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Title: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Gramps on April 10, 2009, 12:12:58 pm
Weds, Apr 8th, Jason Lash, ss, Heidelberg, hit for the CYCLE in the second game of a doubleheader against Capital.  This the first time in two years that I have been involved with board that I recall it happening. Does anyone of the oldtimers, like BigPoppa, Ralph Turner, or Jiim Dixon recall of any? And how often does it happen, or how rare is it? I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: DIIIBASEBALLFAN on April 10, 2009, 12:26:27 pm
IN 2006

CF Tyler Dean, Chapman:
In one of the rarest of achievements, Dean hit for the cycle on back-to-back days. Against Pomona-Pitzer, he hit for the cycle in just four at bats. The very next day against Pomona-Pitzer, he did it again. He was hit by the first pitch he saw in the game. He then doubled in the third, grounded out in the fourth, tripled in the sixth, singled in the seventh and homered in the eighth. Dean finished the 2-game series 8-for-10 with 7 runs scored, 6 RBI and 20 total bases
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 10, 2009, 01:01:31 pm
The only cycle I saw in person at D-III was Tom Sanchez, Upper Iowa.  His was in game one of a championship series in 1996.

Those hit in the Championship round:
Mike DeLeone, NC Wesleyan (vs Otterbein, June 4, 1983)
Tom Sanchez, Upper Iowa (vs Marietta, May 23, 1996)
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 10, 2009, 01:08:24 pm
two are noted on D3baseball.com

Cal Lutheran's Centerfielder Nick Pinneri (2009)
http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2009/02/23/6339/pinneri-hits-for-cycle-in-kingmen-s-win.html

Wesley third baseman Grant Morlock (2008)
http://www.d3baseball.com/notables/2008/05/05/5333/grant-hits-for-the-cycle.html


FYI - I believe Tim Jorgensen had a HR cycle in 1995 (solo shot, 2 run, 3 run and slam in one game).
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 10, 2009, 06:45:48 pm
I found this from a press release from 17 March 2008

Joe Towns, 3B, Jr., Texas-Tyler
Texas-Tyler junior third baseman Joe Towns (Carrollton, TX / Newman Smith HS) hit for the cycle and had five hits in a victory against East Texas Baptist and batted .419 over six games. On the week, he had three home runs, 11 RBI and scored eight runs. He also walked twice and stole one base.


from: http://www.d3baseball.com/pressreleases/ASC/2008/03/17/ASC-Players-of-the-Week-Announced/2363
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 10, 2009, 06:52:33 pm
In major-league baseball history, there have been 274 occurrences of batters hitting for the cycle.  This was from a 6 May 2008 story (below) and should give an indication what kind of frequency might be expected for a cycle.


...and for something off topic but amazing is what happened May last year:

http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_9163890

The odds against hitting for the cycle or tossing a perfect game are considerable.  So what are the chances of doing both in one game, which Jobi Wall of Faith Christian High School did Saturday during Class 3A district play?

"It was pretty crazy," Wall said.

A senior right-hander, Wall struck out six batters and retired 15 in a row in a five-inning, 18-0 victory over Coal Ridge. At the plate, the left-handed hitter tripled, singled, doubled, then homered in only four innings.

"I was kind of aware of it, then it happened," said Wall, who is 6-feet-6, 205 pounds and also plays shortstop when not pitching. "My teammates were very supportive. Everything went right and I got a lot of lucky bounces."
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: infielddad on April 12, 2009, 08:33:21 pm
Trinity, Tx. had two players hit for the cycle in the same game in 2004.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Gray Fox on April 12, 2009, 08:52:44 pm
Personally, I'd rather see my guy hit four home runs. ;D
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: ILVBB on April 12, 2009, 09:02:52 pm
Nick Pappas, a freshman from LA, did it for Trinity (TX) in his forth game earlier this year against Sul Ross.

http://www.trinity.edu/departments/athletics/Baseball/statistics/sr-tu2.htm

Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Dawgsdad on April 13, 2009, 09:08:02 am
If it wasn't for the triple, this feat would be fairly commonplace. The triple is what makes it difficult and rare.

