We started tracking how the Husker baseball team is faring during their summer league seasons last week to find out what they’ll bring to the table next season. Let’s see how they’ve done through week two.
Coastal Plains League
Josh Roeder continued a solid summer season for the Edenton Steamers. In two appearances, Roeder was able to notch a save over 2.0 innings of work. He collected four strikeouts and only gave up one hit.
Roeder’s teammate, Jake Placzek, has been batting as the leadoff man for the Steamers and has seen his batting average rise from .188 to .235. In 51 at-bats he’s collected 12 hits, nine RBI and has walked 22 times for a team leading .444 on-base percentage.
Placzek’s best game came on June 26 where in four at-bats he got two hits, four RBIs, walked twice and added two runs himself.
Western Major Baseball League
Okotoks Dawgs and Husker baseball reserve catcher Taylor Fish had a great week in Alberta.
The highlight occurred June 24 where Fish blasted five hits and knocked in a run. The next night, Fish’s hot hitting continued when he went three for five at the dish.
On the season, he’s hitting a blazing .344 with 21 hits, a homer and six RBI.
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Ben Miller’s time as a pitcher for the Laconia Muskrats appears to be over, but Miller has performed pretty well at the plate. Hitting .273 on the season, his best game of the week saw him hit twice and drive in a run.
Running into die hard Nebraska fans weekly. 1,500 miles from Lincoln
— Ben Miller (@BenMiller44) June 27, 2014
Miller’s counterpart in the NECBL, Max Knutson , has made two starts in the last week. The hard-throwing lefty struggled a bit in both starts and was actually was the losing pitcher for both games. He was able to go 7.2 and 6.0 innings respectively while giving up 14 hits and 8 total earned runs.
Interestingly enough, Knutson and Miller faced each other this week with Knutson winning the battle. Miller went hitless in three at-bats and Knutson stuck him out once.
Austin Christensen got another start this week on the bump for the Duluth Huskies. He went six innings and gave up five earned runs on six hits, striking out four and walking none. He did not earn a decision in the outing. Batting, Austin was able to go on three-game hit streak. He batted .500 with two RBI during that stretch.
Texas Collegiate League
One of the guys who will be competing for a top bullpen role again this season, Jeff Chesnut, has done his job in the pen for the Victoria Generals so far. Chesnut’s back-to-back saves are his first two of the Summer season.
Chesnut has a 1-0 record with a 2.07 ERA in six games.
West Coast League
Christian Cox made his first start of the season for the Medford Rogues and it wasn’t pretty. In 5.1 innings of work, he gave up nine hits and five runs, four of those earned. He did get four strikeouts, but walked two batters. He hasn’t made an appearance at the plate in a hitting role since June 21.
Cox’s teammate in Medford, Tanner Lubach, caught three more games in the past week going a joint four for nine with a double and three walks, only striking out once. Lubach is crushing the ball to a tune of a .387 average.
Signed a Husker baseball jersey at a home game while playing in Oregon for the summer! They are everywhere I tell you!
— Tanner Lubach (@TannerLubach) June 28, 2014
The last West Coast Leaguer is freshman pitcher Grant Gamble. He made just one short appearance in the last week for the Cowlitz Black Bears. Sadly, the outing turned out to be a nightmare. Collecting only an out, he gave up two hits and four earned runs on top of walking two other guys. That pushed his ERA to a sky-high 16.87.
USA Collegiate National Team
After departing the Northwoods League, third team All-American Ryan Boldt made his summer home in North Carolina with Team USA. Boldt made four starts in the outfield and fit a fairly low .143 average in 14 at-bats. He went 4-of-4 on steal attempts and was been walked a five times.
Unfortunately, he was not named to Team USA’s final 24-man roster.
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