BV alum doing some very special things in the Division I college baseball world!! JJ Bleday – Junior at Vanderbilt University – hit two home runs over the weekend at South Carolina – This brought his season total to 23 home runs, which is an all time Vanderbilt record!! JJ broke the record previously held by Pedro Alvarez, who hit 22 HR’s in 2006. As I type this email, JJ is projected to go #5 in the FIRST round of the MLB draft in June per the website www.mlb.com – His amazing numbers for the current #2 ranked team in the country: He is second on the team in batting average at .352 AND he leads the team in Home Runs (23), RBIs (61), .791 slugging percentage, and 39 walks. We are very proud of JJ because he is a better person than he is a ball player, and he is obviously a great player!!!
Here is some of our other BV college baseball players and how their 2019 season is going:
Seth Gray: Playing at Division I Wright State (Horizon League) – Sophomore – started all 45 games this year – he is second on the team in hitting with a .359 average. He leads the team in triples (3), home runs (10), and RBI’s (55)
Trent Vietmeier: Playing at LSU in the SEC conference – Sophomore – comes out of the bullpen – he has a total of 21 appearances this year – 3.94 ERA – 29 2/3 innings pitched and 28 strikeouts
Christian Fedko: Playing at UCONN in the American Athletic Conference – Sophomore – Started in all 48 games played this year – hitting .275 with 13 doubles, 3 home runs, and 38 RBIs (Leads Team)
Zach Kokoska: Playing at Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference – Sophomore – Started in 48 of the 49 games they played – He leads the team in batting average (.333), Runs Scored (34), and Home Runs with 7!!
Michael Turconi: Playing at Wake Forest in the ACC Conference – True Freshman – Started in 36 of the 47 games played this season – He is hitting .285 with 3 doubles and a pair of home runs!
Connor Ollio: Playing at North Carolina University in the ACC Conference – True Freshman – Pitcher – Pitched in 15 games this year (starting 2 of them) – Current ERA is 4.44 – He has pitched a total of 24 innings and has struck out 30 hitters
Connor Adams – Playing at Tennessee Tech University in the Ohio Valley Conference – Red Shirt Freshman – Pitcher- Appeared in 11 games starting 4 of them – He has thrown a total of 17 innings and struck out 21 hitters.
Kyler Fedko – Playing at UCONN in the American Athletic Conference – Freshman – Started in 37 games – He is hitting .242 with 8 doubles and 3 home runs
Joey Rock – Playing at Ohio University in the Horizon League – True Freshman – Pitcher – Joey has started 9 games – has thrown 48 innings and struck out a total of 35 hitters
Matt Gibson – Playing at Mercyhurst University – Sophomore – Started 38 of the 40 games played this season – Matt is hitting .298 with 8 doubles and 3 home runs
Domenic DeRenzo – Playing at Mercyhurst University – Senior – Catcher that has started 39 games – Dom is leading the team with 9 Home Runs
Tyler Garbee – Playing at Mercyhurst University Senior – Pitcher – Leading the team in wins (7) – he has pitched 55 innings and has struck out 85 hitters!!
Ray Scala – Playing at Slippery Rock University – Senior – Started in 41 games – He is hitting .250 on the season
Brady Gulakowski – Transferred from NC State to Polk College in FL – Sophomore – started 35 games and hit .293 with 14 doubles and 7 home runs
Cole Shinsky – Murray State – Red Shirt sophomore – Pitcher – The Big Cole Train, threw 55 innings striking out 46 – ERA 4.26
Tommy Pellis – Seton Hill – transferred from PENN University – Sophomore – He is leading the team in hitting with a .367 average – He is the team leader in runs, hits, RBI’s and Home Runs