Alumni Update - Mick Fennell (California University of Pennsylvania)

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CALIFORNIA  – California University of Pennsylvania senior Mick Fennell recently helped the Edenton Steamers winFennell CalU the Petitt Cup as champions of the Coastal Plain League (CPL).


The CPL is one of the nation's premier summer leagues for college players and features 15 teams from across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The regular season finished two weeks ago with Edenton winning its division with a 40-15 overall record.


Fennell, a Butler graduate, ended the regular season among the team leaders with 52 hits and 39 runs scored. He posted a .283 batting average (52-for-184) with six doubles, two triples, one home run and 24 RBI while appearing in all 45 games, including 44 starts.


As a pitcher, the Butler native tossed 11.0 innings in seven appearances. He registered a 1-0 mark, held opponents to a .184 batting average and recorded one save.


Fennell hit at a combined .485 clip (16-for-33) during the CPL Petitt Cup playoffs with six RBI and nine runs, including a ninth-inning grand slam in the first game of the East Division Championship series on Aug. 9. The 5-foot-10 senior also worked 3.0 innings of relief with three strikeouts over the course of the playoffs.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Alumni Update - Cody Herald (Seton Hill)

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Two former Seton Hill baseball standouts signed professional contracts with teams in the Frontier League this past week. 2014 graduateHerald SHU Brendan Costantino was signed by the Lake Erie Crushers while 2015 graduate Cody Herald was signed by the Washington Wild Things.

These two bring the total number of Griffin baseball players who have signed professional contracts to seven since 2007, when Rick Austin became the first SHU draft by the Phillies in the 27th round.

Herald, a Butler graduate, was also a four-year member of Griffin program. In his four seasons, Cody played in 222 games, a Seton Hill record.  

He had a .330 batting average with147 runs scored. He added 48 doubles, 3 triples, 17 homers and 140 RBI.  

Cody also had 58 stolen bases. Herald ranks in the Seton Hill career top ten of all of the previous offensive categories.  

He was a two time first team All PSAC West and Daktronics and ABCA All Region selection.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Alumni Update - Evan Gomez (Duquesne)

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Duquesne University track and field senior Evan Gomez has been named to the 10-man Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Academic All-Gomez DuqConference Team as announced by the league office.


Gomez, a Butler graduate, captured first place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Atlantic 10 Championship with a time of 9:06.91. He also finished 10th at A-10's in the 1,500 meter run in 3:54.72 and 11th in the 5,000 meter run at A-10's with a time of 15:08.39.

A member of the Dean's List, Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Director of Athletics Honor Roll, he boasts a 3.25 cumulative grade point average as a physical therapy major.


(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)


Alumni Update - Collin McKee (Mercyhurst)

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CARY, N.C. – After arriving on Thursday morning for the NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship, theMcKee Butler Mercyhurst University baseball team finally had its opportunity to compete in the program's first-ever National Finals game.

Now, the Lakers have their first victory at the NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship.

Redshirt sophomore Colin McKee got the ball on Sunday afternoon after pitching lights out in his three playoff starts to date.

This postseason, McKee, a Butler graduate, is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA, allowing 13 hits In 20.2 innings, while striking out 30 batters.

It was an interesting first couple of innings for McKee, but he kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard as he fought off expected jitters after getting the ball in the program's first-ever NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship game.


(photo courtesy of Mercyhurst University)


Track: Butler boys flex muscles at WPIAL qualifiers

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The Butler boys had several top performers at the WPIAL Class AAA Northern qualifiers last week.

Robert Burdine out-ran Moon's Jamar Sherrill to win the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.65. Jeff Bailey wasn't as luck in the 400, where he took second to Sherrill.

Josh Rader represented the Golden Tornadoes taking fifth place in the 1,600. Noah Beveridge also qualified in a long distance race when he took seventh in the 3,200.

Marcus McCall just made the cut, taking eighth place in the 110 hurdles. He bumped up to seventh place in the 300 hurdles.