Peru State baseball season recap
PERU, Neb. —The Peru State baseball team finished with a 16-23 record during the 2023 season. They finished 13-17 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference play and did not qualify for the Heart Conference Tournament.
The Bobcats posted an impressive 11-5 mark at Centennial Complex Field but struggled away from home as they posted a 5-18 record away from Peru. Peru State did not play in a neutral site game in 2023.
Peru State had a .283 batting average, a .374 on base percentage and a .403 slugging percentage. The Bobcats scored 222 runs, 317 hits with 52 doubles, seven triples, 23 home runs and 190 RBIs. Peru State drew 137 walks this past season and stole 27 bases.
On the mound, the Bobcats pitched 272 innings striking out 216 batters with an ERA of 9.10. Peru State had an astounding .944 fielding percentage.
Yodelvy Garcia (Santiago, D.R.) led the way offensively this past season for the Bobcats as he scored 21 runs, 37 hits, eight doubles, one triple, five home runs and drove in 25 RBIs. He had a batting average of .352, an on base percentage of .456 and a slugging percentage of .590.
Garcia was the lone baseball player on Peru State who earned Heart All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Kevin Diaz (Dominican Republic) appeared and started in 11 games for the Bobcats this season. Diaz had a 5-3 record with three complete games. He pitched 59.2 innings striking out 58 batters with an ERA of 7.84.
Diego Oquendo (Merida, Venezuela) appeared and started in ten games on the mound with a 4-4 record also tossing two complete games. He pitched 46.1 innings striking out 33 batters with an ERA of 7.58.
Wes Bradford (Bakersfield, Calif.) had a fielding percentage of .988, as he had 237 putouts on 250 total chances with 21 turned double plays, 10 assists and only three errors.
Luis Pacheco (Miami, Fla.) was named to the 2023 Academic CSC All-District Teams®. He was the lone Bobcat baseball player to be selected for the honor.
The Bobcats were also able to get six players to receive Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Wayne Albury was also to record his 300th career win at Peru State during a series sweep of Park this past March.
Peru State baseball will be back next spring.