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July 19-25, 2010
Terry Sisisky, the former radio voice of the
Virginia Commonwealth University Rams, passed away on July 22
from cancer at the age of 58. Sisisky broadcast games for the
Rams for 28 years, including baseball and men’s and women’s
basketball, before retiring in 2008. He also called high school
games for 36 years, primarily at his alma mater, Petersburg High
School. Sisisky broadcast football for Randolph-Macon College,
summer college baseball for the Petersburg Generals,
professional baseball for the Richmond Braves and the
annual Boys Invitational Baseball (BIB) Tournament. Sisisky was
inducted into the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2006,
the VCU Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 and the VCU Athletics Hall
of Fame in 2009. Our condolences go out to his family, including
his wife and daughter.
Team USA had its nine-game win streak halted with
a 3-1 loss to Chinese Taipei Sunday evening in the first of a
four-game set at Hsinchuang Field. Jackie Bradley Jr. of South
Carolina has a run-scoring single in the third to snap a
scoreless tie before Chinese Taipei scored two in the sixth to
take the lead for good. Bradley had three of Team USA’s six
hits. Sonny Gray of Vanderbilt allowed three hits and struck out
seven in four scoreless innings.
Former William and Mary infielder Will Rhymes was
called up to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, his first MLB
promotion. He was hitting .304 with the Toledo Mud Hens with 19
doubles, six triples and 34 RBI. Rhymes was a two-time All-CAA
selection while with the Tribe. He was taken by the Tigers in
the 27th round of the 2005 MLB Draft.
Penn State will host the PIAA State Championships
in baseball, softball and boys’ volleyball from 2011-14. The
baseball championships will be played on June 17, 2011, June 15,
2012, June 14, 2013 and June 13, 2014 at Medlar Field at Lubrano
Illinois State third baseman Ryan Court is the
recipient of the Fairchild Endowed Scholarship for the second
consecutive year. The scholarship is named for former ISU
President Raymond W. Fairchild, who was president from 1933-54.
The award is presented each academic year to a Redbird baseball
player. Court batted .295 with 10 home runs in 2010. He was
Second Team All-MVC, a member of the MVC All-Tournament Team and
a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection. A redshirt
junior, Court has a 3.77 GPA as a business teacher education
First baseman David Chester of Pittsburgh became
the first player to win both the Home Run Derby and Offensive
Player of the Game in the 12-year history of the Coastal Plain
League all-star festivities. Chester rapped 11 homers over three
rounds to capture the Home Run Derby crown. He went 2 for 3 with
three RBI for the National team in the CPL All-Star Game.
Chester will return to Pitt for his senior season.
Stetson signed three junior college transfers for
2011: Trey Blackman (C/OF, Tallahassee CC), Mitchel Brennan
(P/OF, Tallahassee CC), and Chad Rood (P, Florida State College
Houston signed shortstop Chase Jensen to a
National Letter of Intent. He spent one season at Weatherford
College after graduating from Martin High School in Arlington,
Jay Morris has transferred from New Orleans to
Middle Tennessee. An outfielder and first baseman, Morris played
three years for the Privateers and will have one year of
eligibility. He will not have to sit out a year because UNO is
dropping to Division III.
Former Long Beach State catcher Brad Davis and
Vance Worley have reached the major leagues. Davis was called up
by the Florida Marlins and Worley joined the Philadelphia
Phillies. The Dirtbags have now had 36 alums reach the big
leagues. Davis spent seven seasons in the minors after being
taken by the Marlins in the fifth round of the 2004 draft.
Worley was a three-round pick of the Phillies in 2008.
USC has signed eight players for 2011: Omar
Cotto-Lozada (OF, Guaynabo, Puerto
Rico/Bonneville HS); James Guillen (RHP, Covina/Damien HS); Jake
Hernandez (C, Rancho Cucamonga/Los Osos HS); Joc Pederson (OF,
Palo Alto/Palo Alto HS); Kyle Richter (LHP, Santa
Margarita/Santa Margarita HS); James Roberts (SS/RHP,
Cupertino/Archbishop Mitty HS); Bobby Wheatley (LHP, Villa
Park/Orange Lutheran HS) and Austin Wood (RHP, Niceville,
Fla./St. Petersburg College).
Kentucky signee Cory Littrell was named the
Kentucky High School Player of the Year by the National High
School Baseball Coaches Association. The lefty went 8-3 with a
1.90 ERA and seven complete games. He struck out 101 and walked
21 in 77.1 innings. Littrell hit .333 and was 12 for 12 on
Indiana signed a pair to National Letters of
Intent: infielder Dillon Dooney (Poway, Calif./Poway) and
right-hander Ryan Halstead (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos).
Peter O’Brien of Bethune-Cookman homered twice
and knocked in four as Team USA blanked Strike Zone of Omaha in
seven innings Thursday. Alex Dickerson also went deep and drove
in four as Team USA raised its record to 9-0. Three hurlers
combined on a one-hitter. Matt Barnes (2-0) fanned three in two
innings to earn the win.
