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Summer Baseball Recap No. 2
Tuesday 06/27/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – A total of 17 Duke players are currently playing baseball this summer, including two-way sophomore pitcher Marcus Stroman who is representing the country on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Stroman is off to a dominant start with Team USA, striking out all seven batters he’s faced this summer. He struck out the side in order in consecutive appearances over the last two days and is now less than one week away from leading Team USA into its five-game series with Japan on July 3-8.

Several other Blue Devils have also gotten off to hot starts with their summer teams, including Matt Berezo in the Prospect League, Chris Marconcini in the Valley League, and Mike Rosenfeld and Aaron Cohn in the Atlantic Collegiate League.

Marcus Stroman
Sophomore – RHP/INF/OF
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
Pitching Stats: 3 APP, 2.1 IP, 7 K, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, .000 B/Avg.
Batting Stats: 1 Game, .000 AVG (0-for-3), 1 R, 1 SAC, 1 K
Stroman was called on to protect a three-run lead in the ninth inning on Sunday and struck out the side to secure the 4-1 win over the North Shore Navigators. He followed by retiring the side in order for the second straight day on Monday against the NECBL All-Star Team in Fenway Park. Stroman has now faced seven batters and struck out each one in his four-game stint with Team USA. He has thrown 30 pitches, 25 of which are strikes. The 5-9, 185-pound right-hander has also made one start as the designated hitter, scoring a run and laying down a sacrifice bunt in that game.

Chase Bebout
Sophomore – RHP
Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League)
Pitching Stats: 4 Starts, 0-3, 4.03 ERA, 22.1 IP, 22 K, 8 BB, 23 H, 10 ER, .280 B/Avg.
Despite going at least five innings in each of his four starts and holding opponents to three runs or less in three of those outings, Bebout is still winless for the Wilson Tobs. A lack of run support has played a role in that, as the Tobs have scored just seven runs in the games Bebout has started. The 6-6, 200-pound right-hander has still managed 22 strikeouts against just eight walks in his 22 innings. He is part of Wilson’s four-man starting rotation and will get another turn early this week.

Jordan Betts
Freshman – 3B
Forest City Owls (Coastal Plain League)
Batting Stats: 21 Games, .192 AVG (14-for-73), 6 RBI, 10 R, 1 Double, 1 HR, 4 SAC, 1 SF
Betts is hitting .192 in the Coastal Plain League, but broke out in a big way on June 18 when he delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 15th inning to help the Owls past Asheboro 5-4. The Wilmington, N.C., is splitting time at third base with fellow ACC infielder Danny Canela of N.C. State.

Jeff Kremer
Sophomore – C/1B
Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League)
Batting Stats: 19 Games, .207 AVG (12-for-58), 8 RBI, 8 R, 7 Doubles, 2 Triples, 13 BB, 1 SF
Kremer got off to a slow start with the Tobs, but has shown signs recently of breaking out of his slump. Duke’s leader in batting average, hits and on base percentage as a sophomore, Kremer is hitting .316 over his last seven games with four runs, two RBI, three walks and just one strikeout. On the season, he leads the Tobs with seven doubles and 13 walks.

Angelo LaBruna
Freshman – SS
Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League)
Batting Stats: 24 Games, .194 AVG (14-for-72), 9 RBI, 5 R, 5 Doubles, 3 SAC, 2 SB
LaBruna is the everyday shortstop for Wilson, filling the same role that he did as a freshman at Duke last season. He has just one error in his last 16 games, is working on a five-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in his last six games.

Chris Marconcini
Freshman – OF/1B
Harrisonburg Turks (Valley League)
Batting Stats: 20 Games, .299 AVG (23-for-77), 5 RBI, 16 R, 5 Doubles, 2 HR, 9 BB, 1 SB, 1 SF
A Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America, Marconcini is a key piece of the most productive lineup in the Valley League, anchoring an offensive unit that leads the league in batting average, hits, runs scored, home runs and extra-base hits. Marconcini has settled in as the fifth hitter in the batting order and ranks among the top three on the team in hits, runs, total bases, extra-base hits, walks and on base percentage. He also leads the league in fielding chances and has not committed a single error while splitting time between first base and left field.

Matt Berezo
Freshman – INF
Butler BlueSox (Prospect League)
Batting Stats: 22 Games, .291 AVG (25-for-86), 9 RBI, 17 Runs, 3 Doubles, 1 HR, 8 BB, .368 OBP
Berezo came on strong for Duke over the final two weeks of the 2011 season and carried that momentum into the summer. Hitting atop the BlueSox lineup, Berezo owns a .291 batting average and is tied for second in the Prospect League with 17 runs scored. He has been especially hot of late, tagging multiple hits in four of his last six games, including a 3-for-4 performance on Sunday in which he hit his first home run of the summer. Berezo has reached base safely in all but two of his 22 games, and his .615 strikeout-to-walk ratio ranks second on the team.

