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August 9-15, 2010
Lawson (left) has been hired as an assistant coach and
recruiting coordinator at Tennessee. He replaces Bradley LeCroy,
who resigned earlier this week. A native of Athens, Tenn.,
Lawson is a former San Diego Padres regional crosschecker. He
was an area scout for five years for Georgia, Tennessee and
South Carolina. Lawson was interim head coach at Bluefield
College in 1999 and was head coach at Tennessee Wesleyan College
from 1999-2004. Lawson was conference and regional coach of the
year in 2003. He graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 1996 and
was a volunteer assistant at Elon from 1996-98.
President Barack Obama will hold a reception on
Sept. 13 to honor several NCAA national championship teams,
including the baseball team from South Carolina.
The Southern Illinois baseball program will hold
a Wrigley Field Rooftop Fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 5, as the
Cubs host the New York Mets.
Tim LaVigne has been named pitching coach at Old
Dominion. The Virginia Beach native played 11 seasons in the
minor leagues after a standout career as a shortstop and
reliever at Virginia. He was drafted in the 32nd round of the
2000 draft by New York Mets and also pitched in the New York
Yankees and Houston Astros organizations.
Ohio State will hold a baseball alumni gathering
on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeye
football team will play Ohio at 12 noon and baseball alums will
tailgate prior to the game at 11 a.m. The alumni game and home
run derby will follow the football game. A golf outing is
planned for 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Golf Club of Dublin.
Wright State will hold walk-on tryouts on Monday,
Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. at Nischwitz Stadium. Potential players must
be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours, must be registered and
cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and must have documentation of
a physical. Contact associate head coach Greg Lovelady if
Washington State will hold its annual alumni
weekend Sept. 10-11. A golf tournament will be held on Friday,
Sept. 10, at 8 a.m. at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Lunch will be at
1 p.m. with a baseball scrimmage at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Sept.
11, tailgating will begin at 1 p.m. at Bailey-Brayton Field
prior to the football game against Montana State at Martin
William and Mary will hold the BB&T Tribe Club
Invitational at the Golden Horseshoe Green Course and the Tribe
Baseball Outing at the Yorktown Course at Williamsburg National
on Oct. 1. Contact assistant coach Jad Prachniak for more
Valparaiso has added three to its 2010 recruiting
class: junior middle infielder Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake,
Ill./Heartland CC), freshman outfielder Chris Manning (Lake
Forest, Calif./El Toro) and junior pitcher/utility player Kevin
Wild (Brown Deer, Wisc./Madison College).
Sophomore outfielder Chad Hinshaw has been named
the recipient of the inaugural Stephen Heaton Endowed
Scholarship at Illinois State. Hinshaw batted .299 in 55 games
as a freshman with an on-base percentage of .424. He had 22
steals and was hit by 15 pitches. Hinshaw posted a GPA of 4.00
in the fall and 3.79 in the spring. The scholarship is named for
the late Steve Heaton, a former baseball player at ISU who
dedicated his life to teaching business and coaching baseball.
Brad Hill has received a new five-year contract
at Kansas State through the 2015 season. The average annual
salary is $235,000 with a retention incentive of $125,000 if
Hill remains at KSU through the life of the contract. Hill could
also earn an additional $172,500 in performance incentives.
After setting a program record with 43 wins in 2009, the
Wildcats posted 37 victories in 2010, Hill’s seventh campaign in
Manhattan. KSU earned its second straight at-large bid to the
NCAA Tournament. Hill has produced 37 Academic All-Big 12
selections, including seven in 2010.
Pittsburgh has added Tom Lipari as pitching coach
and Kyle Cheesebrough as volunteer assistant. For the past three
seasons, Lipari was pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at
Youngstown State. A player at New Orleans, Lipari also coached
at Michigan State and Morningside College. Cheesebrough was at
Louisville for the past three seasons as a player and student
assistant. He coached first base, worked with the catchers and
helped with the Cardinal offense.
Former Oregon State standout Darwin Barney has
been called up to the major leagues by the Chicago Cubs. The
infielder helped the Beavers win College World Series titles in
2006 and 2007.
Johnny Thomas has signed with Middle Tennessee.
The middle infielder played at New Orleans in 2010 and will have
three years of eligibility remaining. Thomas will not have to
sit out as UNO is transitioning to Division III. Thomas batted
.269 with eight doubles and 15 RBI in 42 games this past season.
He was named UNO Male Newcomer Athlete of the Year.
Right-hander Taylor Cole has transferred to BYU
for his sophomore season after serving a mission. A native of
Las Vegas, Cole was 10-3 with a 1.37 ERA in 2008 at CSN with 87
strikeouts in 92 innings. He served his mission in Toronto,
(photo courtesy of Tennessee Media