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Baseball

2011 Baseball Team
 
 
 
Head Coach: Doug Greenslate, #36 (14th year)
Baseball Coach Emeritus: Terry Bocian
Assistant Coach: Brandon Bard and Austin King
 
2014 Record: 23-22, 12 -14 WHAC
 
 
Team Statistics: Career Records
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2015 Schedule & Results

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME / SCORE RADIO
Fri., Feb. 20 vs. Roosevelt (1, 9 inning) Marion, Ill. 8 p.m.  
Sat., Feb. 21 vs. St. Francis (Ill.) (DH) Marion, Ill. 4:30 p.m.  
Sun. Feb 22 vs. Roosevelt (1, 9 inning) Marion, Ill. 2:30 p.m.  

Sun. - Sat.,

March 8-15

Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational Winter Haven, Fla.  
Tues., March 17 vs. Calumet St. Joseph (DH) Kimble Stadium 2 p.m.  
Wed., March 18 vs. Davenport* (DH) Kimble Stadium 2 p.m.  
Sat., March 21 @ Northwestern Ohio* (DH) Lima, Ohio

1 p.m.

 
Sun., March 22 @ Northwestern Ohio* (DH) Lima, Ohio

1 p.m.

 
Tues., March 24 vs. Muskegon Community Collge (1, 9 inning) Kimble Stadium 4 p.m.  
Thurs., March 26 vs. Grand Rapids Community College (1, 9 inning) Kimble Stadium

3:30 p.m.

 
Sat., March 28 vs. Siena Heights* (DH) Kimble Stadium 1 p.m.  
Sun., March 29 vs. Siena Heights* (DH) Kimble Stadium 1 p.m.  
Tues., March 31 vs. Cleary (DH) Kimble Stadium 2 p.m.  
Wed., April 1 vs. Cornerstone* (DH) Kimble Stadium 2 p.m.  
Thurs., April 2 @ Cornerstone JV (1, 9 inning) Grand Rapids, Mich. 5 p.m.  
Sat., April 4 @. Lourdes* (DH) Slyvania, Ohio 1 p.m.  
Mon., April 6 @ Lourdes* (DH) Slyvanis, Ohio 1 p.m.  
Tues., April 7 @ Olivet (1, 9 inning & 1 7 inning JV) Olivet, Mich. 2 p.m.  
Wed., April 8 @ Davenport* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. 2 p.m.  
Sat., April 11 @ Madonna* (DH) Livonia, Mich. 1 p.m.  
Sun., April 12 @ Madonna* (DH) Livonia, Mich. 1 p.m.  
Tues., April 14 vs. Cornerstone JV (1, 9 inning) Kimble Stadium 4 p.m.
Thurs., April 16 @ Grand Rapids Community College (1, 9 inning) Grand Rapids, Mich. 3:30 p.m.  
Sat., April 18 @ Marygrove* (DH) TBA 1 p.m.  
Sun, April 19 @ Marygrove* (DH) TBA 1 p.m.  
Tues., April 21 @ Hope (DH) Holland, Mich. 2 p.m.  
Wed., April 22 @ Cornerstone* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. 2 p.m.  
Sat., April 25 @ Concordia* (DH) Ann Arbor, Mich. 1 p.m.  
Sun., April 26 @ Concordia* (DH) Ann Arbor 1 p.m.  
Tues., April 28 vs. Calvin JV (1, 9 inning) Kimble Stadium 4 p.m.  
Wed., April 29 vs. Indiana Tech* (DH) Kimble Stadium 2 p.m.  
Thurs., April 30 vs. Indiana Tech* (DH) Kimble Stadium 2 p.m.  
*Denotes WHAC game
All game times EST
Schedule subject to change
 

