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Head Coach: Doug Greenslate, #36 (14th year)
Baseball Coach Emeritus: Terry Bocian
Assistant Coach: Brandon Bard and Austin King
 
2015 Record: 22-30, 15-20 WHAC
 
 
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2015 Schedule & Results

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME / SCORE RADIO

Sun. - Sat.,

March 8-14

Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational Winter Haven, Fla.  
Sun., March 8 vs. William Penn (IA) (DH) Auburndale, Fla. W 3-2, L 1-4  
Mon., March 9 vs. Alderson Broaddus (WV) (1, 9 inning) Auburndale, Fla. W 14-6  
Mon., March 9 vs. Albion JV ( 7 inning) Auburndale, Fla. W 9-8  
Tues., March 10 vs. Purdue Calumet (IN) (1, 9 inning) Winter Haven, Fla. L 8-9  
Wed., March 11 vs. St. Francis (IN) JV (1, 7 inning) Lakeland, Fla. T 3-3  
Wed., March 11 @ Embry Riddle (1, 9 inning) Daytona, Fla. L 8-16  
Thurs., March 12 vs. Wheaton (Ill) JV (1, 7 inning) Frostproof, Fla. W 13-0  
Thurs., March 12 vs. William Penn (IA) (1, 9 inning) Frostproof, Fla. L 3-9  
Fri., March 13 vs. Wayne State (NE) (1, 9 inning) Winter Haven, Fla. L 2-8  
Sat., March 14 @ Trinity Baptist Jacksonville, Fla. W 5-1  
Mon., March 16 vs. Grand Valley State @ Cornerstone Grand Rapids, Mich.

L 7-11

 
Wed., March 18 @ #8 Davenport* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 2-3, L 3-13  
Sat., March 21 @ Northwestern Ohio* (DH) Lima, Ohio

L 0-12, L 4-8

 
Sun., March 22 @ Northwestern Ohio* (DH) Lima, Ohio L 0-7, L 0-2  
Tues., March 24 vs. Muskegon Community Collge (1, 9 inning) Kimble Stadium L 0-11  
Thurs., March 26 vs. Grand Rapids Community College (1, 9 inning) Kimble Stadium

L 13-14

 
Sat., March 28 vs. Siena Heights* (DH) Kimble Stadium W 13-8, W 7-5  
Sun., March 29 vs. Siena Heights* (DH) Kimble Stadium W 11-5  
Tues., March 31 vs. Cleary (DH) Kimble Stadium W 5-4, L 4-13  
Wed., April 1 vs. Cornerstone* (DH) Kimble Stadium W 8-6, W 6-3  
Thurs., April 2 @ Cornerstone JV (1, 9 inning) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 4-3  
Sat., April 4 @ Lourdes* (DH) Sylvania, Ohio L 8-12, W 7-2  
Mon., April 6 @ Lourdes* (DH) Sylvania, Ohio

W 4-3, L 3-4

 
Tues., April 7 @ Olivet (1, 9 inning & 1, 7 inning JV) Olivet, Mich. W 9-1  
Wed., April 8 @ Davenport* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 2-6, L 0-4  
Sat., April 11 @ Madonna* (DH) Livonia, Mich. L 2-8, L 2-4  
Sun., April 12 @ Madonna* (DH) Livonia, Mich. L 0-5, L 0-1 (10)  
Tues., April 14 vs. Cornerstone JV (1, 9 inning) Kimble Stadium W 7-4
Thurs., April 16 @ Grand Rapids Community College (1, 9 inning) Grand Rapids, Mich. W 11-4  
Fri, April 17 vs. Marygrove* (DH) Kimble Stadium W 7-0, W 14-3  
Sat., April 18 vs. Marygrove* (DH) Kimble Stadium W 12-2, W 4-2  
Tues., April 21 @ Hope Holland, Mich.

