Gilles, Wollersheim Highlight Opening Weekend

College baseball is off and running. The opening weekend of D1 baseball started this past weekend, and several D2 and D3’s got in some action as well. The upcoming college season will have the most former Rays in its history competing in college baseball. Roughly 80 former players will don college uniforms this spring. We are looking to highlight each week the performers from our program who made some headlines.

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Zach Gilles, a 2016 alumni paced the Rays program in college baseball this weekend for Central Michigan. CMU earned a four game split with Troy. Gilles went 7-for-14 on the weekend with a perfect 4-for-4 in the opening game of the year. Gilles notched a double, had two RBI’s, and the speedster spent most of the weekend in the 4-hole for the Chippewas.

Teammate and 2016 alum Grant Frazer tossed 1.2 innings of no run baseball for the Chippewas. Frazer punched out one.

Staying in the MAC Conference, five former Rays took the field for Kent State. The defending MAC Champion got swept by Dallas Baptist in a tough opening series for the Golden Flashes.

Kian O’Brien (2015), Ben Carew (2016), Nick Elsen (2017), Pete Schuler (2015), and Connor Wollersheim (2015) will all play big roles for Kent State this year.

Carew went 2-for-6 on the weekend with a double, O’Brien went 1-for-4, Elsen chipped in a double and made a spectacular defensive play in the outfield. Schuler manned the catching spot for the Flashes all weekend.

Connor Wollersheim was the opening day starter for Kent State and got a no decision but deserved better. The lefty from Neenah, WI went five innings, gave up no runs, and struck out six.

Defending MAC Player of the Year Rudy Rott (2015) went 4-for-13 for the Ohio University Bobcats versus Wofford. Rott had a double and 2 RBI’s.

Cade Bunnell (2015) and Alec Trela (2016) started their seasons squared off against each other as Indiana visited Memphis.

Bunnell went 1-for-5, and Trela opened up his 3rd season at shortstop for the Tigers with a 3-for-11 weekend with a double.

Sticking in the Big Ten, Alex Henwood (2015) and Joe Acker (2016) played roles for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Henwood went 2-for-7 with a double and two RBI’s, and Acker went 4-for-11 with two doubles and two RBI’s.

Ryan Schmitt (2016) tossed 1.2 innings allowing no runs and striking out 2 for the University of Illinois, who opened up perfect on the weekend.

Trent Bauer (2016) kicked off his first weekend at Western Illinois with a 2-for-7 weekend with a double and an RBI for the Leathernecks.

Logan Michaels (2016) made his debut for the Virginia Cavaliers.  Michaels went 2-for-3 and tossed out a runner trying to steal.

Sean O’Brien (2018) opened his career at Saint Louis University with 1 ⅔ innings of one-hit ball.  O’Brien walked two, but punched out three and left the runners stranded.

Colten Schild (2018) made his debut for the Billikens of Saint Louis as well, getting six at-bats and walking once.

Jack Eagan (2016) tossed two innings of scoreless ball, walking one, punching out four for Mississippi State.

Trevor Olson (2017) chucked a scoreless inning for Xavier, walking and striking out one.

Connor Manthey (2018) went 1-for-2 in his first college weekend with a run scored for the Bradley Braves.

Aaron Mutter (2016) got the opening day nod and figures to be the #1 for Winona State this year.  Mutter went 5 innings allowing 4 hits and 3 runs. Mutter struck out 4 and held hitters to a .222 average on the day.