The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
Through two season at College of San Mateo, all Miles Mastrobuoni did was produce hits.
In his first season as a baseball junior transfer at University of Nevada-Reno, the left-handed hitting middle infielder has picked up right where he left off.
After posting a .330 career batting at CSM, Mastrobuoni entered weekend play leading the Mountain West Conference in batting average, while ranking 14th in nation among all NCAA Division-I hitters. After going 4 for 12 in a weekend three-game series against University of New Mexico, Mastrobuoni has carved a niche out at the top of the Wolfpack order batting .447, while in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak.
Nevada’s start in MWC play wasn’t quite the success as its junior second baseball. The Wolfpack lost their first five conference games prior to snapping the skid Sunday with a 7-6 win over New Mexico. Nevada is now 5-10 overall with a 1-5 mark in MWC play.
“It’s been a rough week,” Mastrobuoni said. “It’s nice to get back on the winning side of things, for sure. We’ve got a chance to turn things around now. We’ve got that winning taste in our mouth.”
Prior to the three-game series at home against New Mexico, Nevada had played eight of nine previous games on the road. And the Wolfpack is right back out the door, travelling to Moraga for a Tuesday matchup against Saint Mary’s at 3 p.m.
The trip gives Mastrobuoni a chance to rekindle an old rivalry with Gaels outfielder Austin Lonestar. With Mastrobuoni hailing from Granada High School-Livermore, and Lonestar from De La Salle-Danville, the two match up plenty in their East Bay League days. Of course, they also played as teammates for two years at CSM.
• In the NAIA ranks, Cañada College transfer Randy Ventura had a monster series for Bethany College-Kansas in a four-game split with Saint Mary-Kansas. The left-handed slugger went 9 for 14, including a pair of 4-for-5 performances. The Puerto Rican native Ventura is now batting .375 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.
• In Division II action, Another Cañada transfer, Daly City native Chris Miguel, went 4 for 5 in Rogers State’s 10-7 win over St. Mary’s-San Antonio Saturday. Miguel fell a triple shy of the cycle, clubbing a double and his first home run of the year. Skyline College transfer Ismael Orozco went 2 for 4 with an RBI in the game and Cañada transfer and El Camino alum Josh Eclavea picked up his fourth win of the year.
• Oregon left-hander Matt Krook didn’t get out of the first inning in Oregon’s 9-3 loss to Mississippi State Saturday. The sophomore left-hander went two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs on two hits while walking five. Both outs Krook recorded were strikeouts. The redshirt sophomore out of St. Ignatius by way of San Mateo has now struck out 28, but walked 15, through 17 2/3 innings over four starts.