W 8-5

 
Thurs., April 23 @ Cornerstone* (DH) Grand Rapids, Mich. L 2-3, L 0-5  
Sat., April 25 @ Concordia* (DH) Ann Arbor, Mich. L 7-8, W 9-1  
Sun., April 26 @ Concordia* (DH) Ann Arbor, Mich. W 9-5, L 2-5  
Tues., April 28 vs. Northwood Kimble Stadium L 3-13  
Wed., April 29 vs. Indiana Tech* (DH) Kimble Stadium W 4-2, L 2-7  
Thurs., April 30 vs. Indiana Tech* (DH) Kimble Stadium W 12-2, L 3-7  

 

Mon., May 7

 

WHAC Tournament @ Siena Heights

vs. Northwestern Ohio

Adrian, Mich.

L 2-10

 
Mon., May 7

WHAC Tournament @ Siena Heights

vs. Cornerstone

Adrian, Mich. W 9-2  
Wed., May 9

WHAC Tournament @ Siena Heights

vs. Indiana Tech

Adrian, Mich. L 2-14  
*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/OF 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 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/OF 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/OF So.* R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic
8 Michael Oshinski Michael Oshinski INF/RHP Jr. R/R Grand Rapids, Mich./Muskegon Community College
9 Mike Eastman Mike Eastman INF Fr. R/R Hastings, Mich./Hastings
10 Brendan Penny Brendan Penny LHP/INF Sr. L/L Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Catholic Central
11 Patrick Giddings Patrick Giddings INF Jr. R/R Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon Community College
12 Matt Krzykwa Matt Krzykwa LHP Jr. L/L Grand Rapids, Mich./GR Catholic Central
14 Jack Trimble Jack Trimble INF Fr. L/R Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron Northern
15 Tyler Fults Tyler Fults LHP Sr.* L/L Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Rapids Community College
16 Collin Hickok Collin Hickok RHP/C Fr. R/R Cedar Springs, Mich./Cedar Springs
17 Eric Berki Eric Berki INF So. R/R Saline, Mich./Saline
18 Nick Eely 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 Luke Epple Luke Epple OF Jr. R/R Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Delta Community College
24 Jay Topp Jay Topp RHP So.* R/R Kalamazoo, 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 Brandon Melchert Brandon Melchert LHP Jr. L/L Scottville, Mich./Muskegon Community College
28 Zach Barnes Zach Barnes RHP Fr. R/R Wyoming, Mich./Wyoming
33 Kameron Joostberns Kameron Joostberns RHP Jr. R/R Battle Creek, Mich./Kellogg Community College
35 Phillip Holt 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 Preview

The Aquinas College Saints Baseball Team enters the 2015 campaign ready and anxious to improve upon last year’s 23-23 season.  Although the Saints battled to a .500 record last year, the weather and injuries had a significant impact on the team.  This year, leadership, team chemistry, and a renewed desire to improve and compete, are positive reasons why the Saints believe they’ll challenge the top teams in the conference, and battle for a conference championship.

 

This year’s team returns twenty-four players and welcomes six Junior College transfers and four freshman.  Based on the fall season, this year’s squad will be improved in several areas.  The transfer players will provide the most positive impact on the team.  The Saint’s will have a new left side of the infield, providing improved defense and offense.  The pitching staff will have experienced depth with eight upperclassmen returning, and three transfers contributing.  The outfield will be revamped this year, with new starters at each position.  There’s more depth in the outfield with the addition of one transfer, but a quick maturation process of this group will be a key component for the success of the team this spring.

Pitching

The pitching staff has the makings to be the strength of this year’s team, but time will tell how this staff responds to the challenge of a new season, and the adversities it will face along the way.  The staff boasts quality experience, a great mix of left and right handed pitchers, a taste of success, and a strong desire for more.  Consistency, and an improvement in strikeouts to walks ratio, is the key to success for this year’s pitching staff. 

 

The coaching staff has the luxury of choosing from up to eight quality starting pitchers.  The four starters for league games were determined by the end of the fall season, but competition remains, and the conference starters could change depending on the success a pitcher is having.  The conference schedule dictates that six starters will be necessary, and with non-conference games sprinkled throughout the schedule, the Saints will need as many as eight starting pitchers.  This bodes well for this year’s team.

