Senior Spotlight: JJ Lamb

Next up for this edition of Senior Spotlight is future club baseball president and speed demon JJ Lamb.

Position: C, OF, Pinch Running Specialist

Hometown: Maplewood, MN

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Nickname: Calls himself “The Great Lambino”

Favorite Team: Twins

Baseball Movie: Moneyball

Club Service: 4 years

Notable Stats: Leads team in pinch running appearances over the last 4 years

Favorite Club Ball Memory: The time I finally got to pitch for Northern Michigan against Illinois St.

Favorite thing about club ball: The road trips/away games

Career Goals/Dream Job: I’m still holding out hope the Twins will sign me. Otherwise, I think this engineering thing will work out ok.

Quote: “Never Bunt” – written on my glove

Senior Spotlight: James Oelke

With only one week away from our first games of the spring, its time for another Senior Spotlight.

This time its one of our 5th year flamethrowers James Oelke who looks to have a big year off the mound.

Position: Pitcher

Hometown: Ithaca, WI

Major: Biological Systems Engineering

Nicknames: Jim, Jimmer, Jimbo

Favorite Baseball Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite Baseball Movie: The Rookie

Years of Club Ball Service: 5

Favorite Club Baseball Memory: Clinching a 2018 World Series birth.

Favorite Thing about Club Baseball: Having the opportunity to continue playing the game of baseball after high school and meeting some lifelong friends in the process.

Dream Job: Retired and coaching high school baseball

Baseball Quote: “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra

Senior Spotlight: Alexis Quintero

Get to know one of our D2 studs, Alexis Quintero in this version of Senior Spotlight.

Position: SS/2B

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

Major: Industrial Engineering

Nickname: Q, Qdoba, Qbert, Qtip, Qbaby

Favorite Baseball Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite Baseball Movie: Sandlot

Years of Club Ball Service: 4 years

Notable Stats: 21 stolen bases sophomore year

Favorite Club Baseball Memory: Hitting in the game tying run in Florida against Missouri in the bottom of the 7th

Favorite Thing About Club Baseball: Being able to send it with all the baseball boys

Career Goals/Dream Job: COO of Tesla

Quote: “No” -Rosa Parks

Spring Break News!!!

Even though the new school year just started, we know everyone is already looking forward to this years Spring Break trip down to Plant City, Florida for some baseball.

The schedule for our two teams were just released and it looks to be a fun week of baseball against some of the best club teams that the NCBA has to offer.

The schedules for both teams are listed below.

Can’t wait to get back on the field!

D1

Sunday 3/17, 11:30am – vs Florida

Sunday 3/17, 5pm – @ Iowa

Monday, 3/18, 5pm – @ Bowling Green

Monday, 3/18, 7:30pm – vs Iowa State

Thursday, 3/21, 2pm – vs CMU-Montebello

D2

Sunday 3/17, 11:30am – @ Florida D2

Sunday 3/17, 5pm – vs UW-Milwaukee

Monday, 3/18, 5pm – @ SUNY-Brockport

Monday, 3/18, 7:30pm – vs Northern Iowa

Thursday, 3/21, 2pm – @ Iowa

Senior Spotlight: Jake Cavaiani

To round out 2018, let us introduce Jake Cavaiani. He is a slick fielding lead off hitter for our D1 club who, over his years at UW-Madison, has excelled on and off the field.

Name: Jake Cavaiani

Position: SS

Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL

Major: Environmental Science

Nickname: Cav or Cavatron

Fav Baseball team: Cubs

Fav Baseball Movie: Moneyball

Years of Club Ball Service: 4

Notable Stats: A LOT of double plays with B Ma

Fav Club Baseball Memory: Hitting a dinger off of Bailey down in Florida

Fav Thing About Club Baseball: Playing baseball with some really nice guys that love the game, want to win and building lifelong relationships

Career Goals/Dream Job: Head researcher for aquatic ecology project for environmental agency such as National Park Service, USGS, or US Fish and Wildlife Service

Quote: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”-John Muir

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: AARON VANDEURZEN

Meet Aaron Vandeurzen. A hard throwing pitcher who looks to dominate this year on the mound.

Position: Pitcher

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Nickname: Deurz

Favorite Baseball Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite Baseball Movie: Bull Durham

Years of Club Ball Service: 3

Notable stats: Walked on four pitches in my first (and possibly only) club baseball at-bat.

Favorite Club Baseball Memory: Clinching the conference title at home last year vs. La Crosse

Favorite Thing About Club Baseball: Going on road trips with the boys

Career Goals/Dream Job: Renewable Energy Engineer

Quote: “You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out it was the other way around the whole time.”   -Jim Bouton

Senior Spotlight: Jacob Gain

Get to know our current president of UW Club Baseball Jacob Gain

Position: IF, DH

Hometown: Franklin, WI

Major: Economics

Nickname: Gainer, El Prez

Fav Baseball Team: Brewers

Fav Baseball Movie: Moneyball

Years of Club Ball Service: 3

Notable Stats: Hit .409 Sophomore Year and .380 Junior Year

Fav Club Baseball Memory: Hitting a dinger in my first ever conference at bat against Winona State and an 8 run come from behind win against La Crosse.

Fav Thing About Club Baseball: Spring Break trips to Tampa along with the group stop in Nashville

Career Goals/Dream Job: Owning a record label in Music City

Quote: “I hear people say baseball is boring so I turn around and ask them what in the hell they’re watching?” -Commissioner Bud Selig

NOTABLE DAYS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR HOPEFUL BALLPLAYERS

As we start this new school year, this also means the start of the new season! For hopeful students hoping to try out for the club team this year, here are all of the tryout dates that we offer.

Sunday 9/9: 4-7pm

Monday 9/10: 4-6pm

Tuesday 9/11: 4-6pm

Wednesday 9/12: 4-6pm

Friday 9/14: 4-7pm

Sunday 9/16: 4-7pm

Monday 9/17: 4-7pm

Tuesday 9/18: 4-6pm

Wednesday 9/19: 4-6pm

*All tryouts take place at Near West Field

We do not expect you to make every day by any means but we do want players to make the Sunday slots as those are the days where we will be getting the most live action.

See you there!

Upcoming New Player Meetings

We will be having our upcoming new player information meetings on Wednesday 9/5 and Thursday 9/6 at 7 PM at a location to be determined. It will be updated with another post shortly and everyone who emailed our president Jake Gain at jgain@wisc.edu will be getting a follow up email about the location. We’re looking forward to seeing you next week!

Senior Spotlight: Nick Newburg

Meet Nick Newburg a power-hitting first baseman and dominant pitcher who has also excelled in UW’s Business School over the last four years. 

Position: Pitcher, First Baseman

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Major: Accounting

Nickname: NewbTube

Favorite baseball team: Brewers

Favorite baseball movie: Major League

Years of club ball service: 4

Notable stats: 5th in the Country in ERA as a freshman, All Conference as pitcher or hitter each of last 3 years

Favorite club baseball memory: Going to the World Series my senior year and the bus ride back from winning that regional

Favorite thing about club baseball: Road trips with the guys

Career goals/dream job: GM of the Brewers

Quote: “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer”

Location of Near West Field: https://tinyurl.com/y6u6yqzk