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September 6-12, 2010
Cal State Fullerton announced staff changes.
Assistant coach Greg Bergeron will take over as recruiting
coordinator. Volunteer assistant Gregg Wallis was promoted to a
full-time assistant. Kirk Saarloos will be an undergraduate
assistant, while P.J. Pilittere will be the volunteer assistant.
Saarloos pitched in the major leagues for seven seasons with
Houston, Oakland and Cincinnati. He was an All-American for the
Titans in 2001, going 15-2 with four saves. Pilittere has spent
seven minor-league seasons as a catcher, including this season
with the Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He was a
four-year letterman at Fullerton from 2001-04.
head coach John Pawlowski (left) received a two-year contract
extension through 2015. The Tigers earned their first SEC
Western Division title in 15 years this past season, posting a
43-21 overall mark and a 20-10 conference record. Auburn earned
a bid to the NCAA Tournament and played host to a regional.
Pawlowski has a 74-46 record in two seasons at Auburn.
Former major league pitcher Tim Leary has been
hired as an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge. He will
work with the pitchers and assist with recruiting and
fund-raising. Leary worked at Loyola Marymount in 2006 and
assisted at his alma mater, UCLA, from 1997-2000 and again in
2004. Leary was a first-round pick of the New York Mets in 1979
and pitched professionally for 15 years with the Mets, Milwaukee
Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees,
Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Leary earned a degree in
Economics from UCLA and pitched three seasons for the Bruins.
Leary was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.
recently hosted a contracting ceremony for the LSU Army ROTC
Fall 2010 Scholarship Winners at Alex Box Stadium. Head coach
Paul Mainieri and the Tigers watched as 11 cadets took the Oath
of Obligation to the United States, the President and the Army.
Former Trojan All-American infielder Gabe Alvarez
has been named an assistant coach at USC. He will work with the
infielders and hitters. Alvarez was a Trojan from 1993-95,
posting a career batting average .338 with 28 homers and 163
RBI. He was a second-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 1995
and played in the major leagues with the Padres and the Detroit
Plexico (left) has been named pitching coach at Ball State. A
native of Chapin, S.C., Plexico was an All-American left-hander
at Winthrop. He spent five years in the Montreal
Expos/Washington Nationals organization. This past season,
Plexico was the pitching coach at Young Harris College in
Georgia. The Mountain Lions were 39-17 in 2010. Plexico earned a
bachelor’s degree in history in 2002 and a master’s degree in
teaching (social studies) in 2008, both from Winthrop.
Chuck Hernandez has been hired as pitching coach
at USF. Hernandez has 31 years of professional experience as a
player and coach. He has been pitching coach for the California
Angels (1992-96), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004-05) and Detroit
Tigers (2006-08). Hernandez was minor-league pitching
coordinator for the Rays from 1997-2003. This past season,
Hernandez was pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Phillies.
Jesse Lancaster has been hired as volunteer
assistant at East Carolina. He will work with the outfielders
and coach first base. Lancaster was a four-year letter-winner at
Mount Olive College, helping the Trojans win the 2008 NCAA
Division II National Championship. He batted .358 this past
season as a senior with five homers, 46 RBI and 64 runs as Mount
Olive posted a 41-11 record and its fourth Conference Carolina
title in the past five years. Lancaster was the league’s Most
Valuable Player and an all-region selection. Lancaster was a
dual major at Mount Olive in recreation/leisure studies and
physical education/sport management.
Former Billiken Scott Turmail has been named
volunteer assistant at Saint Louis. Turmail pitched at Long
Beach State and Forest Park CC before joining Saint Louis. In
2008, he was 7-6 with a 3.12 ERA for the Billikens. He led the
Atlantic 10 in innings and complete games. Turmail was 5-4 with
a 4.32 ERA as a senior. Following graduation, Turmail pitched
for the River City Rascals before coaching this past season at
Forest Park CC.
Former Long Beach State pitcher Bob Cramer capped
a nine-year journey through professional baseball with a
promotion to the Oakland Athletics. He is the 16th former
Dirtbag to reach the big leagues in 2010. Cramer was 13-3 with a
2.95 ERA for Los Tigres in the Mexican League before posting a
1.97 ERA for Triple A Sacramento this season.
Bobby Cox, retiring manager of the Atlanta
Braves, will be the featured speaker at the seventh annual Hot
Stove Banquet & Silent Auction on Jan. 28 at the Holliday Alumni
Center on The Citadel campus. The event is collaboration between
The Citadel and the Charleston RiverDogs.
Moore (left) has been hired as an assistant coach at Creighton.
A native of Fremont, Neb., Moore will work with the outfielders
and hitters. He spent the past four years as head coach at
Western Texas College. Moore was also recruiting coordinator and
top assistant at Tennessee Tech for three seasons. A four-year
starter at Nebraska, Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in
finance. He earned a master’s degree from Lake Erie College in
Edwin Thompson has joined the staff at Duke. The
former head coach of Bates College will be an assistant coach
and recruiting coordinator. Thompson spent two years at Bates
and previously was associate head coach and recruiting
coordinator at Maine-Farmington. Thompson is a 2003 graduate of
Webber with a degree in business. He played one year at Howard
and one year at Maryland before spending two seasons at Webber.
Dayton baseball helped with the Jerry Lewis MDA
Telethon for the 11th consecutive year. They answered the phones
at the Nutter Center. The team collected money at selected home
games and head coach Tony Vittorio presented a check for $500.
The telethon raised more than $58 million nationally.
Members of the LSU baseball team recently visited
with seven-year-old Michael Smith at Our Lady of the Lake
Hospital. Smith was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome,
in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped.
He was also diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a defect in the
cerebellum of the brain. Other community service projects this
fall for the Tigers include the ALS Walk to promote awareness
for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Buddy Walk to support those with
Down Syndrome, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship
has been nominated for a 2010 SportsTravel Award by SportsTravel
magazine. Criteria include superior organization and attendance
at the event, superior experience for competitors and
spectators, and how the site served to enhance the event. The
championship was hosted by the Oklahoma City All Sports
Association at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
Valparaiso will hold its annual Parents/Alumni
Weekend for baseball on Oct. 2-3. There will be a golf outing
and evening social on Saturday, Oct. 2. The annual alumni game
will be on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Former Middle Tennessee All-American Michael
McKenry was promoted to the big leagues by the Colorado Rockies.
McKenry batted .265 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI with the Triple
A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Former Alabama standout Matt Downs was called up
by the Houston Astros. He was claimed off waivers from the San
Francisco Giants on Aug. 25. Downs batted .244 with one homer
and seven RBI with the Giants. He pitched and played the infield
during his three seasons with the Crimson Tide.
(photos courtesy of Auburn, LSU,
Ball State, Creighton Media