 

Nick Eely, a right handed junior transfer from Muskegon Community College, will anchor the top spot in the Saints rotation.  Nick’s fastball has the top velocity on the pitching staff, and he commands the strike zone with his effective off speed pitches.  He’ll pair with left handed senior, David Foster, a former teammate at Muskegon.  Foster pitched the second most innings for the Saints last year, and expects to improve on the 3-3 record and 6.00 era he posted in his first year with the team.

 

The staff welcomes back Matt Krzykwa after a red shirt season.  Matt has posted a 5-4 record with a 5.31 era, in his first two seasons with team.  He has accumulated 58 strikeouts in 57.2 innings pitched.  Krzykwa, a standout for the Aquinas Hockey team the past three years, has hung up the skates, and is looking forward to the season ahead.  He’ll be paired with Brendan Penny, as a formidable left handed combination, in the third and fourth games of a weekend conference doubleheader. 

 

Penny led last year’s staff in appearances (13), and posted a 5-2 record with an era of 5.30, with 2 saves.  Penny will pitch the fourth game of a conference weekend set because he’ll be the Saints starting first baseman this spring.  Brendan, was voted a team captain last year, and started forty games in centerfield, hitting .309.  Penny was voted the team’s most valuable player for his efforts.  He enters his senior campaign as the team’s leader, and one of the best pitcher/player combinations in the baseball program’s history. 

  

Seniors Tyler Fults and Christian Potter, will be the Saints fifth and sixth starters.  Fults has the ability to be a top pitcher.  Consistency is the key for this lefty.  Tyler will pitch in league games out of the bullpen on weekends and start league games played during the week.  Potter had limited success last year due to injuries.  When healthy, Christian has pitched effectively.  He has worked hard to remain healthy, and could give the team a big lift.

 

Phil Holt, a senior right hander, and Bryan Mitzner, a junior left hander, will provide depth and experience.  Both pitched nearly 30 innings last year, with 2-2 records. Again, consistency within the strike zone is the key ingredient for these two to be valuable contributors. 

 

This year’s bullpen will rely on a number of arms.  Some will be spot starters as mentioned above.  Others will gain experience, as most are new to the program.  

 

Mike DeClarke returns as an experienced reliever.  He posted the second most appearances (12) last year, and posted a 1-1 record with an era of 2.57, with a save.  Mike will have an extended role this year as the team’s backup catcher.  He has a great work ethic, and has trained hard in the off season to condition himself for his role on the team.

 

Other bullpen pitchers with experience are Kameron Joostberns and Michael (MJ) Oshinski.  Joostberns is a right handed pitcher and transfer from Kellogg Community College.  He battled through some shoulder issues this fall, but showed that he will be a valuable contributor, if healthy.  MJ Oshinski, yet another transfer from Muskegon Community College, will be used as a closer this spring.  MJ is also projected to be the Saints starting third baseman.  Oshinski displayed his versatility this past fall by showing command of the strike zone from the mound, with an effective slider.  Although Ryan Ramsey didn’t pitch last year, this sophomore right hander has been throwing bullpens, and may get an opportunity to throw this spring.  Ryan pitched in high school at Williamston, and contributed to last year’s team as an outfielder and designated runner.

 

Two freshman right handed pitchers will help this year.  Zach Barnes from Wyoming High School, and Collin Hickok from Cedar Springs High School will earn their share of innings.  Hickok was a very successful high school pitcher.  He pitches over the top with an excellent breaking pitch.  Zach Barnes sustained a knee injury his senior season, but showed this fall that he could contribute with his deceptive arm angle and fine breaking ball.

Injuries have affected the quality of the pitching staff in the recent past.  This year’s team will be impacted by injuries to several pitchers.  Cody Ritsema will red shirt this year due to Tommy John surgery last August.  Left handed transfer, Brandon Melchert, is recovering from a broken leg he suffered during conditioning last November.  He’s working hard to contribute at some point this spring.  Jay Topp, a red shirt sophomore, is another pitcher dealing with health issues.   One of the top right handed pitchers his freshman season, Topp is still an unknown quantity after sitting out last year due to injury.  He hopes to be competing sometime this spring.

 

INFIELD

The infield has a different look in 2015.  Three of the four positions will have new starters.  The infield play should be improved with more depth and an improved defense.

