Western Pennsylvanian fingerprints shall be all around the Division I Baseball Tremendous Regionals this weekend. 4 of the 16 groups remaining have an area product on their roster and every participant is a serious contributor for his or her ball membership.
Pat Monterverde – Redshirt Senior LHP, Texas Tech
Monterverde Fox Chapel Space Excessive College alum, is on the third and presumably final cease of his school profession. After attending Virginia Wesleyan College for a 12 months and excelling on the Division III degree, Monteverde made a leap up by transferring nearer to dwelling and attending Seton Hill College. He spent three years with the Griffins, however after a robust freshman season, Monterverde made solely 4 appearances over two years resulting from an UCL harm that required Tommy John surgical procedure.
He transferred to Texas Tech in the summertime of 2020. To date throughout his lone season in Lubbock, Monterverde amassed a 7-3 document over 15 begins and a 3.59 ERA whereas placing out greater than 10 batters each 9 innings.
In a single begin on the regional stage, Monterverde earned the win by throwing 5 ⅓ innings, placing out seven, strolling one and permitting simply two runs in a victory over third-seeded North Carolina.
The Crimson Raiders, who hosted the Lubbock Regional as a No. 1 seed, swept all three video games they performed to advance, turning into simply the second group within the final three years to take action. Monterverde and Texas Tech will meet Stanford within the Tremendous Regional. By advantage of their increased seed, the Crimson Raiders will stay inside the pleasant confines of Rip Griffin Park for the best-of-three collection that begins Friday at 3 p.m. and can air on ESPNU.
Will Bednar – Sophomore RHP, Mississippi State
The brother of Pirates reliever David Bednar, Will hails from Valencia, Pennsylvania and attended Mars Space Excessive College, the place he performed underneath his father, Andrew, for 3 years.
Bednar has change into among the finest pitchers within the nation throughout his temporary tenure in Starkville. In 2020 — his shortened freshman season — Bednar was utilized in quite a lot of methods by head coach Chris Lemonis, however has settled right into a extra common function as a starter in 2021.
For in addition to his brother’s Main League profession has begun (David owns 2.82 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 25 appearances for the Pirates this 12 months) the youthful Bednar tasks to be even higher. He doesn’t flip 21 for one more three days, however has already been projected as a primary spherical decide by The Athletic’s Keith Law.
Bednar is off to a robust begin within the 2021 postseason. In his lone look through the Regional stage, he went seven innings and surrendered two runs in opposition to Stamford. He’ll look to maintain his glorious sophomore marketing campaign rolling this weekend, when the Bulldogs host Notre Dame at Dudy Noble Area for his or her Tremendous Regional collection. Sport one is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. and shall be broadcast on ESPN.
Trent Vietmeier – Senior RHP, Louisiana State
Previous to his arrival at LSU, Veietmier — a Pittsburgh native — was a dominant two-way participant at Montour Excessive College in McKees Rocks. Along with his 174 strikeouts, 0.63 ERA and 14-3 document as a pitcher, Veitmeier batted .437.
Vietmeier is presently placing collectively one of the best season of his LSU profession. In 20 appearances, he owns a 3.50 ERA and a career-low opponent batting common of .209. The 6-foot-3 proper hander hasn’t allowed a run since Might 1 vs. Arkansas.
He’s been a staple of the Tigers’ bullpen on the Eugene Regional, throwing three mixed innings in as many video games in opposition to Gonzaga and Oregon. On Sunday, with a visit to the Tremendous Regionals hanging within the stability, he pitched in each of LSU’s wins, together with the decisive closing recreation vs. Oregon. He struck out 5 and surrendered only one hit and a stroll in two outings through the doubleheader.
After rising victorious from the loaded discipline in Eugene, the Tigers will return to SEC nation for his or her Tremendous Regional matchup with Tennessee, who will host LSU on their dwelling turf at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Sport one between Tigers and Volunteers is scheduled for 7 p.m. and shall be broadcast on ESPN2.
On the conclusion of this season, Vietmeier will join the West Virginia Black Bears of the newly created MLB Draft League, hoping to spice up his inventory for July’s draft.
Troy LaNeve – Sophomore Outfielder
LaNeve, a four-time All-WPIAL choice throughout his time at Pine-Richland Excessive College, has damaged on to the scene at among the finest baseball colleges within the nation this spring. After showing in solely two video games earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut down baseball throughout his freshman season, LaNeve grew to become a dependable glove all around the outfield and is batting .349 with 22 RBIs and 6 dwelling runs over simply 63 at bats.
He’s seen a dramatic uptick in taking part in time over the previous month. After solely recording solely two hits in eight at bats through the season’s first 10 weeks, he has made 19 of his 30 appearances within the month of Might and hit .364 over that span.
His current manufacturing hints at a extra vital function within the Tremendous Regionals. The Commodores, who didn’t lose any of their three contests through the Regional stage, will stay at dwelling for the subsequent spherical of the event. They may open the Supers in opposition to Jap Carolina on Friday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.