Photo credit: Bob Cragin
Over at USCBAthletics.com we’re counting down the top 10 moments of the 2016-17 school year for Sand Shark Athletics. Today’s entry is No. 9 on the list.
Bobby Wenthe arrived on campus in August with a big personality and a bigger bat, having smashed 21 home runs in his first two collegiate seasons before transferring to USCB.
Wenthe announced his presence in the Sand Sharks’ lineup with authority when he hit two home runs off preseason NAIA All-American Cade Wagner in USCB’s second game of the season.
By March 10 – just over a month into the season – Wenthe had blasted seven home runs, putting him within one of tying Ashly Morris’ single-season school record. After a home run drought of nearly a month, Wenthe went wild in April, hitting five homers in a span of eight games to smash Morris’ mark. Wenthe hit his final bomb of the season on April 29 against Georgia Gwinnett, tying Erik Armstrong’s USCB career mark with 13 homers.
Wenthe’s nine home runs in Sun Conference play tied for the league lead and helped him land a spot on the All-Sun Conference First Team.
And best of all, Wenthe and his bat will be back in the middle of the Sand Sharks’ lineup next season.