I know my own kid has been close at least a half dozen times this year alone. I'm sure that if you look through the stats you'd see that many have been close.  I guess that why it's such a feat.  Rare indeed ;)
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: BigPoppa on April 13, 2009, 10:17:42 am
Not really a cycle, but even more amazing was that UW-Oshkosh's Tim Jorgensen once hit 6HRs in a DH. Game one featured a cycle of HRs: a solo shot, a two-run HR, a three-run HR and a Grand Slam. I am not sure that has EVER been done nor will it EVER be done again.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 13, 2009, 10:56:51 am
Trinity, Tx. had two players hit for the cycle in the same game in 2004.

For Trinity (Texas) Jason Armstrong and Andrew Findlay hit for the cycle in the same game against Rhodes in 2004.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Just Bill on April 13, 2009, 11:15:36 am
Not really a cycle, but even more amazing was that UW-Oshkosh's Tim Jorgensen once hit 6HRs in a DH. Game one featured a cycle of HRs: a solo shot, a two-run HR, a three-run HR and a Grand Slam. I am not sure that has EVER been done nor will it EVER be done again.
...because no team in history will ever be stupid enough again to keep pitching to a guy who hit four home runs in the first game!!
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: BigPoppa on April 13, 2009, 11:21:21 am
Not really a cycle, but even more amazing was that UW-Oshkosh's Tim Jorgensen once hit 6HRs in a DH. Game one featured a cycle of HRs: a solo shot, a two-run HR, a three-run HR and a Grand Slam. I am not sure that has EVER been done nor will it EVER be done again.
...because no team in history will ever be stupid enough again to keep pitching to a guy who hit four home runs in the first game!!

HA! That is a great observation.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Gramps on April 13, 2009, 11:42:00 am
here is what i have found from researching every schools media guide i could find online (i have that kind of free time)

OAC Cycle:
April 12, 2001 - Mike Van Schepen for Muskingum vs. Wilmington
May 12, 1994 - Chris Matejcik for B-W vs. Mount Union

Non-OAC Cycle:
April 14, 2005 - Mike Farrell for B-W vs. Hiram
March 12, 2001 - Steve Conter for B-Wvs. Thomas More (Ky.)



WOW!!!What a response,.  I'd certainly like to thank all of you for answering my query.  I'm sure that it jogged a lot of memories.  I brought over a response from the conference board to show how rare the CYCLE is just in the OAC  itself.

Especially many kudos to Jim Dixon for his jogs back in history to come up with the many variations.   

Keep all of your answers coming, I'm really enjoying this.


















Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 13, 2009, 12:27:54 pm
This topic will help flesh out the history of D-III baseball just like the "perfect game" topic has brought out a about half of the perfect games pitched in D-III history. 

In summary (15 instances listed here):

June 4, 1983, Mike DeLeone, NC Wesleyan, vs Otterbein

May 12, 1994, Chris Matejcik, Baldwin Wallace, vs. Mount Union

May 23, 1996, Tom Sanchez, Upper Iowa, vs Marietta

April 12, 2001,  Mike Van Schepen, Muskingum, vs. Wilmington
March 12, 2001, Steve Conter Baldwin Wallace, vs. Thomas More

2004, Jason Armstrong, Trinity (Texas), vs Rhodes (same game as Findlay)
2004, Andrew Findlay, Trinity (Texas), vs. Rhodes (same game as Armstrong)

April 14, 2005, Mike Farrell for Baldwin Wallace, vs. Hiram

2006, Tyler Dean, cf, Chapman, vs Pomona Pitzer
2006, Tyler Dean, cf, Chapman, vs Pomona Pitzer (back-to-back cycles)
 
March 17, 2008,  Joe Towns, 3B, Texas-Tyler, vs East Texas Baptist
May 5, 2008, Wesley third baseman Grant Morlock, 3b, vs. Polytechnic

February 11, 2009, Nick Pinneri, cf, Cal Lutheran, vs. La Sierra
February 21, 2009, Nick Pappas, Trinity (TX) vs Sul Ross
Weds, Apr 8, 2009,  Jason Lash, ss, Heidelberg, vs Capital.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: BigPoppa on April 13, 2009, 12:55:12 pm
This topic will help flesh out the history of D-III baseball just like the "perfect game" topic has brought out a about half of the perfect games pitched in D-III history. 

