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OUAZ Baseball Announces First Roster In School History





Surprise, AZ – Ottawa University in Arizona baseball head coach Tim Montez announced his initial roster for the 2017-18 season on Friday. The Spirit’s roster has close to 40 players and ranges from true freshman to college transfers. OUAZ will compete in the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) this coming season.
 
"It is with great pleasure to announce our inaugural signing class for the 2017-18 academic year,” said OUAZ head baseball coach Tim Montez. “This class includes almost a 50/50 split of high school and junior college players at just about every position from all over the country, and even one from our next door neighbor Canada.”
 
Coach Montez continued, “They are solid student-athletes, who are tough minded both in the classroom and on the field. It is not often in a head coaches’ career where you have the opportunity to assemble an entire roster in just three and a half months, but with God's direction we managed to get it done. We have left a few remaining spots open on purpose for players who might become available later this summer. Recruiting is a never ending process, I would like to thank my recruiting coordinator Ryan Cisterna, and everyone in our athletic department, admissions and financial aid who have worked extremely hard in helping us assemble this class. Recruiting is a team effort and it's exciting to see the direction and vision our president and athletic director have not only for baseball but for the entire athletic department moving forward."
 
The first ever OUAZ Baseball roster boasts close to 40 players. Below is a positional breakdown of the Spirit’s initial roster.
 
Catchers: Sophomore Cameron Collins (Glendale, AZ/Glendale Community College), Freshman Ryan Mortensen (Hendersonville, TN/Beech HS), Erik Ramos (Surprise, AZ/Willow Canyon HS), and Freshman Gabe Rios (Litchfield Park, AZ/Verrado HS).
 
Infielders: Freshman Ty Andrews (Orange Park, FL/Oakleaf HS), Freshman Rylan Collins (Glendale, AZ/Joy Christian HS), Kody Decker (Peoria, AZ/Sunrise Mountain HS), Junior Jonathan Fernandez (Doral, FL/St. Cloud College), Junior Fernando Lugo (El Mirage, AZ/Shadow Ridge HS), Junior Archy Olson (St. Louis Park, MN/Ridgewater College), Junior Chandler Reynard (Chandler, AZ/GateWay Community College),Freshman Alex Robertson (Glendale, AZ/Deer Valley HS), Freshman Adrian Salazar (Glendale, AZ/Raymond S. Kellis HS), and Junior Esteban Martinez (Oak Forest, IL/Mesa Community College).
 
Outfielders: Junior Jared Crockett (Broomfield, CO/Mesa Community College), Freshman Spencer Kemper (Litchfield Park, AZ/Verrado HS), Junior Cooper Lamke (Ontario, Canada/Ridgewater College), Junior Braxton Smith (Shelly, ID/Ridgewater College), and Freshman Hunter Tielke (Tempe, AZ/Desert Vista HS).
 
Pitchers: Junior Cole Anderson (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise Valley Community College), Freshman Dylan Chelini (Surprise, AZ/Valley Vista HS), Junior Miguel Cirino (San Juan, Puerto Rico/Ridgewater College), Junior Riley Grivette (Lakewood, CO/Mesa Community College), Junior Travis Hawkins (Ventura, CA/Oxnard College), Junior Zachary Humphrey (Peoria, AZ/Paradise Valley Community College), Freshman Robert Jesionowski (Goodyear, AZ/Estrella Foothills HS), Junior Emery Johnson (Northridge, CA/Moorpark College), Junior Devon Lindley (Ventura, CA/Ventura College), Junior Matt Sweeney (Greenwood Village, CO/Paradise Valley Community College), Junior Travis Turner (Sanger, CA/Reedley College), Junior Zach Mcleod (Phoenix, AZ/Grand Canyon University), and Junior Tyler Collins (Surprise, AZ/Glendale Community College).
 
Utility Players: Freshman Lester Acoba (LHP/OF) (Surprise, AZ/Willow Canyon HS), Freshman Adam Bronston (LHP/OF) (Surprise, AZ/Shadow Ridge HS), Freshman Daniel Cardenas (RHP/UTL) (Lancaster, CA/Quartz Hill HS), Junior Tommy Martinez (LHP/OF) (Tempe, AZ/GateWay Community College), Freshman Alec Roach (INF/RHP) (Littleton, CO/Chatfield HS), Freshman Race Traynor (INF/RHP) (San Tan Valley, AZ/Poston Butte HS), and Freshman Jacob Wojnarowski (UTL) (Mesa, AZ/Red Mountain HS).
 
For more information about OUAZ athletics, visit http://www.ouazspirit.com/index.php. Follow OUAZ athletics on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OUAZSpiritAthletics/ and on Twitter twitter.com/OUAZSpirit.        
 
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About Ottawa University
 
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.