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August 16-22, 2010
Chuck Ristano has been hired as the volunteer
assistant at Notre Dame. He was pitching coach and recruiting
coordinator at Temple this past season. Ristano was an assistant
at Monmouth from 2006-09, helping the Hawks to a pair of
conference titles and NCAA Tournament bids. Ristano was a
two-time captain and four-time NEC All-Academic Team selection
at Sacred Heart (2001-04). He earned a degree in sports
management in 2004 and was pitching coach at his alma mater in
Jimmy Dykstra will join LSU for the upcoming
season. The right-handed pitcher and outfielder played one
season at Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College before transferring to
LSU. He will be a sophomore with three years of eligibility
remaining. Dykstra was selected in the 40th round of the 2009
draft by Boston and was picked in the 50th round this year by
South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner will be
honored on Sept 1 prior to the 7 p.m. start of the Charleston
Riverdogs-Greenville Drive game at Joe Riley Park in Charleston.
He will be presented a key to the city by Charleston Mayor Joe
Riley. Tanner will throw out the first first to former Gamecock
and current Riverdog player DeAngelo Mack.
Rusty McNamara has been named assistant coach at
Hawaii. He spent the past three seasons at UC Riverside, serving
as hitting coach and first base coach and working with the
outfielders. McNamara played at Riverside Community College
before transferring to Oklahoma State. He was first team all-Big
8 and honorable mention in 1996. McNamara was first team all-Big
12 and third team All-America in 1997. He earned his degree from
OSU in 1998. McNamara was drafted in the 21st round by
Philadelphia and played in the Phillies and Braves organizations
before playing professional baseball in Italy.
The new Coastal Carolina baseball/softball
hitting and practice facility is on schedule to be completed for
use this fall. The $1.2 million facility, located behind the
centerfield wall at Watson Stadium, will have a full artificial
turf practice infield with as many as 12 hitting cages.
Illinois has begun expansion of its clubhouse,
which will double the size of the locker room. The renovation
will cost $800,000, funded by a private gift, and is scheduled
to be completed before the opening weekend of the 2011 season.
Former Austin Peay pitcher Matt Reynolds has been
called up to the Major Leagues by the Colorado Rockies. A 2007
graduate, Reynolds was taken by the Rockies in the 20th round of
the 2007 draft. He was 1-3 this season in Colorado Springs with
seven saves and a 2.62 ERA in 50 appearances. Reynolds struck
out 67 and walked 16 in 55 innings
The USA Baseball Women’s National Team won the
bronze medal Sunday with a 15-5 win over host Venezuela in six
innings in the 2010 International Baseball Federation Women’s
World Cup in Maracay, Venezuela. Jenna Martson went 2 for 3 with
two RBI for Team USA, led by head coach Don Freeman. The
Americans lost 6-1 to Japan on Saturday in the semifinals. Fumi
Kimura of UC Irvine served as press officer.
Memphis outfielder Drew Martinez will return for
his junior season. He was drafted in the 23rd round by the New
York Mets. Martinez was second team All-Conference USA in 2010,
batting .377 with 62 runs, 41 RBI and 19 steals.
T.J. Bruce has been hired as an assistant coach
at UCLA. A former player and assistant at Long Beach State,
Bruce will be the infield coach, help with recruiting and assist
with the hitters. He coached for five seasons at LBSU, as the
49ers earned a pair of NCAA Tournament bids. Bruce played for
one season at Long Beach State in 2004 after two years at
Cerritos College and one season at Texas Tech.
Taylor Black will return to Kentucky for his
senior season. The shortstop was taken in the 28th round of the
2010 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Black started 55 games
and batted .270 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Valparaiso has hired Adam Piotrowicz as an
assistant coach and promoted Brian Schmack to associate head
coach. Piotrowicz was hitting and catching coach at Heidelberg
University for the past two years. He also handled recruiting
and designed a strength and agility program. Heidelberg finished
fourth at the 2010 Division III World Series and won the Ohio
Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament
titles each of the past two years. Piotrowicz played at
Manchester College from 2005-08. Schmack enters his fifth season
with the Crusaders. He is pitching coach and recruiting
Middle Tennessee will hold its annual Grand Slam
Fish Fry fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at the
Tennessee Livestock Center on the MTSU campus. The event will
feature fried catfish, Cajun gumbo and hot dogs. Contact the
Middle Tennessee Ticket Office for ticket information.
Pete Milas has been promoted to full-time
assistant coach at Ball State after serving as a volunteer
assistant with the Cardinals this past season. A native of
Muncie, Ind., Milas earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise
science from Ball State in 2003. He has been head coach at
Monroe Central High School in Parker City as well as an
assistant coach at Wapahani and Wes-Del High School.
