Friday, April 6, 2007

Sweet Continues Hot Streak

Madison, WI – April 4, 2007. The state of Iowa might be without a Major League baseball club, but that doesn’t mean its lacking quality baseball talent. Future Mallard utility player and current Iowa Hawkeye Travis Sweet is providing plenty of excitement around the state. Sweet continued to swing a hot bat as he tallied three RBI’s and scored two runs on seven hits that included his third home run of the season in a four-game series versus Ohio State. He upped his average to .395 and leads the Hawkeyes in hits (32), home runs (3), and stolen bases (15). Other future Mallards had noteworthy performances over the weekend as well. Below is a complete listing (in alphabetical order) of these six players’ accomplishments.
Jordan Comadena, C/OF, Jr., Purdue. Comadena had two RBI’s and scored four runs on three hits that included his fifth home run of the year in Sunday’s game versus Illinois. He is hitting .360 and leads the Boilermakers in runs scored (28), doubles (11), home runs (5), walks (16), and slugging percentage (.652).
Bobby Hubbard, OF, Jr., Furman. Hubbard hit his second home run of the season in Saturday’s game against Appalacian State. He is hitting .283 and ranks second on the team in RBI’s (19).
Dusty Napoleon, C/1B, Jr., Iowa. Napoleon had two RBI’s on three hits in an 8-0 win over Ohio State Sunday. He is hitting .403 and leads the Hawkeyes in doubles (6), RBI’s (31), and slugging percentage (.627).
Chris Roberts, IF/OF, Fr., Michigan State. Roberts had four RBI’s on three hits that included a triple in two games versus Indiana. He raised his average to .354 (17-48).
Jim Sajewich, RHP, So., Illinois State. Sajewich pitched 1 2/3 innings and picked up his first save of the season in a 3-1 win over Missouri State on Saturday. He lowered his ERA to 2.10 and now leads the Redbirds in appearances (13).
Brandon Wikoff, INF/P, Fr., Illinois. Wikoff had two RBI’s and scored four runs on four hits during a weekend series against Purdue.
The Madison Mallards open the 2007 season against the Eau Claire Express on Thursday May 31, 2007. Group and season tickets are on sale now. Single game tickets go on sale Saturday, April 28. For more information please call the Mallards ticket office at 608.246.4277 or log onto

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Monday, April 2, 2007

17 Northwoods League Alumni on Opening Day Rosters

  • Jay Gibbons (Manitowoc 96-97) is starting the year as the Orioles leftfielder but will see plenty of time as the DH this season.
  • Robb Quinlan (Dubuque, St. Cloud 96, 98) should see time at 1B and 3B this season for the Angels.
  • Curtis Granderson (Mankato 01) is the starting centerfielder and the leadoff hitter for the Tigers.
  • Juan Pierre (Manitowoc 96) is starting in centerfield for the Dodgers this year.
  • Bobby Kielty (Kenosha 96) is a backup outfielder with the Athletics.
  • Jay Marshall (Rochester 02) went from A ball last season to the Oakland bullpen this season.
  • Jeff Weaver (Dubuque 95) is in the Mariners starting rotation this year.
  • George Sherrill (Kenosha 97-98) is in the Seattle bullpen this season.
  • Josh Willingham (Waterloo 00) is the starting leftfielder for the Marlins this year.
  • Jeremy Accardo (Alexandria 01) is in the Toronto bullpen this season.
  • Casey Janssen (Wisconsin 01) also is in the bullpen for the Bluejays this year.
  • Paul McAnulty (Mankato 01) will be backing up 1B, 3B, and the OF for the Padres this season.
  • Tom Gorzelanny (St. Cloud 02) has earned a spot in the starting rotation for the Pirates this year.
  • Andre Ethier (Rochester 02) is starting in rightfield for the Dodgers this season.
  • Mike Rouse (Brainerd 99) is backing up the infield positions this season for the Indians.
  • Ben Zobrist (Wisconsin 03) is starting at shortstop for the Devil Rays this year.
  • Pat Neshek (Wisconsin 02) will be in the Minnesota bullpen this season.