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.
Hometown: Marathon, WI
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)
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!
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, for instructions on how to get signed up.
What an absolute amazing year for the D2 ball club!
After the season was all said and done, D2 made it all the way to the World Series for the first time in several years and finished third for all of D2 Club Baseball.
D2 finished the year with a 23-7 overall record and beat some of the top competition in the country including top ranked Ohio State in regionals, along with Georgia Southern, SUNY-Binghamton and Air Force, all who were World Series teams.
D2 also dominated in conference play going 10-2 throughout the year.
After dropping in Regionals for the last 8 years, D2 finally did the job as they beat GVSU, UND and OSU in riveting games from start to finish.
The World Series was an unbelievable experience for this team as they made a great run and ended up with a 3rd place finish.
D2 was lead by the likes of Ryan Molini (P) and Karson Krueger (1B) who both were voted to First Team All-American team!
Molini finished 7-0 with 5 complete games, a 0.94 ERA, and 44 Ks in 48 innings.
Krueger finished hitting .418, while raking up 25 RBI’s and launching 3 bombs throughout the season, with two of those homers coming in the Regionals in huge spots.
The whole team excelled up and down the lineup and this was one of the best seasons ever produced by a Wisconsin Club Baseball Team. All of the boys had a lot to feel proud of and we are going to miss all of the seniors who graduated. But next year is full of big promise as 6 of our starters are returning (including Molini and Krueger) and D2 looks to make it back to the World Series and bring that national championship back to Madison!
Coming off of a big 2018 season in which they made it all the way to the World Series, D1 tried to have a repeat appearance in Holly Springs. Unfortunately our team fell a little short getting eliminated in the Regionals this year by the Illinois ball club that ended up taking home the national championship. But at the end of the year, the ball club had many positives and all in all, had a great season.
D1 finished with an overall record of 18-7, beating top talent along the way which included the likes of rival Michigan State and Northern Iowa.
They were exceptional in conference play like usual finishing with a 11-1 record.
It is always sad when the season ends as all the seniors finish up their last games while wearing the Badgers uniform. This year was no different. This year, 7 of our players played their last games. We would like to thank all of them for their service to the club over the past 4 or 5 years and wish them all the best in their future.
With those guys gone, next year will be full of fresh faces and with a new season, comes new hope with chasing that national championship!