A look around the college baseball world of current and former Sweets
Week three of college baseball takes us into March and as the weather begins to warm up, so did the bats of several Sweets players and alumni this week. Six players registered a home run as offense was the theme of the week for several teams in action.
See who all filled up the stat sheet in this week’s edition of the Wrap Up.
Having a Blas(t)
Jacob Blas had himself a weekend at the plate.
The sophomore infielder and 2017 Sweets alum went 8 for 19, with 6 runs batted in, scored 7 runs, and added a triple and a home run for Arizona as he helped the Wildcats secure all four wins on the weekend against Oklahoma, Dallas Baptist, and Missouri. The home run was Blas’s first since 2018.
Arizona extended its winning streak to nine games, as they swept the Frisco Classic this weekend in Texas.
After a slow start at the plate, Blas is now batting .313 on the year for the Wildcats including going 11 for his last 26. He has now scored 12 runs and has 7 RBI’s on the year.
— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) March 5, 2021
Farmer, Stubbings Combine for Massive Weekend
The Colorado Mesa Mavericks were on the road to play the Adams State Grizzlies in a matchup of conference opponents in a two game series this weekend. The Mavericks would come away victorious in both games, scoring a total of…..58 RUNS.
No, that is not a typo. You read that correctly.
Even more bizarre, Colorado Mesa scored 29 runs each in both games on the weekend! Saturday’s game ended 29-1, and Sunday’s ending 29-6.
Current Sweets players Caleb Farmer and Jordan Stubbings both got in on the fun, as the duo started both games for the Mavericks.
Farmer went 6 for 9 in the series, scoring 5 runs and drove in 2 runs, adding a double and a walk in Sunday’s game. Farmer is now up to a .450 batting average on the season, with 7 runs scored and 5 RBI’s,.
Stubbings would end the series going 3 for 8, with 4 RBI’s and 2 home runs, both in Saturday’s convincing 29-1 win. He is now batting .368 in 6 games, with 9 RBI’s on the season.
Farmer and Stubbings are mainstays in the Colorado Mesa lineup, as the #4 ranked Mavericks look to continue their winning ways next week in their home opener against Colorado School of Mines.
John Glenn to the Moon
John Glenn (Cal Baptist first baseman, not the astronaut) and his teammates faced extra innings in their Saturday matchup at UC Davis, and needed someone to step up at the plate and deliver a big hit.
Glenn did just that.
The fifth year senior and 2017 Sweets alum stepped into the box in the top of the 10th with 1 out and no one on. The lefty found a pitch he liked and smacked a shot high and deep to right field that would have made the late NASA astronaut proud, as his home run gave Cal Baptist a 5-4 lead. The Lancers would hold on for the win by shutting out the Aggies in the bottom half of the frame.
— California Baptist Baseball (@CBUbaseball) March 6, 2021
The home run was Glenn’s first on the year and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Cal Baptist has now won four in a row after starting 2-4 on the year, and face Northern Colorado to begin conference play next weekend.
Across the Diamond
Other notable performances from across the college baseball world:
Senior pitcher Matt Amrhein (Sweets 2017 alum) pitched 2 ⅓ scoreless innings of relief in Sunday’s 6-5 win for Cal Baptist over UC Davis. The right hander struck out 1 and allowed no hits in the 10 batters he faced.
Junior pitcher Dimick Wood (‘18) picked up the win for the College of Idaho in their Saturday game against Eastern Oregon. Wood went 6 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 3 earned runs in the Yotes 17-7 win.
Lewis and Clark State infielder Brock Ephan (‘19) added to the home run tally for the weekend, launching his third home run of the season in LCSC 12-2 win against Corban in Sunday’s second game of the double header.
Montana State Billings infielder Carson Green (‘19) started in all 3 of the Yellowjackets games this weekend. The sophomore from the local Tri Cities was 4 for 9 on the weekend, including a 3 for 4 showing on Friday against the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Green would end up just a home run shy of the cycle, as he also drove in 3 runs on the day.
Junior right hander Reid Sebby (‘19) was his usual dominant self for the Oregon State Beavers this past week. Sebby would pick up the win in Thursday’s contest against Bringham Young, striking out 2 batters in 2 scoreless innings of relief work in the Beavers 1-0 win.
Sweets signees Justin Folz and Chris Conniff both played big roles for St John’s in their weekend four game sweep of Sacred Heart.
Folz continues to stay hot at the plate, highlighted by a 2 for 2 outing in the first game of Sunday’s double header which included another home run for him on the season. He also added 3 RBI’s on the day in the Red Storm’s 12-1 romp of the Pioneers.
Conniff played in 3 of the 4 games on the weekend for St. John’s. The freshman infielder had a breakout game Sunday, going a perfect 3 for 3 in game two of Sunday’s double header with a triple. The Red Storm went on to win 11-2 and are 7-0 to start the season.
UCLA junior Jack Filby (‘18) made sure not to be left out of the home run club this week, adding a 2-run shot in his first at bat in Tuesday’s 14-1 blowout of Cal State Fullerton. He has now started in 10 of the Bruins first 11 games on the season.
B1 | UCLA takes the early lead as Jack Filby (@FilbyJack) goes yard for the first time in his career!
UCLA 2, CSF 0
— UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) March 3, 2021
Staying with UCLA, senior Patrick Caulfield (‘18-’19) had his best game of the season Sunday vs. USC. The speedy outfielder went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI’s on the day, adding a double and a run scored as the Bruins took care of their rivals, winning 10-1 . UCLA is now 8-3 on the season.
B3 | @Pat_Caulfield gives the Bruins the early lead with a two-run double into the left field corner!
UCLA 2, USC 0
— UCLA Baseball (@UCLABaseball) March 7, 2021
Junior left hander Isaac Esqueda (‘17) was back on the mound for USC, starting for them Friday against Cal State Fullerton. He kept USC in the game, going 5 ⅔ innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while also striking out 6 batters. Runs were hard to come by for the Trojan offense, as they dropped the contest 5-0.
Washington State University pitchers Bryce Moyle (‘18) and current Sweets signee Caden Kaelber both saw action this weekend in their series against Seattle University.
Moyle was terrific in his outing on Saturday, going 2 ⅔ scoreless innings in relief, striking out 5 while allowing no hits or runs in the Cougars 14-7 win.
Kaelber came on in relief during Sunday’s game for WSU, going 1 ⅔ scoreless innings. He didn’t allow a run, striking out 1 and surrendering just 1 hit in the Cougars 6-2 loss to the Redhawks.
University of Oregon pitcher Andrew Mosiello (’19) pitched in two games over the weekend against UC Santa Barbara. The freshman right hander went 2 innings on Friday, allowing just 1 run on 1 hit while striking out a pair in the Ducks 7-6 win. On Sunday, Mosiello would pick up his first win on the season, going 2 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game. He allowed just 2 hits and struck out 5 batters on his way to helping the Ducks win 9-4 and sweep the weekend series against the Gauchos.