By SEAN TENAGLIA (Gatemen Beat Writer)
WAREHAM, MA: After a wild Regionals round that saw several of the nation’s top teams sent home early, only four members of the 2014 Wareham Gatemen remained in play for the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend. Freshman OF Corey Ray, freshman reliever Drew Harrington, and sophomore infielder Danny Rosenbaum took to the field for Louisville in their matchup against Kennesaw State, while sophomore starter Elliot Surrey took the mound for UC-Irvine against Oklahoma State.
With a berth in the College World Series on the line, here’s how the four Gatemen representatives contributed to their teams:
Corey Ray (Louisville, OF)- The freshman outfielder, who is hitting .347 this season, followed up a stellar Regionals performance with two great games against Kennesaw State. In Game 1 of the best-of-three series, Ray was 1-2 with a walk as the Cardinals rallied late in the game to earn a 5-3 win. He was then 2-3 with a run and a stolen base in Louisville’s 7-4 series-clinching win Saturday. The Cardinals will face the winner of Stanford-Vanderbilt next weekend in the College World Series.
Danny Rosenbaum (Louisville, INF)- The sophomore infielder pinch hit for Ray in both games, going 0-2 in his plate appearances. Rosenbaum will be returning to Wareham for the second consecutive summer.
Drew Harrington (Louisville, LHP)- Harrington made his first postseason appearance for the Cardinals in Game 2 and locked down a key out in the seventh to help Louisville clinch the series.
Elliot Surrey (UC-Irvine, LHP)- The sophomore southpaw was sensational in Game 1 of UC-Irvine’s series against Oklahoma State. Surrey pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five hits and two unearned runs, while striking out five Cowboy batters in an 8-4 victory. The Anteaters closed out the Cowboys with a 1-0 Game 2 win Saturday and will face off against Texas next weekend.
The Louisville and UC-Irvine wins present an interesting tradeoff for Gatemen fans. While they will have to wait a little longer to see their four representatives down on the Cape, fans get the opportunity to watch these players chase an elusive College World Series title. Before you know it, they’ll be down at Spillane Field, helping the Gatemen return to championship form.