Morrison among former UC players contributing in college
Former Cuthbertson High baseball player Preston Morrison is having another good season for Texas Christian University.
A junior right-hander, Morrison has a 4-3 record on the mound with a 1.80 ERA this season. The Horned Frogs are in third place in the Big 12 standings (8-5) and carried a 24-13 overall record into Saturday's game at Texas.
Morrison (6-2, 185) now has a career record of 20-8 in college.
As a freshman Morrison made third-team all-American (Louisville Slugger) after going 9-2 9-2 with a 2.08 ERA.
He followed it up with a 7-3 record and a 1.51 ERA as a sophomore, when he made first-team all-Big 12.
Morrison was a two-time all-Union County and all-Rocky River Conference selection at Cuthbertson.
Roeder closing for Nebraska
Nebraska is 25-14 and stands second in the Big 10 (7-2), thanks in part to closer Josh Roeder, a former all-conference pitcher at Porter Ridge High.
Roeder (6-0, 177) has a 2-1 record and seven of his team's nine saves this season. He's appeared in 13 games and carries an ERA of 3.86.
In 11.2 innings of work, Roeder has struck out 14 and walked four.
Barnette batting .250 at UNC
True freshman Colby Barnette has started two games for the North Carolina Tar Heels, who carried a 22-15 record into their series at Virginia this weekend.
The third baseman is 1-for-4 with two walks and three RBI.
Barnette (6-0, 179) led Piedmont High to the 2A state championship in 2013, and was voted Rocky River Conference Player of the Year.
Tekker has 4.50 ERA
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cameron Tekker has made four appearances, all in relief, for Virginia this season.
The Cavaliers entered the weekend 31-6 and ranked No. 1 in the College Baseball Top 25.
Tekker (6-3, 185), who made all-state as a senior at Cuthbertson, has a 4.50 ERA in four innings of work.
As a freshman at Virginia, Tekker threw 4.1 innings and had a 2.08 ERA.
Chadwick contributing .319 average
Sophomore Tyler Chadwick has emerged as one of Coastal Carolina's top hitters.
A former two-sport standout at Marvin Ridge, Chadwick (5-9, 185), Chadwick has started 30 of Coastal's first 33 games and entered the weekend with a .319 batting average — which ranks second on the team.
A catcher, Chadwick's had a team-high 233 chances in the field this season and carries a 99.1 fielding percentage.
Chadwick was the Southern Carolina Conference Player of the Year in 2012 and was also an all-conference quarterback in high school.
Long starting at WCU
J.D. Long, who helped Cuthbertson win the Rocky River Conference tournament title three times, has started 26 of 34 games as an infielder at Western Carolina this season.
Long (5-9, 170), a sophomore, is batting .244 with five doubles and a triple. Defensively, he has six errors in 88 chances (93.2 fielding percentage) and been involved with six double plays.
The Catamounts are second in the Southern Conference standings and carried a 24-12 overall record (9-3 in league) into a home series against The Citadel this weekend.
Elwood batting .214
Charlotte 49ers sophomore Brad Elwood has started 23 games this season and is batting .214.
A four-year starter at Piedmont, Elwood (6-0, 180) ranked seventh in the Atlantic 10 in batting average as a freshman (.343) second baseman/right fielder.
Elwood set the state record when he hit 25 doubles as a sophomore in 2010. The record still stands, and his 42 career doubles are also a state record, according to nchsaa.org.
Mangum has 8 starts
Former Cuthbertson catcher John Mangum has played in 17 of N.C. State's first 35 games this season with eight starts.
Mangum (6-1, 195), a sophomore, is batting .154 with two doubles and two RBI.
In 103 chances in the field, Mangum has one error (99.0 fielding percentage).
Mangum made all-state as a senior in 2012, and the Cavaliers had a 73-11 record in his three years as a starter.
Bostic breaking in
Left-handed pitcher Alex Bostic, who led Weddington to 3A state titles in 2012 and 2013, has struggled in limited action at Clemson as a true freshman.
Bostic (6-3, 210) has made three appearances, including one start, and in three innings of work has a 15.0 ERA and an 0-1 record. He's given up eight runs (five earned) and walked seven while striking out three.
Tyler Zupcic, who played varsity baseball as a freshman at Weddington before transferring to Providence High, is a fifth-year senior who starts in the outfield at Appalachian State.
Zupcic (6-2, 200) has started all 34 games for the Mountaineers and is batting .269.
His younger brother, Cuthbertson graduate Drake Zupcic (6-1, 180), is a true freshman on scholarship at ASU but has not registered any statistics.