Roster

No. Photos Name Pos CL B/T Hometown/High School (College)
1 Tanner Lung Tanner Lung INF Jr.* L/R Goodyear, Arizona/Desert Edge
2 Brad Slis Brad Slis INF Sr. R/R Marysville, Mich./Marysville
3 Paul Woloszyk Paul Woloszyk INF/OF So.* R/R Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East
4 Colin Brand Colin Brand INF Jr.* R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern
5 Michael Priest Michael Priest INF So. R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Catholic Central
6 David Foster David Foster LHP Sr. L/L Mount Pleasant, Mich./Muskegon Community College
7 Casey Wila Casey Wila INF So.* R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
8 Photo Not Available Michael Oshinski INF/RHP Jr. R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./Muskegon Community College
9 Photo Not Available Mike Eastman INF Fr. R/R Hastings, Mich./Hastings
10 Brendan Penny Brendan Penny LHP/OF Sr. L/L Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central
11 Photo Not Available Patrick Giddings INF Jr. R/R Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Community College
12 Photo Not Available Matt Krzykwa LHP Jr. L/L Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Catholic Central
14 Photo Not Available Jake Trimble INF Fr. L/R Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron
15 Tyler Fults Tyler Fults LHP Sr.* L/L Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Rapids Community College
16 Photo Not Available Collin Hickok RHP/C Fr. R/R Cedar Springs, Mich./Cedar Springs
17 Eric Berki Eric Berki RHP/INF So. R/R Saline, Mich./Saline
18 Photo Not Available Nick Eely RHP Jr. R/R Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Community College
19 Justen Caudill Justen Caudill INF/RHP Jr. L/R Monroe, Mich./Monroe
20 Greg Chulski Greg Chulski C Sr. R/R Kenowa Hills, Mich./Muskegon Community College
21 Cody Ritsema Cody Ritsema RHP/INF Fr.* R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./Kenowa Hills
22 Doug Zelenka Doug Zelenka OF So.* L/R Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven
23 Photo Not Available Luke Epple OF Jr. R/R Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Delta Community College
24 Jay Topp Jay Topp RHP So.* R/R Parchment, Mich./Parchment
25 Mark Lepri Mark Lepri INF/OF Sr. R/R Shelby Township, Mich./Wayne State
26 Christian Potter Christian Potter RHP Sr*. R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian
27 Photo Not Available Brandon Melchert LHP Jr. L/L Scottville, Mich./Muskegon Community College
28 Photo Not Available Zach Barnes RHP Fr. R/R Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming
33 Photo Not Available Kameron Joostberns RHP Jr. R/R Battle Creek, Mich./Kellogg Community College
35 Seth Holton Phillip Holt RHP Sr. R/R Holland, Mich./Kalamazoo Valley Communtiy College/Madonna
38 Ryan Ramsey Ryan Ramsey OF/RHP So. L/R Williamston, Mich./Williamston
39 Tyler Golembiewski Tyler Golembiewski C/INF So.* R/R Phoenix, Ariz./Seton Catholic
42 Ben Walton Ben Walton INF So. L/R Marshall, Mich./Marshall
44 Bryan Mitzner Bryan Mitzner LHP Jr.* L/L Shelby Township, Mich./Warren DeLaSalle
45 Mike DeClarke Mike DeClarke RHP/C Jr. L/R Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
* Denotes red-shirted one year (RS)
 

Coaches

Doug Greenslate

DOUG GREENSLATE- Head Coach

greendou@aquinas.edu

(616) 632-2935 (Office)

 

