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Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll- Apr 10

NWAACC - Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – April 10, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Tacoma 6-0, 21-1 72 (5) 2
2. Edmonds 7-1, 19-3 68 (2) 1
3. Treasure Valley 8-2, 17-5 47 (1) 7
4. Lower Columbia 5-1, 18-6 38 4
5. Bellevue 8-0, 13-13 23 NR
6. Columbia Basin 7-3, 16-4 22 6
7. Clark 5-3, 15-7 18 5
8. Walla Walla 6-4, 15-5 14 3
Also receiving votes: Lane 5, Pierce 3, Spokane 1, SW Oregon 1

Linn-Benton to re-establish baseball for the 2015 season

Linn-Benton Community College will re-establish its baseball program next spring with an emphasis on the ‘student’ in student athlete.

The decision to again field a baseball team by the spring of 2015 came after months of discussions and work with community members to create a program structure that fosters high completion rates among student athletes and generates significant involvement of the community in supporting the program.

A yet-to-be determined women’s sport will be added by the 2015-16 season to create gender equity among LBCC’s athletic programs. Currently, the college fields teams in women’s volleyball and men’s basketball.

“This plan, which uses athletics as a vehicle to promote student success and involvement, makes us very optimistic about the future of baseball and other sports at our college,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann.  “We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity this represents.”

The measurements chosen for baseball will guide other LBCC programs, both athletic and academic, as the college continues to strive for a 50 percent increase in its completion rate and increased community support and involvement, Hamann added.

The major elements of the plan to reintroduce LBCC baseball include:

  • A 50 percent college completion rate for athletes. LBCC’s current student success rate is about 22 percent, which combines the percentage of students who earn a degree or certificate or who transfer to a four-year institution – about average for Oregon community colleges.
  •  Significant numbers of local players. At least 40 percent of baseball players will be from LBCC’s service district or the district of a bordering community college. At least 80 percent will be from Oregon.
  • Better connections to the LBCC community. Athletes will be better connected to the LBCC community to ensure it has noticeable positive experience for all students, rather than just student athletes.

Community members who led the effort to develop the plan with LBCC and gather community support include Steve Carothers, LBCC alum and the owner of Relco Truss Manufactures, Dan Segel, also an alum and President of the Corvallis Knights Baseball Club, and Dick McClain, retired LBCC Athletic Director and a former Roadrunner baseball head coach. This group has already raised $40,000 to support the baseball team.

The decision to end LBCC baseball, women’s basketball and some longstanding education programs at the end of the 2013 school year was difficult and painful, Hamann said.  The college developed criteria that considered per student costs in programs relative to the college progression rates of those students to decide how to respond to a $2.9 million budget deficit.

“There were no programs we wanted to cut,” said Hamann. “The size of the deficit forced us to make excruciating choices.”

With significant community support, the plan for baseball’s return allows LBCC to re-establish a program with a long and rich history and creates opportunities for student athletes and the community. It also provides a framework for adding other programs to promote student completion as resources allow.

“I’m very proud of the direction we’ve set for ourselves with the help of our community,” Hamann said.

SW Oregon Baseball alum Yumezo Densaki named Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Southern Arkansas junior right-hander Yumezo Densaki has been named as a co-Great American Conference Pitcher of the Week as it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Densaki, a native of Osaka, Japan, earns the conference weekly honor as a result of his brilliant mid-week performance against then nationally-ranked No.11 Arkansas-Monticello.

In that start, Densaki bewildered Boll Weevil hitters all afternoon as he allowed just two singles and struck out seven in seven shutout innings of work.

Densaki began his afternoon on the mound with a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the first inning. In the second inning, the Boll Weevils would pick up a one-out single to right field off of Densaki, but a strike-em-out, throw-em-out in the next at-bat got Densaki and the Muleriders out of the inning.

After working around a pair of two-out walks in the third inning, Densaki would be perfect over the next three innings as he kept the Boll Weevils off the bases, retiring 10 in a row to get himself to the seventh inning. Densaki would add two more to that retired-batters streak in the seventh before he gave up a two-out single to left field.

Chemeketa & Mt. Hood alums named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Regional Player and Pitcher of the Week

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – After being named Red Lion Pitcher and Player of the Week respectively, Western Oregon baseball standouts Eric Huson (Mt. Hood CC) and Parker Miles (Chemeketa CC) were named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Regional Pitcher and Player of the Week announced Wednesday morning.

Huson was dominant in his effort against Saint Martin’s last week, tossing a two-hit shutout in the Wolves’ 5-0 win on Sunday. The junior right-hander struck out five batters and walked none in the 9-inning stellar performance.

Miles hit 8-for-16 with four doubles, three runs scored and a pair of RBI as the Wolves took a four-game series from Saint Martin’s 3-1. The second baseman also stole a pair of bases and struck out just once in 18 plate appearances, while handling all 12 of his fielding chances perfectly. On the season, Miles has committed just one error in 74 chances for a fielding percentage of .986. 

