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Super Senior Spotlight: JJ Lamb

Happy Graduation Day! We’ve got one more player to show off and that is our favorite super senior/grad student/Mr. President himself JJ Lamb. We tried to cut him freshman year, and he wouldn’t leave. We voted someone else as president last year, so he came back to UW for grad school just so he could run the team this year.  Ball is life with this one.

Position: C, OF, Keeper of Stats

Major: MS Biomedical Engineering

Nickname: The Great Lambino (but no one calls him that)

Favorite Baseball Team: Minnesota Twins

Favorite Baseball Movie: Moneyball

Years on Club Team: 5

Notable Stats: Only president to pinch hit for himself with the bases loaded in a one run game (it worked, by the way)

Favorite Club memory: Jake Gain’s grand slam against Ohio St. in the 2019 regional championship and clinching a World Series appearance

Favorite thing about club ball: Just a bunch of dudes who love baseball

Quote: “You just kept showing up to everything and eventually someone said, ‘F it, just put the kid on D2.'” -D2 Coach Austin Grimm

What’s next for you? Jumping state lines and going to the University of Minnesota for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Lamb getting hit by a pitch during 2019 Spring Training.

 

Congratulations to all our seniors!

Thanks to everyone for all your support of our program this year. Looking forward to the next season and we hope to be able to see everyone again on a ball field soon! Go Badgers!

Senior Spotlight: Ryan Wenzel

We keep on, keeping on. Today’s senior is D2’s left fielder and leadoff man for the last 2 years: Ryan Wenzel. He was a left handed hitter who so consistently poked singles in the short-third hole, it basically became the Wenz Special.

Wenzel exhibiting his textbook swing during the 2019 D2 NCBA World Series.

Position: LF

Major: Food Science

Nickname: Wenz

Favorite Baseball Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite Baseball Movie: Sandlot

Years on Club Team:

Notable Stats: A career 0.372 hitter (58/156) with 32 RBI, mostly as a leadoff hitter

Favorite Club memory: Each year of club baseball was packed with great memories and hard fought games. Nothing’s better than playing baseball in Florida during spring break each year in March, and heading to the beach (or bar) with your teammates after the game. Being a part of last year’s D2 World Series team was truly special- it was a team full of guys who never gave up. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of the club, and I’ve made many life long friends because of it.

Quote: “It’s not a sword!” (crazy things happen in the OF)

What’s next for you? Ryan is headed to work in the lab of a local spice and flavor manufacturer as a food scientist.

Thank you and best of luck, Ryan!

Wenzel showing off the Badgers’ beautiful red uniforms during Spring Training in Florida

Senior Spotlight: Karson Krueger

Batting today for the Wisconsin seniors is one of it’s finest hitters. Karson Krueger was a player known for swinging a really long bat, hitting baseballs super far, and having some of the greatest “scoops” over at first base.

Position: STRICTLY 1B

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Major: Finance & Risk Management

Nickname: Kruegerbomb

Favorite Baseball Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Baseball movie: Moneyball

Years on club team: 3 years

Notable Stats: Hit .429 with 3 Home Runs and was selected as a First-Team All American during the 2019 season. Also has 5 career stolen bases (“Kid’s got speed” – No scout ever)

Favorite Club Memory: Clinching a World Series birth after beating Ohio State and hitting a walk-off against Mizzou during Spring Break

Favorite thing about club ball: Having the opportunity to continue playing the game of baseball while making a great new group of friends along the way

Quote: “Yeah, you definitely should have made the team your freshman year” – Bobby (Former Club Baseball President)

What’s next for you? I will be starting as a Project Manager at Epic in June!

Thank you, Karson!

Karson playing the only position he’s allowed to: 1B during the 2019 D2 World Series

Senior Spotlight: Ryan Gassner

We’re going to keep on, keeping on as we run down our seniors. Today we’re going to look at one of those weirdos who throws with his left hand. He loves to live the luxurious life of a PO and has a curveball that will make hitters wish they could too. Here we go, Ryan Gassner.

Position: Pitcher

Hometown: Marathon, WI

Major: Biology

Nickname: Gas

Favorite Team: Brewers

Favorite Baseball Movie: Sandlot

Time on team: 3 years

Notable Stats: During his first season, he had an ERA of 1.15 with 39 innings pitched and a K/9 of 15!

Favorite Club Memory: Winning our regional during my first season with the club and advancing to the World Series.

Favorite thing about Club Ball: The friendships I’ve made

Quote: “Hold on one second Nolan I need to finish stretching” (Context: Nolan is notorious for not stretching)

What’s next: Medical School

Club baseball’s version of Sandy Koufax on the mound at a home game at Near West.

Senior Spotlight: Nick Iacovo

Another day, another senior! Today we look back on the career of one of our D1 players who lived in Minnesota, moved to Arizona, and then decided that he didn’t like being warm, so he came back to Wisconsin! Here is the Avocado himself, Nick Iacovo!

