HPU’s Silber named freshman All-American
Freshman pitcher Cas Silber of the High Point University baseball team was named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team on Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
“We are very proud and excited that Cas has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “This a great testament to his talent, hard work and dedication.”
Silber appeared in 22 games with four starts and finished his first collegiate season with a 5-0 record and a 1.53 ERA. The right-hander struck out 61 batters in 59 innings pitched and helpdopposing hitters to a .189 batting average. He allowed just 38 hits and 10 earned runs in his 59 innings of work.
Silber set an HPU Div. I single-game record with 13 strikeouts in six-innings pitched at Longwood on May 10. The freshman allowed no runs and just three hits and two walks in the game. Silber overcame a 98-minute rain delay between the third and fourth innings and returned to strikeout seven batters in his final three innings of work, striking out the side in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Silber is the fifth HPU player to earn Freshman All-American honors and the first since Joe Goodman and Ryne Rush both were named Freshmen All-Americans in 2012. Robby Kuzdale and Billy Alvino were also named Freshman All-Americans for the Panthers with Kuzdale earning the honor in 2007 and Alvino in 2006.
High Point enjoyed its best season in the Div. I era in 2014, finishing with a 33-22 overall record and an 18-9 mark in the Big South.
MARLINS RALLY LATE TO EDGE HITOMS
MOREHEAD CITY — Matt Anderson notched a quality start and Des Roberts went 2 for 3, but it wasn’t enough as the High Point-Thomasville HiToms fell to the Morehead City Marlins 4-3 Tuesday evening.
The HiToms’ Des Roberts left his fingerprints all over this game. He led off the top of the third inning with a double down the right field line. After an Alec Paradowski single put runners at the corners with nobody out, Roberts scored on a Bradley Morton RBI fielder’s choice to give the HiToms a 1-0 lead. One inning later, Pete Guy doubled to left field with two outs and Roberts struck again, this time driving a RBI single of the middle to double the HiToms’ lead to two.
Morehead City improved to 1-6.
The HiToms (2-4) tied the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh, and once again, Roberts played a key role. He led off the inning with a walk, stole second base, then advanced to third and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Marlins took the lead for good in the bottom half. With the bases loaded and Blake Smith on the hill, Nick Lombardi drew a walk and chased home the go-ahead run to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead.
Matthew Tindall came on for the Marlins in the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Casey Eskew followed him in the ninth with a shutdown inning to earn his first save.
The HiToms got a day off Wednesday before travelling to Hooker Field today for the last game of the road trip against the Martinsville Mustangs. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
LOCALS FINISH BASEBALL SEASON AT GUILFORD COLLEGE
GREENSBORO — Sophomore Nick Blackwood (Greensboro/Wesleyan (Brevard)), junior Justin Morrison (High Point/High Point Christian), and senior Chad Wagoner (Archdale/Trinity) recently completed the 2014 baseball season at Guilford College.
Blackwood, a 6-3 pitcher/first baseman, appeared in seven games as a hitter and nine games as a pitcher for the Quakers. He hit .167 with one hit, one run scored and two RBI. As a pitcher he was 0-1 with a 6.28 earned run average and 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.
Morrison, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher, started three games and appeared in 13 on the mound for Guilford. He shared the team lead with three victories and was second on the team in appearances. Morrison went 3-1 with a 5.73 ERA, 24 strikeouts and a club-high three saves in 33 innings pitched.
Wagoner, a 5-9 left-handed relief pitcher, appeared in 13 games for Guilford this season. He had no decisions and a 5.11 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.
In three seasons with the Quakers, Wagoner appeared in 42 games and posted a 2-0 record with one save. He recorded a 4.48 earned run average in 90.1 innings with 52 strikeouts and 23 walks.
The trio helped head coach Nick Black’s club to a 19-20 record and a 9-11 ODAC mark. The Quakers may return as many as 27 letter winners next season, including Blackwood and Morrison.
MCLEAN POWERS POST 87
WINSTON-SALEM — Zach McLean went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs as High Point Post 87 defeated Winston-Salem 7-3 in American Legion baseball action late Tuesday at Mount Tabor High School.
Avery Hodges finished 2 for 4 with three RBIS for the Post 87 HiToms (8-1), while Colin Rosenbaum was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two runs.
Ryan Hedrick got the win for the HiToms. He tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three hits and three runs with six strikeouts.
Post 87 plays host to the Hitting Zone today at 6 p.m. at Finch Field.