KEEPING UP WITH THE TOPPERS

The summer is a perfect time for collegiate baseball players to join teams and continue playing during the summer months. Follow these Hilltoppers as they play summer baseball for various teams across the country.

CURRENT HILLTOPPERS

Austin Clay (Sophomore - 2013) | LHP | STATS
Summer Team: Lexington Hustlers
What's New: Clay was stellar for the second-straight summer for the Hustlers, sporting an ERA of 1.91 after 47 innings of work on his way to being named an All-Star for the second-straight year. Clay earned seven starts and appeared in eight contests for the summer, leading Lexington with 33 strikeouts and surrendering just three walks for an 11:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Justin Hageman (Junior - 2013) | RHP | STATS
Summer Team: Hoptown Hoppers
What's New: Hageman kept pace with his impressive end to the 2013 WKU season with a 1.62 ERA for the Hoppers this summer. In three appearances, Hageman has tossed 16.2 innings and struck out 23 batters while allowing just three earned runs.
David Simmons (Junior - 2013) | OF | STATS
Summer Team: Lexington Hustlers
What's New: Simmons put together his second-straight All-Star campaign for the Hustlers, finishing the season with a team-high .319 batting average and six doubles. Simmons also stole 15 bases, scored 15 runs and knocked in eight RBI.
Ian Tompkins (Sophomore - 2013) | LHP | STATS
Summer Team: Harwich Mariners
What's New: Tompkins was one of Harwich's top relievers over the summer, leading all relievers and ranking third overall with 27 strikeouts and 10 appearances. He picked up two decisions, winning one and losing one while sporting an ERA of 2.45 in 17.2 innings tossed.
Trevor Lowe (Freshman - 2013) | OF | STATS
Summer Team: Hoptown Hoppers
What's New: Lowe finished up his freshman summer as Hoptown's leader in RBI (28), runs scored (27), slugging percentage (.438), doubles (9), triples (2) and home runs (2). He finished second on the team with 38 hits and was .292 at the plate.
Leiff Clarkson (Freshman - 2013) | INF | STATS
Summer Team: NW Indiana Oilmen
What's New: Clarkson was one of the Oilmen's top offensive players and helped lead the team to its second-straight Midwest Collegiate League World Series appearance this summer. Clarkson led the Oilmen with 50 hits and 34 runs scored while ranking second in RBI (25) and doubles (6) on his way to All-Star honors.
Ty Hogan (Freshman - 2013) | C | STATS
Summer Team: NW Indiana Oilmen
What's New: Hogan has joined teammate Leiff Clarkson in terms of productivity for the Oilmen this summer, pounding out 24 hits in 26 games. Hogan joined Clarkson on the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star team and helped lead the Oilmen to its second-straight MCLWS appearance.
Jackson Sowell (Freshman - 2013) | RHP | STATS
Summer Team: Southern Ohio Copperheads
What's New: Sowell picked up three wins in six starts for the Copperheads, who finished the regular season with the best record in the Great Lakes League at 25-15. Sowell threw seven innings of scoreless baseball and scattered two hits on his way to a win in game one of the three-game championships series against Lima.
Alex Mercer (Freshman - 2013) | RHP | STATS
Summer Team: Grand Lake Mariners
What's New: Mercer had a very productive summer for the Mariners, leading all pitchers with three or more starts with an ERA of 2.48. Mercer earned the starting nod on seven different occassions and struck out 31 batters in 29 frames.
Matthew Paculan (Sophomore - 2013) | OF | STATS
Summer Team: Grand Lake Mariners
What's New: Paculan finished his impressive summer with a team-high 43 hits while ranking second on the team with a .314 batting average and 23 runs scored. He helped the Mariners reach the semifinals of the Great Lakes League playoffs and was selected to the Great Lakes League All-Star Game along with Hilltopper teammates Austin Clay and David Simmons.