Jan. 23, 2011
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January 17-23, 2011
Kansas State has announced staff changes. Former
Kansas assistant John Szefc has been named Associate Head Coach
and will be the team’s hitting coach. Former Wildcat assistant
Josh Reynolds will be the pitching coach. Sean McCann has
resigned from his full-time position due to health reasons and
will be a volunteer assistant.
Ryan Graves has been promoted to Associate Head
Coach at Kansas. He will continue to serve as pitching coach and
will be the position coach for the catchers. Graves is entering
his ninth season with the Jayhawks.
Cal Poly’s game at UC Irvine on Sunday, May 8,
will be televised on ESPNU. Game time has been moved to 2 p.m.
Radford will expand Radford University Baseball
Field with the installation of lights and stadium seating. The
project is scheduled to be completed in time for 2011 Big South
home games. All funds have been privately raised, a first in
Radford athletics history.
Tickets for the third annual Big East-Big Ten
Challenge are now on sale. Eight teams from each conference will
descend on the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area to open the 2011
season from Feb. 18-20. The Big Ten won the inaugural event in
2009, 15-9, while the Big East posted a 17-13 edge in 2010.
Tickets for the 11th annual Houston College
Classic go on sale on Monday, Jan. 24. The event will be held at
Minute Maid Park on March 4-6 with Baylor, Houston, Kentucky,
Rice, Texas A&M and Utah.
Sports agent Scott Boras will be the keynote
speaker at Georgia Tech’s 16th annual Baseball Benefit Dinner on
Feb. 17 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. A
reception and silent auction will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by
dinner. Boras is the founder, owner and president of the Boras
Corporation, which represents nearly 175 professional baseball
clients, including former Yellow Jackets Mark Teixeira, Jason
Varitek, Matt Wieters and Tyler Green.
UC Irvine will hold its Alumni Weekend on Feb.
4-5, with its Alumni game on Feb. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Anteater
Season tickets will go on sale at Hawaii on
Monday, Jan. 24. The defending WAC champs will host 39 games at
Les Murakami Stadium, including series against Oregon, Texas,
Cal State Fullerton, Wichita State and Fresno State.
Andy Sawyers has been named associate head coach
at Texas A&M. He will work with the hitters and catchers.
Sawyers spent the past two seasons at Kansas State after serving
as a volunteer assistant with the Aggies in 2008, helping Texas
A&M win the Big 12 title and advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
Sawyers also coached at Northwestern State, Hutchinson Community
College and Nebraska.
Tennessee will hold its Fan Appreciation Day on
Feb. 12 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium from 9 a.m. to noon. Fans will
see renovations to the stadium, meet the team and take swings in
the new indoor batting cage facility. The team will scrimmage
following the event.
Houston has scheduled its Alumni Game for Feb. 12
at 11:30 a.m. at Cougar Field. The annual “H” Association BBQ
will follow in the Bill Yeoman Fieldhouse for participants and
Sports columnist Rob Parker will be the keynote
speaker for the second annual First Pitch Dinner at Eastern
Michigan on Jan. 29. The event will serve as a fund-raiser for
EMU’s spring trips as well as other projects.
Nebraska has general admission and a limited
number of reserved season tickets available for its 32-game home
schedule at Hawks Field. The Huskers will have five Big 12
series as well as games against 2010 runner-up UCLA and 2008
national champ Fresno State.
Auburn has season tickets available for its
33-game home schedule, including a three-game set with Arizona
State. The Tigers will also entertain Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Ole
Miss, Georgia and Alabama at Plainsman Park.
Georgia Southern has season tickets on sale, with
more than 30 home games at J.I. Clements Stadium. Along with
their Southern Conference slate, the Eagles will host two games
against Georgia Tech and a three-game series with St. John’s.
With season tickets now on sale, Appalachian
State will hold its third annual Baseball 101 on Feb. 12 at 11
a.m. at Smith Stadium. It will be a ladies-only baseball clinic
conducted by the Mountaineer coaching staff. ASU pitching coach
Craig Scheffler will be inducted into the Central Wisconsin
Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 26 in Weston, Wis. A native of
Wausau, Wis., Scheffler played at Wausau East High School before
his collegiate career at Wisconsin and Milwaukee. He was a
12th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1993 as a
left-handed pitcher and played five professional seasons.
Billy Wagner will be the featured speaker at
James Madison’s second annual Batter Up Barbeque on Jan. 30 at 4
p.m. in Memorial Hall. Wagner is fifth on the Major League
career saves list with 422, compiled in 16 big-league seasons
with Houston, Philadelphia, New York Mets, Boston and Atlanta.
The event will also include a silent auction.
Chipper Jones and Jonathan Broxton will attend
“An Evening with the All-Stars” on Feb. 4 at the Nessmith-Lane
Ballroom, sponsored by the Georgia Southern Baseball Dugout
Club. Ryan Chambers of the Georgia Southern Radio Network with
serve as host. Jones is a six-time All-Star with the Atlanta
Braves. Broxton, a native of Augusta, Ga., was an All-Star each
of the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Eastern Michigan head coach Jay Alexander was a
speaker recently at the American Baseball Coaches Association
Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Alexander, a member of the ABCA
College Playing Rules Committee, gave a presentation entitled
“The Three Elements of a Good Swing.”
Western Carolina will hold its “Celebration of
Catamount Baseball” fund-raising event on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The
banquet coincides with the season-opening home series against
Morehead State at renovated Ronnie G. Childress Field at Hennon
Stadium. Season tickets are also on sale for the 29-date home
The San Francisco baseball team set a program
record with a 3.26 cumulative grade point average for the fall
semester, passing the mark of 3.25 set two years ago. Six
players had above a 3.75 GPA, including one perfect 4.0.
Texas State’s Diamond Club Lead-off Dinner on
Feb. 5 will have newly-hired head football coach Dennis
Franchione as its featured speaker. The event will be held at
the Embassy Suites in San Marcos with cocktails at 6 p.m.
followed by dinner at 7 p.m.