Mustangs at the Pros: Haniger, Mathias and McKenna with Hot Bats


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Alex McKenna drove in four runs with a double and two home runs on Sunday. Mitch Haniger continues his hot streak at the plate after returning to the Seattle Mariners roster. And Mark Mathias has a .524 batting average for the Texas Rangers.

The trio of former Cal Poly baseball players shed light on how the ex-Mustangs performed in the pro ranks over the weekend.

McKenna, who hit safely in 13 of 16 games July 10-August 4, went 3-for-4 on Sunday against Amarillo, leading Corpus Christi to a 6-5 win. McKenna is currently hitting ..241 with 24 RBIs in 46 games.

Haniger has struck safely in 16 of the 20 games he has played since returning from a three-month layoff with a sprained ankle. He went 23 for 75 at the plate (.307) to bring his GAA to .263 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 29 games with the Seattle Mariners.

Mathias, traded to Texas from Milwaukee on Aug. 1, hit .345 in eight games at Round Rock before his call to the Rangers on Aug. 15. Since then, he’s gone 11 for 21 (.524) in seven games. and, in his last three contests, is 7 for 12 (.583) with five RBIs.

Meanwhile, Taylor Dollard picked up her 13th and 14th wins of the year over the past seven days with the Arkansas Travelers. He is 14-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 129 innings. Dollard leads the Texas League in wins and is seventh in strikeouts.

Shortstop Brooks Lee is hitting .322 at Cedar Rapids with two home runs and seven RBIs in 14 games. He struck three times against Lake County on Sunday.

Outfielder Nick Torres, who hit .377 in 73 games with the Vaqueros de la Laguna of the Mexican League this summer, has been asked to play for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo in the Mexican ARCO Pacific League this winter.

Erich Uelmen only pitched twice last week for the Chicago Cubs and sports a 2-1 record and a 2.25 ERA in 13 total appearances on the mound.

Four Mustangs are currently on Major League rosters – Uelmen with the Cubs, Mathias with the Rangers, Haniger with the Mariners and pitcher Spencer Howard, who remains on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement . Howard is eligible to be activated and is following a throwing schedule with the goal of returning.

Mustangs in Triple-A include Torres (Laguna) and pitcher Joey Wagman (Reynosa) in the Mexican League and pitcher Justin Bruihl (Dodgers). Those at Double-A include wide receiver Nick Meyer (Binghamton), McKenna (Corpus Christi), Dollard (Arkansas) and outfielder Bradlee Beesley (Tennessee), currently on the 60-day disabled list.

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