Baseball Gene Cusick Classic (Spring Break)

Mar 12, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic® is an event which offers men’s NCAA Division III baseball teams, an opportunity to participate in regular season games during their respective “Spring Breaks.” More than 100 teams come from many of the “cold winter climate” states and represent the National Collegiate Athletic Association - Division III, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The event was established by Gene Cusic 26 years ago. It began with only 11 teams competing and now serves as a memorial to Gene’s legacy. 

The event competition starts the end of February and continues through March. In addition, game umpires from all over the United States come to the area to provide their expert services for the event.


(TP) Terry Park Sports Complex, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33916

(PDC) Lee Co. Player Development Complex, 4301 Edison Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33916


2017 SEASON stats

SEASON Results

Mar. 11


Ft. Myers, Fla.


Mar. 12

vs. Edgewood College (1x9)

TP #1

L, 5-8

Mar. 13

vs. New York University (2x TBA)

PDC #4

L, 6-12,
W, 10-9

Mar. 14

vs. Carroll University (1x9)

TP #2

W, 11-6

Mar. 15

vs. Galludet University (1x9)

PDC #4

W, 5-0

Mar. 16

vs. North Park University (1x9)

TP #3

L, 2-8

Mar. 17

Wis. Lutheran College (1x9)

PDC #4

9:00 a.m.

Game 1: Edgewood

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Univ. of Dubuque.... 200 001 110 -  5  9  3
Edgewood College.... 210 040 10X -  8  9  1
Win - Eck (2-0). Loss - Kueter, C. (0-1). Save - Appino (1)

The Spartans jumped out to an early lead, plating two runs in the top of the first inning, the lead did not last long as Edgeweod scored two in the bottom half and another in the bottom of the second before extending their lead even more with four runs in fifth inning. UD had their chances to score more runs but they left 11 runners on base and struck out 12 times in their first gane of the spring break trip. 

Game 2: New York University

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Dubuque, Univ. Of... 102 100 110 -  6 12  3
New York University. 102 101 70X - 12 15  3
Win - Eli Edwards (1-0). Loss - Stumpf, R. (0-2)

In a back and fourt game through 6.5 innings, it was New York who had the big inning, scoring seven runs in the seventh to blow the game wide open. Even in the loss, the Spartans still had 12 hits, three from both Austin McWhite and Thomas Kempf. McWhite also walked and scored three of the times he reached base. Leftfield, Jacob Evans was the only other Spartan with more than one hit with two and scoring once.

Game 3: New York University

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
New York University. 200 106 000 -  9 12  2
Dubuque, Univ. Of... 310 110 004 - 10 11  2
Win - Schneiderman (1-0). Loss - Matt Millus (0-1)

UD was leading 6-3 through five innings before the New York bats got hat and scored six runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-9 lead. The Spartans remained quiet until the bottom of the ninth when Austin McWhite laid down a bunt and singled to start off the inning. Thomas Kempf and Kelvin Medrano both singled to bring home McWhite and cut the deficit to two. After two walks and a hit batter to score the next two runs, New York threw a wild pitch to plate the winning run for the Spartans. 

Game 4: Carroll University

Score by Innings                               R  H  E
Dubuque, Univ. Of... 201 200 240 - 11 14 3
Carroll University..    101 022 000 -  6 11  2
Win - Erwin, D.. Loss - Maney

 UD jumped out to a 5-2 lead through four innings before Carroll's bats found a spark, plating two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to take the lead. UD responded in the top of the seventh with two runs of their own before busting the game open with four more runs in the eighth. Tyler Imrich started the rally with a walk to start the seventh inning. After an error and another walk, Kelvin Medrano singled to centerfield to score two runs and give the Spartans the lead. Thomas Kempf and Will Doherty both led UD with three hits a piece, Austin McWhite added two hits and scored four runs. 

Game 5: Gallaudet University

Score by Innings                              R  H  E
Gallaudet...........      000 000 000 -  0  6  5
Dubuque, Univ. Of... 110 000 12X -  5 12 0
Win - VanEgtern,T. Loss - Sliva-Wynne

The Spartans struck first in the bottom of the first inning after Jarad Clevenger scored on a wild pitch and led for the rest of the game. UD broke the game open in the seventh and eighth innings with RBI's from Tyler Imrich and Kelvin Medrano. Jarad Clevenger, Kelvin Medrano, Austin McWhite and Gaetano Florio all recorded three hits for the Spartans, while Jack Lasswell added three hits in his four at bats. Trent Van Egtern started on the mound for UD and threw six innings, giving up only five hits and striking out eight to win his first game of the season. Nathan Schneiderman closed things out for the Spartans going the last three innings and only allowing one hit. 

Game 6: North Park University

Score by Innings                              R  H  E
Dubuque, Univ. Of... 000 001 010 -  2 11  2
North Park Univ.....   001 003 13X -  8 12  3
Win - Kessinger (1-3). Loss - Kueter, C. (0-2)

North Park scored first with an unearned run the the third inning before the Spartans even things up in the sixth inning after back to back doubles from Austin McWhite and Thomas Kempf. However, North Park responded with three in the bottom of the inning and added four more runs later in the game. Despite only getting across two runs, the Spartans racked up 11 hits but left 11 men on base. Michael Salazar, Thomas Kempf, Will Doherty and Austin McWhite all had two hits a peice. Chase Kueter started on the mound and last four innings giving up four runs, all of which were unearned.