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10 Things to Know - Volume 1

02/22/2016 1:49 PM -

Opening Day for NCAA Baseball has come and gone – and we love it. Our 2016 players are in action (quite a few making an impact already), Sweets alumni are making waves for Top 25 programs, and perhaps most importantly, we will be 100 days from Opening Day as of Thursday, February 25. That is always an important and exciting checkpoint in the off-season.

A reminder of what “10 Things” is: a quick journal, highlights, clips and links on Sweets players in their current collegiate season to get our fans prepped for the upcoming season. We look at current, and we also look back – especially now that, after six years, we have quite a few former Sweets players dotting spring training camps.

The sun is shining, the grass is greening, and baseball now takes center stage! On with the Top 10:

1.    A good sign of things to come is returning infielder Myles Hagar. Myles, starting in nine of the first ten games for the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters, has monster numbers. 5 homeruns, 16 RBI, 32 total bases and an OPS of 1.331. Yep, those numbers are correct. Here is the stat line to prove it: http://www.otterathletics.com/cumestats.aspx?path=baseball&year=2016&. To cap it off, he was named conference player of the week: http://goccaa.org/news/2016/2/16/CCAA_POW_BethellHagar.aspx  
2.    What’s great is that his teammate, catcher Hayden Duer (http://www.otterathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3193) is also joining the Sweets this season. The 6’4” junior has 15 hits in his first 30 AB (.500), with 4 HR and an OPS of 1.605. Other-worldly right now. Sweets fans should be excited to see these two in action this summer at Borleske.
3.    The Sweets signed their first pair of Cal State Fullerton Titans this past off-season, and one happens to be the current starting shortstop for the Titan Nine. Coby took the field against the Stanford Cardinal this weekend, and while the Cardinal picked up the series victory (what a series it was!), Kauhaahaa picked up his first hit of his collegiate career (a double) and RBI at the Sunken Diamond. Check out Coby’s profile here: http://www.fullertontitans.com/sports/m-basebl/2015-16/bios/kauhaahaa_coby_snzl
4.    Jarren Duran (LBSU) started all three games for the Dirtbags in their first series against Holy Cross. In addition to collecting 3 hits through the series, he had a sterling day on defense. Read about it here: http://www.longbeachstate.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/022116aab.html
5.    While D1 baseball opened up this weekend, D2 and D3 have been in action for a few weeks now. Jackson Weeg (LHP/Emory) has been one of the most dominant pitchers at the D3 level. He is 2-0, with a 1.29 ERA, while maintaining a nearly 7:1 K:BB ratio. (http://emoryathletics.com/sports/bsb/2015-16/files/teamcume.htm)
6.    Past and present Sweets helped the UW Huskies take the opening series against the Baylor Bears. Willie MacIver (C, 2015/16) started a game in the series and scored a run, while Joe DeMers threw 5 innings in a no-decision. Taking 2-of-3 from a Big-12 school is a good start for a program looking to return to a regional in 2016.
7.    Perhaps no program has as deep a roots with the Sweets as the Cal Poly Mustangs. Wagman, Stewart, Chavez, Anderson, Imhof, Zandona – all names that are part of what has become the rich history at Borleske Stadium. Newer names like Morgan, Zill, and McKenna continue that tradition. The ‘Stangs swept Pacific this past weekend, and those names were prominent. McKenna went 6-12 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, and an other-worldly slugging % of 1.167. Wow.
8.     Kyle Molnar spun the first no-hitter in team history last season. He was also a starting pitcher for the UCLA Bruins this past weekend against North Carolina. While it didn’t go exactly as planned, he looks to be an important part of the Bruins rotation for the next few years.
9.    Another pitcher, sophomore Michael Bono, showed a flash of brilliance as Santa Clara took two of three from nationally ranked Notre Dame (knocking the Fighting Irish out of the Top 25). In his appearance this weekend, he threw 3 scoreless innings and struck out 4.
10.    Patrick Chung from Gonzaga helped the Zags split a weekend series with Grand Canyon University. As the Bulldogs DH, he managed to collect 4 hits in 12 ABs. It looks like our infield is shaping up to be strong this season – perhaps as strong as our 2011 and 2013 editions.


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