These lofty numbers reflect the Gauchos offensive explosion against Princeton where they put up 38 runs in three games, while allowing only eleven. Calica's big numbers are only good enough for fifth - second among regulars - on a team that is just hammering the ball right now.
|(not that) Venus Flytrap|
The Gauchos have an interesting event later today as they host the Waseda University team from Japan for a rare in-season exhibition game. To make it even more interesting, the teams will put the aluminum down and use wooden bats. Given this is a rarity for NCAA baseball, the players are supposedly pretty excited to truly bring out the heavy lumber. Stay tuned to see how our own lad handles the change in a sneak preview of what he will experience this summer.
- Hunting for other 'Cats across the NCAA, Gabe Clark over at Oregon State is hitting a lofty .462 in seven games so far this season. Clark has an other-worldly OPS of over 1.200 while playing DH and spotting at 1B
- Another future HarbourCat - the 6'3", 215 RHP Bret Helton - is also off to a fine start on the bump, having pitched 16 and 2/3 innings so far and allowing only two earned runs off eight hits while collecting seven K's and walking nine. In the Robby Nesovic mold, Helton also plays LF and DH, most recently going two for three on March second. I am sensing a "starter with benefits"
- As you may already know, Helton has a fine athletic pedigree as his dad - Barry Helton - was a member of two Superbowl winning teams while punting for the '49ers
- Speaking of Nesovic, the ex-HarbourCat who also plays for the Gauchos...he is off to a good start as well, sitting in a tie with Calica in the batting race sporting a .400 average
- Also on the Gauchos, ex-Cats Joe Record and David Schuknecht have yet to see any action, but we'll keep you posted