Aug. 28, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Several baseball players have returned to campus after having outstanding summer-league seasons throughout the country. These experiences are important in player development and keeping the FAU baseball program atop the Sun Belt Conference.
Here is a quick recap of players' successful summers:
Florida Summer Collegiate League
Mark Nelson - Orlando Freedom: MVP of the league's all-star game; led league in hitting with a .370 batting average; drove in 28 runs while having 16 doubles.
Robert Buckley - Orlando Freedom: FSCL all-star; finished second on team with .300 batting average; hit five doubles; drew 12 walks; had eight stolen bases.
Mike Spano - Orlando Freedom: FSCL all-star; had four doubles; scored 10 runs.
Chris Walkerow - Orlando Freedom: Appeared in 13 games on the mound, including one start; recorded 28 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Corey Keller - DeLand Suns: Another FSCL all-star who played on 2012 league champions; hit .318 with 11 doubles; scored 17 runs.
Jake Meiers - DeLand Suns: Went 4-1 with a 3.45 earned run average in eight starts to help team win FSCL championship; struck out 31 batters in 44.1 innings; named league all-star.
Tyler Rocklein - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs: Set league record with 41 runs batted in; averaged more than a RBI per game (41 RBIs in 38 games); earned all-star honors.
Michael Sylvestri - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs: Had seven starting assignments in his eight mound appearances; tallied a 2.65 earned run average; struck out 38 batters; a FSCL all-star.
Brett Nizamoff - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs: Made 12 appearances on the mound; tallying 32 strikeouts.
Cal Ripken Jr. Collegiate League
Bo Logan - Bethesda Big Train: Named league all-star; finished second in the league with a 3.13 earned run average; went 5-1 with a complete game in five starts and seven appearances.
Hugh Adams - Bethesda Big Train: Made 11 appearances in first mound work since the 2010 season; went 4-2 with a 2.30 earned run average; and struck out 19 batters in 15.2 innings.
Mitch Morales - Bethesda Big Train: Had four doubles and appeared in 14 games.
Ricky Santiago - Staunton Braves: League all-star; hit three home runs; had 32 RBIs and 11 doubles; tallied .295 batting average.
Austin Gomber - Luray Wranglers: Averaged 15 strikeouts per nine innings; considered ace of team's pitching staff.
Coastal Plain League
Geoff Jimenez - Wilson Tobs: Started 36 of the team's 37 games; scored 21 runs and stole seven bases: drove in 12 runs; had .265 batting average.