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Salzman's season gets off to sizzling start for Scots

Former St. Francis High player homers to help Macalester seize important conference victory.

April 11, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Garrett Salzman (St. Francis High, 2008) senior, Macalester College baseball: A hot start to the season continues for Salzman, who went two for three with his first home run and two runs batted in out of the designated hitter spot to help the Scots open a doubleheader on Tuesday with a 6-5 win over Bethel. He returned to go two for three with a run and a RBI in the nightcap, a 5-4 win.

With the sweep, Macalester (16-11) moved into second place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings at 6-2.

On the year, the Scots catcher is batting .351 with 15 RBI, 10 runs and four doubles, having started all but one of the Scots' games.

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Macalester is back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday for the start of a home doubleheader against Hamline.

Scott Hong (Glendale Community College, 2011) junior, Occidental College baseball: Hong notched a solo home run and a two-run double as the designated hitter to help the Tigers rally from an eight-run deficit against Whittier College on Saturday, but the former Vaquero was thrown out at the plate trying to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly for a game-ending double play.

Occidental lost the game, 10-9, after dropping the opener of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Assn. home doubleheader, 4-3, in 10 innings to fall to 17-15 and 12-9 in the SCIAC for fourth place.

Hong, a right fielder, is batting .287 on the season with three home runs, 23 RBI, 32 runs, nine doubles, three triples and a SCIAC-leading 25 stolen bases

The Tigers next host Pomona-Pitzer at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Sean Elliott (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) junior, University of Indianapolis baseball: With a scoreless sixth and seventh inning pitched in a 16-1 win over Kentucky State on Tuesday, Elliott's earned-run average remained at 0.00 on the season.

After missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, the right-hander is bouncing back with a solid start to 2012 in helping the Greyhounds get off to a 21-9 start with a 12-4 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for second place.

He is 1-0 with his only victory coming on March 27 in an 18-5 win over Kentucky State. Elliott entered the game in the second inning with a 9-5 lead and allowed one hit and no walks while striking out four over two innings to get the decision.

Elliott has nine strikeouts to two walks on the year and opponents are batting .217 against him.

The Greyhounds take on division frontrunner Northern Kentucky in a four-game set beginning with a doubleheader at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Andrew Roide (Crescenta Valley High, 2009) freshman, Cal Poly Pomona men's track and field: Roide established a personal-record of 6 feet 5 inches in the high jump Saturday at the Tiny Lister Classic at Cal State L.A.

Roide's mark tied with four others for first place in the event.

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