Feb. 6, 2011

Lineup Card

 

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

 

February 1-6, 2011

 

Despite snow over most of the outfield and foul territory, Kansas held a scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. The temperature was near 40 degrees as the Jayhawks prepare to open the season at No. 1 TCU on Feb. 18.

 

The Big 12 announced its baseball schedule on FSN (all times Central):

4/23 Texas Tech at Kansas State 1 p.m.

4/30 Oklahoma at Texas 11:30 a.m.

5/7 Kansas at Oklahoma 2 p.m.

5/14 Baylor at Oklahoma State 6:30 p.m.

5/21 Texas A&M at Texas 6 p.m.

5/29 Big 12 Championship Game 1 p.m.

 

Brady Thomas, a senior catcher for South Carolina, has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA. He batted .331 in 47 games a season ago with eight homers and 30 RBI. Thomas was named to the All-Tournament teams at the College World Series and the Columbia Regional.

 

Louisville will scrimmage on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. Due to the weather forecast, the remaining weekend schedule is TBA.

 

South Carolina will hold open scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Columbia Stadium.

 

Western Kentucky will play two games at Bowling Green Ballpark, the home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The Hilltoppers will face Louisville on April 5 and Kentucky on April 19. In 2010, WKU and Kentucky drew a crowd of 6,183 for the first college game at the facility. It was the largest crowd to see a home Hilltopper game and the largest crowd to see a college baseball game in the state of Kentucky.

 

USF will open new stadiums for baseball and softball this season., complete with cement batting cages, covered bullpen areas, clubhouses and additional fan seating.

 

Prior to Pepperdine’s home opener on Feb. 18, baseball writer Ross Newhan and his son, former major leaguer and Wave standout David Newhan, will read “Casey at the Bat” at the Payson Library patio at 1 p.m. There will be free baseball cards, popcorn and soda.

 

Georgia Southern head coach Rodney Hennon will speak to the Bulloch County Eagle Club Dinner on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bishop Fieldhouse.

 

Tickets remain for Iowa’s Steak Fry on Feb. 7 at the Bella Sala Event Center in Tiffin. The event, consisting of dinner, photos, autographs, and silent and live auctions, will begin at 5 p.m.

 

Nolan Belcher, a junior left-hander at South Carolina, will miss the 2011 season after suffering a tear in the UCL in his left elbow. He is scheduled to have surgery on Feb. 3. Belcher will qualify for a medical redshirt and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He was 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA a season ago in 11 appearances, six of which were starts. Belcher struck out 32 in 29.2 innings.

 

Richmond promoted Charlie Goens from volunteer to full-time assistant coach after assistant Chad Oxendine left to pursue a coaching opportunity in professional baseball. Goens was an assistant the past three seasons at Roanoke College.

 

Lt. Jonathan Johnson, a graduate of the Naval Academy, will be in Spring Training with the Oakland A’s after four years of active duty. Rhett Bollinger wrote a feature on MLB.com. click here to read feature

 

UCF has a season ticket promotional video featuring all 33 members of the team and based on a scene from the movie Major League. click here to watch video

 

USC will hold its Alumni Game on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. Former Trojan and current UC Irvine head coach Mike Gillespie will be honored as the scoreboard will officially be renamed the Mike Gillespie Scoreboard. The batting cages will be renamed in honor of the Boone family, including former Trojans Aaron and Bret Boone. The cages will also include the names of father, Bob, and grandfather, Ray, both major-leaguers. The 1961 national championship team will be honored at halftime of the USC-Oregon men’s basketball game on Feb. 12.

 

Louisville will hold scrimmages on Saturday and Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Both are open to the public and will start at 11:30 a.m. The Cardinals will have 36 regular-season games and all postseason games broadcast on KOOL 1570 AM.

 

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Dodgertown Classic between USC and UCLA on March 13 at 2:30 p.m. at Dodger Stadium, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Georgia and Saint Mary’s will play at 10 a.m. Parking is free and concessions will be half-price.

 

Oklahoma will have its games carried on KREF 1400 AM for the second year, 54 regular-season contests and postseason action. There will be 23 games broadcast throughout the state on the Sooners Sports’ Network, beginning on April 1.

 

Sooner head coach Sunny Golloway was named the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches’ Association College Coach of the Year for the third time. Golloway won the award in 1998 and in 2001 while at Oral Roberts. OU was 50-18 a season ago and reached the College World Series for the 10th time.

 

Georgetown will have its seventh annual First Pitch Dinner on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Leavey Center Ballroom on campus. Major league pitcher Jamie Moyer will be the featured speaker. Former Hoya baseball player Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President for Business Affairs at Major League Baseball, will also speak. A silent auction will accompany the dinner.

 

Arkansas has a limited number of season tickets on sale for its 33-game home schedule.

 

Alabama’s annual Fan Day will be Feb. 5, with a kid’s clinic, Grand Slammers preseason barbeque and team scrimmage. The clinic will be at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, the barbeque at The Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium and the scrimmage at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

 

Duke has season tickets and single-game tickets on sale for its 34-game home schedule, of which 18 will be played at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and 16 on campus at Jack Coombs Field.

 

(photo courtesy of Kansas Media Relations Office)