Ernie Clement (Photo courtesy of Corey Mansfield)
A week after getting off to a hot start to the college baseball season, PGCBL alumni continued their strong showings in the second week.
To recap: Each week three PGCBL players, mostly alumni, will be featured in a weekly post recapping their performances in college.
Rocky McCord-Auburn University (Amsterdam 2012)
Rocky McCord threw a career-high seven innings and struck out a career-best 10 batters, leading Auburn to a 6-1 win over Radford on Saturday.
McCord did not allow an earned run in his seven innings of work and his 10 strikeouts were the most for McCord since he struck out eight against Brown on March 10, 2013. The right-hander is now 1-0 on the season and has yet to allow an earned run in two starts. Opponents are hitting just .125 off the Spanish Fort, Alabama native.
While with the Amsterdam Mohawks in the summer of 2012, McCord helped lead a pitching staff that paced Amsterdam to its first PGCBL Championship. McCord went 4-0 in eight starts with a 1.71 ERA and struck out 50 batters in the process. Following the conclusion of the 2012 summer season, McCord was named the top prospect in the PGCBL by Perfect Game.
Ernie Clement-Virginia University (Albany 2014)
After putting together a strong first week of action, Ernie Clement cracks the top three list for week two.
Clement posted two multi-hit performances this weekend, including a three-hit game on Saturday and a four-hit game on Sunday. Over the full weekend, Clement tallied nine hits and three RBIs. On Saturday against La Salle, Clement went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run, while on Sunday, the Rochester, New York native went 4-for-6 with a triple and two RBIs. Clement is now hitting an even .400 on the season and has started all seven games for the No. 1-ranked Cavaliers.
While with the Albany Dutchmen this past summer, Clement hit .322 with four doubles. The .322 mark trailed only Sean Aspinall (Azusa Pacific) for tops on the Dutchmen. He is one of three PGCBL alumni currently playing at UVA. Matthew Thaiss (Watertown 2013) and Jack Gerstenmaier (Newark 2014) also play for Head Coach Brian O’Connor.
Joe Ogren-Bucknell University (Watertown 2014)
It was a good weekend for the Bucknell Bison, going 3-0 against VCU. Much of that was to do with the performance of Joe Ogren.
Ogren had multi-hit games in all three matchups for the Bison. Ogren went 3-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday, a 5-1 Bucknell win. In game two, the Jackson, New Jersey native again had three hits, this time going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. On Sunday he tallied two hits, bringing his total to eight for the weekend. Ogren is now hitting .619 this season and has started all five of Bucknell’s games. His OPS of 1.619 is tops on Bucknell and he has 13 hits on the year, five more than any of his teammates.
This summer, Ogren hit .268 for the Watertown Rams in 22 games. Ogren drove in 11 runs, drew seven walks, stole five bases and was named to the PGCBL All-Star Team.
- Drew Carlton (Amsterdam 2015) tossed three innings, striking out four and not allowing an earned run on Wednesday for Florida State against Jacksonville. Carlton also tossed two innings, not allowing an earned run and surrendering just one hit on Friday against Georgia.
- John Sansone (Amsterdam 2013) went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and four RBIs on Friday in a Florida State win against Georgia. Sansone also contributed a 2-for-4 performance with a double and two RBIs on Saturday against Georgia.
- Brian Brown (Amsterdam 2015) picked up his first win of the season on Saturday, tossing six innings, allowing one earned run, striking out nine and surrendering just two hits for North Carolina State against FIU.
- Jonathan Pryor (Amsterdam 2014) tallied seven hits on the week, including a 3-for-5 performance with a home run and two RBIs for Wake Forest against UNCW on Sunday.
- Craig Dedelow (Amsterdam 2015) homered for Indiana on Saturday against Forman.
- Kyle Barrett (Amsterdam 2013) tallied nine hits on the weekend, including three doubles for Kentucky against UC-Santa Barbara. Barrett had three-hit games on both Thursday and Saturday.
- JaVon Shelby (Amsterdam 2014) hit for the cycle over the course of the weekend. Shelby had a single on Thursday, a double and a triple on Saturday and a home run on Sunday for Kentucky. Shelby had four RBIs on Sunday, a career-high, and also made his team-leading 56th consecutive start.
- Evan White (Amsterdam 2015) homered for Kentucky against USC on Thursday.
- Dylan Dwyer (Amsterdam 2013) tossed 3.1 innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out three en route to his first win of the season for Kentucky on Sunday against UC-Santa Barbara.
- Robert Fajardo (Glens Falls 2014) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs on Saturday for Marshall against Mississippi State.
- Jordan Ebert (Amsterdam 2013) homered on Wednesday for Auburn against Alabama State. Ebert also went 3-for-3 with another home run on Sunday against Auburn.
