Dec. 31

Lineup Card

 

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

 

December 20-31, 2010

 

Former Towson standout Casper Wells will be recognized on Feb. 5 at halftime of the Tigers men’s basketball game with Georgia State. It will be part of the Tiger Baseball Alumni Day, which begins at 3 p.m. with a reception prior to the 4 p.m. basketball game. Wells, the third former Towson player to reach the major leagues, is an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers. He was the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and was picked by Detroit in the 14th round of the 2005 draft.

 

A memorial service for Bill Wilhelm, former Clemson head coach, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Jervey Gym. The public is invited to attend. Wilhelm passed away on Dec. 24 at the age of 81.

 

Marist named senior catcher Bryce Nugent, senior right-hander Kyle Putnam and junior infielder/outfielder Jon Schwind as captains for the 2011 season. Nugent was a first team all-MAAC selection a season ago, batting .325 with four homers and 48 RBI. Putnam went 4-4 with just 20 walks in a team-leading 81.2 innings. Schwind hit .346 in 2010 with four homers, 42 runs, 39 RBI and 10 steals.

 

The Cal State Bakersfield baseball team and the CSUB Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) joined with Terrio Fitness, The Boys and Girls Club of Kern County and Frosty’s Forest for the Roadrunner Holiday Challenge, to help needy families in the Bakersfield area. The challenge helped families with a Christmas dinner, a food basket with gift cards, toys, clothing, and a Christmas tree. click here for video story

 

Valparaiso will hold its fourth annual Baseball Bash on Jan. 29 at Aberdeen Manor. David Kaplan, Chicago Tribune Live host and host of the Tenth Inning Show for Chicago Cubs games, will be the featured speaker. The event includes a sit-down dinner, cash bar, silent auction and live auction.

 

Texas Tech had 18 baseball players earn academic honor roll status for the fall semester. Nine were on Dean’s List (3.50-3.99 GPA) and three had a perfect 4.0 GPA. Pitchers Joe Burnett and Brennan Stewart each reached Dean’s List for the third straight semester.

 

Mississippi State recorded a 3.05 GPA for the fall semester. Seven players had President’s Scholar or Dean’s Scholar status. Freshman Brayden Jones posted a 4.0 GPA and joined sophomore Chris Stratton as a President’s Scholar.

 

Portland will have Dave Stewart as the featured speaker for its 2011 Diamond Dinner on Feb. 5 at the Chiles Center. The 10th annual event is the premier fund-raiser for Pilots baseball. A social hour and silent auction begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. Stewart pitched for 16 seasons in the major leagues, winning three World Series titles. From 1987-90, Stewart was a 20-game winner and finished in the top four in the Cy Young Award voting each year. He is currently a player agent.

 

Junior outfielder Tyler Cook has been named the sixth recipient of the Thomas L. Smith Scholarship at USC Upstate. A native of Bloomington, Ill., Cook batted .315 a season ago with eight doubles, three triples, three homers, 34 runs and 32 RBI in 46 games. The scholarship is awarded to a player who has made significant contributions to the program.