Eight Bearcats Competing in Summer League Baseball Action

Willamette goes 22-17 with 14 Conference Wins in 2014

By Brandon Chinn, Student Assistant Athletics Communications Director

SALEM, ORE. -- After ending the 2014 season with the highest winning percentage of any Bearcat baseball team since 2003, eight members of the Willamette University baseball team have been participating in baseball action this summer. In total, eight players are competing on six different summer league teams throughout the state of California.

"Baseball is a game of repetition and the best way to continue to improve is to play," Willamette head baseball coach Aaron Swick said. "Being able to send out guys to highly competitive summer leagues has allowed our players to continually get better and raise the level of talent in our program."

Brad Breier (Sr., C, Torrance, CA/South HS), Austin Hagarty (Jr., INF, Roseville, CA/Woodcreek HS) and Jackson Watt (Jr., RHP, Rocklin, CA/Whitney HS) are teaming up for the summer with the Sacramento Legends of the Sacramento Premier Baseball League. 

Breier has posted some impressive numbers in his short time with the Legends. Playing in 19 games with 13 starts, Breier is hitting .456 (26-for-57) with three doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs.

Hagarty has spent the summer playing in the middle infield. He is batting .327 (52-for-159) with eight doubles and 28 RBIs in 53 games this summer. Hagarty ranks third on the team with 41 walks and also has the second highest amount of steals on the Legends with 12.

After notching seven saves for Willamette in 2014, Watt is seeing some time as a starting pitcher with Sacramento. He has made 15 appearances, five of which have been starts. In 59.2 innings pitched, Watt is 3-0 with a 2.87 ERA. He has shown excellent command of the strike zone, posting a 42/9 strikeout to walk ratio.  

The Sacramento trio has helped guide the Legends to a 49-21 record, including an undefeated (11-0) conference record. The Legends won the 2014 Western Regional Championship earlier this summer.

Gordie Clary (Jr., 1B/LHP, Vacaville, CA/Vacaville HS) is spending time as both a position player and a pitcher with the Solano Mudcats of the Pacific West Baseball League. At the plate, he is 29-for-81 (.358) with 10 RBI and 21 runs scored. Through July 3, Clary leads the team with 23 walks on offense. 

Clary also owns a 2-0 record to go along with his 2.36 ERA. He has pitched 28.2 innings for the Mudcats this summer.

After pitching 15.1 innings for Willamette last spring, Evan Giddings (Jr., RHP, El Cerrito, CA/St. Mary's College HS) has manned the mound for the South Bay Storm of the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League (GSCBL).

He has made nine appearances with one start for the Storm, compiling a 2.41 ERA in 22.1 innings of work. Giddings finished his summer particularly strong, allowing no runs through his final 8.2 innings pitched.

Shea Harrison (Jr., UTL, El Cerrito, CA/El Cerrito HS) has played in 33 games with the Alameda Merchants in the GSCBL this summer. He is 19-for-73 at the plate (.260) with 8 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Last month, Harrison produced three consecutive multi-hit games on July 17, 19 and 22. 

Andrew Wilson (Sr., OF, Granite Bay, CA/Granite Bay HS) is also competing in the GSCBL as a member of the Auburn Wildcats.

Spending his second consecutive summer with the Wildcats, Wilson is 31-for-98 (.316) with five doubles, three homers and 29 RBIs. He has also scored 24 runs in 28 games played. Wilson's contributions helped the Auburn Wildcats win the Auburn Classic on August 3.

After finishing the 2014 season with a team-high six wins and a 2.84 ERA, Matthew Jepsen (So., LHP, Fallbrook, CA/Fallbrook HS) is continuing to work on his game with the San Diego Rips. In five starts this summer, the rising sophomore has a 2-1 record with a 1.71 ERA.

The Bearcats will finish out their respective summer baseball seasons before returning to campus in time for the first day of classes on August 25. The first day of baseball's fall practice schedule is officially set for September 16.

Brad Breier is hitting .456 with a home run and 10 RBIs in 19 games with the Sacramento Legends this summer.

Brad Breier is hitting .456 with a home run and 10 RBIs in 19 games with the Sacramento Legends this summer.