Jan. 17, 2010
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Jan. 11-17, 2010
Texas will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day
and Alumni Game at Disch-Falk Field on Jan. 30. Gates will open
at 9 a.m. Fans will be treated to a player autograph session and
a photo opportunity with Bevo. Admission is free. Current major
leaguers Huston Street, Drew Stubbs, Taylor Teagarden and Curtis
Thigpen are expected to play for the alumni team.
Danny Hultzen has been invited to the 2010 USA
Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials in July. The team will
travel to Tokyo, Japan, for the FISU championship. The sophomore
pitcher/first baseman was 9-1 a season ago with a 2.17 ERA. He
fanned 107 in 95 innings. Hultzen batted .327 with three homers
and 37 RBI.
William & Mary will host its annual First Pitch
Banquet on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Williamsburg Hospitality
House. The banquet will follow the Tribe’s game against
Maryland-Eastern Shore at Plumeri Park at 2 p.m. Former Major
League pitcher Claude Osteen will be the guest speaker. Osteen
recorded 196 victories in 18 seasons in the big leagues with the
Reds, Senators, Dodgers, Astros, Cardinals and White Sox. His
grandson, Derrick, is a Tribe infielder.
Former UCF standout Mike Maroth will be a
non-roster invitee to spring training with the Minnesota Twins.
The lefty has appeared in 147 games with the Tigers and 14 with
the Cardinals. Maroth missed all of 2008 with a shoulder injury.
Former Knight Justin Pope will join the Class A Staten Island
Yankees as a coach. He pitched in the minor leagues for seven
seasons. A season ago, Paul worked as a coach with Staten Island
manager Josh Paul in the New York Yankees extended spring
Former Maryland-Eastern Shore standout Ira “Dude”
Smith will be inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame. A native of
Chestertown, Md., Smith won consecutive Division I batting
titles in 1989 (.488) and 1990 (.519). He became the first to
win back-to-back batting crowns. Smith was drafted by the
Dodgers in 1990 and played professionally until 2003. He is also
a member of the UMES Hall of Fame and the Eastern Shore Baseball
Hall of Fame.
Nebraska will participate in the Omaha Meet and
Greet on Jan. 23, sponsored by the Husker Home Run Club. The
event will be at the Embassy Suites in LaVista from 9-11 a.m.
The gathering will feature juice, coffee and doughnuts, a chance
to hear from members of the Husker coaching staff and meet
Fresno State will have 42 games broadcast on KMJ.
Paul Loeffler and Ray O’Canto will call 27 home games, 15 road
contests and all postseason games.
Cal Poly second baseman Matt Jensen has been
invited to the USA Baseball Team Trials for the second straight
year. The sophomore suffered a fractured collarbone this past
May and was unable to participate in the 2009 trials. The trials
are from July 5-11 in Cary, N.C. Team USA will participate in
the V FISU World University Championships in Japan. Jensen
batted .375 a season ago with 15 doubles, nine homers and 53 RBI
in 42 games. The Freshman All-American had a 23-game hitting
streak, the third longest in Cal Poly Division I history.
senior Blake Dean (right) was named the 2010 Collegiate Award
winner by the Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) All Sports Association.
He will be honored in absentia at the All Sports Association’s
41st Annual Awards Dinner on Feb. 19, the opening day of the
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Senior right-hander Jay Brown and senior catcher
Kyle Enders have been selected captains for South Carolina in
voting by their teammates. Brown was 3-0 with a 3.35 ERA and 35
strikeouts in 48.2 innings this past year after missing the 2008
season. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member, Brown has
already earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and is
pursuing a master’s in public administration. Enders hit .261 in
67 games a season ago. The accounting major is also a three-time
SEC Academic Honor Roll member.
NC State will have its first doubleheader of the
season on Feb. 13. The Wolfpack will have its alumni game at 1
p.m., followed by its annual First-Pitch Banquet at 7 p.m. The
banquet will be held at the new Downtown Raleigh Marriott. Dan
Plesac, Doug Strange and Steve Martin will make up the second
class of the program’s Hall of Fame.
Former Major League pitcher and Washington native
Darcy Fast will be the featured speaker at Portland’s 2010
Diamond Dinner on Feb. 6 at the Chiles Center. Fast pitched in
eight games as a 21-year-old in 1968 for the Chicago Cubs. Due
to a military commitment in 1969, he remained in college and
pitched part-time for the Tacoma Cubs, helping them win the
Pacific Coast League title. He was labeled “The Missing Cub”
because he was not available to pitch for Chicago as it lost the
division title to the Miracle Mets. A reception and silent
auction starts at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
East Carolina will hold its 10th annual “Meet the
Pirates” luncheon on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s
Harvey Banquet Hall. Fans will have a chance for autographs and
photos of the 2010 Pirates and fifth-year head coach Billy
Godwin. The team will hold an intra-squad scrimmage following
Former Major League pitcher Jim Morris will be
the featured speaker at the eighth annual Arkansas State
Baseball Grand Slam Banquet on Feb. 16 at the Convocation
Center. Morris was the subject of Disney movie “The Rookie.” The
banquet will also feature live and silent auctions as well as an
autograph session with the 2010 Red Wolves. Head coach Tommy
Raffo will address the crowd and preview the upcoming season.
TCU sophomore right-hander Kyle Winkler has
received an early invitation to participate in the 2010 National
Team Trials from July 5-11. Winkler was 7-1 with a 4.15 ERA as a
freshman. He made 17 appearances with 14 starts. Winkler fanned
48 in 73.2 innings.
Arizona State has named Mike Benjamin as a
volunteer assistant coach. He spent two seasons with the Sun
Devils before playing professional baseball. He was an
All-American shortstop in 1987, hitting .327 with 18 homers, 55
RBI and 30 steals. Benjamin was a third-round pick of the Giants
in 1987. He played 13 seasons in the major leagues, with San
Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston and Pittsburgh.
Seven players at UT Arlington are recipients of
endowed scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year.
Shane Hopkins (Sr., Finance) – Cary Courtright
Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Chad Comer (Jr., Interdisciplinary) – Clay Gould
Jordan Vaughn (So., Management) – James V.
Leggett Jr. Academic/Athletic Endowment Baseball Scholarship
Michael Choice (Jr., Interdisciplinary) – Steve
Macko Memorial Endowment Fund
Jason Mitchell (Sr., Economics) – Marvin “Butch”
McBroom Endowed Scholarship Fund
Steffan Guest (Sr., Management) – Wayne M. Wade
Academic/Athletic Endowed Baseball Scholarship
Stephen Krolick (So., Mechanical Engineering) –
Marvin and Shirley Applewhite Athletic Endowment
(photo by Jimmy Jones)