The Ursinus College Baseball team made sure that one thing was clear through the first week of conference play, it’s not 2016 anymore. The Bears have already surpassed their win total in conference play from last year with only 6 games under their belt. The Bears have asserted themselves as serious contenders for the Centennial Conference title.
The highlight of the year so far was Wednesday’s upset victory at Haverford. The reigning Centennial Conference champions hosted the Bears for a Wednesday afternoon tilt in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
Sophomore David Drea got the start on the mound for Ursinus and did not disappoint in his second start of the season. Drea went 5 innings with only giving up 2 earned runs to the Fords. Matt Radwanski came in for Drea in the 6th inning and ended up going 3.1 innings while surrendering 4 earned runs. Senior Lou Aikins earned the save replacing Radwanski in the middle of the 9th.
At the plate, the Bears were hot from the start. The star of the day was CJ Diana who went 4-5 from the plate with 4 RBIs. In doing so, the senior got his 100th career hit, joining an exclusive list of players to reach 100 hits for the Bears.
Seniors Kieran Geyer and Austin Kurey also had successful days. Geyer batted 2-for-3 at the plate and also scored 3 runs while Kurey got his first home run of the season on Wednesday. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Freshman Dom Fiorentino continued to impress as a starter. The rookie was 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs for the Bears.
The Bears looked to translate their weekday success to weekend success as their squared off with McDaniel in a weekend doubleheader in Westminster, Maryland. The Green Terror came into the weekend without a win in conference play so the Bears knew they had to come out of the series with at least one win.
The Bears topped that by picking up both wins at McDaniel thanks to the continued success at the plate alongside great pitching efforts from their aces Seth Regensburg and Pierce Greenleaf. Regensburg and Greenleaf have clearly cemented themselves as the team’s top 2 options at the mound. Regensburg went 8 full innings with 5 earned runs to pick up his 4th victory of the season. Greenleaf went 7.1 innings on the mound against the Green Terror while also giving up 5 earned runs. Greenleaf earned his 5th win of the season and is now 5-0 when starting for Ursinus, safe to say the Bears have found their ace.
The wins bumped the Bears to 5-0 in conference play and dropped the Green Terror to 0-5. After only picking up 2 wins in Centennial Conference play in 2016 it’s safe to say this team is much more talented and determined group than last season.