Regents Set to Swing for Title
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – As the calendar reads mid-May, the Rockford College baseball team finds itself in a very similar situation. For the fourth consecutive year, the Regents find themselves in prime position, preparing for another run to the Northern Athletics Conference tournament championship. The Regents are the only team in the conference to reach all four tournaments and are seeking their third title.
Rockford will open the tournament on Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Road Ranger Stadium against Concordia University Wisconsin. The Regents and Falcons split their earlier meetings in Mequon, Wisconsin, losing 8-7 and winning 14-2. In their first meeting, Rockford established a 5-0 lead in the middle of the third inning but trailed 7-5 after seven innings. Through Rockford outhit the Falcons, they left eight batters on base and committed four errors in the loss. In the day’s second game, Regents’ lefty Adam Ketzner (Mundelein, Ill./ Mundelein) gave up two runs in the bottom of the first inning then shut down the Falcons offense, allowing just three hits after the first inning. Offensively, the Regents pounded out 11 hits and scored 10 runs between the fourth and sixth innings to put the game away.
The Regents enter the tournament with a record of 26-12-1 (17-5 NAC). Rockford comes into the tournament having split their last six games, their last two wins coming at then #20 North Central and 14-4 at Benedictine.
As a team, the Regents lead the Northern Athletics Conference in batting average (.365), runs (422), hits (499), and triples (33). Nationally, Rockford ranks third in batting average, seventh in runs, third in triples and sixth in scoring (10.8 runs per game).
Individually, Rockford is led by senior third baseman Kyle Standridge (Carol Stream, Ill./ Glenbard North). Standridge currently ranks #13 in the nation with his .477 batting average and leads the nation with 84 hits. His current 39 game hitting streak is the 8th longest such streak in the history of Division III baseball. Standridge also ranks among the nation’s leaders in runs per game (#2 – 1.69), runs (#5 – 66), and triples (#3 – 9).
The Regents boast four other regular players batting above .385. 2009 NAC Freshman of the Year Jimmy Dercks (Kaukauna, Wis./ Kaukauna) escaped the sophomore jinx to the tune of a .403 batting average and ranks among the NAC’s best in batting average, hits and RBI’s. Senior TJ Stanfield (Mokena, Ill./Joliet JC) is also hitting at a .403 clip with 62 hits, 47 runs scored, and 45 RBI’s. Fellow senior Eric Nicholson (Stillman Valley, Ill./ Rock Valley CC) adds a combination of batting, power and speed. Nicholson leads the Regents with six home runs while going 18-18 in steals and a .402 batting average. Senior first baseman Tyler Clay (Sammamish, Wash./ Eastlake) boasts a .514 on-base average while batting .385. He is also second in the NAC in both walks (33) and runs scored (55).
2009 All-NAC first team pitcher Travis Mohr (Bryant, Iowa/ Northeast) and fellow seniors Kevin Patterson (Rockford, Ill./ Lincoln-Way Central) and Matt Bates (Brisbane, AU/ St. Thomas More) anchor the Regents pitching rotation. Mohr remains undefeated at 4-0 with a 3.74 ERA in his five starts. Patterson is tied for the league lead with seven wins in his 10 appearances and is second on the team with 43 strikeouts. Though Bates owns a 3-4 record and a 5.47 ERA, his 61 strikeouts are best on the Regents’ staff. Junior Ben Korth (Freeport, Ill./ Orangeville) anchors the back end of the Regents staff with a 3-1 record with 2 saves, allowing just 10 earned runs in his 26.1 innings pitched.