We’ve tracked how the Husker baseball team is faring during its summer league seasons to get an idea about what they’ll bring to the diamond next season. Let’s find out how week three went.
Coastal Plains League
Patience has been a virtue for Jake Placzek. He’s notched 28 walks in 20 games with the Edenton Steamers. Even better, he’s also shown a little bit of “boomstick” this week as well.
On July 3, Plazcek bashed a homer and collected another hit to total three RBI. This helped the Steamers clinch the automatic playoff bid for winning the first half of the season.
He’s hitting .273 with 18 hits and 15 RBI thus far.
— Michael Pritchard (@MacDaddy_Pritch) July 4, 2014
Husker baseball closer Josh Roeder’s first half was good enough to earn him All-Star honors with the Steamers. A .174 ERA and six saves shows Roeder firing on all cylinders, exactly how he needs to be heading into the 2014 season.
Western Major Baseball League
Taylor Fish hit a bit of a rough patch this week in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. A two-for-21 performance over the last five games has dropped the Husker baseball backup catcher’s average from .333 to .293.
Obviously his average is still respectable, but Husker fans have to hope that Fish can bounce back and add to his 24 hits and seven RBI.
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Laconia Muskrats and Husker first baseman Ben Miller made two appearances this week going hitless over six attempts, but did walk and score a run. Perhaps his tweet gives an indication of where he’s at mentally through an obviously tough summer season.
College is an endless cycle. When you’re there, you want summer break so bad. And when it’s summer, you wanna be back at school. Get me back
— Ben Miller (@BenMiller44) July 2, 2014
For the Danbury Westerners, Max Knutson started another game and went 8.0 innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs with three strikeouts. He didn’t get a decision in the game. He’s currently 1-2 with a 2.42 ERA over six appearances on the season.
Sophomore-to-be Ryan Boldt spent a few days away from baseball before rejoining his teammates in Rochester. The Honkers center fielder went hitless in his first game back since being cut from the USA Collegiate National Team. In just eight games, Boldt’s average sits at .313.
The other Northwoods Leaguer, Austin Christensen, had an outstanding week both on the mound and at the plate.
For his on the mound start, Christensen went six innings in the no-decision outing, giving up three earned runs and four hits. At the plate, he collected six more hits this week to bring his average to .270. His best game for the Duluth Huskies came on July 2 when notched two doubles, a single, and two RBI.
Texas Collegiate League
Nebraska reliever Jeff Chesnut threw two innings this week again giving up no earned runs in bagging two more saves. That’s good for five appearances in a row without an earned run and seven out of eight on his season. He’s notched four saves and a 1.68 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched.
West Coast League
Christian Cox, Husker baseball’s utility man, played both the field and pitched for the Medford Rogues this week.
A hit over eight plate appearances saw Cox’s average dip to .222, but on the hill, he made another start and went five complete innings. He didn’t earn a decision in giving up the seven hits and just two runs.
Tanner Lubach, also of the Rogues, had a good week at the plate going five-for-14, pushing his season average sky-high to .386.
With a slugging percentage of .500, the Husker catcher thoroughly enjoyed his Independence Day. On July 4, Tanner bashed the ball to the tune of three hits in four at-bats including a double and triple. He also walked one time.
@TannerLubach guns down a Corvallis runner to end the fourth with no more damage.
— Medford Rogues (@WCLMedford) July 3, 2014
Cowlitz Black Bears pitcher Grant Gamble made his first appearance in just over a week by going 2.0 innings, surrendering three hits and an earned run. He fanned three different batters in the July 1 game and is now sitting at eight strikeouts with an 8.10 ERA for the summer.
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