The Texas Collegiate League will be well represented by the University of the Pacific this summer. It was one of those TCL-bound players that gave Head Coach Ed Sprague's Tigers one of the biggest wins in school history this week.
Outfielder Matt Berezay's two-out, two-run single in the top of the tenth inning snapped a scoreless tie and led Pacific to a 2-0 victory over 12th ranked Stanford on March 29. Berezay has 5 homers and 19 rbi in 27 games for the 12-15 Tigers and leads the Big West Conference with 4 triples. The junior from Manteca, California will be playing for the Highland Park Blue Sox this summer.
The Coppell Copperheads will feature the left side of Pacific's infield. Freshman third baseman Justin Baum tops the Big West Conference with 9 homers and is batting .271 in 26 games. Junior shortstop Anthony Jackson has a Big West Conference best 14 stolen bases to go along with 16 rbi in 26 games.
More from the Texas Collegiate League Notebook. All rankings are from Baseball America's current list. TCL teams are listed in parentheses and stats are through games of March 30.
ARKANSAS: 1B Danny Hamblin (Coppell) had a 12-game hitting streak snapped on March 25 versus Mississippi State. In that stretch Hamblin hit .444 (20-45) with 3 homers and 16 rbi for the 9th ranked Razorbacks (21-4). He has a .337 overall average in 23 games. DH Clint Arnold (Weatherford) is batting .341 with 12 rbi in 22 contests. He was 7-9 in consecutive wins over Centenary, March 22-23.
UC-DAVIS: Shortstop Brandon Oliver (Euless) continues to swing a hot bat, placing 2nd on the club with a .354 average. He is tied for Cal-Davis' team lead with 35 hits.
UNC-GREENSBORO: Weatherford has added OF Roly Gonzalez to their summer roster. Gonzalez has appeared in 16 games for the 15-8 Spartans.
CINCINNATI: 1B Logan Parker (McKinney) leads the Bearcats with 5 homers and is batting .326 with 19 rbi in 22 games.
CLEMSON: SS Stan Widmann (Euless) is hitting .291 while starting all 23 games for the Tigers.
DALLAS BAPTIST: RHP Randall Taylor (McKinney) is the Patriots' top winner at 5-3, 3.62 in 10 games. RHP Stuart Sutherland (Highland Park) improved his record to 3-2 with a 7-3 win over Sam Houston State on March 30, ending the team's 3-game losing streak.
DARTMOUTH: LHP Russell Young (Graham) is 1-0 in his 2 starts, defeating St. Francis (NY) on March 20.
EVANSVILLE: LF Kern Watts (Denton) has a .344 average, 9 rbi, and 13 steals in 17 tries in 28 games.
LAMAR: C C.J. Ebarb (McKinney) went 7-12 with 4 runs and 3 rbi in the Cardinals 3-game sweep of McNeese State last weekend. Lamar has won 10 of 14 to improve to 19-11. Ebarb is 8-16 in his last 4 contests to raise his season average to .311 in 23 games. OF Matt Lambeth (Euless) is hitting .278 with 14 rb i in 28 games. LHP Tim Erickson (McKinney) is 4-0, 2.88 in 8 contests.
McNEESE STATE: RHP Jacob Marceaux (McKinney) is 1-4, 2.76 in 8 games. OF Charlie Kingery (Highland Park) is hitting .299 and is tied for the club lead with 23 rbi.
McMURRY: OF-LHP Greg Erickson (McKinney) tied a school record by walking 4 times in a 20-5 rout of Southwestern on March 29.
MISSOURI: 3B John McKee (Euless) has a .358 average with 4 homers and 25 rbi in 25 games for the 21-4 Tigers. McKee is 5th in the Big 12 Conference with 34 runs scored and tops Missouri with 15 walks.
OKLAHOMA: 2B Russell Raley (Graham) ranks 2nd on the Sooners with a .333 average and has driven in 22 runs in 25 games.
OKLAHOMA STATE: 2B Justin Colbert (Graham) is 2nd in the Big 12 Conference with 37 runs scored. He is hitting .316 in 29 games for the 21-8 Cowboys. OF Steve Ptak (Graham) has a .291 mark in 21 contests.
RICE: RHP Josh Geer (McKinney) continues his outstanding spring with a 6-1 record and 1.68 era in 8 games. He tops the Western Athletic Conference in wins and innings (53.2), has the 2nd lowest era, and ranked 4th in strikeouts (51). RHP Eddie Degerman (Denton) is 2-0 with a 2.59 era, 4th best in the conference, and 36 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. RHP Bobby Bell (Weatherford) improved his mark to 2-0, 1.71 with a 6-2 victory over Houston on March 29 (8 ip, 6 h, 2 r-er, 4 so). The win gave the 13th ranked Owls (19-9) the Sterling Bank Silver Glove Trophy for winning the season series versus Houston. Bell has 22 strikeouts in 21 innings.
OF Adam Hale (Weatherford) tops Rice with 5 homers and 22 rbi.
ST. MARY'S (TX): 2B John Alvarez (Graham) is hitting .341 with a team best 28 rbi in 25 games.
SAM HOUSTON STATE: 2B Isaias Garcia (Euless) leads the Bearkats with 7 homers and 22 rbi to go along with a .327 average in his 26 games. OF Dustin Martin (Graham) is at .324 and SS Jose Salazar (McKinney) has a .291 average with 4 homers and 21 rbi.
TEXAS A&M: RHP Chance Corgan (Euless) is 2-0, 2.39 in 10 outings for the 16th ranked Aggies (20-9). 2B Parker Dalton (Mineral Wells) has the 2nd best average among regulars at .285 while OF Keith Stein (Euless) is 2nd on the squad with 17 rbi.
UTA: A trio of TCL bound players had a role in the Mavericks' 4-2, 16-inning win on March 27 at Sam Houston St., completing a 3-game weekend sweep. The 4:34 game matched the longest by innings in UTA history. C Brett Lewis (Denton) caught all 16 innings and was 2-6. He is batting .276 with 15 rbi in 25 games. OF Joe Newman (Weatherford), who homered twice the day before, also played the entire game and was 1-6. RHP Russell Reichenbach (Weatherford) recorded the final 2 outs in the 16th for the save.
WAKE FOREST: RHP Kyle Young (Euless) is 2-0, 4.37 in 15 games. RHP Charlie Mellies (Euless) is 2-3 and tops the Demon Deacons with 42.1 innings.
WICHITA STATE: OF Tyler Hill (Coppell) has a .321 average and 17 rbi for the 22-7 Shockers. INF Damon Sublett (Coppell) is batting .317 with 15 rbi and OF Blake Hurlbutt (McKinney) has a .291 mark.
YOUNGSTOWN STATE: RHP Lucas Engle (Coppell) improved his record to 2-0, 3.00 with a 7-0 victory over Duquesne on March 29 (6 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 6 so). He has made 5 overall appearances.