In summary (15 instances listed here):

June 4, 1983, Mike DeLeone, NC Wesleyan, vs Otterbein

May 12, 1994, Chris Matejcik, Baldwin Wallace, vs. Mount Union

May 23, 1996, Tom Sanchez, Upper Iowa, vs Marietta

April 12, 2001,  Mike Van Schepen, Muskingum, vs. Wilmington
March 12, 2001, Steve Conter Baldwin Wallace, vs. Thomas More

2004, Jason Armstrong, Trinity (Texas), vs Rhodes (same game as Findlay)
2004, Andrew Findlay, Trinity (Texas), vs. Rhodes (same game as Armstrong)

April 14, 2005, Mike Farrell for Baldwin Wallace, vs. Hiram

2006, Tyler Dean, cf, Chapman, vs Pomona Pitzer
2006, Tyler Dean, cf, Chapman, vs Pomona Pitzer (back-to-back cycles)

 
March 17, 2008,  Joe Towns, 3B, Texas-Tyler, vs East Texas Baptist
May 5, 2008, Wesley third baseman Grant Morlock, 3b, vs. Polytechnic

February 11, 2009, Nick Pinneri, cf, Cal Lutheran, vs. La Sierra
February 21, 2009, Nick Pappas, Trinity (TX) vs Sul Ross
Weds, Apr 8, 2009,  Jason Lash, ss, Heidelberg, vs Capital.


Tyler Dean's might be the most impressive as he did it back to back games. I saw the first of the two while scouting Pomona-Pitzer as we played them later in the season.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: OxyBob on April 14, 2009, 11:00:00 am
If it wasn't for the triple, this feat would be fairly commonplace. The triple is what makes it difficult and rare.

Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle for the Dodgers against the Giants yesterday. The last player for the Dodgers to hit for the cycle was Wes Parker in 1970 against the Mets. Hudson is the first LA Dodgers player to hit for the cycle in Dodger Stadium (opened 1962).

OxyBob
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Just Bill on April 14, 2009, 11:25:42 am
I had a high school teammate once hit for the cycle in two innings of play. He was the leadoff hitter and we batted around each inning.  He had a triple and single in the first and a home run and double in the second. We teased him about the double because it appeared he could have made third for a triple, but held up at second for the cycle.  We were ahead 15-0 at the time so no harm done, I guess.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: ILVBB on April 14, 2009, 12:02:31 pm
Credit where credit is due:

Daniel Ward of Hendrix College did it last season on March 14th against Trinity.

http://www.trinity.edu/departments/athletics/Baseball/statistics/2008/hc-tu1.htm
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: DenisonFan on April 14, 2009, 11:49:38 pm
In 2006, Denison's Todd Pitt hit for the cycle in a game in Florida against Suffolk University -- and hit Johnny Pesky, too.

http://tinyurl.com/d935rw

Box score:

http://apps.denison.edu/athletics/ba/ba06/denb318.html
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: P-P Fan on April 15, 2009, 01:17:00 am
If it wasn't for the triple, this feat would be fairly commonplace. The triple is what makes it difficult and rare.

Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle for the Dodgers against the Giants yesterday. The last player for the Dodgers to hit for the cycle was Wes Parker in 1970 against the Mets. Hudson is the first LA Dodgers player to hit for the cycle in Dodger Stadium (opened 1962).

OxyBob

OxyBob, Im surprised you didn't mention that Wes Parker was a SCIAC product! Parker played DIII ball at Claremont McKenna before becoming one of the better defensive first basemen of his generation for the Dodgers...
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: RSSmith on April 15, 2009, 09:58:19 am
Ursinus 1B Ben Gresh has been named the Centennial Conference's Player of the Week. Despite playing in just one game last week, Gresh made his only start memorable as he hit for the cycle in Wednesday's win over Delaware Valley
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 15, 2009, 01:06:45 pm
Update list of Cycles in D-III Baseball.

In summary (18 instances listed here):

June 4, 1983, Mike DeLeone, NC Wesleyan, vs Otterbein

May 12, 1994, Chris Matejcik, Baldwin Wallace, vs. Mount Union

May 23, 1996, Tom Sanchez, Upper Iowa, vs Marietta

April 12, 2001,  Mike Van Schepen, Muskingum, vs. Wilmington
March 12, 2001, Steve Conter Baldwin Wallace, vs. Thomas More

2004, Jason Armstrong, Trinity (Texas), vs Rhodes (same game as Findlay)
2004, Andrew Findlay, Trinity (Texas), vs. Rhodes (same game as Armstrong)

April 14, 2005, Mike Farrell, Baldwin Wallace, vs. Hiram

2006, Tyler Dean, cf, Chapman, vs Pomona Pitzer
2006, Tyler Dean, cf, Chapman, vs Pomona Pitzer (back-to-back cycles)
March 18, 2006, Todd Pitt, cf, Denison, vs Suffolk
 
