July 18

Lineup Card


Lineup Card is a feature highlighting notes from around college baseball.


July 12-18, 2010


George Springer of Connecticut had three hits, including two doubles, as Team USA won 5-3 Sunday in Durham, N.C., to complete a five-game sweep of Korea and improve to 6-0. Sean Gilmartin of Florida State fanned five in 3.1 innings of relief to earn his second victory. Peter O’Brien of Bethune-Cookman added two hits for Team USA.


Ryan Wright of Louisville had a RBI triple to snap a scoreless tie in the eighth as Team USA topped Korea 1-0 Saturday in Durham, N.C. Kyle Winkler of TCU tossed two scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts to earn the win. Gerrit Cole of UCLA worked the final two innings with two strikeouts to record the save. Jackie Bradley Jr. of South Carolina had his second three-hit game.


Brad Miller of Clemson, Peter O’Brien of Bethune-Cookman and Nick Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton each homered as Team USA defeated Korea 4-1 Friday in Cary, N.C. Matt Barnes of Connecticut allowed three hits and one run in six innings with nine strikeouts to earn the victory. Noe Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton surrendered one hit over the final three innings with four strikeouts to notch his second save.


Team USA announced that infielder Jason Esposito of Vanderbilt was added to the roster to replace injured Anthony Rendon of Rice.


Logan Darnell of Kentucky signed with the Minnesota Twins after being taken in the sixth round of this year’s draft. The junior left-hander will report to the Elizabethton Twins. Darnell was 5-3 with one save and a 5.62 ERA this past season for the Wildcats. He walked 28 and struck out 55 in 73.2 innings.


Toby Bicknell has been hired as an assistant coach at Air Force. Bicknell spent the past two seasons at Davidson and coached for two years at Clemson. A former third baseman at Wingate, Bicknell is entering his 13th season as a coach.


Frank Maldonado was named volunteer assistant at USF. He will work with the infield and on base running. Maldonado was an assistant for the past five seasons at Tampa. He also coached at California Lutheran and Barstow Community College.


James Madison head coach Spanky McFarland received a contract extension through the 2014 season. The CAA Co-Coach of the Year, the Dukes were 30-23 overall this past year. JMU was 18-6 in conference play to take the regular-season title. McFarland is 403-330-2 in 13 seasons with the Dukes.


Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jay Artigues will participate in the “Softball for Soldiers” celebrity event on Friday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Villa Softball Complex in Baton Rouge. The proceeds will benefit wounded soldiers from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Celebrities expected to play include Ben McDonald, Joe Horn, Ricky Blanton, Trent Johnson, Rudy Macklin and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.


Artigues also withdrew his name from the coach-in-waiting position at South Alabama to remain at Southeastern Louisiana. The coach will be an assistant for the Jaguars in 2011 before taking over for Steve Kittrell in 2012. Artigues has record of 166-121 in five seasons with the Lions.


Jim Kais has returned to his alma mater, USC Upstate, as an assistant coach. He was an assistant at Waldorf this past season, working with hitters and catchers. Kais was a catcher with the Spartans from 2002-05.


Scott McGough of Oregon struck out nine in five innings as Team USA topped Korea 8-1 on Thursday. Ryan Wright of Louisville led the offense with three hits, including a RBI single in the sixth to put Team USA ahead to stay.


Sonny Gray of Vanderbilt, Kyle Winkler of TCU and Noe Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton combined on a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 3-0 win Wednesday over Korea in Cary, N.C. Gray (1-0) fanned nine in six innings, retiring 13 of the first 14 he faced. Gray set down six of the seven hitters he faced before Ramirez struck out the side in the ninth for the save. Jackie Bradley Jr. of South Carolina had a RBI groundout in the first. Nick Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton and George Springer of Connecticut had RBI doubles in the eighth.


Chris Holick has been hired as an assistant coach at Ohio State. He will coach the infield and outfield defense, bunting and base running, and be the baseball camp coordinator. Holick has been an assistant coach at Kent State, Arizona State and FIU. He played two years at Indiana (1996-97) and two years at Kent State (1998-99).


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Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada received the 33rd USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player. He became the second junior college player to earn the honor, joining Alex Fernandez of Miami Dade in 1990. Other finalists included Chris Duffy of UCF, Yasmani Grandal of Miami (Fla.), Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss and Chris Sale of FGCU. Harper hit .443 this past season with 31 home runs and 98 RBI. He was the top overall pick in this year’s MLB draft.


Jason Dietrich (left) has been hired as pitching coach at UC Irvine. Dietrich has been Director of Baseball Operations the past three years at UCI. He was recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Cal State Los Angeles from 2006-07, helping the Golden Eagles reach the Division II College World Series. Dietrich also coached at Irvine Valley College and spent two summers as pitching coach for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League (2004, 2005). Dietrich pitched at Santa Ana Community College and at Pepperdine. He pitched professionally in the Colorado Rockies system for four seasons.


Former Duke head coach Tom D’Armi passed away on July 10 at the age of 75. D’Armi coached the Blue Devils from 1978-84 and was 125-987-2. He was also the director of athletic facilities and game management for all the school’s sports, amassing 28 years of service when he retired in 2004. D’Armi was an All-America soccer player at East Stroudsburg and graduated in 1960. He earned a master’s degree from North Carolina in 2961. D’Armi was head coach at West Georgia, posting a record of 59-13 and three conference titles. He was inducted into the West Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. D’Armi was an assistant at Mississippi State from 1966-73. He was an assistant to Enos Slaughter at Duke in 1977. D’Armi also trained heavyweight boxing champ Floyd Patterson, was general manager and head coach for the Milan (Italy) franchise in a professional baseball league, and authored the book “Daddy, Will You Play Catch With Me?”


USF head coach Lelo Prado released a statement Tuesday on the passing of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of George Steinbrenner. Mr. Steinbrenner has done so much for the University of South Florida, USF Baseball, the Tampa Bay Community and the game of baseball and I will be eternally grateful for his efforts. Baseball has lost an icon and model for success. USF Baseball sends our condolences to the Steinbrenner family and the entire Yankee organization."


Rutgers first baseman Jaren Matthews has signed with the Cincinnati Reds. A two-time All-Big East selection, Matthews was selected in the 32nd round of this year’s MLB draft by the Reds. He reported to Cincinnati’s Rookie League team in the Arizona League. Matthews hit .305 this past season with 17 doubles, seven homers, 44 runs and 44 RBI.


Former UC Irvine assistant Ted Silva has been named pitching coach at Loyola Marymount. Silva has worked with Anteater hurlers the past three seasons. Silva and LMU head coach Jason Gill were teammates at Cal State Fullerton in 1994, helping the Titans reach the College World Series. The pair coached together in 2005 and 2006 at Fullerton, taking two Big West Conference titles and reaching Omaha in 2006. In three seasons with the Titans (1993-95), Silva posted a record of 26-7 with 26 saves and a 2.92 ERA. He spent five seasons in the Texas Rangers organization.


Jason Arnold was named pitching coach at Georgia State after two seasons at Bethune-Cookman. A native of Melbourne, Fla., Arnold played at UCF from 1998-2001. GSU head coach Greg Frady was an assistant then for the Golden Knights. Arnold was a second-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2001. He also spent time in the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. Arnold was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.


(photo courtesy of UCI Media Relations Office)