Auburn Baseball: Summer Ball Update (July 18)

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Bradley Ray
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Bradley Ray
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July 18, 2007

A weekly look at how the Tigers playing in summer leagues did over the past week. Included in this week's update is Bradley Ray being named the Valley League Player of the Week and Joseph Sanders getting some work on the hill.

Cape Cod League
The Harwich Mariners went 4-1-1 over the last week to improve to 11-16-1 and move within five points of fourth-place Brewster in the Eastern Division ... Evan Crawford pitched three times over the last week, throwing the final 2.2 innings of a 3-3 tie on Wednesday before picking up his third save of the summer on Sunday ... In his first outing Crawford allowed two base runners and struck out four while in his save he allowed one run on three hits in an inning ... Crawford returned to the hill on Monday and did not allow a run in 1.2 innings, striking out three ... On the year, Crawford is 0-0 with three saves and 0.84 ERA in 21.1 innings ... In 11 outings this season, he has allowed just 10 hits and two earned runs ... Mike Bianucci packed his bags and left the Cape this past week due to a minor injury ... Bianucci's summer ended with him hitting .228 in 19 games with three homers and 10 RBI, stealing nine bases.

Coastal Plain League
Sean Ray threw 6.0 innings of relief a week ago Wednesday and did not allow a run while fanning six as he picked up his first win of the summer ... His team, the Peninsula Pilots, won three out of four games last week to move to 6-5 in the second half of the season, 2.0 games out of first ... Ray's action on Wednesday was his only of the week as Peninsula went 17-innings that day ... The outing helped Ray lower his ERA to 3.78 on the season with 20 Ks.

Clark Griffith League
The Fairfax Nationals went 2-3 over the last seven days to move to 28-9 on the season and are currently three-games out of first place ... Eric Skinner went just 3-for-16 on the week to drop his batting average to .273 while teammate Grant Dayton did not get any innings in on the mound over the last week.

New England Collegiate Baseball League
Austin Hubbard and the Newport Gulls remain tied atop the Southern Division standings, having compiled a 19-11 record to date ... Hubbard suffered his first loss of the summer a week ago, allowing five runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings of a 6-2 loss ... He then bounced back with a terrific outing on Monday, throwing 7.0 innings of shutout ball ... Though he did not factor in the decision (Newport won, 3-2, with a run in the bottom of the ninth), Hubbard looked strong, striking out eight to up his season strikeout total to 39, fourth in the league ... Hubbard is now 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts (37.1 IP).

Shenandoah Valley League
After being overshadowed by some of his Auburn teammates, Bradley Ray had a breakout week in the Valley League, nabbing Player of the Week honors ... Ray finished the week tied for the league lead in home runs (two), RBI (seven) and runs scored (eight) ... Ray also compiled a .320 batting average, a double, a .600 slugging percentage and a stolen base as his Front Royal Cardinals went 2-4 over the last week ... The Covington Lumberjacks played .500 ball over the past week (3-3) with some help from Auburn as Michael Hurst threw 0.2 innings of shutout relief on Thursday in a 6-2 win and then picked up his first save on Sunday with 2.0 innings of shutout ball ... With his two outings, Hurst dropped his ERA to 1.17 ... Ty Kelley also saw some work this week for Covington, but was not as fortunate as he was tagged for six runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in 1.1 innings on Friday ... Covington is now 15-19 ... Bryan Woodall (two) and Luke Greinke have combined to pick up each of Winchester's last three wins as the Royals moved into fourth place ... Woodall earned the win on Sunday with 1.1 innings of shutout relief while Greinke allowed three runs in a 6.2-inning start on Monday as the Royals won 15-5 ... Woodall then returned to the hill on Tuesday and threw a perfect 10th-inning on Tuesday as Winchester won in extra-innings ... Woodall (who also threw a perfect ninth on Thursday) is now 2-2 on the year with a 2.25 ERA while Greinke is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA ... Greinke, who is now hitting clean-up, also had another solid week at the plate as he upped his league-leading batting average to .416 ... The surprise of the week came in Monday's 15-5 win however as Joseph Sanders saw his first action on the mound, throwing the final inning, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout ... Sanders is currently hitting .293, up 26 points from last week ... Scott Shuman allowed two runs on five hits in 3.0 innings, striking out five without issuing a walk in his only appearance of the week.

Click here for the Winchester Star's article on Greinke.