By SEAN TENAGLIA
WAREHAM, MA: The Wareham Gatemen are now merely a week away from opening up their 2014 campaign at Bourne. While fans are certainly anxious to see the Gatemen take the field, many players still have plenty of work left for their college teams.
Fifteen members of the 2014 Wareham roster, representing 11 of the nation’s elite college baseball programs, participated in the NCAA Regional Round of 64. Competing at 16 regional sites across the nation, the teams are battling for a spot in the Super Regionals, which feature a best-of-3 series. The remaining eight teams will compete in the College World Series, with the final best-of-3 series taking place June 23-June 25.
Here’s how the Gatemen representatives have contributed through the Regional round:
- Corey Ray (Louisville, OF)- The freshman outfielder was electric for the Cardinals in the Louisville region, hitting 5-12 with 3 RBI and 3 doubles. Ray had an RBI double in the region-clinching win over Kentucky.
- Danny Rosenbaum (Louisville, INF)- The second-year Gatemen infielder saw limited action in the Regional round, drawing a walk in three plate appearances.
- Drew Harrington (Louisville, LHP)- Harrington, a left-handed freshman reliever, saw no action for Louisville as the Cardinals cruised to a 3-0 sweep of their region. They will face Kennesaw State, the surprising winner of the Tallahassee region, in the Super Regionals.
- Elliot Surrey (UC-Irvine, LHP)- Surrey was absolutely phenomenal in a 14-2 win over No. 1 national seed Oregon State, striking out eight batters over 7.0 innings. The left-handed sophomore clinched UC-Irvine’s trip to the Super Regionals with a save against over Oregon State in the Corvallis regional final.
- Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana, RHP)- Cutura, a member of the watchlist for the Gregg Olson “Breakout Player of the Year” Award, took a no decision in the Lions’ 8-4 loss to LSU. Cutura allowed four earned runs and struck out four over 6.1 innings against the No. 8 overall seed.
- Scott Effross (Indiana, RHP)- Effross was excellent in Indiana’s opening game against Youngstown State, earning the win after allowing only one run and striking out four batters over four innings. The sophomore pitcher took a tough loss in the Bloomington regional final, allowing a two-run walk-off homer to Stanford’s Tommy Edman.
- Trey Killian (Arkansas, RHP)- The sophomore starter drew a tough start against No. 3 overall seed Virginia. Killian only allowed two earned runs over 3.1 innings, but took the loss as Virginia ace Nathan Kirby silenced the Razorbacks’ bats. Arkansas rallied to reach the Charlottesville regional final, but fell again to the Cavaliers.
- Max Englebrekt (Oregon State, LHP)- The left-handed sophomore came on in relief to strike out the one batter he faced in the Beavers’ win over North Dakota State. Englebrekt also shut down the only batter he faced in the Beavers’ regional final loss to UC-Irvine.
- John Clay Reeves (Rice, C)- The junior transfer from Navarro College and C-USA Newcomer of the Year helped lead the Owls to a No. 1 seed in the Regionals. Reeves was 3-9 with three RBI in the round, but Rice came up short after a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to Texas A&M in the 10th inning.
- Charlie Warren (Rice, OF)- Warren, a freshman outfielder for the Owls, saw limited action in the Regionals. He was 1-3 with a walk and run scored in the loss to Texas A&M.
- Myles Gentry (Mississippi State, RHP)- The sophomore pitcher tossed four shutout innings in relief in a 5-2 win over San Diego State. Gentry struggled a bit in his second outing, allowing three earned runs in a 14-8 loss to No. 6 national seed Louisiana Lafayette, who would eventually defeat Gentry’s Bulldogs in the regional final.
- Kyle Cody (Kentucky, RHP)- Cody, who stands at 6-7, is an imposing presence on the mound. He struggled in his outing against Kansas, earning a no decision after allowing three runs in 0.2 innings. The sophomore hurler will return to Wareham for the second summer in a row, after leaving early last season with an injury.
- Blair Beck (Kansas, OF/1B)- Beck, a non-roster invitee of the Gatemen, was 0-4 in limited plate appearances as Kansas fell to Kentucky and regional champ Louisville.
- Christopher Chinea (LSU, C)- Chinea was 1-2 in two pinch-hit appearances for the No. 8 nationally seeded Tigers. The sophomore catcher will be returning to the Cape for his second campaign with the Gatemen.
- Kramer Robertson (LSU, INF)- The freshman infielder was 0-3 with a walk and a run for LSU in a win over Houston. The Tigers would go on to lose to Houston in the Baton Rouge regional final.
Heading into Super Regionals play this weekend, the Gatemen are now represented by four players- three for Louisville (Ray, Rosenbaum, Harrington) and one for UC-Irvine (Surrey). While their respective teams’ success may delay their arrival in Wareham, I think all Gatemen fans would agree that it is exciting to see some familiar faces on the national stage.
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