June 4th, 2018

Trinity alums, now at BU, to play summer ball

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Trinity alums, now at BU, to play summer ball
photo provided by Bellarmine

Numerous members of the Bellarmine University baseball team will be playing on summer league teams following a season in which the Knights recorded a program-record 38 wins and earned a second straight berth in the DII NCAA Tournament.

Four Knights will be competing in the Northwoods League, including three on the same team. Rising junior right-hander Jacob Nagel, rising sophomore right-hander Brandon Pfaadt and rising senior outfielder Zac Wiley are all suiting up for the Mankato MoonDogs while rising senior left-hander Eddie Mathis is toeing the rubber for the Rochester Honkers.

Wiley was a first-team All-GLVC selection after batting .348 with nine homers, 17 doubles and 47 RBIs. Nagel earned second-team All-GLVC honors after going 6-4 with two complete games. Pfaadt made two commanding relief appearances in the postseason after being a starting pitcher for much of the season, piling up 12 strikeouts against no walks and allowing a single run in 6.2 combined innings against Drury in the GLVC Tournament and Southern Indiana in the NCAA Midwest Regional. Mathis was voted GLVC Pitcher of the Year and was a consensus first-team All-Midwest Region pick after going 7-2 with a 2.71 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 83.0 innings pitched.

The Knights will also have five players competing in the Ohio Valley League. Rising sophomore outfielder Matt Higgins, rising sophomore catcher Alex Cleverly and rising sophomore right-hander Blake Wheeler are playing for the Fulton Railroaders while rising sophomore first baseman Jacob Mulcahy and rising sophomore infielder Clayton Mehlbauer are suiting up for the Henderson Flash.

Higgins batted .323 with 17 RBIs while Wheeler and Cleverly both appeared in five games and Mehlbauer logged six outings. Mulcahy missed a chunk of the season due to injury but otherwise was a regular in the starting lineup, batting .290 with two homers, seven doubles and 19 RBIs.

Rising junior right-handers Anthony Ethington and Ethan Cleary and rising sophomore infielder Justin Rouseare all competing for the Glens Falls Dragons in the Perfect Game League. Ethington led the Bellarmine bullpen with 17 appearances and went 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA. Cleary made five relief appearances and Rouse was frequently utilized as a pinch runner, scoring 10 times.

In addition, rising senior left-hander Willie Poe is playing for the Southern Ohio Copperheads in the Great Lakes League, rising junior catcher Chris Gambert is competing for the Norfolk Voyagers in the Tidewater Summer League and rising senior first baseman Tyler Neeley is suiting up for the Colorado Cyclones in the Mile High League.

Poe made 10 relief appearances and posted a 3.00 ERA, Gambert batted .306 with five homers, six doubles and 18 RBIs, and Neeley appeared in 22 games. 


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