Big Train College Round-Up 4/12

By:Nate Burnside
Ben Griset (BT '12) threw a complete game while striking out 10.

Another week, another great start from Ben Griset (BT '12). For the second time already this season, Griset threw a complete game while striking out double-digit batters (10) for St. Mary's (CA). Last Friday night against Georgetown, Griset gave up just one unearned run, four hits, and one hit-by-pitch on his way to his second nine-inning outing of the season. It took him 119 pitches, 86 of which went for strikes. Luckily for the Gaels, Griset was not the only Big Train help they would receive this week.

On the pitching front, Gary Cornish (BT '13) was solid out of the bullpen as he threw three innings and recorded seven of his nine outs via strikeout and gave up just two hits and no runs or walks. At the plate, two hitters came up big. Markus Melgosa (BT '10) had an extremely well-rounded line of 9/19, HBP, 6R, 3RBI, 2B, 3SB as he did everything possible to help his team. Brenden Kalfus (BT '11) continued his hitting hot streak as he was 6 for 17 with three doubles and a stolen base while scoring three times and driving in five.

At another Big Train outpost out west, San Diego State got some great assistance from Big Train players as well this week, all of it from the mound. On the starting front, Ryan Doran (BT '12) went 7.2 innings last Sunday and picked up the win as his Aztecs beat Nevada. Doran gave up just one earned run on five hits and four walks while striking out seven. Doran and other Aztec pitchers were helped along all week by Big Train pitchers from the bullpen. Justin Hepner (BT '13), Bubba Derby (BT '13), and Ethan Miller (BT '12) combined to throw 6.1 innings out of the bullpen this week and allowed just one earned run while they earned a win and a save. Combined, they gave up four hits, three walks, and hit two batters on their way to four strikeouts.
Other notable hitting performances: Tyler York (BT '13 / Tallahassee CC) - 5/7, 2BB, 3R, 5RBI, HR... Justin McCullough (BT '10-'12 / El Camino CC) - 6/12, R, 3RBI, 2B... Tim Quiery (BT '11 / San Jose St.) - 4/8, 2R, RBI... Adam Barry (BT '11-'12 / High Point) - 7/19, 3R, 2RBI, 2 2B... Ricky Santiago (BT '13 / Florida Atlantic) - 5/17, BB, 3R, 5RBI, 2 2B... Tucker Tobin (BT '11-'13 / George Mason) - 3/15, BB, HBP, 2R, 3RBI, 2HR... Hunter Renfroe (BT '11-'12 / Mississippi St.) - 3/14, 2BB, HBP, 3R, 2RBI, HR, 2B.

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