Pitchers Jesse Meaux and Kevin Gelinas will
return to UC Santa Barbara after failing to sign professional
contracts after both were drafted in the 44th round of this
year’s draft. Gelinas was taken by the New York Mets and Meaux
was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies. Gelinas fanned six in
five innings in 2010, but only appeared in four games due to
injury. Meaux was 8-3 this past season with a 4.41 ERA.
UCLA’s five incoming freshmen signed to National
Letters of Intent who were selected in the 2010 MLB draft did
not sign professional contracts and will play for the Bruins.
The list includes outfielder Brenton Allen (Cerritos, Calif./Gahr/Philadelphia
Phillies, ninth round), right-hander Adam Plutko (Glendora,
Calif./Glendora/Houston Astros, sixth round), right-hander Nick
Vander Tuig (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale/Toronto Blue Jays, 39th
round), right-hander Zach Weiss (Irvine,
Calif./Northwood/Pittsburgh Pirates, 10th round) and infielder
Kevin Williams (Van Nuys, Calif./Crespi/Los Angeles Dodgers,
41st round). UCLA has two drafted upperclassmen returning:
senior outfielder Chris Giovinazzo and redshirt junior
left-hander Mitchell Beacom.
Six Georgia Tech incoming freshmen who were
drafted did not sign professional contracts: right-hander
DeAndre Smelter (Macon, Ga./Tattnall Square Academy/Minnesota
Twins, 14th round), shortstop Mott Hyde (Resaca,
Ga./Calhoun/Toronto Blue Jays, 44th round), first
baseman/outfielder/left-hander Daniel Palka (Lyman,
S.C./Greer/Philadelphia Phillies, 19th round), infielder Chris
Triplett (Fayetteville, Ga./Sandy Creek/Detroit Tigers, 47th
round), right-hander Matthew Grimes (Hoschton, Ga./Mill
Creek/Chicago White Sox, fourth round), and right-hander Dusty
Isaacs (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon/Pittsburgh Pirates, 50th round).
Pitcher Kevin Jacob will return for his senior season.
Andrew Toles (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), a
fourth-round pick of the Florida Marlins, did not sign a
professional contract and will attend Tennessee.
Texas will have three home fall exhibition games
at Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns will host Texas State on
Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. Texas will entertain Vanderbilt on
Friday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.
Bradley LeCroy has been hired as an assistant
coach at his alma mater, Clemson. He will be recruiting
coordinator and work with the hitters and outfielders. LeCroy
was an assistant the past three seasons at Tennessee. He was an
assistant at Anderson College from 2001-02, a volunteer
assistant at Clemson from 2003-05 and an assistant at Western
Carolina from 2006-07. LeCroy played four seasons with the
Tigers from 1997-00. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education
from Clemson in 2001.
Former Panther pitcher Bobby Bennett has been
named director of operations at Georgia State. He earned a
degree in real estate in 2008. Bennett fanned 116 in 161.2
career innings at Georgia State. He has been commissioner of the
Sunbelt Baseball League since graduation, handling the
administrative, financial and recruiting needs for the 240
student-athletes and 25 coaches. Bennett was head coach at
Heritage Christian Academy in Buford in 2009.
Pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Justin
Blood has been promoted to associate head coach at Connecticut.
Blood begins his sixth season with the Huskies. The 2010 UConn
squad posted a school-record 48 wins and earned its first NCAA
Tournament berth since 1994. The Huskie pitching staff had a
team ERA of 3.19, 17th in the nation.
Oral Roberts had two signees taken by the
Baltimore Orioles in the 2010 MLB draft, but both will play for
the Golden Eagles. Freshman right-hander Alex Gonzalez (Boca
Raton, Fla./Boca Raton) was picked in the 11th round and junior
outfielder Brandon King (Hanford, Calif./Fresno City College)
was taken in the 16th round.
Georgia pitcher Justin Grimm and signee Drew
Cisco inked professional contracts on Monday. Grimm signed with
the Texas Rangers and Cisco signed with the Cincinnati Reds.
Illinois State had three drafted freshmen turn
down professional contracts to play for the Redbirds: catcher
Mike Hollenbeck (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township/Boston Red Sox,
14th round), pitcher Johnny Lieske (Machesney Park,
Ill./Harlem/Texas Rangers, 35th round) and infielder Brock
Stewart (Normal, Ill./Normal West/New York Mets, 40th round).
Texas A&M will hold walk-on tryouts during
September. There will be a mandatory 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday,
Sept. 7, at Olsen Field. Tryouts begin on Sept. 20. Students
need proof of a sports physical that has been completed in the
past six months as well as results from a sickle cell blood
test. Contact the Aggie baseball office for additional
Stanford will hold its annual alumni weekend on
October 23 and 24. The Cardinal football team will face
Washington State on Saturday for Homecoming. The alumni games
will be held on Sunday, with the Old Timer’s Game at noon and
the varsity against the alumni at 1:30 p.m. A barbeque will
follow the second game.