24 Former Vols Lace Up Their Cleats All Across the Country on Opening Weekend
February 20, 2020
Friday, February 14th was not only Valentine’s Day, but also the unofficial start to the college baseball season. Several former John A. Logan College Volunteers suited up with Division 1 teams after completing successful careers at John A Logan.
Trent Johnson (2016) – Redshirt senior at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The right handed pitcher and the Green Wave opened their season with three home wins against Florida Gulf Coast.
Josh Scheer (2016) – Redshirt senior at the University of Memphis. The righthanded pitcher and the tigers opened up against Xavier University. Scheer made two appearances out of the bullpen on opening weekend going 1.2 innings while striking out three and only allowing one hit.
Dylan Givens (2016) – Redshirt senior at Southern Illinois University. The right handed pitcher and the Salukis are off to a 3-2 start after winning a series at Jackson State in Mississippi to open the year. Givens made one appearance out of the bullpen going 4.2 innings and striking out 4.
Taylor Grider (2016) – Redshirt senior at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Taylor has made one start on the mound getting a win over #17 Texas Wesleyan University.
Collin Clayton (2018) – Senior at Missouri State University. The super utility player has played infield and outfield for the Bears. Missouri State opened the year with a series win over Central Arkansas University.
Jeremy Gaines (2018) – Junior middle infielder at Illinois State University. Gaines played in two games during the Redbirds opening series at University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Jack Wilson (2018) – Senior infielder at Western Kentucky University. Wilson started all three games in the Hilltoppers’ series win against Valparaiso University. He contributed three hits with a double and two RBI in the opening weekend.
Cameron Touchette (2018) – Senior outfielder at Kent State University. Touchette started three games in the Golden Flash’s opening weekend. He hit .333 with two doubles and three runs scored while playing center field. Kent State opened the season in Port Charlotte, Florida against University of Iowa, Indiana State University and St. Joseph’s University.
AJ Lewis (2018) – Senior catcher for Eastern Kentucky University. Lewis was ranked in the preseason top 150 collegiate hitters. He started all three games of the Colonels opening weekend sweep of Presbyterian College. Lewis hit .333 on the weekend with a double, homerun and four RBIs.
Shane Peisker (2018) – Senior outfielder at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Peisker is leading the Marian offense hitting .548 with four doubles, nine runs scored and seven RBIs starting all eight games for the Knights.
Brenden Heiss (2018) –Senior pitcher with the #4 ranked Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. The Fire are off to a 10-1 start with Heiss going 2-1 in three starts. The right hander has pitched 13.1 innings and struck out 20 while only allowing seven hits.
Davin Marcomb (2018) – Davin is a right handed pitcher in his senior season at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. The Owls are currently 7-2 on the season. Davin has made four appearances out of the bullpen as the William Woods’ closer earning a save in each outing. He has currently thrown 3.2 innings with eight strikeouts and only allowing one run.
Luke Brown (2019) – Luke is a left handed hitting center fielder playing his junior season at the University of Louisville. The Cardinals were ranked by some as the #1 team in the country entering the season. They opened their season at #15 University of Mississippi. Brownie made three starts collecting three hits and a walk while playing centerfield. The Cardinals will host Valparaiso University next weekend.
Hunter Sullivan (2019) –Junior pitcher, first-base, third-base at Middle Tennessee State University. The Blue Raiders opened their season at #19 University of North Carolina with Sullivan playing in two of the three games.
Sam Frontino (2019) – Junior infielder at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers opened their season going 3-1 in Port Charlotte, Florida against Indiana State, St. Joseph’s, Ohio State and Iowa. Frontino started all four games with two hits, driving in three runs and scoring twice.
Zach Parks (2019) – Junior outfielder at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. The Hawks went 2-1 on opening weekend against Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida. Parks made three starts on the weekend with two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch.
Hunter Combs & Cooper Trinkle (2019) – Both juniors at Indiana University. Combs is a catcher and Trinkle is a middle infielder for the Hoosiers. Indiana opened their season on the road against #11 LSU earning a win on Saturday. Trinkle played in two games collecting a hit.
Sam Zarling (2019) – Junior at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin. The Falcons will open their season on March 6th in Auburndale, Florida.
Trent Shelby (2019) – Junior infielder at Missouri Baptist University. Shelby has made three starts on the year collecting two hits with a double and three walks.
Austin Ruesch (2019) – Junior right-handed pitcher at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. The Wildcats are off to a 4-1 start with Ruesch getting a start against Utah Valley. He earned the win pitching five innings, allowing zero runs on three hits and striking out five.
Jeff Purnell (2019) – Junior right-handed pitcher at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Purnell started against the #2 team in the country in the University of Florida, allowing three hits.
Johnny Ray (2019) – Junior right-handed pitcher at TCU. The Horned Frogs completed a three game sweep of the University of Kentucky on opening weekend. Ray was the opening day starter for the Frogs’ 2020 season pitching 4.2 innings while allowing only two hits and one run while striking out seven.
Andrew Peters (2019) –sophomore at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. The Gamecocks completed a three game sweep against Holy Cross on opening weekend. Peters will be the starting pitcher on Wednesday, February 19 against Presbyterian College.
In addition to these players, the 2020 Vols roster includes 13 players that are already signed to play baseball at the next level. The Vols are currently 7-0 and ranked #1 in the country by The JUCO Baseball Blog. Logan will play next on Friday the 21st at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the first two games of the Logan Classic. For an updated schedule visit the Vols website at: www.loganvols.com