The seventh annual Maryland Baseball Golf Classic
will be Friday, Oct. 1, at the University of Maryland Golf
Matt Talarico has been hired as hitting coach at
Dayton. A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Talarico was a volunteer
assistant this past year at Toledo. He was first base coach,
worked with the outfielders, helped with bunting and base
running, and coordinated camps. Talarico was an assistant for
two years at Division III Heidelberg. The Student Princes won
the Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament
titles both years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Talarico
played four years at Manchester College and earned a degree in
history in 2007. He received a master’s of arts in education
Georgia State head coach Greg Frady will coach
the German National Team at the European Baseball Championships.
The 12-team event will be held in Germany from July 23 to August
Former USC Upstate standout Chris Nowak signed
with the Milwaukee Brewers and was assigned to the Double-A
Huntsville Stars of the Southern League. He played with the
Spartans from 2002-04. Former Spartan pitcher Bradley Blanks
signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and is with the
Williamsport Crosscutters. He played at Upstate in 2006-07.
Gerrit Cole (1-0) of UCLA fanned seven in six
innings as Team USA defeated Japan 4-1 Wednesday at Rosenblatt
Stadium in Omaha. Noe Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton recorded
his third save. Drew Maggi of Arizona State, Nick Ramirez of Cal
State Fullerton and Steve Rodriguez of UCLA each had two hits.
Auburn learned that Justin Fradejas, Bradley
Hendrix and Kevin Patterson plan to return for their senior
seasons. Fradejas was selected in the 35th round of the MLB
draft by the Colorado Rockies. The outfielder hit .358 with 52
runs and 14 steals for the Tigers in 2010. Hendrix was taken in
the 30th round by the Cincinnati Reds. The reliever was 4-2 with
one save this past season at Auburn. Patterson was picked in the
23rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit .315 in 2010 and 16 of
his 39 hits were for extra bases.
Bryant Ward has been added to the staff as an
assistant at Loyola Marymount. Head coach Jason Gill, first-year
assistant coach Ted Silva and Ward all worked together at Cal
State Fullerton in 2005 and 2006. Ward coached for the past four
seasons at South Florida. He was hitting coach and in charge of
overall development of position players. Ward also coached at
Pitt Community College from 2003-04. He was an infielder at East
Carolina from 1998-2002, helping the Pirates earn four straight
NCAA Tournament bids.
Former ULM infielder Boomer Blanchard has signed
a professional contract with the Worcester Tornadoes of the
Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. He
batted .303 in two seasons with the Warhawks with 15 doubles, 13
home runs, 60 RBI and 16 steals. He was the 2009 Sun Belt
Conference Newcomer of the Year and second team all-conference.
Tim Dixon will be the top assistant and pitching
coach at Air Force. He spent the past four seasons as pitching
coach at Southern Illinois. The Salukis had seven draft picks
over that time, including three in 2010.
Former Wright State outfielder Casey McGrew
signed a professional contract with the Lake Erie Crushers of
the independent Frontier League. McGrew batted .383 this past
season with 19 doubles, 48 RBI and 58 runs. He was First Team
All-Horizon League for the second straight year.
A celebration of the life of former Duke coach
Tom D’Armi is scheduled for Saturday, August 14, at 5 p.m. at
Scharf Hall on the West Campus of Duke and is open to the
public. D’Armi passed away on July 10 at the age of 75. He spent
seven years as head coach of the Blue Devils and 28 years as an
employee of the Duke athletic department.
George Springer of Connecticut had two hits and
three RBI as Team USA topped the Omaha Diamond Spirit of the
MINK League 8-4 Tuesday to raise its record to 7-0. Brett
Mooneyham (1-0) of Stanford allowed three hits and one run over
five innings with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the win.
Tony Vitello has been named assistant coach and
recruiting coordinator at TCU. He has worked for the past eight
seasons on the staff at Missouri. Vitello was a three-year
letter-winner for the Tigers from 2000-02. He was a volunteer
assistant in 2003 and promoted to full-time assistant in 2004.
Vitello was the pitching coach at Missouri and assisted with the
hitters as well as serving as first base coach. The Tigers
reached the NCAA Tournament in six of the past eight seasons.
Former Georgia State pitcher Ryan Moore has
signed a professional contract with the Florence Freedom of the
independent Frontier League. Moore was 10-4 in two seasons with
the Panthers. He was Second Team All-CAA in 2009, going 7-2 with
a 4.41 ERA.
South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
threw out the first at Monday’s Major League game between the
Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in
Kansas City. Bradley is playing with Team USA. The team worked
out at Kauffman Stadium Monday morning before a pair of games in
Omaha on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bradley was the Most Outstanding
Player in the 2010 College World Series.
Former Long Island hurler Couri Benz has signed a
professional contract with the Rockford RiverHawks of the
independent Northern League. Benz went 4-15 with a 6.88 ERA in
two seasons with the Blackbirds (2008-09). He struck out 107 in