On Campus: Suiter finishes strong for TCU
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent June 11, 2012 10:30PM
Updated: July 13, 2012 6:24AM
Texas Christian outfielder Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso) will carry a 10-game hitting streak into his sophomore season. He helped the Horned Frogs reach the Super Regional, but they were eliminated by UCLA 4-1 and 6-2 over the weekend.
Suiter stepped up when senior Jason Coats was injured. He started 38 games, batting .310. His on-base percentage was .375.
Referring to Suiter and Kevin Cron, TCU coach Jim Scholssnagle described the freshmen as “cornerstone guys. They are core players (for the future).”
TCU wound up with a 40-22 record.
Michigan State center fielder Tony Cheky (Portage) is one of six Spartans playing in summer college baseball leagues. The sophomore-to-be hooked up with the Florence (S.C.) Red Wolves, one of seven teams in the West Division of the Coastal Plains Conference.
Sophomore Sean Manaea (Wanatah, Andrean) tried to prolong Indiana State’s first NCAA appearance since 1995 by pitching a strong 7.1 innings against Austin Peay, but the Sycamores were eliminated 1-0 in the Eugene, Oregon regional. The sophomore lefty struck out nine and picked off three in the loss.
He finished with a 5-3 record, chalking up 115 strikeouts in 17 starts.
Indianapolis’ Randall Hudi (Crown Point) earned Division II All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the long jump. He also won the Indiana Intercollegiate in his specialty and placed second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference meet.
Teammates Robert Gardner and Jerel Flournoy, both Lew Wallace grads, helped the 1,600-meter relay set a school record of 3:09.50 to qualify for the finals. The Greyhounds then finished fourth.
Northwest Indiana Golf Classic champion Taylor Noel (Crown Point/Boone Grove) is a two-year letterman at Tampa University. He averaged 77.8 strokes for 26 rounds last season with a best round of 71. In his sophomore year Noel competed in 30 rounds, averaging 76. His top score was 69.