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Hartford will name its baseball facility
Fiondella Field after Robert Fiondella, former chairman and CEO
of Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Co., and his family. The
dedication ceremony will occur on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. It
is free and open to the public. Following the dedication, a
Little League Challenger Exhibition Game will be played. The
Challenger Division allows youth participation in baseball and
softball for children with disabilities.
Illinois junior left-hander Phil Haig has been
dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. Haig made
16 starts for the Illini this past season, the top mark for the
team. He posted a 7-3 record with a 4.92 ERA. In 82.1 innings,
Haig allowed 99 hits and 24 walks with 44 strikeouts.
Former Tigers Bo Jackson, Frank Sanders, Hal
Baird, Gabe Gross, Tim Hudson and David Ross are scheduled to
participate in Auburn’s annual Celebrity Home Run Derby on Oct.
16. Gates open at 5 p.m. with donations going to the Boys and
Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County. Following the 6 p.m. Home Run
Derby, the current Tigers will hold a nine-inning scrimmage.
Longwood will rename Lancer Stadium “Charles
Buddy Bolding Stadium” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. It will
recognize the veteran head coach, entering his 32nd season at
Longwood. Bolding has a record of 844-457-4, including 28
winning seasons. The dedication will be followed by the annual
Virginia will hold a celebration of the 2009
season on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Davenport Field prior to the
start of Game 6 of the Orange and Blue World Series. Admission
is free. The Cavaliers will receive their rings for winning the
ACC Championship and advancing to the College World Series.
Longwood has hired former Lancer hurler Brian
McCullough as an assistant coach. A four-year starter,
McCullough will be the pitching coach and assist with all
baseball operations, including recruiting. He holds school
career records with 329 innings pitched and 258 strikeouts.
McCullough pitched professionally for three years.
Massachusetts had its baseball awards banquet and
the 2009 E. Joseph Thompson Most Valuable Player Award went to
Mitchell Clegg and Jim Macdonald. Clegg was 7-1 with a 4.15 ERA,
while Macdonald batted .343 with 12 doubles, nine homers, 40
runs and 53 RBI. Sam Boone received the Coaches’ Award as the
team’s most improved player. He started 49 games with 53 hits,
nine doubles, eight homers and 42 runs. Adam Tempesta received
the Dennis DellaPiana Memorial Award, which recognizes courage,
determination and sportsmanship. Tempesta set UMass career
records with 182 games, 747 at bats and 54 doubles. He batted
.341 with 19 doubles, five homers and 34 runs.
Kentucky will have its Alumni Weekend on Oct.
30-31, coinciding with the football homecoming game with
Mississippi State. There will be a golf scramble on Friday at 1
p.m., followed by an intrasquad game at 4 p.m. and an alumni
home run derby after the game. The Wildcats with have another
intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday.
VMI has hired Jonathan Hadra as an assistant
coach. The 2004 graduate of VMI was an assistant at Bradley last
season. Hadra coached one season with Keydets following
graduation before spending three years as an assistant at
Western Kentucky. Hadra was a four-year letterman at VMI and
earned a degree in Economics and Business.
Oregon State head coach Pat Casey and his wife,
Susan, received the 2009 Nell and John Wooden Coaching
Achievement Award from the World Sport Humanitarian Hall of
Fame. The annual award recognizes a coach and spouse who have
made exceptional contributions to their players’ lives and in
the community. Casey is preparing for his 16th season with the
Beavers and has led OSU to a pair of national championships.
Marist has added John McGorty as an assistant
coach. The former first baseman played for the Red Foxes from
2002-03. McGorty was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and played
for the Oneonta Tigers of the New York-Penn League in 2003. He
has spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Dowling
College, which made its first College World Series appearance in
Florida State announced that right-handed pitcher
Jack Posey injured the ulnar collateral ligament in his right
elbow, which required Tommy John surgery. Posey will redshirt
for the 2010 season.