05/21/2018 9:59 AM
The NCAA Division I regular season came to an end this week, with multiple PGCBL alumni leading their teams to championships and record performances.
Cedric Mullins, Baltimore Orioles organization (Utica 2014)- The former Utica Brewer enters this week on a six-game hitting streak after hitting .393 over seven games this past week. Mullins recorded four multi-hit performances, and capped his week with three hits and four runs batted in during a 10-5 victory for the double-A Bowie Baysox over the Trenton Thunder. The outfielder belted his sixth home run of the season during the win, and moved his RBI total to 23. On the season, Mullins is hitting a career best .282 with 20 extra-base hits.
Dylan Baker, Los Angeles Dodgers organizations (Glens Falls 2011)- A member of Glens Falls' franchise from the inaugural season of PGCBL baseball, Baker has worked three consecutive scoreless outings out of the bullpen for the double-A Tulsa Drillers. In 3.1 innings of work, Baker allowed just two hits, and struck out a pair of hitters. The former fifth round draft pick of the Indians ended his week with two hitless, scoreless innings against the Arkansas Travelers on Sunday, pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth inning for the Drillers.
Jack Weiller, Virginia (Albany 2015)- Weiller put together the best weekend of his career for the Cavaliers, hitting the first three home runs of his career in three consecutive at-bats in a conference series against Wake Forest. His efforts started on Friday night, when he hit two home runs in the ninth inning of Virginia's 15-3 win over Wake Forest, driving in four of the Cavaliers' nine runs in the ninth. The next day, Weiller homered in his first at-bat of the day, and nearly added a fourth on a leadoff double in the eighth. The Cavaliers' season continues this weekend with play in the ACC Tournament.
Troy Montemayor, Baylor (Albany 2016)- Albany's 2016 closer tied Baylor's all-time saves record on Friday, earning his 37th career save. The senior worked a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-1 win over West Virginia, picking up his 11th save of the season. He also tossed a scoreless inning on Saturday in a non-save situation, helping the Bears to a series victory over the Mountaineers. Montemayor finished the regular season with a 2.42 ERA, striking out 23 hitters in 22.1 innings. The Bears' series victory aided their hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid entering the Big 12 Tournament.
Greg Cullen, Niagara (Newark 2016)- Cullen concluded the regular season as the NCAA leader in batting average, topping the nearest competition by 36 points. In the final series of the season, Cullen helped the Purple Eagles to two victories over Manhattan, giving Niagara the number six seed in this week's MAAC Tournament. He ended the series with two hits and two runs batted in, providing the difference in the 3-1 series rubber match. The former Pilot was also the MAAC leader in runs scored, hits, and on base percentage.
Tanner Allen, Mississippi State (Amsterdam 2018)- The incoming Mohawk helped Mississippi State rock the college baseball world with a dominant sweep of No. 1 Florida. Allen homered in the first two games of the series, driving in six runs over the three games. His home run in the series opener put the Gators away in the bottom of the seventh inning, and his three-run homer helped the Bulldogs pull away in the second game. Allen has recorded at least two hits in each of the last foue SEC games, and has driven in seven runs.
Luke Pettersen, Minnesota (Saugerties 2017)- One of last season's stars for the Saugerties Stallions, Petterson was a key part of Minnesota winning the Big Ten regular season title for the second time in three seasons. Minnesota finished the regular season with a 37-13 record, including an 18-4 record in the Big Ten. Petterson started every game for the Golden Gophers, hitting .327 with 50 runs scored and 24 runs batted in. He enters this week Big Ten Tournament on a 25-game on base streak.
Tyler Ksiazek, Monmouth (Mohawk Valley 2017)- Ksiazek pitched four huge innings for the Hawks on Friday, helping Monmouth to a win that would seal the regular season MAAC championship. The former DiamondDawg came into the game with no outs in the first, and tossed four solid innings. After trailing 3-0, Monmouth would rally for a victory that would give the team the top seed in this week's conference tournament.
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