(Pictured: Illinois starter John Kravetz made his season debut, tossing 6.1 innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out five batters.)
Week of February 19th through February 25th
Max Nguyen, 2013 Ticketing Intern
Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Tuesday, February 26th. The second week of the baseball season is in the books as your Rafters continue their early success through the non-conference schedule and prepare for a competitive conference slate.
Fighting Illini tough it out behind Kravetz’ arm and Hurwitz’ bat/speed
Illinois would drop their first game to East Carolina, who sported a home field advantage down in Greenville, NC, in the Keith Leclair Classic last Thursday. The Fighting Illini showed their resilience to bounce back and take the rest of the competitors by storm to earn victories over Ohio, Boston College, and New Mexico State this past weekend. RHP John Kravetz (So) led Illinois to a 3-2 win over New Mexico State as he posted a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings of duty. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs while fanning five to secure his first win of the young season. IF Michael Hurwitz (So.) demonstrated a patient approach as he lit it up in the box and posted a .400/.647/.400 line. The speedy 5’6’’ Hurwitz wreaked havoc on the basepaths by getting on base seven times by way of the walk, scoring five runs, and stealing two bags in two attempts.
Piche and Jayhawk bats come alive late against Jackson State
The Jayhawks spent the weekend down in Conway, Arkansas where they split their first two contests. They grabbed a win over SIU-Edwardsville and suffered a loss to, RHP Griffin Glaude (So), and his Central Arkansas Bears in their home stadium. In Kansas’ final game of the road trip the Jayhawk hitters knocked home four runs in the last four innings to hold off Jackson State, 10-6, as RHP Jordan Piche (Jr.) closed up shop to collect his first save as a Jayhawk. Piche surrendered 0 earned runs while whiffing three in a span of two innings. Glaude made a brief one-inning appearance where he gave up one earned run and struck out three in a midweek loss to Vanderbilt on Feb. 20.
Aggies’ Curl’s sneaky good production leads A&M in 5-game home stand
Charlie Curl (Jr) got the job done while helping his team earn wins over Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern during the week and stealing one win in their 3-game series against Pepperdine over the weekend. Curl accumulated three RBIs, a double, and two stolen bases while registering a .313/.450/.438 line.
POWER PLAY (*marquee matchups)
Texas A&M vs: Northwestern State (Feb. 26-27, 2-game series): It’s a classic David v Goliath matchup as Curl’s Aggies look to gain momentum before the weekend showdown. Houston, Rice, and North Carolina (Mar. 1-3, Astros Foundation College Classic): A&M’s toughest test of the year thus far comes in the form of the hometown Cougars (5-2) and national powerhouses No. 13 Rice (5-2) and No. 1 (6-0) North Carolina at the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are members of the 16-team summer collegiate Northwoods League. The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate League in North America. In 2013 the Northwoods League will celebrate its 20th season. Opening Day at historic Witter Field is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th at 7:05 pm against the Lakeshore Chinooks. Reserve your 2013 ticket packages today by calling 715-424-5400, or in person by stopping by the Rafters office at Witter Field. Available quantities of all promotional giveaways will vary from event to event and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The best way to guarantee giveaway items is to purchase a 9-Game Package. The offseason office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com.