The regular season is beginning to wind down across college baseball, with postseason play starting in Division II, Division III, and in the NAIA. Former and future PGCBL players are guiding their teams towards postseason success.
Chandler Shepherd, Red Sox organization (Amsterdam 2012)- The former Kentucky Wildcat posted his best start of the 2018 season on Saturday, leading the Pawtucket Red Sox to a win. Shepherd tossed seven shutout innings to earn a 2-0 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The righthander struck out five hitters and did not walk any, scattering just four hits in his seven innings of work. Shepherd has transitioned into a starting role this season, his fifth in professional baseball, and has struck out 26 hitters in 25.1 innings on the mound.
Quin Cotton, Grand Canyon (Oneonta 2016)- Cotton came up with a big week in conference play, keeping the Lopes in position for a conference championship. In a series victory over CSU Bakersfield, Cotton went 7-for-13 with six runs scored and three runs batted in. He currently leads GCU in batting average (.381), runs scored (48), and runs batted in (38). Grand Canyon enters the week with a half game lead over New Mexico State and a game edge on Sacramento State, who they face this weekend.
David Palmer, New Haven (Mohawk Valley 2016)- New Haven's ace righthander finished the regular season with a victory on Tuesday, moving to 8-1 on the season after a win over Pace. Palmer, who finishes the regular season with a 0.84 ERA, allowed two runs in seven innings, and struck out five hitters. He also worked a scoreless inning against Adelphi during the final series of the regular season. New Haven earned the No. 2 seed in the Southwest Division of the NE-10, and will face Adelphi in the first round of the conference tournament.
Ryan Stekl, Canisius (Mohawk Valley 2015)- A member of Mohawk Valley's first PGCBL championship team, Stekl helped Canisius to a sweep of Saint Bonaventure in non-conference action. Stekl hit .333 during the series, scoring four runs and driving in four. The Griffins' power leader belted his ninth home run of the season during the series, and moved his RBI total to 49. With two weeks to play in the season, Canisius sits just one game behind first place Quinnipiac in the MAAC.
Jeremiah Burke, Georgetown (Albany 2017-18)- The incoming second-year Dutchmen pitcher picked up his second victory of the season, powering Georgetown to a series sweep of conference rival Villanova. Burke allowed only one run over five innings, and struck out six Wildcat hitters. In 26.1 innings this season, Burke has posted a 0.68 ERA with just two earned runs allowed.The victory was the sixth consecutive win for the Hoyas, who sit in third place in the Big East.
Jameson Moran, RIT (Geneva 2018)- Moran appeared twice for RIT on the week, including a victory over Rochester on Saturday. Moran struck out seven hitters over 6.2 innings, and led the Tigers to a 3-2 victory. He also came out of the bullpen on Tuesday, recording two outs in a tie against St. Lawrence. Moran finished the regular season with a 2-2 record and 41 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. The Tigers qualified for the postseason in the Liberty League, and will play in a Wild Card game against RPI on Thursday.
Mohammed Hussein, Keystone (Utica 2018)- An incoming member of the Utica Blue Sox, Hussein has been a key point in Keystone's run to a regular season championship in the Division III Colonial States Athletic Conference. Hussein, who was also the winning pitcher in a victory on the Thursday, hit .439 for the Giants, leading the team in runs scored, hits, and total bases. The Giants begin the postseason on Wednesday with first round action in the CSAC Tournament.
Andrew Taft, Le Moyne (Saugerties 2018)- Le Moyne earned the regular season title in the Northeast 10's Southwest Division with a series victory over American International, a title aided by the efforts of incoming Stallion Andrew Taft. Taft, who hit safely in two games against American International, belted his 14th home run of the season in the first game of the series. He ended the regular season as the Dolphins' leader in home runs and extra base hits, as well as in on base percentage.
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