Doug Greenslate begins his 13th year as the head coach of the Saints with an overall record of 337-267-3. Greenslate's teams have averaged nearly 25 wins per year during his tenure as head coach. Doug guided the Saints to their first NAIA regional and Heartland Super Regional championships in 2005 earning the College's first appearance in the NAIA World Series. Greenslate prepped at Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore, Michigan, earning first team All-State honors in baseball. He played one year each at Mott Community College and Macomb Community College before transferring to Aquinas College in the fall of 1980. He has been a Saint ever since. Greenslate had a stellar pitching career both in college and in the semi-pro ranks. He was a member of the 1982 NAIA State championship team and a two time NBC national champion team member of the Grand Rapids Sullivans. Greenslate gained experience as a head coach managing several summer teams to City League titles. His summer teams advanced annually to the AABC Stan Musial Tournament in Battle Creek. He also assisted legendary NAIA Hall of Fame coach Terry Bocian for 16 prosperous years at Aquinas before taking over the helm nine years ago. Under the direction of Greenslate, Aquinas pitching staffs have annually been ranked as some of the top staffs in NAIA baseball. Doug holds both bachelors and masters degrees from Aquinas College. He and his wife, Ann, are proud parents of two sons, John and Joe. Doug is also the Director of Physical Services with the Physical Plant department of the College.

 
Coach Bocian

TERRY BOCIAN Baseball - Coach Emeritus

bociater@aquinas.edu

(616) 632-2475 (Office)

 

Coach Bocian was the head baseball coach at Aquinas College for 30 years. During his time he led the Saints to 1079 wins and became the first collegiate coach in Michigan history to record 1000 victories. During his tenure Aquinas had 30 consecutive winning seasons, made 30 consecutive post-season appearances, and had 27 consecutive seasons with 30 or more wins. Aquinas won seven NAIA State Championships and finished as runner-ups on ten other occasions. The Saints also won the WHAC championship six times in nine years. During his tenure 34 players were awarded All- American honors and another 17 players were given Academic All- American honors. Coach Bo was named Michigan NAIA coach of the year ten times and Region coach of the year four times. He has also served as Aquinas Athletic Director since 1978, expanding the athletic program from eight sports to its current level of 24 sports. He was named NAIA region AD of the year on three occasions and has served as region chairman for eight years.

 
Coach Bo was inducted in the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Hall of Fame in 1989, the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also given the GR March of Dimes Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He also was named Grand Rapids Catholic Central Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2002.
 
Brandon Bard

BRANDON BARD - Assistant Coach

 

Coach Bard begins his first season in the Saints baseball program.  He will primarily be working with the AQ hitters and catchers.  Prior to joining the Aquinas staff, he had been the head coach of the West Michigan Rip Tide select 18 and under team for the past seven seasons.  His teams were selected from players along the lakeshore from Manistee to Holland.  Bard led the Rip Tide to six tournament championships including a national tournament qualifying tournament at Notre Dame in 2012.  His squad went on to finish fifth in the nation.  In addition to coaching the Rip Tide he spent one year with the Muskegon Community College softball program as the squad won the Michigan state championship and NJCAA National Championship.  Bard was an outstanding prep standout at Muskegon Mona Shores before playing two successful years at Muskegon Community College for coaching legend Cap Pohlman.  He then transferred to Grand Valley State where he helped the Lakers to GLIAC championships.

 

Coach Bard's younger brother, Andrew, was a baseball standout at Aquinas College and graduated from the College in 2011. 
Coach Greenslate states" more impressive than Brandon's resume is his ability to teach and relate to young players.  He is a great addition to the staff."
   
Austin King

AUSTIN KING - Student Assistant Coach

 

Austin King joins the baseball staff after a very productive four year career with the Saints. King, an outstanding infielder and competitor, was a four year starter as a shortstop and third baseman. Coach Bocian states, " Austin was as good in the infield as anyone we ever had suit up and that includes two players who went onto play professionally." King was an outstanding competitor and a key to the Saints success. He will work with the infielders this year as well as help the hitters. Austin is also playing on the Aquinas golf team this year as he finishes his degree and looks forward to his May graduation. King prepped at Forest Hills Eastern where he was an outstanding three sport athlete.

   
 
 

Season Review

 

The Aquinas College baseball team finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 23-23.  The Saints posted a 12-14 league mark, finishing fifth, qualifying for the post season conference tournament. It was an interesting and challenging year for the Saints, who dealt with their share of adversity through injuries and weather issues.  It was the second consecutive season that weather impacted the number of games played.  Last year it was rain and flooding that shortened the season, and this year the long winter and cold spring caused the postponement of twelve games, including six league contests. Aquinas was scheduled to play their first home game March 18, but did not play on their home turf at Kimble Field until April 8.

