O’Brien and Rutherford Combine for Seven Home Runs

Week seven of college baseball is in the books, and several Rays alums filled the stat sheet as it was the best overall week for former Rays players. Three Rays hit the first collegiate home runs of their careers, respectively. One Ray was named MAC Player of the Week 

Kian O’Brien helped Kent State to a 3-2 weekend as he remained hot at the plate. O’Brien went 8-for-17 with three home runs during that stretch. O’Brien finished with four runs and 10 RBIs. For the week, O’Brien was named the MAC Player of the Week.

Fellow Golden Flash Ben Carew was just as hot, going 10-for-20 at the plate with eight runs scored. Carew remains Kent State leading hitter with a .378 average.

Pete Schuler and Connor Wollersheim also player well for Kent State. Schuler was 5-for-20 at the plate with seven runs scored, while Wollersheim went six innings allowing four hits, a run while striking out nine in a win over Western Michigan.

Staying in the MAC, Rudy Rott smashed the ball all weekend going 10-for-18 with a home run, three doubles, six RBIs and four runs scored for Ohio.

Zach Gilles propelled Central Michigan to a win over Notre Dame and Michigan State as well as taking a series with Ball State. GIlles finished 9-for-19 with two triples, five RBIs, four runs scored, four walks and a stolen base. Gilles remains the MACs leading hitter with a .402 average.

Grant Frazer made a couple appearances for Central Michigan. Frazer went 3.2 innings allowing a hit with three strikeouts.

Connor Rutherford hit four home runs during a five-game stretch for Lewis University, including a grand slam in a win over Bellarmine. Rutherford finished 7-for-23 with seven runs scores, nine RBIs a double to go along with four home runs and four walks.

Alex Henwood left the park for the first time in his Nebraska Cornhuskers career. Henwood finished 2-for-2 with his solo homer.

Joe Acker went 3-for-9 for Nebraska during their sweep of Purdue. Acker is hitting .361 on the year.

Connor Manthey recorded his first career home run in Bradleys win over Robert Morris-Springfield. Manthey finished 5-for-10 on the weekend with three runs and three RBIs.

Ryan Venne went deep for his first career home run.

The Rays alums at Madison College all had stellar weekends. Carl Valk finished 6-for-13 with a home run, four RBIs, five runs. Cam Cratic also went deep, finishing 3-for-7 with three runs, two doubles and an RBI. Adam LaRock went 3-for-9 with five RBIs and three runs. Walker Jenkins hit the ball hard, going 3-for-11 with three runs, two RBIs and a double.

Shane Coker went 6-for-11 with two runs, two RBIs a double and two walks for UW-La Crosse.

Aaron Mutter got the win for Winona State going six innings, allowing five hits, two runs, two walks and two strikeouts.

Ryan Schmitt made three appearances for Illinois. Including getting a win in the Illini’s sweep of #19 Coastal Carolina.

Alec Trela went 5-for-17 with four runs, an RBI and two doubles for Memphis.

Paul Petit went an inning and two thirds with a strikeout for Minnesota-Duluth.