The duo helped WOU extend its lead on first place in the conference, as the Wolves are now 12-4 in GNAC play and 19-11 overall.

Bellevue baseball alum Scott Kuzminsky named Big West Pitcher of the Week

Scott Kuzminsky
Kuzminsky was UH’s second BWC pitcher of the week selection this season

3/24/2014 5:54:00 PM

IRVINE, Calif. – University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior pitcher Scott Kuzminsky (Bellevue College) has been named Big West Pitcher of the Week. It was the second weekly honor for a UH pitcher this season after Matt Cooper earned the award Mar. 3.

Kuzminsky began the week with a complete game two-hit shutout of Nevada in a 1-0 victory on Monday. He pitched to the minimum number of batters, walking one and striking out three. Kuzminsky returned to the mound on Sunday against Alabama-Birmingham and nearly fired another complete game.

He lasted eight and two-thirds innings, scattering seven hits and two runs in a 4-2 Hawai’i win. He also issued just one walk and struck out a career-high six batters.

Kuzminsky and the ‘Bows open conference play this week at UC Santa Barbara. The series begins on Friday, Mar. 28 at 3:00 p.m. PT (12:00 a.m. HT).

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll- Mar 26

NWAACC - Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll

Alaska Airlines Baseball Coaches Poll – Mar 26, 2014
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Edmonds 0-0, 11-2 78 (7) -
2. Tacoma 0-0, 11-1 64 (1) -
3. Walla Walla 0-0, 9-1 36 -
4. Lower Columbia 0-0, 12-5 34 -
5. Clark 0-0, 10-4 30 -
6. Columbia Basin 0-0, 9-1 23 -
7. Treasure Valley 0-0, 9-3 22 -
8. Lane 0-0, 8-5 13 -
Also receiving votes: Everett 6, Big Bend 4, Belleuve 1, Yakima Valley 1

Everett alum Nate Mullins earns MCAC Player of the Week honors

Nate Mullins was named the MCAC Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday.

Mullins’ game-by-game statistics

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Former NWAACC and Everett CC standout Nate Mullins was named this week’s Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference‘s Player of the Week in announcement made today.

The Bellevue University standout is a native of Snohomish, Wash. Mullins batted .688 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBIs to lead the Bruins to a 5-0 record last week. He registered three multi-hit games and scored a run in every game.

In Bellevue’s 9-1 conference victory over Waldorf College on March 20, he went 4-for-5 with two runs, two doubles, one home run and three RBIs.

For the season, he’s batting .360 with nine doubles, two triples and five home runs. Mullins leads the team with 29 RBIs and has also scored 20 runs and stolen five bases.

This marks the first time in his two-year Bruin career Mullins was named the Conference’s Player of the Week.

Bellevue is currently ranked No. 14 in the NAIA and own an 18-6-2 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the MCAC. Mullins was the 2013 player of the year in the MCAC and also a first team NAIA All-American in 2013.

Several former NWAACC athletes named in GNAC POW announcement headlined by WWCC alum Kevin Toon as Baseball Player of the Week

Kevin Toon

3/17/2014 2:06:00 PM

PORTLAND Ore. – Montana State University Billings Baseball player Kevin Toon (Walla Walla CC transfer) has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference player of the week for his performance against Saint Martin’s University last weekend.

Toon batted .615 (8-for-13) as the Yellowjackets split four games with Saint Martin’s.  He scored six runs and also had four doubles, five RBI and a dozen total bases. Toon slugged .923 while drawing three walks, being hit by a pitch and striking out just once. His .706 on-base percentage (12-for-17) led the conference and was more than 100 points higher than the next closest player, and Toon was also successful in his only stolen base attempt of the weekend.

On Saturday, he helped the ‘Jackets to an 8-5 win over Saint Martin’s by going 1-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and also drawing two walks. His two-run double in the first inning got MSUB off to an early lead and kicked off what turned into an 8-0 lead by the fourth. Toon was even better in MSUB’s second win of the day, again getting the Yellowjackets on the board with a first-inning RBI base hit. Toon finished the final game of the series 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.   

On the season, Toon is second on the team batting .342.  He has five double on the year and is third on the team with eight RBIs.  He is also second on the team in slugging percentage with a .435

"Kevin had a great weekend for us," head coach Rob Bishop said.  "He has been a role player for us to this point, but really stepped up big when we needed him to against SMU.  He is a great kid and has worked hard to get to this point.  We are looking forward to having him in the program for the next few years."

Kyle Thomson, Northwest Nazarene (LF, L/R, 5-7, Jr., Enumclaw, WA – Yakima Valley, CC);  and Eric Huson, Western Oregon (RHP, R/R, 6-3, Jr., Forest Grove, OR – Mt. Hood CC) were among the honorable mention selections.

Softball Player of the Week

Honorable MentionAmanda Evola, Western Oregon (OF, Jr., Beaverton, OR); Samantha Jo Everett, MSU Billings (3B, 5-2, Sr., Roseville, CA – Southwestern Oregon CC).