March 14, 2008, Daniel Ward, cf, Hendrix, vs Trinity (Texas)
March 17, 2008,  Joe Towns, 3b, Texas-Tyler, vs East Texas Baptist
May 5, 2008, Grant Morlock, 3b, Wesley, vs. Polytechnic

February 11, 2009, Nick Pinneri, cf, Cal Lutheran, vs. La Sierra
February 21, 2009, Nick Pappas, Trinity (Texas) vs Sul Ross
April 8, 2009,  Jason Lash, ss, Heidelberg, vs Capital.
April 8, 2009, Ben Gresh, 1b, Ursinus 1B, vs Delaware Valley
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: BigPoppa on April 15, 2009, 01:09:33 pm
Cycles appear to be much more frequent recently when compared to how often is has happened in the past. I wonder what is driving that trend.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: OxyBob on April 15, 2009, 01:56:12 pm
If it wasn't for the triple, this feat would be fairly commonplace. The triple is what makes it difficult and rare.
Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle for the Dodgers against the Giants yesterday. The last player for the Dodgers to hit for the cycle was Wes Parker in 1970 against the Mets. Hudson is the first LA Dodgers player to hit for the cycle in Dodger Stadium (opened 1962).
OxyBob, Im surprised you didn't mention that Wes Parker was a SCIAC product! Parker played DIII ball at Claremont McKenna before becoming one of the better defensive first basemen of his generation for the Dodgers...

I did not know that Mr. Steady went to Claremont. Thanks for that tidbit.

OxyBob
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on April 15, 2009, 03:08:41 pm
Cycles appear to be much more frequent recently when compared to how often is has happened in the past. I wonder what is driving that trend.

Reporting.  I expect they are occuring at the same rate but if nobody knows about it, nobody knows about it.

Take the Lash and Gresh cycles.  They occurred on the same day but one SID includes it in a press release and other does not.  Guess who got their picture in the rotation of stories on D3baseball.com?
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Gramps on April 15, 2009, 11:22:01 pm
Cycles appear to be much more frequent recently when compared to how often is has happened in the past. I wonder what is driving that trend.

Reporting.  I expect they are occuring at the same rate but if nobody knows about it, nobody knows about it.

Take the Lash and Gresh cycles.  They occurred on the same day but one SID includes it in a press release and other does not.  Guess who got their picture in the rotation of stories on D3baseball.com?
What's even more odd, is that one player gets conference "Hitter of the week" for his Cycle, and the other does not.  So I guess that it  is just a judgement call by the panel that votes on the awards.

Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Gray Fox on April 15, 2009, 11:41:26 pm
Cycles appear to be much more frequent recently when compared to how often is has happened in the past. I wonder what is driving that trend.

Reporting.  I expect they are occuring at the same rate but if nobody knows about it, nobody knows about it.

Take the Lash and Gresh cycles.  They occurred on the same day but one SID includes it in a press release and other does not.  Guess who got their picture in the rotation of stories on D3baseball.com?
Maybe cycles come in cycles. :P
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jack Parkman on April 16, 2009, 12:05:30 am
Is there something in the air these days!!??

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9461380/Rangers-19,-Orioles-6
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: BoBo on April 18, 2009, 08:26:59 pm
It's being reported on the UW-La Crosse website that UW-Stevens Point's Cody Koback hit for the cycle today at La Crosse, finishing 4-for-6 with five RBI and three runs scored. He hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of a 16-6 Pointer win in game 1 of their DH.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on May 01, 2009, 03:12:18 am
Tom DeAngelis  hit for the cycle, one of six for Widener to homer in a 25-9 pounding at Gwynedd-Mercy.

http://www.widenerpride.com/news/2009/4/27/BB_0427095307.aspx?path=baseball
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on March 28, 2010, 02:18:34 am
Hmm...no cycle this year.  Interesting. 

I have been looking for the first cycle of the year and having gone this long am wondering did i miss one or is this a better pitching year.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: redbull on March 28, 2010, 10:16:35 am
Nate Carlson of the University of Redlands hit for the cycle on March 19th vs. Puget Sound.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: redbull on March 29, 2010, 01:50:34 pm
Nate Carlson of the University of Redlands hit for the cycle on March 19th vs. Puget Sound.

