10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball
April 10, 2012: Season 3, Edition 7
1. Four future Sweets played in head-to-head competition this weekend. Cal Poly took on UC Irvine in San Luis Obispo, Calif where Cal Poly swept the series. Cal Poly’s Matt Imhof pitched .2 of an inning on Saturday allowing no runs. UC Irvine’s Kris Paulino saw two at bats and managed to draw a walk. Colton Haynes of Cal Poly and Ryan Cooper of UC Irvine will also play for the Sweets but did not see action this week.
2. Nick Vilter tied Friday night’s game against Long Beach State after he was hit by a pitch to lead off. He advanced to third after his teammate reached on an error. An RBI ground out in the next at bat scored Vilter who came home with the tying run. Long Beach rallied to win 5-4.
3. Returning Sweets outfielder Chance Kopacz collected 4 hits over the weekend going 4-11 at the plate. His Campbellsville (Ky) squad won 2-3 over St. Catherine (Ky).
4. Sweets catcher Parker Morin of the University of Utah had a day on Saturday against Arizona. He went 4-5 with a run and an RBI but Utah failed to beat Arizona. On Friday, Morin was 2-4 with 2 RBIs in the win over Arizona and he was 1-4 on Thursday in the loss.
5. Simon Anderson and Kyle Kingsley saw action over the weekend for North Dakota State against Nebraska Omaha. NDSU took three-of-four. Kingsley pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless ball and Anderson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.
6. Returning Sweets catcher Kevin Hawk (Lewis-Clark State) went on a tear this weekend going 3-7 at the plate including an RBI in the second game of a double header on Saturday against Concordia. Pitcher Garrett Tygerson had a rough outing giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.
7. This summer Andrew Mendenhall of Oregon and Shane Zeile of UCLA will put on Sweets uniforms. But last week they played on opposite sides of the field as Oregon took the series two games to one. Both saw playing time, and Shane scored in game one of the series.
8. Gonzaga Centerfielder Alex Bonczyk had a hit and a run in the Bulldogs’ sole win over the University of San Diego.
9. Linfield’s Zach Brandon looks forward to pitching this summer for the Sweets. Last week he matched Pacific Lutheran pitcher Chris Bishop with 5.2 innings, six hits and 4 runs. According to Linfield he, “settled into a solid rhythm, retiring ten straight Lutes over a four-inning span.” Linfield came up short 6-5, but Brandon had a solid outing.
10. The 2012 College World Series begins in Omaha on June 15th. The Sweets have players on 3 top ranked Division I teams – Oregon, UCLA and Baylor. Oregon is 16th in both the Baseball America poll and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Sportswriters rank UCLA 11th while Baseball American ranks the Bruins 17th. Baylor is 17th among sportswriters.