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10 Things to Know, 2017 Edition: Week of 4/24/2017

1.              It feels like we’re starting with this guy every week. And until he stops hitting, we will continue to do so. California Baptist 1B John Glenn has outdone himself. He belted a walk-off home run, a two run shot in the ninth inning of Friday’s 9-8 victory over Hawai’i-Hilo. The Lancers had blown a two-run lead in the late innings and were on the verge of defeat until Glenn’s fifth longball powered them to the win.  The Thousand Oaks, CA native posted seven hits and drove in nine runs as the Lancers swept the four game series from the Vulcans. Glenn boosted his batting average to .329 to go with his team-high 36 RBI.

2.              Glenn’s teammate, Cal Baptist RHP Matt Amrhein, had a fine week in his own right. First, Matt picked up his first collegiate save, firing three scoreless innings in CBU’s 9-4 victory over Hawai’i Hilo on Thursday. He then recorded his third win amidst Friday’s late-inning excitement. Amrhein entered with one out in the eighth inning and posted five outs without allowing a hit. Glenn’s heroics would have been impossible if Amrhein hadn’t held the Vulcans at bay in the ninth. Amrhein now holds a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings. The Walla Walla-bound duo has been a major factor in the Lancers’ 31-15 record (22-10 in conference).

3.              San Francisco LHP Scott Parker nailed down his fourth win of the season on Sunday as the Dons topped Santa Clara 12-7. He scattered a pair of hits over 2.1 scoreless innings. A frequent contributor for San Francisco, Parker appeared in three games last week, hurling a total of 4.2 scoreless innings. The sophomore lefty lowered his season ERA to 1.48 in 25 games.

4.              There’s a little over a week remaining in the Division III regular season nationwide but Emory University’s schedule wrapped up last weekend. The Eagles will finish 27-12 overall but just 9-7 in UAA play. Sweets-bound sophomore RHP Billy Dimlow had one of the finest pitching seasons in school history. In 10 starts, Dimlow finished 6-1 with an 0.95 ERA in 66.1 innings. He surrendered just 55 hits and seven earned runs while walking 12 and striking out 78. Opponents batted .217 against Dimlow, who held NYU to just one earned run across 3.2 innings in his final start on Friday. Dimlow was unquestionably one of the top arms in Division III during 2017 and merits strong consideration for an All-America selection. Emory finishes their season ranked No. 25 overall in the DIII AP writer’s poll.

5.              Freshman UTL Danny Sinatro is earning increased playing time with Washington State. Though he’s spent the bulk of his season at second base, Sinatro started three games in center field for the Cougars last weekend as WSU took two of three from intrastate rival Washington. Sinatro’s sixth inning bases-clearing triple was the key hit in the Cougars’ 6-3 win on Saturday. Sinatro recorded four hits and four RBI last week and is now batting .293 in 58 at-bats.

6.              Redshirt freshman RHP Nate Odahl made his collegiate debut on Friday, pitching a perfect ninth inning in Gonzaga’s 13-0 win over Portland. He struck out the first batter he faced. After sweeping three from the Pilots, Gonzaga is now tied with Loyola Marymount (which features three Sweets of its own) atop the West Coast Conference. Both teams have identical 14-4 records in conference play. The ‘Zags are 24-14 overall.

7.              UC-Irvine’s Ryan Johnston had already established himself as a pitcher for the Anteaters, appearing in 15 games striking out 18 hitters in 21 innings. But recently, the freshman from San Diego has been getting a chance to prove himself as a position player. Johnston earned his first start of the year in right field the week before last and now he’s getting a chance at some extended playing time. Last week, Johnston started three of Irvine’s four games in right and hit 4-for-8, drawing two walks and scoring twice. He even hit cleanup in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Long Beach State. Though his team was swept, Johston is proving himself to be a capable and legitimate two-way threat. He has 16 collegiate at-bats under his belt and he’s come away with seven hits. If Johnston can keep this up, he will be one of the more intriguing players on the Sweets’ roster this summer.

8.              Another hot hitter is Brown University freshman Cameron Deere. The Harvard-Westlake alumn hit safely in each of Brown’s four games last weekend. Though Brown dropped three of four to Harvard, Deere seems to be getting stronger at the plate as he works his way back from injury. He played the field for the first time all season, starting all four games at second base. And while he missed the first half of the season, Deere is posting a strong finish to his freshman campaign. Across 16 games played, Deere is batting .283 in 46 at-bats.

9.              Another Sweet finishing the year strong is Richmond SS Vinny Capra. One of the pre-eminent leadoff threats in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Capra picked up five more hits last week, including a three-hit effort on Tuesday (an 11-10 loss to William & Mary). The Florida-born junior leads the Spiders in both average (.371) and on-base percentage (.435). With 13 games remaining, Capra trails VCU’s Paul Witt by one hit for the A10’s batting crown.

10.          In the coming days, the Sweets will announce two more additions to their roster: two-way threat Darius Vines of Oxnard College and RHP Milo Mincin of Whitman. Vines, who was drafted in the 32nd round last summer out of St. Bonaventure HS by the Houston Astros, is batting .290 and pitching to a 2.05 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 11 starts at Oxnard College. Mincin, meanwhile, is a submarine pitcher who punched 12 batters in 17 appearances for the Blues last season.