- Hunter Tackett (Amsterdam 2015) homered for Auburn on Wednesday against Alabama State.
- Trey Wingenter (Amsterdam 2013) tossed 6.2 innings, striking out four and allowing one earned run in a no-decision on Saturday for Auburn against Radford. Wingenter was named the top prospect in the PGCBL following the 2013 season.
- Mark Brennan (Amsterdam 2013) went 2-for-4 with a home run on Friday for Marist against Virginia.
- Steve Laurino (Newark 2013) went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, for Marist against Virginia.
- Bobby Slagle (Adirondack 2015) went 2-for-4 with a double on Friday for Chestnut Hill against Molloy.
- Mark Williams (Adirondack 2014) went 2-for-4 with a home run on Saturday for La Salle against Virginia. He also went 2-for-6 on Sunday against Charleston Southern.
- Justin Korenblatt (Adirondack 2014) went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and two stolen bases on Saturday for La Salle against Charleston Southern.
- Aaron Ashton (Adirondack 2015) had six hits on the weekend and hit for the cycle in the process. He homered for Lindsey Wilson against Madonna on Friday.
- Matt Burns (Adirondack 2014,2015) went 2-for-5 with a home run on Sunday for Southern Connecticut State against Felician. He also stole four bases on Friday against Mercy.
- Josh Hassell (Watertown 2014) went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks for Holy Cross on Friday against Richmond.
- Chris Amorosi (Albany 2014,2015) tossed 4.2 innings, striking out four and not allowing an earned run as he picked up his first win of the season against UCONN for Siena.
- Christian Santisteban (Elmira 2014,2015) went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Manhattan on Friday against Lamar.
- Bryson Hough (Elmira 2014) tossed six innings and didn’t allow an earned run in a no-decision on Saturday for Bucknell against VCU.
- Brennan Price (Glens Falls 2014) hit two home runs for Felician this weekend. He homered against Bridgeport on Saturday and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs against Southern Connecticut State on Sunday.
- Thomas Kain (Amsterdam 2014) tallied five hits for Lynn on the weekend. Kain went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and a double against Stillman in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday and went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs in the second game.
- Mitch Sewald (Watertown 2014) tossed seven innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out five in a no-decision on Thursday for LSU-Eunice against North Central.
- Charles Leblanc (Watertown 2014) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on Saturday for PITT against USC-Upstate.
- Matt Pidich (Mohawk Valley 2014,2015) picked up his first win of the season on Saturday for PITT, tossing three innings without allowing an earned run and striking out five against USC-Upstate.
- Jared Watson (Newark 2012) went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for Samford on Sunday against Austin Peay.
- Andy Hernandez (Newark 2015) went 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs for Ave Maria on Wednesday against Eckerd.
- J.J. Wagner (Watertown 2013) went 3-for-4 with a double for Pacific on Sunday against UNLV.
- Matt Diorio (Watertown 2014) went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI on Friday for UCF against Arkansas. Diorio has a seven-game hitting streak to start the season.
- Justin Protacio (Watertown 2013) went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Kansas against Washington on Thursday.
- Matthew Thaiss (Watertown 2013) went 2-for-5 with a double against Marist on Saturday for Virginia and went 3-for-7 with two runs scored on Sunday.
- T.J. Dixon (Elmira 2014) went 3-for-5 on Friday for Samford against Austin peay.
- Phillip Flach (Newark 2012) picked up his first win of the season on Saturday for Samford against Austin Peay. Flach tossed 2.2 innings and struck out four while allowing one earned run.
- Drew Tolson (Albany 2014) tossed 6.2 innings without allowing an earned run in a no-decision on Saturday for Baylor against Kent State.
- John Razzino (Amsterdam 2014) went 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run and three RBIs for Franklin Pierce on Saturday against Chestnut Hill. Razzino also went 2-for-4 with three RBIs on Sunday against Bridgeport.
- Zach Breen (Amsterdam 2013,2014) tossed a complete game, allowing one earned run and striking out five in his second win of the season on Saturday for Barton against Erskine.
- Austin Lueck (Watertown 2013) went 2-for-5 with a home run for South Florida on Sunday against Wagner. Lueck also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double on Saturday.
- Bryce Greager (Watertown 2013) went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs on Saturday for Nevada against Fresno State. Greager also went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run on Sunday.
- Zach Wall (Newark 2014) went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run for Young Harris against Columbus State on Friday.
- Luke Swenson (Newark 2011) went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI for UC-Santa Barbara on Friday against Kentucky. Swenson also went 2-for-4 with a double on Saturday.
- Tim Lewis (Newark 2014) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks for Maryland against UCF on Saturday.
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