Week #15: NCAA Division 1 College Baseball, Top Tier Alumni Roundup

by Matt Plante
Vice President

Week #15: Division I College Baseball, Top Tier Alumni Roundup:



Player of the Week:

Dakota Kotowski
, OF, Missouri State

Kotowski continued to mash baseballs into the night's sky at the Missouri Valley Championships this past week. Kotowski went 7 for 21, hitting .333 with 2 homers, 2 doubles and 3 RBI's for the Bears in 6 games to help them win an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament by winning the MVC Championship. The Bears beat ISU, SIU, Bradley, Evansville and SIU again in the Championship to finish 30-27 overall. Missouri State earned a bid into the NCAA Division 1 tournament and were placed as a 4 seed in the Stillwater Regional. Missouri State will face off against the host Oklahoma State in the 1st round of that Regional with Arkansas and Grand Canyon also represented. 

Best of the Rest Highlights from Week #15 of our Top Tier Alumni in D1 baseball:

Nick Ficarrotta
, Florida

Ficarrotta was marvelous in relief against Alabama this past week in the SEC Championships where he earned the win, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings giving up only 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Florida made it all the way to the Championship game losing to Tennessee. Florida is 39-22 overall and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division 1 tournament this weekend and will host a Regional. The Gators will play Central Michigan in the 1st round of their Regional. Other teams in the Gainsville Regional include Oklahoma and Liberty. 

Blake Wright, Clemson

Wright went 2 for 7 with a homer and 2 RBI's in the ACC Championships this past week but it wasn't enough as they lost to NC State and Virginia Tech to get ousted and finished the year 35-23 overall. Wright finished the year 3rd on the team in a lot of offensive categories, hitting .349 with 9 doubles, 11 homers and 40 RBI's.  Wright was just as impressive in the field this year as he only committed 3 errors in the infield for the Tigers. 

Cam Redding, Saint Louis

Redding had multiple hits in every game in the A-10 Championships this past week going 6 for 14, hitting .429 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's. Saint Louis however lost to Saint Joseph's then beat St. Joseph's then lost to Richmond to finish their season 29-24 overall. Redding finished the year leading the team in batting average hitting .360 on the year with 12 doubles, 5 homers and 37 RBI's. 

Jeremy Gaines, Texas Southern

Gaines went 2 for 6 with a double and 3 RBI's in the SWAC Championships this past week but it wasn't enough as they lost to Alabama State and Grambling State to finish the year 28-25 overall. Gaines led the team this year in batting average, hitting .400 with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homers, 45 RBI's and 27 stolen bases. 

Ryan Hampe, Illinois

Hampe got one start at DH this past week in the Big Ten Championships and made the most of it going 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Illinois however lost to Michigan and Indiana to finish the year 31-22 overall. Hampe finished the year hitting .260 with 2 doubles, 2 homers and 9 RBI's. 

Collin Wilma, SEMO

Wilma got a start in the OVC Championships vs. Tennessee Tech where he tossed 3.1 innings giving up only 1 run off 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 1. SEMO beat Belmont in the OVC Championship to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Division 1 tournament. SEMO earned the 4 seed in the Louisville Regional after going 37-20 overall and will face Louisville in the 1st round. The Louisville Regional also includes Michigan and Oregon. 

Stephen Hill, Liberty

Hill collected 4 hits with a double and 4 RBI's in the A-SUN Championships this past week. Liberty beat FGCU, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb and EKU but then lost to Kennesaw State. Liberty earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division 1 Championships and they will square off vs. Oklahoma in the 1st round of the Gainesville Regional. Liberty is 37-21 overall and Florida and Central Michigan are also included in their Regional. 

Dawson Place, FGCU

Place earned a win in relief vs. Lipscomb in the A-SUN Championships this past week where he tossed 2 innings giving up 2 runs off 2 hits and 2 walks. FGCU beat Lipscomb but then lost to Liberty and Kennesaw State to finish the year 35-23 overall. Place finished the year 1-0 in 7.2 innings pitched with a 2.35 ERA.

Tanner Mink, USF

Tanner Mink threw 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball in the AAC Championships this past week off only 2 hits while striking out 1. USF lost to East Carolina and Tulane in the AAC Championships to finish the year 28-29 overall. Tanner Mink finished the year 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 21 appearances and 30.2 innings pitched with 26 strikeouts. 

