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Chatham well represented in NCAA Super Regionals

by Chatham Athletic Association
Thursday, June 06, 2024

Chatham well represented in NCAA Super Regionals
Chatham is set to be well represented in the 2024 NCAA Super Regionals, which begin Friday afternoon. Seven Anglers players on the initial 2024 roster have a chance to clinch a trip to Omaha including three players from the Atlantic Coast Conference, one from the Southeastern Conference, two from the Big 12 and one from the Big East. Six of the seven A's members are pitchers. 

Here's a look at the players from Chatham's roster who are still vying to make the College World Series:


Jamie Arnold (LHP) - No. 8 Florida State

In his sophomore season with Florida State, Arnold has established himself as the Seminoles' ace. Coming off a freshman campagin where he totaled a 6.34 earned run average in 24 appearances, Arnold has led FSU pitchers in ERA (2.45) and innings pitched (95.1). 

Arnold most recently started for the Seminoles on June 1, leading them to a 5-2 win over Central Florida in the Tallahassee Regional. He struck out 12 in seven innings of work and allowed just two earned runs. The Seminoles' second straight win over UCF on June 2 clinched Florida State a spot in the Super Regionals, where FSU is set to host UConn.

It was Arnold's fifth game with double-digit strikeouts this season, which includes a 17-strikeout performance on May 10 versus Pittsburgh. He's also tallied five games with zero earned runs given up. His 146 total strikeouts are a team-high too.

Arnold previously played in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2023 with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. That season, he was named a CCBL All-Star and registered a 2.95 ERA in 11 games. He's now likely to be taking the mount for Florida State to kick off its Super Regional appearance. 


David Hagaman (RHP) - West Virginia

Hagaman's Mountaineers squad advanced to the Super Regional after beating Grand Canyon 10-6 in the Tucon Regional. However, Hagaman sustained an injury to his throwing arm in April and has not played since. 

Before his injury, Hagaman made one start and 14 appearances. He tallied a 5.91 ERA and struck out 49 batters while totaling two saves as well. Hagaman posted a 3.52 ERA during his freshman season, in which he was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. He registered a 0.82 WHIP in conference play, and held all opponents to a .174 batting average. 

West Virginia battles No. 4 North Carolina Friday in Game 1 of the Chapel Hill Super Regional, though it doesn't appear that Hagaman will take the field. 


Jett Johnston (UTL) - No. 3 Texas A&M

As a freshman utility man for the Aggies, Johnston has been used sporadically — starting three games in the field and totaling 16 at-bats. Johnston has three career hits in collegiate baseball thus far, including an RBI double on Feb. 25 against Wagner. He's also appeared twice on the mound, both coming in relief spots.

Texas A&M advanced to the Super Regional followoing a 9-4 victory over Louisiana in the Bryan-College Station Regional, but Johnston did not see the field. The Aggies are pitted against Oregon Saturday to begin their Super Regional road. 


Garrett Payne (RHP) - No. 10 NC State

Payne has been used sparingly as both a pitcher and hitter for NC State this season. The redshirt junior made three appearances on the mound in 2024, totaling just 1.2 innings. At the plate, Payne has had only two at-bats, both of which came against Queens on Feb. 28, though neither resulted in a hit. 

While Payne didn't make an appearance, NC State cruised to a regional victory as the hosts of the Raleigh Regional. The Wolfpack took down Bryant, South Carolina and James Madison in consecutive games. NC State is set to take on No. 7 Georgia Saturday in its first game of the Athens Super Regional.  


Shane Van Dam (RHP) - No. 10 NC State

Van Dam has been a solid arm for NC State throughout this season, pitching 37.1 innings across his first 16 appearances. The sophomore has accumulated a 4.58 ERA while being used as both a starter and a reliever. On April 6 against Louisville, Van Dam pitched a season-high five shutout innings. 

Despite his regular-season performances, Van Dam didn't appear in NC State's three games during the Raleigh Regional. The Wolfpack took care of business with three straight wins, outscoring their opponents 20-10. 


Gabe Van Emon (LHP) - UConn

Van Emon played a major role in helping UConn pull off an unlikely Super Regional appearance. The Huskies defeated Duke and No. 9 Oklahoma in their first two games of the Normal Regional. both of which Van Emon didn't appear in. 

A 6-4 win by Oklahoma over UConn set up a third contest between the two, this time in a win-or-go-home scenario. Van Emon got the start for the Huskies and put together one of the best outings of his career. Entering the contest, the graduate student had an ERA of 6.71 in 52.1 innings pitched. But against the Sooners, he came up big. 

Van Emon held Oklahoma scoreless over 7.1 innings of work in his longest outing of the year. helping UConn to a 7-1 victory. Despite striking out only two batters, he walked just two and allowed only five hits. The outing was Van Emon's fourth time shutting out an opponent this season and the first time since March 2, where he pitched 5.1 innings in a win over Auburn. 

Due to Van Emon's performance, UConn is back in the Super Regionals for the third time since 2010 and looks to make its sixth College World Series in program history. 


Gavin Van Kempen (RHP) - West Virginia

Van Kempen has continued to be a useful pitching piece for West Virginia as a sophomore. He made 13 total appearances, including five starts, for the Mountaineers while throwing a career-high 28.2 innings. Van Kempen struck out 35 batters and allowed just a .200 batting average to his opponents while posting a 3.14 ERA. 

Even though Van Kempen was one of WVU's best pitchers this season, his season was cut short due to an arm injury. His last appearance came on April 30 when he pitched three scoreless innings against Pittsburgh. Without him, West Virginia won three straight games to advance to the Chapel Hill Super Regional. 


2023 A's in Super Regional

While Chatham has seven players this year, last season's roster had 10 of its members advance to the NCAA Super Regionals this season. 

The Anglers' 2023 group included one set of teammates — left-handed pitcher Maxx Yehl, infielder JJ Wetherholt and catcher Logan Sauve (West Virginia). Outfielder Mark Shallenberger (Evansville) leads the underdog Aces to face Zander Sechrist (Tennessee) and the Volunteers in Knoxville. 

Three other pitchers — Zach Harris (Georgia), Aiden Jimenez (Oregon State) and Ben Peterson (North Carolina) — are still playing this weekend. Catcher Matt Garbowski (UConn) heads to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Finally, Chatham's Most Outstanding Player from last season, Kaeden Kent (Texas A&M), will be in action in College Station for the Aggies this weekend.