03/29/2011 – Turks Tidbits
Written By Casey Zeiders James Madison University Sports Management Intern
HARRISONBURG- Welcome, welcome, welcome Turks fans to another exciting Weekly Round Up. This is a thrilling week for baseball fans because not only are the Turks playing at a high level, but Opening Day for the Majors is this Thursday. So before you get ready to cheer on your favorite Turks MLB players, it’s time to find out what our future stars have been up to.
Brett Mazmanian is continuing to play great for Ouachita Baptist University. He has recorded 32 hits to go along with 18 RBIs this season. In a recent three-game series with Harding University he batted .375 with two RBIs and one run scored. The Tigers utility man has batted .348 while playing all over the diamond this season. Mazmanian has been a thief this season by stealing nine bases as well.
James Madison University’s Tyler McFarland has been on a tear in just his first year with the team. The freshman is currently batting .353 with 30 hits and 21 RBIs. Recently against Old Dominion, McFarland went 7-12 with three RBIs and three runs scored in a three-game series. He also hit his second homerun and stole his ninth base of the season in the series. As a pitcher, McFarland has also struck out 11 batters.
Mac Williamson from Wake Forest is still coming on strong. The Demon Deacons outfielder has posted a .287 batting average to go along with the 19 RBIs he has produced. The red-shirt sophomore hit his third homerun of the season in a 1-4, three RBI win over Florida State. Williamson also has 25 hits this season, seven of which are doubles, and five stolen bases.
Rio Grande Red Storm’s Ryan Chapman is getting better and better as the season progresses. The junior has given up just one hit and two walks in his last six appearances, while striking out six batters as well. During this remarkable six game stretch, Chapman also has four saves and has not given up an earned run. For the season, the righty is holding batters to a .111 average and has a 0.64 ERA. He has only given up one earned run all season. Chapman has 12 strikeouts and six saves to add to his impressive numbers.
Pat Christensen of La Salle University has been solid all season. The Freshman All-American has been dominating opposing batters. Christensen has allowed only 11 hits and two earned runs in 12 appearances this season. He is also holding batters to a 1.06 ERA and a .180 batting average. The sophomore has struck out a whopping 22 batters while only walking one. The righty also has recorded five saves for the Explorers this season.
St. Josephs’s College Eric Meyerchick has found his form. The junior was awarded the Great Lakes Valley Conference Baseball Pitcher Week. In Saturday’s 9-0 win over Quincy, Meyerchick pitched his second complete game of the season. In the two-hit shutout, the righty struck out six batters and held them to a .083 batting average. The win was Meyerchick’s third of the season. He has struck out an astounding 36 batters in his six starts. The Pumas starting pitcher has a 3.75 ERA and is keeping batters at bay with a .234 average.
This wraps up another Turks Weekly Round Up. Thanks for joining me, and don’t forget to keep a look out for your favorite professional Turks, like Juan Pierre, as the Major League season begins this week.