West grad having another strong season at Morehead State

News-DemocratMay 14, 2014 

Morehead State junior first baseman Kane Sweeney is closing out another successful season with the Eagles, including the grand slam he hit Tuesday at Tennessee.

It was his third grand slam this season; the others were against Grambling and St. Catharine.

The Belleville West graduate from Millstadt is hitting .300 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 40 RBIs while starting all 51 games.

Sweeney's home runs and RBIs each rank second on the team and he's also second in slugging percentage (.493), runs scored (32) and doubles. His 36 walks are easily the highest total on the club.

Morehead State is 26-25 overall and 14-13 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

* Edwardsville High graduate Zach Maggio had two hits and two RBIs on Tuesday in Arkansas State's 16-9 loss to 11th-ranked Mississippi.

The senior infielder is second on the Red Wolves (29-23) with a .309 average through 50 games and has seven doubles and 18 RBIs with eight stolen bases.

Maggio's season is even more impressive since he was coming off extensive surgery to repair a torn labrum that kept him out of the lineup for the entire 2013 season. He has seen time at second base and designated hitter.

* Belleville West graduate Dan Pietroburgo is now in his sixth season as part of the University of Missouri baseball coaching staff. He caught for Mizzou from 2004 to 2008, then joined the coaching staff as a graduate manager while completing his masters degree in business administration. He has been a volunteer assistant coach the past two seasons, also coaching the catchers.

Pietroburgo's father, Rob Pietroburgo, also played at Missouri before going on to a professional career as a pitcher. Rob Pietroburgo was in the minor leagues from 1978 to 1982, compiling a 23-29 record and 3.79 ERA.

* The top two hitters at Division II Lindenwood-St. Charles are both metro-east products as Edwardsville's Mike Failoni and Mascoutah's Marshall Vallandingham are atop the statistics.

Failoni, a senior first baseman for the Lions (19-31) hit .369 in 48 games with three doubles, four triples, four homers and 28 RBIs.

Vallandingham, a senior outfielder, was right behind at .358 in 48 games with 17 doubles, one triple, one home run and 28 RBIs. He led the team with 35 runs scored and tied Failoni for the RBI lead with 28.

Failoni was a second-team All-Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association pick and Vallandingham was honorable mention.

Senior pitcher Zac Pearman (Granite City) was 4-4 with a 4.78 ERA and freshman Geoff Hartlieb (Highland) was 1-5 with a 5.93 ERA.

* Columbia High graduate Brendan DePoy is part of the Rhodes College team which was selected to play in its first NCAA Division III Tournament.

DePoy is third on the team with a .339 average, playing in 27 games and starting in 16. He also has four doubles and 13 RBIs.

Rhodes (32-15), the No. 5 seed in the South Regional at Piedmont College in Georgia, has been ranked as high as 14th in the nation by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The Lynx played No. 2 seed Emory on Wednesday in the opening round of the double-elimination tourney. Rhodes is located in Memphis, Tenn.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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