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State has given head coach Brad Hill (left) a new four-year
contract through the 2013 season. He will have a base salary of
$160,000 and could earn up to an additional $157,500 in
incentives. The Wildcats had their first NCAA Tournament
appearance in 2009, the sixth campaign under Hill. KSU set
school records with 43 wins, 14 Big 12 victories, 675 hits, 149
steals and 453 strikeouts. Hill was named 2009 Big 12 Coach of
the Year and ABCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
CBI co-founder Sean Ryan was quoted in a story in
the Richmond Times-Dispatch concerning composite bats and
the NCAA’s decision to ban them.
Click here to read the story.
Matt Argyropoulos had a two-run homer in the
third as Washington State defeated the Cougar Alumni 6-2. Mike
Kinkade (1992-95) went deep in the first for the alums. He
finished 3 for 3 and added an RBI double in the seventh. Patrick
Claussen had a two-run single in the fourth for WSU, one of his
Seniors Brian Baudinet, Mike Donato and Jared
Freni have been named captains at Massachusetts. Centerfielder
Baudinet will be a captain for the second straight season. He
started all 53 games in 2009 and led the Minutemen with 54 runs
and 35 walks. Donato started all 53 contests in left field this
past season, batting .336 with 73 hits, 13 doubles, five homers
and 40 RBI. He set a school record with 217 at bats. Freni, a
right-handed pitcher, started a school-record 15 games in 2009
with 56 strikeouts in 73.2 innings.
George Fisher has been named the volunteer
assistant at William & Mary. He will assist with the pitching
staff. Fisher has been an assistant for the past seven seasons
at Averett University, his alma mater.
Georgia State head coach Greg Frady, who is also
head coach of the German National Team, headed to Munich for the
Baseball World Cup. Germany will play exhibition games against
Great Britain in Stuttgart and Heidenheim. Germany will face
China, Venezuela and the United States in Group E play in
Regensburg, Germany. The top two teams from the group will
advance to the second round.
Brennan Dobbins of UCF was one of four
student-athletes to receive the 2009 Conference USA
Sportsmanship Award, joining Andre Anderson of Tulane football,
Abby Bools of East Carolina golf and Aaron Ammons of Southern
Miss track and field. A junior pitcher, Dobbins is the vice
president for the UCF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is
two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
The right-hander has 28 appearances in his first two seasons
with the Knights.
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman will be
inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Berkman played for
the Owls from 1995-97 and led Rice to its first College World
Series appearance. He is a member of the Houston Astros, having
surpassed 300 home runs, 1,500 hits and 1,000 RBI during his
major league career.
The Texas A&M baseball team held its fourth
annual Paint-a-thon at the home of Ms. Mary Weir in College
Station. The Aggies painted the exterior of the house, cleared
brush, installed a front garden and set a stone walkway.
The second of four phases of renovations has
begun at Tennessee’s Lindsey Nelson Stadium. It includes a new
club area and MVP seating behind home plate. Permanent
chair-back seats will be added throughout the main grandstand
and the exterior will be faced with brick. A batting cage
facility will be will be added down the right-field line and the
visitor’s locker room will be renovated. All work is scheduled
to be completed prior to the start of the 2010 season. A photo
gallery is available at utsports.com.
Pitcher Cory Arcement is one of five former
student-athletes to join the Nicholls State University Athletic
Hall of Fame. The quintet will be honored prior to the Colonels’
football home opener on Sept. 12 against Duquesne. Arcement
played from 1995-98 and was first-team All-Southland Conference
as a senior, leading the league with 10 wins. He helped Nicholls
win the 1998 Southland Tournament and earn an NCAA Regional bid.
Arcement posted a 25-18 career record with 266 strikeouts in 318
Former South Alabama standout Luis Gonzalez
announced his retirement from a 19-year career in major league
baseball. Gonzalez played with the Jaguars from 1986-88. He will
join the Arizona Diamondbacks as special advisor to the club
president and CEO. USA trains in the Luis Gonzalez Indoor
Hitting Facility. The number 5 of Gonzalez is one of two retired
numbers in USA baseball history and the only former player to be
so honored. The five-time All-Star played with the Astros, Cubs,
Tigers, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Marlins. Gonzalez had the
game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the
2001 World Series for Arizona.
(photo courtesy of KSU Media Relations Office)