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Mark Saatzer on a tear for Chapman University baseball

Former St. Francis, Glendale college baseball players putting up big numbers on college diamond.

March 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

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

Mark Saatzer (St. Francis High, 2010) junior infielder, Chapman University baseball: As good a start as Saatzer got out to this season, his numbers have only ballooned as the season's gone on.

While Saatzer is coming off a near-perfect game, the Panthers are looking to snap a two-game losing streak that's brought them back down to .500 (11-11, 9-6 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

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Chapman dropped two of three games to Pomona-Pitzer Friday and Saturday and then dropped consecutive games in a nonconference matchup with Ithaca, 9-7, Sunday. Saatzer put together one of his finest games of the year in the loss to Ithaca, as he went three for four with two runs scored and a run batted in.

Not only does it put Saatzer on a four-game hitting streak, it’s a four-game multi-hit streak. He's gone seven for 15 with two RBI and three runs scored in the past four games to pad his stats.

The former Golden Knight and All-Mission League honoree is now batting a team-high .359. His 28 hits are second-best on the squad, but his seven doubles, 15 RBI, 40 total bases, .517 slugging and .458 on-base percentages are team-highs.

Chapman was scheduled to play another nonconference game with Rutgers-Newark Thursday night before beginning a three-game conference set with Redlands March 29.

Matt McCallister (Glendale Community College, 2012) junior infielder, UNLV baseball: The former Vaquero has carved out a starting spot for himself in his first year at UNLV, which is in the middle of a successful season with a 16-5 record.

He's appeared in all 21 games and started 20, while hitting .261 (18 for 69) at the plate. The shortstop has scored 13 runs, driven in seven and hit two doubles this year. Most recently, McCallister went one for two and scored in the Rebels’ 10-3 win over BYU Monday.

McCallister has recorded a hit in four of his last five games and has six multi-hit games this season with his finest performance coming March 3 in a 12-4 win over Hawaii to wrap up the Rebel Classic championship. McCallister went two for five with a run batted in and another scored in the game.

Another season highlight for McCallister and UNLV was when he scored the walk-off run to end a 14-inning game with Tennessee Feb. 17 for a 3-2 victory.

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