 

Two starters return from last year’s team.  Senior, Brad Slis, started at shortstop last year and had an excellent season.  Brad won the starting shortstop position in Florida with a hot start offensively.  He ended the season batting .306, while leading the starting players in on base percentage at .441, and in sacrifices, with thirteen.  Slis earned Academic All American honors for his efforts on the field and in the classroom.  He’s the team’s top student in terms of grade point average.  Slis has not lost his spot this year, but has been replaced with the addition of two transfers, Patrick Giddings and MJ Oshinski.  The coaching staff will find opportunities for Brad including designated hitter.  The other returning starter is Colin Brand at second base.  Brand, a red shirt junior, had a down year offensively last year, but is expected to bounce back strong this year.  Colin is a veteran player in the program, displaying quick hands and feet defensively.  There’s high expectations for Brand going into this season.

 

This year’s starting shortstop is junior transfer, Patrick Giddings.  Another Muskegon Community College transfer, Giddings has great range at shortstop, with a strong arm defensively.  During the fall season he led the team offensively, earning the number three spot in the Saints batting order.  He is joined on the left side of the infield by MJ Oshinski.  Oshinski, a Grand Rapids Catholic Central graduate, is a welcome addition to the team for his athleticism, foot speed, and defensive ability.  As previously mentioned, MJ will contribute as a closer out of the bullpen because of his tenacity and strong arm.

 

The Saints starting first baseman will be Brendan Penny.  Penny was the Saint’s starting centerfielder last season, but makes the switch to first base because of his overall ability to play offense and defense.  Brendan has played first base in the past, and with his role as a starting pitcher, playing first base will be good for his arm, and will bode well for the team.

 

When Penny pitches, the Saints have a number of players battling for the first base position.  Returning for his junior season is Justen Caudill.  Caudill started twenty-one games between designated hitter and first base last year.  He led the team in extra base hits (12), and slugging percentage .526.  Look for Justen to improve his game as the season progresses, as he led the Aquinas hockey team as a captain this winter.  Battling for playing time at first base are sophomores Ben Walton and Eric Berki.  Walton has a potent left handed bat, and is working at his defensive ability.  Berki, is a converted pitcher who’s trying to make up ground defensively.  Eric displays strong bat speed and is trying to make an impact offensively.  Both Berki and Walton could give the Saints a lift offensively, as designated hitters.  Other first base candidates are Mark Lepri and MJ Oshinski.

 

Other infielders are sophomore second baseman, Paul Woloszyk, freshman Jack Trimble, and freshman Mike Eastman.  Woloszyk started ten games at second base last season, and provides the Saints a steady backup with a strong small ball game.  Trimble is a welcome addition.  He shows good athleticism, very good defensive abilities, and adds a left handed bat to the lineup.  Mike Eastman is a walk on freshman from Hasting High School.  Mike will be a backup third baseman.  He has impressed the coaching staff with his work ethic and strength.

 

CATCHING

Three catchers return from last year’s team, led by senior, Greg Chulski.  Chulski started twenty –two games last year for the Saints, and is expected to carry more of the load behind the dish this year.  Greg displays a strong arm and very good rapport with the pitching staff.  He batted .254 a year ago, and is capable of producing a higher average this year.  Chulski’s a hard working catcher and a leader behind the plate.

As for hard workers, you would be hard pressed to find someone on the team that works harder, or is more dedicated then Mike DeClarke.  Mike will catch more this year, as well as pitch out of the bullpen.  As mentioned previously, Mike was one of the top relief pitchers last year.  He was seldom used as a catcher.  Mike receives the ball very well as a catcher, and possesses a strong arm.  His left handed bat allows versatility at the position.   Mike has a challenging role on the team, but looks forward to the opportunity.

 

Tyler Golembiewski is the Saints third catcher.  Gumby, as he is known by teammates, has shown steady improvement as a red shirt sophomore.   His strength is his ability to hit, as he continues to progress with his throwing and receiving.

