Bruins loving baseball at Rich Park

Published 8:47 am Thursday, May 5, 2022

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The Carolina University baseball team, which plays its home games at Rich Park in Mocksville, is in the midst of a special season.

The Bruins haven’t missed a beat from their run at the NCCAA National Tournament last season. In fact, they’re redefining the standard. Carolina University is surging on all metrics – they are ranked seventh in the National Poll, 12th in the NCCAA Power Ratings and recently won 20 in a row. That win streak is just one component of how special this year has been for CU. The Bruins are sitting at 30-12 with three games remaining, and the expectation is that the final record will match the elites of the NCCAA.

Carolina University has been especially fun to watch – primarily because of their explosive offense. The Bruins lead the NCCAA in team batting average with .338, slugging with .504, and home runs with 43. This places many Bruins in the top 10 of various offensive categories as individuals in the NCCAA. Individually, there are seven players among qualified batters with a batting average over .300. Deion Tubbs leads CU in batting average with .424, runs with 60 and on-base percentage with .569. This isn’t to take away from other great hitters like Kevin Greenwood who leads CU in hits with 56, D’Artagnan Hawthorne who has a team-best 10 home runs, 88 total bases and slugging percentage of .759, or Josh Kent who has an incredible 49 RBIs.

The Bruins look to be extremely dangerous in the postseason. Carolina University will host the NCCAA South Region Tournament at Rich Park from May 9-12. This gives CU an excellent chance to return to the National Tournament and be a factor.