Postion: CF/RF

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona 

Major: Statistics 

Nickname: Avocado 

Favorite Baseball Team: Minnesota Twins 

Favorite Baseball Movie: Sandlot 

Time on Team: 2.5 seasons

Favorite Club Memories: Went yard in first club at bat ever and had a game saving diving catch against Northwestern in 2018

Favorite thing about Club Baseball: Getting the play the game I grew up playing in college with fun guys who make it worth the late night practices 

Quote: Non sibi sed patriae (not self but country) -U.S Navy Motto 

What’s Next? U.S Navy Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida with the goal of becoming an F/A-18F pilot

Iacovo taking a swing during a home game at the Turf Field at Near West

Senior Spotlight: Ryan Molini

In the wake of the 2020 Spring season being cancelled, it’s time to look back at some of the contributions our seniors have given us over the last few years. Who better to start it off than one of the most dominant starters in UW history? Hats off to Ryan Molini!

Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL
Major: Film and Psychology
Nickname: Mo
Favorite baseball team: Chicago White Sox
Baseball movie: Sandlot
Years on team: 4
Notable stats: First-Team All American w/ a 0.94 ERA and losing 1 total game in his career. In Ryan’s words, “I also broke my thumb in the first inning of that game freshmen year lol.”
Favorite club memory: Taking 3rd in the nation in 2019
Favorite thing about club ball: The guys I’ve met.
Quote: “All gas, no brakes.”
What’s next for you? Grad school or a podcasting job

Best of luck Ryan!

Molini throws a pitch during the 2019 NCBA D2 World Series

Spring Outlook

There is currently snow on the ground in Madison, which can only mean one thing — Club Baseball is right around the corner!

Spring Training in Plant City, FL kicks off in a little over a month of Sunday February 15 when D1 takes on Illinois and D2 plays Northen Iowa. Here is the full schedule for the rest of the week:

Date Time D1 D2
Sunday 3/15 9:00 AM Illinois Northern Iowa
Sunday 3/15 11:30 AM UCF D1 UCF D2
Monday 3/16 2:00 PM Northern Iowa Iowa St.
Monday 3/16 5:00 PM Tennessee SUNY Cortland
Thursday 3/19 9:00 AM SUNY Brockport UWM

 

D1 Spring Schedule

March 27-29: UW-Milwaukee in Madison

April 3-5: UW-Whitewater in Madison

April 10-12: @Northwestern

April 17-18: UW-Eau Claire in Madison

May 8-10: Regional Tournament, Crestwood, IL

May 22-26: NCBA D1 World Series, Holly Spring, NC

 

D2 Spring Schedule

March 27-29: @UW-La Crosse

April 10-11: UW-Steven’s Point in Madison

April 17-19: @Winona St.

April 24: Make-up game vs. NIU in Madison

May 1-3: Regional Tournament, Waupun, WI

May 15-19: NCBA D2 World Series, Pittsburg, KS

 

Indoor practices are well under way this spring as the two teams look to defend their conference titles and make a run to the World Series!

New Player Information Fall 2019

Hello Badger Baseball Fans,

Are you interested in continuing your competitive baseball career?

The Club Baseball team at UW is looking for several talented ball players to join our club. Established in 2001, the club team has developed into one of the top programs in the country, competing for regional and national titles each year. We have two highly competitive teams competing in the NCBA Division I and Division II leagues.  This past year, the teams combined for a record of 41-16, won their respective conference titles, and participated in their regional tournaments. Our Division II team won the regional and participated in the NCBA World Series, ultimately finishing 3rd in the nation! With our DI team coming off a World Series berth and 5th place finish in 2018, we are looking for quality players that can help continue this tradition of winning on both teams!

If you are a competitive player looking to continue your career at a high level, while also being around a great group of guys, you should try out for this year’s team. Tryouts start the first week of school, so make sure you bring your baseball gear to Madison!

Here are the upcoming important dates:

  • Monday September 2, 1-3:30 PM: Rec Well Monday Funday. Come to our table at Cole Recreation Area!
  • Wednesday September 4 and Thursday September 5: New Player Meetings (Attend 1).
    • 7-8pm either night, location TBD
  • First Week of Tryouts, attend two sessions
    • Sunday September 8, 4-9 PM (will not have to attend the entire time)
    • Monday September 9, 5-8pm
    • Tuesday September 10, 5-8pm
    • Thursday September 12, 5-8pm
  • Tryout Scrimmages – Attend at least one
    • Saturday September 14, 4-8 pm
    • Sunday September 15, 4-8pm 

All tryouts will take place at the Near West Fields, located just west of the UW Natatorium.   

Follow us on Twitter (@clubbaseballUW) too for more information.

If you are interested, please contact our President, JJ Lamb, by emailing jj.lamb09@gmail.com, for instructions on how to get signed up.

We look forward to seeing you at tryouts!

Club Baseball at UW-Madison

Molini, Krueger Named First Team All-Americans

Two amazing players, two amazing seasons!

Wow.

Ryan Molini and Karson Krueger, both on the D2 team, were named to the D2 NCBA First Team All-American Team!

Ryan Molini was an absolute ace this year. He finished 7-0 with 5 complete games, 44 Ks in 48 IP, a 1.04 WHIP, only allowed 5 earned runs all year for an amazing 0.94 ERA!

Krueger was equally amazing but showed his power with the bat. Our first baseman hit .418 AVG. with a .485 OBP., 25 RBI’s and launched 3 long balls to finish with an OPS of 1.140!

Also….

Both are coming back next year!

2020 will be a fun season.