 

OUTFIELD

The outfield has an entirely new look this year, as a few players are taking on new roles.  Starting in centerfield will be sophomore, Mike Priest.  Mike had a solid season his freshman year in a limited role.  He started only five games, but played in twenty-four.  In thirty-two at bats last year he hit .375, and displayed the ability to contribute in many ways.  His athletic ability and versatility are the main reasons why the coaching staff feels that Priest is deserving of this opportunity.

 

Priest will be flanked by two new outfielders.  Mark Lepri moves from first base to right field, and Casey Wila will be the Saints starting left fielder.  Lepri enters his senior year, and second year in the program, with high expectations.  His size, strength, and raw ability, have the coaching staff and pro scouts mesmerized with his capability.   Although his statistical numbers were not impressive a year ago, Mark was recovering from a major illness throughout the season.  This year, Mark is healthy, and is looking forward to contributing from the outfield.  The coaching staff is confident in Lepri, and eager to see how he’ll improve over the course of the season.  The starting left fielder is sophomore, Casey Wila.   Wila played infield last season, but mostly designated hitter, and started eighteen games.  Casey worked in left field last summer and in the fall, and the coaching staff is happy with the progress he’s made defensively.  Offense is where Casey is expected to contribute the most.  He’s shown the ability to hit for power and drive in runs.

 

Providing depth in the outfield and competing for valuable playing time are junior transfer Luke Epple from Delta Community College, and returning junior Tanner Lung.  Epple will contribute because of his experience and baseball intelligence.  Luke is an excellent defender with a strong throwing arm.  He has strong skills in the small ball game, and is a valuable addition to the team.  Tanner Lung has been an infielder battling heath issues in his first three years in the program.  A red shirt junior, Lung will see action in the outfield this year.  He showed this past fall the ability to run down fly balls defensively.  On offense, Tanner hits from the left side and uses the bunting game effectively.

 

Doug Zelenka and Ryan Ramsey are returning outfielders that will supply depth and battle for quality playing time.  Zelenka, a red shirt sophomore, has seen limited playing time his first three years.  This is due to playing hockey for the Saints, and the weather, which has caused the Saints to lose twenty-six regular season games over two years.  The coaching staff is hopeful Doug will have a breakout season in 2015.  Sophomore, Ryan Ramsey, played in thirty-two games last season, mostly as designated runner.  A conscientious worker, Ramsey continues to improve his game, and this year will contribute as a pitcher for the team.

 

Brendan Penny, last year’s starting center fielder, will be an option in the outfield as well.

 

SCHEDULE

The Saints are scheduled to open their season February 20, 2015 in Marion Illinois.  This four game weekend series against St Francis, IL and Roosevelt University, from the Chicagoland Conference, would be a program first, as the team usually opens the season in Florida on their annual spring break trip.

 

This year’s Florida schedule will give the Saints a tough measuring stick for their season.  The Saints play two NCAA Division II schools, Alderson Broaddus, WV, and Wayne State, NE.  The Saints also play nationally ranked Embry Riddle University, and William Penn, IA from the Midwest Collegiate Conference.  In all, Aquinas will play eight varsity games and three JV games in a seven day span.

 

The Saints are scheduled to open their northern schedule at home on March 17 this year versus Calumet St. Joseph’s.  The following day they open Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play against Davenport.  Davenport and Northwest Ohio have been tabbed as preseason favorites to win the conference this year.  The Saints travel to Lima Ohio, to take on the Racers, the first weekend series in league play.  

 

Marygrove joins the conference this year.  Teams will play thirty-six conference games, mostly on weekends, in a four game series.  The top six teams will advance to the conference tournament, hosted by Siena Heights.  This year, because of the addition of Marygrove, the WHAC will send two conference schools to the national tournament.  The winner of the regular season, and the winner of the conference tournament will represent the WHAC in the forty-five team tournament.  Aquinas has not advanced to one of the nine regional tournaments since the NAIA instituted the five team regional format in 2011.  The Saints hope to qualify in 2015.

 

Many of the non-league games and junior varsity contests have been postponed the last couple of years.  The Saints are hoping to play a full schedule this year with non-league games against Cleary University, Olivet, and Hope College.  The Saints are also scheduled to play ten junior varsity contests against Muskegon Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Cornerstone, Calvin, and Olivet.

 

 

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