June 30, 2011

Lineup Card

 

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

 

June 1-30, 2011

 

The Colonial Athletic Association has increased its tournament field from four to six, beginning with the 2012 championship. The double-elimination event will be held over four days. The site for the 2012 tournament has yet to be determined.

 

Junior Tyler Sibley of Texas State was named a Southland Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Sibley is an accounting major with a 3.91 GPA. He was second team CoSIDA Academic All-America and was selected as the 2011 Texas State Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Sibley sent a school record with a 30-game hit streak this season. The second baseman batted .340 with 12 doubles, six homers, 37 RBI, 62 runs and 20 steals. Sibley was picked in the 50th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Stanford right-hander Mark Appel is a member of Team USA and Cardinal first baseman Brian Ragira is an alternate. Appel was 6-7 with a 3.02 ERA in 17 starts. Ragira, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, batted .329 and led the team with 46 RBI.

 

Oregon State left-hander Matt Boyd has been named an alternate for Team USA. He posted an ERA of 1.57 in 30 games with four saves. Boyd fanned 35 in 46 innings.

 

South Carolina associate head coach Chad Holbrook (right) has taken his name out of consideration for head coach at Tennessee. Holbrook is in his third season with the Gamecocks, serving as hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator. He came to Columbia after 15 seasons at North Carolina. USC is making its second consecutive trip to the College World Series, having won the national championship a season ago.

 

(photo by Craig Jackson)