 

The season started on a winning note in the warm sunshine on the team’s annual spring trip to Florida.  The Saint’s swept long-time rival St Xavier University in a pair of extra-inning games.  The team posted a winning record in Florida at 7-6, competing against teams from the Chicagoland Conference (St. Xavier, Trinity International, and Trinity Christian) and Midwest Collegiate Conference (Clarke and St Ambrose).  Aquinas headed north after a week of beautiful weather and seven consecutive days playing doubleheaders.  The team was confident and prepared to begin conference play when they returned, not knowing how the harsh winter and weather would affect them, or how injuries to key performers might impact the season.

 

Unprecedented snow and cold caused the Saints, and most college teams in Michigan, to play games on turfed fields until early April.  Fortunately, two league opponents, Cornerstone and Davenport having turf fields, enabled the Saints to play, and host games.  Unfortunately, Aquinas had to postpone non-league games and a few Junior Varsity games until early April.

 

Injuries affected the Saints throughout the season.  The pitching staff, viewed as one of the strengths of this year’s team, was impacted all year long.  Senior Kevin Schafer and Freshman Cody Ritsema, who pitched extremely well in Florida, injured their arms.  Ritsema was lost for the season, and Schafer recovered to contribute towards the end of the season. 

 

Top hurler Kaleb Ort had the most innings pitched at forty-two, with only five starts.  In all, Aquinas used fourteen pitchers who had at least five appearances with fifteen innings pitched.  No pitcher threw more than forty-two innings.  Five times during the season a pitcher was removed from the game because of an injury.  Position players dealt with their share of bumps and bruises during the season.  Not many players missed games due to Injury until senior Taylor Pawlanta injured his shoulder, causing him to miss the last conference series, as well as the WHAC Tournament.

The Saints struggled offensively this year.  Nineteen games were decided by one run, and the team played eight extra-inning games, winning four times.   Aquinas set a record for lowest team batting average at .269.  Kyle Orlowski led the team in hitting with a .331 batting average.  Taylor Pawlanta, Brendan Penny, and Brad Slis were the other top offensive performers.

 

The Saints posted a 12-14 Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference record.  The team won the season series against Cornerstone (3-1) and Madonna (2-0).  They split their series with Davenport (2-2), Indiana Tech (2-2), and Siena Heights (1-1).  The team lost to Northwestern Ohio (0-4), Concordia (1-2), and Lourdes (1-2).  This placed the team fifth in the conference standings and pitted them against Madonna in the opening game of the conference tournament.

 

The Saints played well in the tournament.  Strong pitching gave the Saint’s an opportunity to win, but the offense struggled to come up with big hits in key situations.  Madonna turned the tables on the Saint’s from the regular season, handing Aquinas both losses by the same score of 3-2.  Aquinas beat Concordia in the first game of the loser’s bracket, ensuring Aquinas of an overall record of 23-23.

 

The Saints only played four of their ten scheduled non-league games during the northern portion of their schedule.  Aquinas swept Hope College and beat Olivet, while losing to Calvin.  The team also played six Junior Varsity games, winning four of those contests, including wins against Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College. 

 

This year’s Dennis Molnar Award, as the team’s most valuable player, voted by teammates, went to Brendan Penny.  Aquinas did not have a first team all-league player this year.  Kyle Orlowski was an honorable mention outfielder.  Several players represented Aquinas on the Academic All-Conference Team, they included Kyle Kranz, Jimmy McDonagh, Kyle Orlowski, Jake Ritsema, and Brad Slis.  Brad Slis was the team’s top student, and earned status of Academic All American.

