Penn State Baseball Student-Athletes Begin Summer Action

University Park, Penn. –A total of 14 Penn State baseball student-athletes are continuing to take the diamond through the summer, playing in eight different collegiate summer leagues on 11 different teams.

Half of the Nittany Lions are concentrated in two leagues, with four rising sophomores playing in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League and three playing in the prestigious Northwoods League. Heading to the Midwest in the Northwoods League are outfielder Jordan Bowersox (Winter Springs, Fla.) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Virbitsky (Media, Pa.) with the Kalamazoo Growlers in Michigan, and right-handed pitcher Eric Mock (Shillington, Pa.) will join the La Crosse Loggers in Wisconsin. Heading to the mid-Atlantic are infielder Tommy Gibson (Williamstown, N.J.) and right-handed pitcher Conor Larkin (Royersford, Pa.) with the Rockville Express in Maryland, left-handed pitcher Jeff Taylor with the Baltimore Redbirds and infielder Kris Kremer (Hershey, Pa.) with the Alexandria Aces in Virginia.

All-Big Ten Freshman pick Parker Hendershot (Tioga, N.Y.) and classmate Derek Orndorff (Mill Run, Pa.) both joined the Oneonta Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League New York’s Mohawk Valley. Classmate Curtis Robison (Dillsburg, Pa.) is also playing in the Empire State, joining the West Hampton Aviators in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League.

Two Nittany Lions are playing in Ohio, as outfielder Mason Nadeau (Lansdale, Pa.) joined the Southern Ohio Copperheads in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League and infielder Connor Klemann (Royersford, Pa.) joined the Chillicothe Paints of the Prospect League.

Two Lions are also headed to North Carolina. Charlotte-native Bailey Dees joined the Holly Springs Salamanders in the Coastal Plains League, while Logan Goodnight (Wheeling, W.Va.) will play in Charlotte with the Carolina Vipers of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.

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Kris Kremer

Cal Ripken

Alexandria Aces

Tommy Gibson

Cal Ripken

Rockville Express

Jeff Taylor

Cal Ripken

Baltimore Redbirds

Connor Larkin

Cal Ripken

Rockville Express

Bailey Dees

Coastal Plain

Holly Springs Salamanders

Mason Nadeau

Great Lakes

Southern Ohio Copperheads

Curtis Robison


Westhampton Aviators

Jordan Bowersox


Kalamazoo Growlers

Kyle Virbitsky


Kalamazoo Growlers

Erick Mock


La Crosse Loggers

Derek Orndorff

Perfect Game

Oneonta Outlaws

Parker Hendershot

Perfect Game

Oneonta Outlaws

Connor Klemann

Prospect League

Chillicothe Paints

Logan Goodnight

Southern Collegiate

Carolina Vipers

Hawkeyes Spread Coast-to-Coast for Summer Ball 2018

Iowa City, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball team has placed 20 student-athletes from coast-to-coast for various summer leagues.

Three Hawkeyes are venturing to the east coast for the prestigious Cape Cod League. Sophomore Ben Norman and freshman Jack Dreyer will be teammates for the Harwich Mariners, while freshman Ben Probst will compete for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. It is the second straight summer Iowa has been represented in the Cape Cod League.

Six players will play in the Northwoods League for two teams. Sophomores Grant Judkins and Derek Lieurance along with freshman Cam Baumann will pitch for the LaCrosse Loggers, while juniors Mitchell Boe and Shane Ritter and freshman Brett McCleary will play for the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders.

Five Hawkeyes will compete in the Prospects League on three different teams. Sophomores Justin Jenkins, Lorenzo Elion, and junior Chris Whelan will play for the Terre Haute Rex. Freshman Matt Berst will catch for the Kokomo Jackrabbits and sophomore Kyle Crowl will play for the Quincy Gems.

Redshirt freshman Kace Massner and freshman Zion Pettigrew will play in the California Collegiate League for the Neptune Beach Pearl. Junior Tanner Wetrich, meanwhile, will play in the Coastal Plains League for the Macon Bacon.

Junior Luke Farley and freshman Connor McCaffery will play locally in the Iowa Valley League for the Watkins Mudhens and Red Top Toppers, respectively. Sophomore Grant Leonard will pitch for the Lombard Orioles in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League.

Cape Cod League
Jack Dreyer – Harwich Mariners
Ben Norman – Harwich Mariners
Ben Probst – Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Northwoods League
Cam Baumann – LaCrosse Loggers
Mitchell Boe – Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders
Grant Judkins – LaCrosse Loggers
Derek Lieurance – LaCrosse Loggers
Brett McCleary – Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders
Shane Ritter – Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders

Prospects League
Matt Berst – Kokomo Jackrabbits
Kyle Crowl – Quincy Gems
Lorenzo Elion – Terre Haute Rex
Justin Jenkins – Terre Haute Rex
Chris Whelan – Terre Haute Rex

California Collegiate League
Kace Massner – Neptune Beach Pearl
Zion Pettigrew – Neptune Beach Pearl

Coastal Plains League
Tanner Wetrich – Macon Bacon

Chicago Suburban Baseball League
Grant Leonard – Lombard Orioles

Iowa Valley League
Luke Farley – Watkins Mudhens
Connor McCaffery – Red Top Toppers

Penn State Baseball Set for Summer Action

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Led by a trio participating in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, a total of 10 Penn State baseball student-athletes are scheduled to participate in collegiate summer leagues this summer.

The 10 Nittany Lions will be spread out amongst five leagues and eight teams.

Rising senior LHP Taylor Lehman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and rising junior infielder/catcher Willie Burger (Lancaster, Pa.) are slated to return to the Cotuit Kettleers and Falmouth Commodores, respectively, in the Cape league, while rising junior RHP Justin Hagenman (Voorhees, N.J.) will debut in the league with the Wareham Gatemen.

The Cape League is recognized as the premier amateur summer league, with over a 1,000 major leaguers amongst its alumni. Last season, Burger hit four home runs in 33 games as he helped Falmouth to an appearance in the championship series, and Lehman went 3-1 in 10 appearances, including two starts, with a 3.19 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

Penn State is also sending a trio to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, as rising junior catcher Ryan Sloniger (Punxsutawney, Pa.) will return to the Baltimore Redbirds for a second consecutive season and rising sophomores Logan Goodnight (Wheeling, W.Va.) and Mason Nadeau (Lansdale, Pa.) are debuting with the Alexandria Aces in Virginia.

Classmate Braxton Giavedoni (Punxsutawney, Pa.), Penn State’s leading hitter this past season as a rookie, will play for the Galion Graders in Ohio in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

A trio of rising juniors will head south for the summer, as outfielder Jordan Bowersox (Winter Springs, Fla.), who was Penn State’s batting leader with a .333 average through the first 33 games until an injury ended his season, and infielder Conlin Hughes (Holly Springs, N.C.) will play for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. It will be Bowersox’s second season with the team. Additionally, outfielder Austin Riggins (Greer, S.C.) is headed to the Coastal Plains League with the Gastonia Grizzlies.

Riggins’ Grizzlies will be the first to start their season, doing so Thursday. Bowersox, Hughes and Giavedoni will open their seasons Friday.

The trios in the Cal Ripken and Cape Leagues will begin play Tuesday June 6, and Wednesday, June 14, respectively.


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