himself into the mix of pitchers that Cardinals GM John Mozeliak will draw from when a roster spot inevitably opens up.