 

Dennis Molnar Award

Aquinas initiated the Dennis Molnar Award after the star first-baseman was killed in a car accident in Grand Rapids in November 1973. Molnar, a native of Toledo, Ohio, and graduate of Cardinal Stritch High School, player both baseball and basketball during his two years at Aquinas and was an outstanding hitter. Dennis led the team in home runs in 1973; some of his hitting records still stand. Molnar was also a fine student, a hardworking individual, and one of the most popular students on the Aquinas campus. The Molnar Award is awarded annually to the team's most valuable players after a vote by the team.
1974 Greg Antor 1975 Tim Matchinsky
1976 Tim Matchinsky 1976 Steve Lewis
1977 Tim Matchinsky 1977 Bob Jones
1977 Dennis King 1978 Kevin Chaney
1978 Dennis King 1979 Rick Heuvelman
1979 Mark Fredrickson 1980 Dave Gumpert
1980 Mark Hendrickson 1981 Don Kinney
1981 Mark Hendrickson 1982 Don Kinney
1982 Matt Niewiadomski 1983 Kevin Vizard
1984 Mike Heffron 1984 Tom Enslen
1985 Kim VonKronenberger 1985 Orlando Villareal
1986 Kevin Kendrick 1986 Clint Scollard
1987 Augie Tiseo 1987 Tim Komorous
1988 Jim Johnson 1988 Andy Postema
1989 Dan Zang 1989 Jim Johnson
1990 Paul Bastien 1990 Rod Rojas
1990 Matt Jones 1991 Tim Sullivan
1991 Jeff Readwin 1992 Jay Martin
1992 Joe Stacey 1993 Tom Vos
1993 Kurt Huizenga 1994 Kurt Huizenga
1994 Randy Shagena 1995 Nick Ursul
1995 Troy Wilcox 1996 Chris Waligora
1996 Chad Addicott 1997 Chad Addicott
1998 Jason Bialochowski 1998 Brian O'Toole
1998 Shawn Veenstra 1999 Travis Harden
1999 Shawn Veenstra 1999 Doug Austin
2000 Shawn Veenstra 2000 Brock Place
2000 John Pike 2001 Sean Ford
2001 Doug Austin 2001 Chris Laska
2002 Jason Ladd 2002 Greg Skiba
2002 Brandon Bailey 2003 Kyle Kracht
2003 John MacLeod 2004 Matt Bocian
2004 Tim Muma 2005 Kyle Finch
2005 Matt Soergel 2006 Tim Muma
2006 Matt Soergel 2006 Matt Spitzley
2007 Matt Soergel 2007 Lee Moser
2008 Bud Giddings 2008 Drew Oosterhouse
2009 Corey Gross 2009 Jon Morse
2009 Marc Sobota 2010 Joe Welton
2010 Jon Good 2010 Kennen Less
2011 Austin King 2011 Vince Misiewicz
2011 Kennen Less 2012 Ryan Grigonis
2012 Michael Penny 2012 Nick Kissane
2013 Michael Penny 2013 Nick Kissane
2013 Josh Drake 2014 Brendan Penny
 

Pro Signings

The following players have signed professional contracts and played professional and / or coached in professional baseball. Below they are listed with the team that they originally signed with:
Player Year Team
Lee Moser 2008 Sioux Falls Canaries
John MacLeod 2006 Atlantic City Surf
Aaron Reid 2002 Gary Southshore Railcats
Sean Ford 2001 Johnstown
Travis Harden 2000 New York Mets/Evansville
Sonny Thompson 1998 Boston Red Sox
Troy Wilcox 1995 Cincinnati Reds
Dave Joppie 1995 Oakland A's (Manager/Coach)
Kurt Huizenga 1994 Houston Astros
Randy Shagena 1994 Florida Marlins
Andy Postema 1987 Detroit Tigers
Paul Assenmacher 1983 Atlanta Braves
Dave Gumpert 1981 Detroit Tigers
Tom Rentschler 1981 Texas Rangers
Greg Antor 1974 Boston Red Sox
Mike Vernier 1972 Atlanta Braves