The Cougar baseball team has concluded their fall season. They finished with a perfect record of 5-0 and look to improve on that record going into the spring season. They first played a double header against Ohio Christian University on September 28. The Cougars won both games against OCU, defeating the Trailblazers 27-0 and 10-1, starting the season with a 2-0 record.
The MVNU team was able to keep their momentum going through the weekend of October 4 against the Michigan Dearborn Wolverines in a 3-game series. The Cougars won all 3 the games against the Wolverines and thus concluded their fall season with a 5-0 record.
Kobe Miller, a senior on the baseball team, is very excited for this upcoming season. “We performed really well as a team… Our pitching staff is really exciting this year, we didn’t graduate many arms and the addition of Coaches Kubbs and Bacon are going to be huge for us.” Miller went on to say that he expects the team to compete very well in the spring and should onc...
The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s baseball team is pleased to have the return of a huge contributor in senior Yanni Patten after battling cancer this past year. Patten was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) of the spine in February 2018 and underwent back surgery and extensive chemotherapy before being recently told that he is now cancer free.
The impact of not having Patten was shown on the field for the baseball team as the team went 24-26 overall and 10-17 in the Crossroads League in 2018. In the 2017 season, Patten led the team with 56 hits, plus he also had 33 runs batted in.
Patten knows that being on the field means that he is joining people that he considers his brothers.
“Being a part of the MVNU baseball team is like having a second family,” Patten said.
This fall during practice, Patten was able to participate in batting practice and fielding, as well as continuing to pursue his degree in engineering. Patten was a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete during...
Sitting in fourth place in the Crossroads League, MVNU baseball (31-20, 13-11) will continue the tradition of postseason play.
The Cougars will wrap up their season with a three-game series against Indiana Weslyan University this weekend, then will kick off playoff competition in May.
As a team, the Cougars are ranked sixth in the NAIA in total doubles with 109 on the season.
Leading the Cougars offensively is sophomore Yanni Patten, who holds a .391 batter average and 27 RBI. Sophomore Aaron Saal follows close behind, batting .369 with 45 RBI. Senior Jaime Montero holds a batting average of .365 and 41 RBI. He finished the weekend series against Bethel College with four home runs and 13 RBI.
Junior Jesse Staudt also has come up big at the plate. He is batting .281 with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 45 RBI for the Cougars.
After multiple weather delays and many rescheduled games, Cougar baseball finished a three-game series against Marian University yesterday afternoon with a 16-7 loss.
The game ended with 23 hits and three home runs between the two teams. Marian earned the series victory, 2-1.
“Playing as a team has been our biggest struggle,” said senior pitcher Jacob Chrysler. “Either the defense is playing well but we aren’t hitting, or we are scoring without playing defense. We have to get on the same page.”
During yesterday’s matchup the teams remained scoreless in the first inning. Marian earned the first run in the second and MVNU took the lead with a four-run third inning.
At the end of the fifth the score was 5-2 in the Cougars’ favor. The fifth and sixth innings were uneventful for both teams before the bats came alive in the seventh. Marian tied the score at seven in the s...
An optimistic Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball team is once again gunning toward a conference championship this spring.
The Cougars are young, recruiting 11 freshmen for the 2016-17 campaign and returning 12 sophomores, one junior and four seniors.
“We have a good amount of experience coming back, but we're also going to be needing some freshmen to step up and compete for us,” said senior outfielder Corey Gould. “I have a lot of confidence that the young guys will be able to do that for us.”
This season, sophomore Yanni Patten will take first base for the Cougars. Patten led the Crossroads League in hitting as a freshman, batting .406 with 39 RBI. He earned First Team All-League honors as a freshman.
MVNU athletes brought in a multitude of academic honors last year, with 12 MVNU teams garnering NAIA Scholar-Team Honors for the 2015-16 school year.
To receive this accolade, teams must have a combined grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
The women’s soccer team topped the MVNU list with a team GPA of 3.58 followed closely by volleyball with a 3.57.
“We use the same diligence we use on the field to transfer over in our studies,” senior women’s soccer player Shannon Gwynn said. “This means studying on the bus during long road trips, studying late after practice and just using our free time wisely.”
Many MVNU athletes also brought in individual honors. In June, the Crossroads League office announced that 20 Cougar athletes received Crossroads League All-Academic Honors.
To be given the honors the athlete must be a junior or senior, maintain a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be nominated by the institution’s head coach or sports information director.