Baseball Bucs Disperse For SummerJune 1, 2007
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – During the summer of 2007, 11 members of the CSU baseball team will travel around the U.S. to play in various summer leagues. The Bucs will stretch from Florida to Texas to Alaska, with two signing to play in the same league, and two slated to play on the same team.
Cody Higgins and Eric McGough could face off over the summer, each going to the Coastal Plains league. Higgins will play for the New Bern River Rats, having posted a 6-2 record in 10 starts for CSU last season. He pitched the only complete game shut out of the season, earning Big South Pitcher of the Week honors. McGough made nine appearances for CSU, logging 8.2 innings and giving up just seven hits, striking out eight.
Closer and school record holder Payton Tweddale will go to the Alaskan League to play for the Fire as part of the Athletes in Action program. Tweddale had a school record eight saves in 29 appearances for CSU in 2007. He struck out an incredible 57 batters, walking just eight.
Also part of the Athletes in Action program, Mike Myers will travel to the Texas Collegiate League to play for the Mineral Wells Steam. Myers made seven appearances for CSU and earned one start, striking out three batters in 10.2 innings.
Andrew White, who has posted the lowest ERA on the team each of the last two seasons, will go to the Winchester Royals of the Valley League. White ended 2007 with a 2.80 ERA and was second on the team with 19 appearances. He struck out 27, walked just 12, and only allowed 11 earned runs in 35.1 innings.
The Brainerd Blue Thunder, of the Northwoods League, signed Brandon Roberts for the summer. Roberts made 12 appearances and 10 starts for CSU, and posted the third-lowest ERA on the team at 3.56. He logged 55.1 innings and struck out 40 batters.
T.J. Green rounds out the list of pitchers playing in summer leagues as he is scheduled to join the Davidson Copperheads of the Southern League. The lefty threw 35.1 innings in 14 appearances for CSU, posting a 5.09 ERA, and will join teammate Mark Perry over the summer. Perry was the starting shortstop in 48 games this season, hitting .279 with 46 hits.
Michael Obuchowski will take his solid hitting on the road to Bradenton, Fla., where he will be part of the IMG League. Obuchowski hit .444 this season in pinch-hit situations, hitting two doubles and scoring twice.
Freshmen Will Rodriguez and Mike Beattie will head North to play in New York. Rodriguez will play in the NYCBL for the Brockport Riverbats, after posting an a .275 batting average in 27 games in his freshman campaign. Beattie saw action in just three games, recording three putouts as a catcher, and will head to the New York League for the summer.