Kevin Davis, USC-Upstate

Davis made two relief appearances in the Big South Championships this past week throwing a total of 0.2 innings giving up 1 run off 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. The Spartans beat Gardner-Webb and lost to Charleston Southern and Campbell to finish the year 35-22-1 overall. Davis finished the year 3-2 with a 6.27 ERA with 4 saves in 26 appearances in 33 innings pitched with 46 strikeouts. 

Ryan Howe, Purdue

Howe went 1 for 5 with a double in the Big Ten Championships this past week. Purdue lost to Rutgers and Iowa to finish the year 29-21 overall. Howe finished the year hitting .321 with 3 doubles, 2 homers and 12 RBI's. 

Renzo Gonzalez, Miami

Gonzalez went 1 for 3 in the ACC Championships this past week. Miami lost to NC State and Wake Forest but earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division 1 tournament after going 39-18 overall and being the 6th ranked team in the nation. Miami will host the Coral Gables Regional at home and will face Canisius in the 1st round. The Coral Gables Regional also includes Arizona and Ole Miss. 

Antonio Brown, Mercer

Brown went 1 for 5 with a double and an RBI in the Southern Conference Championships this past week. Mercer beat the Citadel and lost to Samford and UNCG to finish the year 40-18 overall. Brown finished the year hitting .281 with 10 doubles, 11 RBI's and 12 stolen bases. 

Bryce Barnett, Xavier

Barnett made two relief appearances in the Big East Championships this past week. In total he threw 1.2 innings giving up 3 runs off 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. Xavier lost to UConn in the Big East Championship game to finish the year 33-27 overall. Barnett finished the year 2-4 with 1 save with an ERA of 5.93 in 24 appearances in 41 innings pitched with 40 strikeouts. 

Chase Centala, UCF

Centala made two relief appearances in the AAC Championships this past week tossing a total of 3.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs off 6 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4. UCF lost to Memphis, then beat Wichita State, Memphis and Houston before losing to Houston again in the AAC Championships and finishing the year 35-25 overall. Centala finished the year 2-3 with 2 saves with an ERA of 4.85 in 23 appearances and 52 innings pitched with 56 strikeouts. 

Keaton Rice, Bradley

Rice went 1 for 8 in the MVC Championships this past week. Bradley lost to Dallas Baptist and Missouri State to finish 20-29 overall. Rice finished 3rd on the team in batting average hitting .310 with 21 doubles, a triple, 5 homers and 37 RBI's. 

Paul Bergstrom, Creighton

Bergstrom made one relief appearance in the last game of the Big East Championships vs. Xavier tossing 0.2 innings giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. Creighton beat Xavier, then lost to UConn and Xavier to finish the year 31-8 overall. Bergstrom finished the year 3-2 with one save and an ERA of 5.44 in 25 appearances and 41.1 innings pitched with 42 strikeouts. 

Danny Doligale, Illinois

Doligale went 0 for 7 in the Big Ten Championships this past week as Illinois lost to Michigan and Indiana to finish the year 31-22 overall. Doligale finished the year 3rd on the team in batting average hitting .340 with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers, 22 RBI's and 18 stolen bases. 

Scott Youngbrant, Saint Louis

Youngbrandt took the loss in his start vs. Richmond in the A-10 Championships this past week where he tossed 4.1 innings giving up 6 runs off 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Saint Louis Beat Saint Joseph's and lost to Saint Joseph's as well to finish the year 29-24 overall. Youngbrandt finished the year 6-4 with a 6.68 ERA in 62 innings pitched with 52 strikeouts. 

Hunter Mink, USF

Hunter Mink made one relief appearance this past week in the AAC Championships tossing 0.1 innings giving up 3 runs off 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1. USF lost to East Carolina and Tulane to finish the year 28-29 overall. Mink finished the year 3-2 with 9 saves in 22 appearance with an ERA of 5.27 in 41 innings pitched with 43 strikeouts. 

Kellen Sarver, Illinois

Sarver went 0 for 3 in his one start in the Big Ten Championships this past week as Illinois lost to Michigan and Indiana to finish the year 31-22 overall. Sarver finished the year hitting .245 with 9 doubles, 3 homers and 31 RBI's. 

Will Parkinson, Columbia

Parkinson and his team didn't play this past weekend as they had already earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division 1 tournament by winning the IVY League Championships the following week. Columbia is 30-16 and will be in the Blacksburg Regional and will face off vs. Gonzaga in the 1st round. The Blacksburg Regional also includes Wright State and Virginia Tech. Parkinson has 8 appearances on the year with a 9.00 ERA in 10 innings pitched with 9 strikeouts. 

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