UNO Baseball sends 16 to compete in summer leagues

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Included in the 16 are all-conference honorees Beau Bratton and Collin Morrill

NEW ORLEANS – Sixteen University of New Orleans student-athletes are competing in summer ball across nine summer leagues, including All-Southland Conference selections Beau Bratton and Collin Morrill and Southland Conference All-Tournament selection Kyle Arjona.

Bratton hit .315 in his Privateer debut and ended the season reaching base safely in 32 consecutive games, all while catching every inning. He was a second team selection and has four RBI through seven games for the Western Nebraska Pioneers of the Expedition League. Also, on the club is fall signee Luther Woullard. As a sophomore for Jones County Community College, the utility man led the club with a .425 batting average, 26 doubles, five home runs, 54 RBI and collected 33 stolen bases (second). His 26 doubles ranked second in NJCAA Division II. Woullard is hitting .343 with three doubles, 11 RBI and four stolen bases.

An honorable mention utility after beginning the season at second base, shifting over to first and designated hitter, Collin Morrill ended the season as the leadoff hitter for UNO. Morrill hit .292 with 13 doubles and ended the season reaching base in 16 consecutive games. He is competing in the Florida League for the Sanford River Cats and is hitting .300 through 10 games with two stolen bases. Also, in the Florida League is right-hander Mathew Oset (2-2, 5.85 ERA in 20 games in 2018). Oset is the closer for the Seminole County Scorpions and has seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings along with three saves.

Representing UNO on the west coast are Darren Willis and Samuel Weidie, teammates on the Palm Springs Power of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League. The starting shortstop for New Orleans, Willis hit .270 with 21 RBI and five stolen bases and recorded two four-hit games in 2018. He earned the nickname Walk-Off Willis after late-inning heroics early in the season. Willis has played in three games this summer. Weidie appeared in three games for the Blue and Silver in 2018 and is 1-for-3 early on for PSP.

Christopher DeMayo is playing for the Palm Beach Diamond Ducks of the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League. The southpaw has appeared in two games with a start and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings. He went 1-2 for UNO in 2018 with 37 punchouts in 27.2 innings (20 appearances).

Arjona tossed a masterpiece in his debut season finale, propelling the Privateers to the Southland Conference Championship game with eight strikeouts in a 6-1 victory over Houston Baptist University. The right-hander went 4-5 in 2018 with the team’s lone complete game. In 18 appearances (11 starts), he posted a 4.68 ERA. He and Rafe Schindler are pitching for the Harrisonburg Turks of the Valley Baseball League.

Arjona is 2-0 in three games (two starts) this summer with a 1.14 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 15.2 innings, including a complete game. Schindler has 14 strikeouts and a 2.70 ERA in six games. He leads the club with three saves. For UNO in 2018, Schindler went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA.

Also, in the Valley Baseball League is Privateers closer Reeves Martin, who tallied nine saves with 55 strikeouts in 47.2 innings in 2018. Beginning the season as the No. 2 starter, Martin transitioned to the backend of the bullpen seamlessly, cracking the top five in single season history with the nine saves. He made one start this summer for the New Market Rebels with six strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

Mr. Bird Call Zach Thompson appeared in six games in his first season on the Lakefront. He is playing for the Rockville Express of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

Brayson Smith and Bailey Holstein are nearby at the Acadiana Cane Cutters of the Texas Collegiate League. Smith punched out 12 in 6.0 innings to pick up a win in the summer. In 2018, the right-hander made 10 starts and won two games with a 4.54 ERA.

Chase Muir appeared in two games for UNO in 2018 and is with the Virginia Beach Shredders of the Tidewater Summer League.

Newcomers Wade Raburn and Tresten Kennard are both playing for the Cheney Diamond Dawgs of the Sunflower League. The duo were also teammates at Odessa College. A fall signee, Raburn hit .373 with 18 RBI, 30 runs and three stolen bases. Kennard hit .394 with 14 home runs, 71 RBI and 75 runs scored for Odessa College in 2018. He added 21 doubles and seven triples.

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