Oct. 17

Lineup Card

 

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

 

October 11-17, 2010

 

Texas fell behind 5-0 after four innings before rallying for a 7-5 exhibition win over Vanderbilt in 12 innings Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Kevin Lusson (1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Alex Silver (1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI) both went 2 for 4 for the Longhorns. The Commodores scored four runs against Taylor Jungmann in the first four innings on their way to a 7-2 win in 12 innings on Friday evening.

 

Carter Sackett had two home runs as Georgia State topped the Ontario Blue Jays 12-2 Saturday evening at The Field at Panthersville. Brett Maxwell added three hits for the Panthers.

 

Trevor Gretzky, the son of Wayne Gretzky, has committed to play baseball at San Diego State, according to fanhouse.com. A first baseman at Westlake Village Oaks Christian High, Gretzky batted .341 a season ago with two homers and 33 RBI.

 

Ray Tanner (right) has received a five-year contract extension at South Carolina through the 2015 season, worth $510,000 annually. Tanner has been head coach of the Gamecocks for 14 seasons (634-282, .692), winning the national championship in 2010. He has been a head coach for 23 years, posting a record of 1,029-455-3 (.693).

 

Louisville will hold its fifth annual Pizza Bowl Series at Jim Patterson Stadium beginning on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. Subsequent games will be Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 2 p.m. Games are open to the public and admission is free.

 

Oklahoma State will begin its best-of-five world series on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The series will continue daily through Thursday with each beginning at 3 p.m. Games are open to the public at no charge.

 

The Cardinal-White series for Arkansas will start on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11:05 a.m. at Baum Stadium.

 

Coastal Carolina will hold its annual Pro Day on Friday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field, followed by the first game of the Chanticleer World Series. Game 2 of the three-game set is Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with Game 3 on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

 

Texas Tech will hold a scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. at Dan Law Field. The scrimmage is open to the public and admission is free.

 

Kansas State will hold its Fall World Series next week: Oct. 19, Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, all starting at 6 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium. All games are open to the public.

 

Cal State Fullerton will have four fall home scrimmages at Goodwin Field: Oct. 29 vs. Cal Baptist at 2 p.m., Nov. 6 vs. San Diego at noon, Nov. 13 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills at noon, and Nov. 20 vs. Concordia at noon. All are open to the public and free.

 

LSU is No. 29 in the sportsfangraph.com rankings of baseball social media followers, ahead of three Major League teams, each minor league team and all other college baseball programs. The Tigers have 108,875 followers, more than the Pittsburgh Pirates at 104, 804, Arizona Diamondbacks at 83,592 and Washington Nationals at 55,873.

 

Pete Jenkins has been named volunteer assistant at Elon. A former catcher who played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, Jenkins will work with the Phoenix catchers. He was the volunteer assistant for the past three years at Ohio State after spending two seasons on the staff at Florida State. Jenkins played one season at Nebraska after two years at Riverside CC.

 

Steve Smith, a coach with the Cleveland Indians, will be inducted into the Pepperdine Hall of Fame. Smith played second base for the Waves in 1975 and 1976, as Pepperdine posted a record of 66-32-1. Smith was selected by San Diego in the 24th round of the 1976 draft and played in the Padres’ system through 1982, rising as high as AAA. He managed for 12 seasons in the minors before coaching in the major leagues with Seattle, Texas, Philadelphia and Cleveland.

 

Clemson will play three Orange & Purple games this week at Doug Kingsmore Stadium with free admission: Thursday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

 

Matt Plante has been hired as an assistant coach at Oakland. He will be recruiting coordinator and will coach the infielders and catchers while assisting with the hitters. Plante was a volunteer assistant and graduate manager this past year at Kansas State. He was also an assistant coach and PEAC skill instructor at Springfield (Mass.) College.

 

California will hold its 2010 Alumni Weekend on Oct. 23-25. The Golden Bears will host Arizona State in football on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Alumni Game will be on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The Bullpen Club Golf Classic will be on Monday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill, Calif., followed by dinner and a silent and live auction.

 

Auburn will hold its annual Celebrity Home Run Derby on Friday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at Plainsman Park to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County. Fans will watch former players Mark Bellhorn, Todd Faulkner, Gabe Gross, Bobby Huddleston and Mailon Kent against Brian Fletcher, Ryan Jenkins, Hunter Morris and Trent Mummey, members of the 2010 squad with set a school record of 131 home runs. The quartet just completed its first summer in professional baseball.

 

Nicholls State will hold its annual fall alumni gathering on Saturday, Oct. 23. An intrasquad scrimmage will be followed by the football game against Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. at John L. Guidry Stadium. Its 2010 Coaches Committee Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 a.m. at Bayou Country Club in Thibodaux.

 

Dates for Ohio State’s Scarlet & Gray World Series have been set: Game 1 on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., Game 2 on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m., Game 3 on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m., Game 4 on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. (if necessary) and Game 5 on Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. (if necessary). The public is invited to the games at Bill Davis Stadium and admission is free.

 

(photo by Jimmy Jones)