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Huskies Having Success Across Summer Leagues

July 19, 2017

STORRS, Conn. – 21 UConn players are participating in summer ball and many of those leagues have moved into the second half of their seasons. The Huskies have had a ton of success to this point in the summer.

Eight players have earned All-Star status in their respective leagues for the Huskies and Tim Cate pitched with USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. In the Futures Colligate Baseball League, the Huskies sported four All-Stars at Muzzy Field in Bristol, Conn. on July 18. Ben Maycock (Bristol), Joe Simeone (Wachusett), Troy Stefanski (Martha’s Vineyard) and Jacob Wallace (Bristol).

Maycock, an outfielder, is swinging at a .310 clip in 26 games, scored 21 runs, chipped in four doubles, three HR’s and 18 RBI’s and three stolen bases. The left-handed swinger went 2-2 in the Futures League All-Star Game and swiped a base in the contest.

Incoming freshman Joe Simeone is second in the league with six saves and has contributed 24 strikeouts in just over 12 innings of work. The right-hander has appeared in 11 games and logged a 3.64 ERA while facing college hitters for the first time.

Troy Stefanski ranks fifth in the league with 10 doubles for the Sharks. The outfielder is hitting .300 with 33 hits in 33 games. Stefanski has added a triple, three homers, 20 RBIs and stolen six bags.


 

 

Wallace has appeared in nine games for the Blues, logged a 2.29 ERA and recorded a save. In his second stint with Bristol, Wallace has thrown 15.2 innings and registered 17 punch-outs.

Additionally, Conor Moriarty (Pittsfield) and Christian Fedko (Wachusett) have spent their summers in the Futures League. Moriarty has played in 24 games, collected 18 hits, three doubles, one triple, driven in eight, and stolen seven bases for the Suns.

Fedko has been reduced to playing on just weekends with summer classes in full swing. The incoming freshman has seen action in 19 games, grabbed eight hits, including two doubles, one triple and four RBIs.

Zac Susi (Bourne) and John Toppa (Wareham) represent UConn in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on July 22 at Spillane Field in Wareham, Mass. In 18 games, Susi is hitting .262 with 10 runs scored, three doubles, one homer and seven RBIs. Toppa is batting .308, 28 hits, including a pair of doubles and nine RBIs in 28 games played for the Gatemen.

Other Huskies contributing on the Cape, Mason Feole (Wareham) has appeared in four games and started two of them. The lefty has pitched 8.2 innings and struck out six batters. P.J. Poulin and Ronnie Rossomando are both pitching with Bourne this summer. Poulin has appeared in nine games and recorded a 2.57 ERA. The left-hander has pitched 14 innings and struck out 12 for the Braves. Rossomando has appeared in six games, registered 9.2 innings and struck out eight.

Incoming junior college transfer Chase Gardner represented first place Healdsburg in the California Collegiate League All-Star Game. Gardner has looked sharp this summer, in five games the left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA. In 26.2 innings, 26 strikeouts, allowed just five earned runs and opponents are hitting .154 against him.

Also playing in the California League is junior college transfer Michael Woodworth. The versatile Woodworth is hitting .250 in 20 games with Neptune Beach Pearl. He has 10 runs scored, two doubles, two triples and registered eight RBIs.

Anthony Nucerino garnered All-Star honors in the Perfect Game Collegiate League with the Elmira Pioneers. The outfielder is currently hitting .270, 24 hits, four doubles, one triple, a homer, 17 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Tim Cate spent his second consecutive summer with USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The left-hander led the team with 20 strikeouts in 12 innings of work and recorded a 0.75 ERA in international competition.

Incoming junior college transfer Jeffrey Kersten has pitched 30.2 innings for the Humboldt Crabs of the Far West League. In six games, Kersten is 5-0 with a 3.52 ERA. He has recorded 33 strikeouts and issued just seven walks on the mound.

The Huskies have four players in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. CJ Dandeneau (Plymouth), Trevor Holmes, Dan Rajkowski and Chris Winkel all with Mystic. Dandeneau has made seven appearances, three starts, pitched 14.2 innings with 19 strikeouts on the year.

For the Schooners, Holmes is 1-1 in 11 appearances, pitched 21.2 innings, recorded a 2.49 ERA and struck out 23 batters. Rajkowski has only pitched in five games, 7.1 innings, 2.45 ERA and punched out four. Chris Winkel is riding a four-game hit streak (7-18) entering today, he has contributed five doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs.

Kenny Bergmann (Front Royal) is playing in the Valley League. He has played 23 games, 13 runs, 15 hits, two doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs

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