Sunday, May 4, 2014

HarbourCanucks Corner - May 4th edition

This is our latest installment of HarbourCanucks Corner, our semi-regular update on the Canadians signed to full-season contracts by the Victoria HarbourCats for the summer of 2014.

Brandon Feldman of Otero Junior College got roughed up in his April 26th start against Western Nebraska CC. Feldman pitched 6 ⅓ innings, giving up four earned runs on 9 hits, while walking two and striking out three batters. His ERA is still an excellent 1.78 -- the best in entire Empire Conference. The Rattlers rallied to win six of their last seven games and finish with a 20-20 record to qualify for the Region IX Tournament that starts this week. They take on rival Lamar Community College (30-10) on Thursday in the first game of the double-elimination tournament.

Kelly Norris-Jones made his first start since March 22nd today and the Victoria native made the most of his opportunity. Pencilled in at DH, Norris-Jones went one-for-two with a double, a hit-by-pitch (of course!) and a stolen base. In his only other at-bat this week, Norris-Jones stroked a single and knocked in a run on Wednesday evening. He is now hitting .222 with a .344 on-base percentage in 27 at-bats this spring. Norris-Jones, who has never shied away from taking one for the team, has now been hit by a pitch once in every 12.7 at-bats in his college career. After finishing up their last six regular season games, the Fighting Illini will participate in the Big Ten Tournament on May 21st-25th.

Nanaimo’s Griffin Andreychuk hasn't appeared in any recent games for the University of Seattle due to an injury sustained against New Mexico State on April 19th. He is not expected to be out much longer. Andreychuk is hitting .318 with no homers and 11 RBI in 88 at-bats this season. Seattle U is currently in sixth place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 10-8 record, but the top six teams in the conference will play in the WAC Tournament on May 21st-25th at the Chicago Cubs’ spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona. Only 8 games remain in the Redhawks’ regular season.

  • After throwing 135 pitches in his last start, Will Dennis got knocked around by Grand Canyon University on Friday. Dennis lasted only three innings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs. He walked one and struck out a batter. Dennis still leads the Redhawks with a solid 2.81 ERA. 
  • Sacramento State’s Nathan Lukes, who may be the HarbourCats’ starting right fielder this summer, continued his hot hitting in April. Lukes leads the Hornets in batting average (.353), hits (71), runs (46) and at-bats (201). Sacramento State leads the Western Athletic Conference with a 17-4 record, so they have an excellent shot at winning the WAC Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Regionals (May 30th to June 2nd).
  • Hunter Mercado-Hood only got one start for the University of San Diego this week. His one-for-five on the week gives him a .306 batting average and .405 on-base percentage in 72 at-bats this season. With USD hitting a remarkable .322 as a team, at-bats have been tough to come by for the freshman this season.

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