Nate Carlson of the University of Redlands hit for the cycle again this past Saturday, March 27, against CalTech.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Mr. Ypsi on March 29, 2010, 06:50:10 pm
Nate Carlson of the University of Redlands hit for the cycle on March 19th vs. Puget Sound.

Nate Carlson of the University of Redlands hit for the cycle again this past Saturday, March 27, against CalTech.

Shouldn't there be demerits against anyone who DOESN'T hit for the cycle against Caltech?! :D
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Jim Dixon on March 29, 2010, 07:21:57 pm
Nate Carlson of the University of Redlands hit for the cycle on March 19th vs. Puget Sound.

Nate Carlson of the University of Redlands hit for the cycle again this past Saturday, March 27, against CalTech.

Shouldn't there be demerits against anyone who DOESN'T hit for the cycle against Caltech?! :D

I was thinking the same thing but for the trifecta you need to do it against La Sierra also.

I'll get something on the front page but considering that neither game is highlighted on the Redlands' web site, nor pushed out to the national media (well okay me), it is no wonder that nobody knows Redlands is having a good season - I refer you to the discussion in the Top 25.

Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: OshDude on April 02, 2010, 08:51:52 am
UW-Whitewater's Dan Putnam vs. Marian on 4/1.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: BigPoppa on April 05, 2010, 02:23:01 pm
Carthage's Will Hodges hit for the cycle in a 4-5 day with 5 RBI in Saturday's 8-7 win vs Elmhurst.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: OshDude on April 14, 2010, 08:46:43 pm
UW-Stevens Point's Eric Fritz vs. UW Oshkosh on 4/14.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: D-BAT on April 14, 2010, 10:45:45 pm
EMU's Baker Hits For Cycle In Split With Catholic (April 1st)

On a beautiful day for baseball, Eastern Mennonite hosted Catholic in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday. With bright blue skies and a light wind blowing out to left field, both teams pasted the ball around the park and combined for 46 runs in just 12 innings of play. The Royals snapped a six-game losing streak with a dominating 17-10 win in game one before the Cardinals from behind in an 11-8 nightcap victory.

http://www.emu.edu/athletics/baseball/2009_2010/emubb17.htm
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: Ralph Turner on April 18, 2010, 06:08:13 pm
Here is an interesting twist on the concept.

Concordia-Texas, as a team, hit for the cycle in the first inning of their 5-2 win (http://athletics.concordia.edu/news/2010/4/17/BB_0417104733.aspx) over Schreiner.


Quote
AUSTIN, Texas -- A first-inning cycle propelled the Concordia University Texas baseball team to a 5-2 win over Schreiner on Saturday afternoon at Tornado Field.  CTX (15-19, 8-8 ASC) received a triple from Justin Beasley, a single from Pedro Maldonado, a two-run homer by C.J. Riojas and a double off the bat of Justin Yeager to complete the rare feat.

CTX scored three runs in the first.
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: ECSUalum on April 18, 2010, 09:00:15 pm
Chris Thompson @ ECSU came about a foot from hitting for the cycle today vs Plymouth State.

Hit the center field wall for his 4th out of five hits today, already had double, triple and a single
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: spartanfan973 on April 27, 2010, 10:35:02 pm
Hi i just wanted to point out that you forgot one from the 09 season on the list.

http://www.ycpspartans.com/sports/bsb/2008-09/news/bb_gs_oglethorpe_022109
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: spartanfan973 on April 27, 2010, 10:43:07 pm
You can add this one also.


http://www.ycpspartans.com/sports/bsb/2009-10/releases/201004030hmfdu
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: bluesagehen4747 on April 27, 2010, 10:55:33 pm
If it didn't happen in the game that clinched the SCIAC championship for my hens, it would pain me too much to be the one to post it but Max Rose of CMS (bitter rivals of Pomona-Pitzer) hit for the cycle this past Sunday, April 25 in their win over Redlands.
He was 4 for 4 on the day before being pulled after accomplishing the feat:
http://www.cmsathletics.org/sports/spring/bsb/2009-10/stats/ur-cms2.htm (http://www.cmsathletics.org/sports/spring/bsb/2009-10/stats/ur-cms2.htm)
Title: Re: HITTING FOR THE CYCLE
Post by: OshDude on April 29, 2010, 10:48:05 pm
St. Norbert's Tony Jandron vs. Beloit on 4/29.