Jan. 31, 2011

Lineup Card

 

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

 

January 24-31, 2011

 

Texas topped the UT Alumni 6-3 Saturday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Dex Kjerstad went 2 for 2 with a triple, one run and two RBI for the Longhorns. Cohl Walla was 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI for Texas. Sam Stafford allowed one hit and struck out three in his one inning of work.

 

Cal State Fullerton defeated the Titan Alumni squad 5-1 Saturday at Goodwin Field. Anthony Hutting, Spencer Ofelt and Austin Kingsolver each had two hits. Jake Floethe earned the victory by allowing three hits and one run in five innings with three strikeouts. Tyler Pill pitched four shutout innings to notch the save.

 

The Delaware State baseball team posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 for the fall semester. The Hornets will have seniors Keith Hernandez and Jose Portela and red-shirt junior Troy Drummond as captains for the 2011 campaign.

 

Former Pepperdine first baseman Ryan Heroy will receive the John Scolinos Award during Alumni Day activities on Feb. 12. Heroy batted .289 during his career with 20 home runs, 121 RBI and more than 200 hits. The award is in recognition of exemplary behavior during a season or career for the Waves.

 

Former LSU head coach and athletics director Skip Bertman will be the featured speaker at Furman’s Upstate Diamond Classic on Feb. 17 at the Carolina First Center. A reception will precede the dinner.  Bertman won five national titles in 18 seasons with the Tigers and reached the College World Series 11 times. He is a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

 

Notre Dame will hold its 10th annual Meet The Team dinner on Feb. 10 in Club Naimoli of Purcell Pavilion. Fans will have an opportunity for autographs and to eat dinner with a member of the Notre Dame team.

 

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its preseason ranking for all three divisions. click here for polls

 

ESPNU and ESPN The Magazine have named South Carolina associate head coach Chad Holbrook the No. 10 recruiter in college sports. He is the only baseball coach on the Top 20 list. Holbrook is in his third season with the Gamecocks after 15 years at North Carolina.

 

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com wrote a feature on Jason Castro of the Houston Astros working to earn his degree in sociology from Stanford. The catcher was a first-round pick in 2008. click here for story

 

The Murray State baseball team posted a 3.25 cumulative grade point average in the fall semester. There were 12 on Dean’s List, including four with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

 

Louisville will have six home games televised, four regionally in the state of Kentucky by Wazoo Sports Network and two nationally by CBS College Sports. The four Wazoo games are April 12 vs. Kentucky at 6 p.m., April 21 vs. USF at 6 p.m., May 10 vs. Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. and May 19 vs. Notre Dame at 6 p.m. The CBS College Sports games are May 20 vs. Notre Dame at 7 p.m. and May 21 vs. Notre Dame at 1 p.m. All times are Eastern.

 

Former Lamar standout Mike Sarbaugh was recently named 2010 Minor League Manager of the Year after guiding the Columbus Clippers to the International League title and the Triple-A national championship. Sarbaugh has spent 21 years in the Cleveland Indians; organization as a player, hitting coach and manager. He was a shortstop at Lamar from 1986-89.

 

FIU will hold its annual Diamond Dinner in conjunction with the softball team on Feb. 12 at the Graham Center Ballroom. Former World Series champion manager Jack McKeon will be the guest speaker.

 

Kansas has added former Oregon assistant Jay Uhlman to its coaching staff. Uhlman will be recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and baserunning/short game coordinator. He will also coach third base and work with the corner infielders. Uhlman worked with hitters and infielders at Oregon a season ago, helping the Ducks reach 40 wins and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to that, Uhlman spent eight seasons at his alma mater, Nevada.

 

South Carolina will hold three scrimmages this weekend at Carolina Stadium, all open to the public: Friday at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

 

Clemson head coach Jack Leggett will be the featured speaker at Western Carolina’s Celebration of Catamount Baseball fund-raising banquet on Feb. 19. Leggett is WCU’s all-time leader in wins and will be honored by the Leggett Legacy, in which one Catamount player each season will wear jersey No. 7.

 

Mississippi State has passed the 5,000 mark for season ticket sales. The Bulldogs set a school record last season with 5,632 season tickets.

 

Former William and Mary hurler Chris Ray has signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners. In 2010, Ray split time with the World Series participants, Texas and San Francisco. He was 5-0 with a 3.72 ERA in 63 appearances. Ray is 15-17 with 51 saves in five big-league seasons.

 

First-year UNLV head coach Tim Chambers will have his jersey retired by the College of Southern Nevada on Jan. 28. Chambers started the program in 200 and posted a record of 466-195-1 in 11 seasons. The Coyotes won the 2003 JUCO World Series and placed third a season ago.

 

Arkansas will hold its 16th annual Meet the Razorbacks Day on Jan. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. at center court of the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Autograph and photo opportunities will be available.

 

Southern Illinois closer Lee Weld will miss the 2011 season due to a shoulder injury. The sophomore right-hander had surgery on Jan. 6 to repair a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Weld was 5-4 a season ago with two saves. He fanned 57 in 58.2 innings.

 

Notre Dame will have three games on national television. Its game on Friday, April 15, will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET. The final two games of its series at Louisville will air on CBS College Sports, Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. ET and Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. ET.

 

Several VMI players have announced their summer league plans. John Garrett, Alan Watts, Michael Devine and Rob Dickinson will play in the Coastal Plains League. Berkley Hawkins, Campbell Henkel, Chase Worthington, Andrew Montague and Travis Thomas will play in the Valley League. Connor Bach, Chris Russo, Joey Zarella and Jacob Morley will play in the Cal Ripken League.

 

Hawaii will hold its ninth annual Grand Slam Celebration on Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. Fans will have a chance to meet coaches and players, as well as participate in a live and silent auction.

 

Ohio State will hold its Meet the Team Dinner on Feb. 12 at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event will also have a silent auction.

 

Texas Tech will host its 10th Anniversary First Pitch Luncheon on Feb. 16 at noon at the Lubbock Civic Center Banquet Hall. The event spotlights the Red Raiders baseball and softball teams.

 

Georgia Southern head coach Rodney Hennon will speak at the Greater Savannah Eagle Club on Jan. 27 at its Business Luncheon.

 

Winthrop has season tickets on sale, including single-seat tickets and Family Packs.