Roeder relieving for Nebraska
Former Porter Ridge High baseball player Josh Roeder is making an impact on the University of Nebraska's baseball team.
A sophomore relief pitcher, Roeder has appeared in 13 games for the Cornhuskers (19-19 record) this season and has an 0-2 record with two saves and a 1.37 ERA. Opponents are batting .157 against Roeder this season, and he's struck out 18 against just five walks.
The right-hander spent a season at Louisburg College before transferring to the Big Ten school. At Louisburg, his 13 saves ranked third in the nation and he struck out 50 versus eight walks.
Roeder (6-foot, 177 pounds) was 5-4 with a 2.06 ERA as a senior at Porter Ridge.
Morrison has 1.06 ERA
Texas Christian (19-21) pitcher Preston Morrison, a sophomore who played at Cuthbertson High, has a 6-1 record and a 1.06 ERA this season.
Morrison was named third-team all-American as a freshman by Louisville Slugger, and was voted the Pitcher of the Year in the Mountain West Conference after going 9-2 with a 2.08 ERA.
Morrison is one of six former Cuthbertson players who now dot a Division I roster, along with UNC redshirt freshman Peter Hendel and true freshmen Brian Donovan (N.C. State), John Mangum (N.C. State), Cameron Tekker (Virginia) and J.D. Long (Western Carolina).
North Carolina entered the week 39-2 and ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America.
Hendel has appeared in four games for the Tar Heels as a relief pitcher this season, Mangum has two starts as a catcher, Donovan has one relief appearance and Tekker (2.08 ERA) has relieved in four games.
Virginia (35-6) is ranked No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America and N.C. State (32-10) is ranked No. 6.
Long, a middle infielder, has played in 19 games for the Catamounts with four starts.
Elwood, Basen prospering
The Charlotte 49ers (24-16) have four players batting over .300, and two of them hail from Union County.
Sophomore second baseman Brad Elwood, a Piedmont product, ranks second on the team in batting (.335) and home runs (three). Elwood has struck out just eight times in 155 at-bats (best ratio among starters).
Senior third baseman Shane Basen, out of Marvin Ridge, ranks third on the team in batting (.321) and second in RBI (34) and stolen bases (8-for-8).
Patric King, a redshirt freshman catcher out of Piedmont, has played in seven games this season.
The 49ers play at UNC on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Collins contributing at G-W
Junior Brad Collins, a Weddington graduate, leads Gardner-Webb (20-19-1) in doubles (18) and RBI (22) and ranks second in batting (.292).
Collins' most memorable moment as a collegian was on March 4, 2012, when he had a three-run homer and five RBI in the Bulldogs' 7-4 win over UNC, which was ranked fourth in the nation at the time.
Danny Yelverton, who graduated in Collins' class at WHS, has 14 starts this season and a .244 batting average for Gardner-Webb.
Sun Valley graduate Andy Capone has appeared in one game for Appalachian State (21-15) this season, and didn't allow a run in 1.2 innings.