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College Update: Surrey, Saatzer turning in stellar seasons on diamond

UC Irvine hurler, Chapman hitter putting together stellar numbers during campaigns.

April 23, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

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

Elliot Surrey (Crescenta Valley High, 2012) UC Irvine baseball sophomore: Surrey is quickly putting together an outstanding season with his latest start serving as further evidence.

Against San Diego State on Friday, the former multiple All-Area and All-CIF Southern Section player twirled 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits and a walk, while striking out five. The Anteaters notched a 3-0 nonconference win in the process.
With the win, Surrey improved to 6-2.

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Surrey is 5-0 in his last five starts, having throw 6 2/3 innings or more in every start and having allowed three total runs combined in the five games. He’s struck out 28 batters to just six walks during the span.

For the season, in 10 starts and 59 2/3 innings, Surrey has struck out 44 and walked 11. His earned-run average sits at a sterling 2.11.

Heading into a three-game Big West series against host UC Davis starting Friday, Irvine is 8-1 in conference and 25-14 overall. Surrey is slated to start the second game of the series on Saturday.

Mark Saatzer (St. Francis High, 2010) Chapman baseball senior: Saatzer is turning in a memorable season to say the least.

Hitting at a .445 clip for the season, the former All-Area honoree was riding a nine-game hitting streak heading into Wednesday’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tilt at Caltech that was halted, though he scored two runs and Chapman won, 7-5.

During his hitting streak, Saatzer is 17 for 32 with six multi-hit games, 13 runs scored, four doubles, an astounding three triples, two home runs and 10 runs batted in.

Perhaps most impressive and telling is that Saatzer’s hitting streak coincided with Chapman’s nine-game winning streak, which, grew to 10 on Wednesday, as the team has run its record to 26-10 and 19-6 in the SCIAC.

Saatzer, who’s a fixture at the three-spot in the order and first base in the field, has played in all 36 of his team’s games with a team-leading 61 hits, 39 runs, six home runs, three triples, 36 runs batted in, 20 walks, a .445 batting average and a .693 slugging percentage.

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