Will Piwnica-Worms
Junior – OF
Orleans Firebirds (Cape Cod League)
Batting Stats: 10 Games, .133 AVG (4-for-30), 0 RBI, 4 R, 1 Double, 1 SAC
Piwnica-Worms was the starting center fielder for Orleans, but has concluded his time in the Cape Cod League this summer. In his final start, Piwnica-Worms went 1-for-5 with a double.

Aaron Cohn
Freshman - INF
Westhampton Aviators (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League)
Batting Stats: 10 Games, .333 AVG (9-for-27), 4 RBI, 5 R, 8 BB, 1 SB
Cohn has started off strong in ACBL play, leading the team with a .333 average He has also showed reliability in clutch situations, boasting a .400 average with runners in scoring position. Cohn has also displayed solid plate discipline, drawing eight walks for the second most on the team.

Anthony D'Alessandro
Freshman - OF
North Jersey Eagles (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League)
Batting Stats: 6 games, .250 AVG (5-for-20), 2 RBI, 4 R, 7 BB, 3 SB
D’Alessandro has had little trouble finding his way on base, drawing a team-high seven walks while hitting .250 with five singles in six games. The outfielder’s efficiency has extended to the base paths as well, stealing three bases in his four attempts.  

David Putman
Junior - RHP
Quakertown Blazers (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League)
Pitching Stats: 1 APP, 1 IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
Putman has appeared in one inning of relief for the Quakertown Blazers, giving up no earned runs and striking out one batter. This is his second stint with Quakertown, as he served as a starter in 2009.

Mike Rosenfeld
Freshman - C
Westhampton Aviators (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League)
Batting Stats: 13 Games, .302 AVG (13-for-43), 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 Doubles, 1 HR, 7 BB, 3 SB
Rosenfeld is off to a blazing start in the ACBL with a .302 average, driving in eight runs in the process. The rising sophomore is having one of the all-around best offensive performances for the Aviators this season. His success has also extended to the base paths, where he has successfully stolen bases in all three attempts. He has started behind the plate in all 13 of his appearances, serving as the backstop for a pitching staff that owns a 2.45 ERA.

Josh Ruffin
Freshman – RHP
Gambrills Athletics (Maryland Collegiate League)
Pitching Stats: 6 APP, 1-0, 1 Save, 11.2 IP, 7 K, 7 BB, 11 H, 7 ER, 5.40 ERA, .268 B/Avg.
Ruffin has settled in as a reliever for Gambrills and has come on strong over his last two appearances, stringing together consecutive scoreless relief outings over the past week. He notched a three-out save in a 6-5 win on June 22 and then scattered one hit over two scoreless innings in a 3-2 loss on June 25. The sidearm right-hander has pitched in four of Gambrills’ five wins while scattering 11 hits over his 11.2 relief innings.

Tito Nava
Freshman – RHP
Denver Bombers (Colorado Collegiate League)
Pitching Stats: Unavailable
Nava is pitching with the Denver Bombers in the Colorado Collegiate Baseball League. Statistics are not available for the CCBL.

Ryan Munger
Sophomore - C
Rome Thunderbolts (New York Collegiate Baseball League)
Batting Stats: 7 Games, .227 AVG (5-for-22), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 Doubles, 2 BB
Munger is off to a slow start for the Rome Thunderbolts in NYCBL play. However, the rising junior’s play has been very consistent of late, reaching base safely in five of his last seven games. The Woodlands, Texas, product has come up big in multiple clutch situations with both RBI coming in a pair of close wins over the Syracuse Junior Chiefs.

David Perkins
Freshman – INF/OF
Mystic Schooners (New England Collegiate Baseball League)
Batting Stats: 7 Games, .150 AVG (3-for-20), 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB
Perkins has been unable to find the rhythm that allowed him to hit .289 during his freshman season, but things are looking up for the rising sophomore after he belted a two-run homer against Team USA in his most recent appearance. His Duke teammate, Marcus Stroman, was on hand to see the blast as Stroman started that game as the designated hitter for Team USA. Perkins also went 2-for-5 in a recent Schooners win over Laconia.

Mark Tatera
Freshman – INF
Lake Erie Monarchs (Great Lakes Summer League)
Batting Stats: 11 games, .233 AVG (7-for-30), 2 RBI, 5 R, 8 BB
Tatera has reached base safely in all 11 games for the Lake Erie Monarchs. He owns eight walks and seven hits in those contests, including three knocks in Lake Erie’s four regular season games. 

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