August 31, 2011

Lineup Card


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


August 22-31, 2011


Former Nebraska assistant Eric Newman has been named head coach at UC San Diego. Newman was pitching coach for the Cornhuskers the past four seasons after posting a 95-72 record in three seasons as head coach at Dallas Baptist. Newman played for two seasons at Fresno State before transferring to Texas Tech. He pitched professionally for eight seasons.


Akron head coach Rick Rembielak has named Fred Worth his offensive coach, Matt Ford his pitching coach and Drew Saylor his volunteer assistant coach. Worth has more than 30 years of high school coaching experience and more than 10 years of college experience. He was director of baseball operations at Wake Forest from 2006-09 and was assistant coach at Findlay University from 1997-2006. Ford has been pitching professionally for the past 10 years, including one full year as a major league hurler with the Milwaukee Brewers. Ford was a third round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1999 MLB Draft. Saylor was an assistant at Cleveland State this past season. He played two seasons at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Kent State. Saylor was a 13th round pick of the Florida Marlins in the 2006 MLB Draft and played five seasons of professional baseball.


San Francisco has added Chris Hom as a volunteer assistant coach and Matt Hiserman as Director of Program Development. Hom coached at UC San Diego for the past three seasons after playing for the Tritons for four years. Hiserman finished his playing career with the Dons this past spring, helping USF win the West Coast Conference title. The right-hander is sixth in program history with 176 career strikeouts. Hiserman earned a finance degree in 2010 and is in the master’s program for Sports Management at USF.


Texas A&M held its sixth annual Paint-a-Thon at the home of Jimmy and Jessica Meng in Bryan, Texas. The Aggies painted and did repairs on the house’s exterior and made a flower bed in the front yard.


Justin Haywood had joined the staff at Marist and will work with the hitters and catchers. He was a volunteer assistant at Old Dominion this past season. Haywood coached the catchers, outfielders and hitters and coached first base. He helped the Monarchs post a 30-26 mark and a second-place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association. Haywood was a catcher for four years at Louisville, winning four Big East Tournament titles and reaching the 2007 College World Series.


Kyle Padgett will become an assistant coach at Duke, working with the catchers and assisting with the hitters. He will also coordinate all Duke Baseball Academy operations. Padgett was an assistant at William and Mary for the past two seasons. He was a four-year letterman for the Tribe and was selected in the 18th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins.


Andy Morgan has been hired as an assistant coach at Northwestern State. Morgan guided Coffeyville Community College to a 27-31 mark a season ago and a second-place finish at the Liberal Super Regional. Morgan played at Cowley County Community College and was a two-time all-conference selection at Park University.


Former USC pitcher Tom Milone is scheduled to make his Major League debut for the Washington Nationals on Saturday, Sept. 3, against the New York Mets. He is the 100th former Trojan to reach the Major Leagues, the most by any university. Milone was a 10th round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft. He is 12-6 for Triple-A Syracuse with an ERA of 3.22. He has 155 strikeouts and 16 walks.


Virginia will begin fall practice on Sept. 3. The Cavaliers will play the Ontario Blue Jays on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. The Orange & Blue World Series will be Oct. 2 through Oct. 16, with the College World Series/ACC Championship ring ceremony prior to Game 6 on Oct. 14.


Former Monmouth pitcher Brad Brach was called up by the San Diego Padres, joining Ed Halicki as the only two Hawks to reach the Major Leagues. Brach was taken in the 42nd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Brach had 23 saves with 64 strikeouts and five walks in 44 innings for Double-A San Antonio before fanning 30 with seven walks in 27.2 innings in Triple-A Tucson. Brach had three saves last week and was the PCL Pitcher of the Week.


Former North Dakota State closer Neil Wagner was brought up by the Oakland Athletics. He is the first to reach the Major Leagues in program history.  Wagner was 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 22 outings for Triple-A Sacramento. He fanned 34 and walked 10 in 29 innings. Wagner struck out 53 in 37.1 innings in Double-A Midland earlier this year, giving him 11.80 strikeouts per nine innings this season. Wagner was a 21st round selection of the Cleveland Indians in the 2005 MLB Draft and was traded to Oakland in 2010.


FIU has hired Drew French as pitching coach. He was pitching coach for the past four years at Alabama. French was a three-time Academic All-Southwestern Conference selection at Concordia University. He earned a degree in marketing and management in 2006 with a 3.5 GPA.


San Francisco senior pitcher Bob Mott was named the 2011-12 Spirit of St. Francis Medalist. The award is given to the USF student who best exemplifies the ideals of Saint Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan order. Mott founded the “Home Runs for Health” project to raise money for the Nothing But Nets Foundation. The project expanded to the seven other West Coast Conference baseball programs and helped buy 110 nets for African communities to fight the spread of malaria. Mott has traveled to Africa multiple times and also volunteers locally, including with the USF Thanksgiving Food Drive.


Chad Baum returns to Cal State Fullerton as the volunteer assistant coach. He was an assistant for two seasons at UC Irvine and five years at Santa Clara. Baum played for the Titans and was an undergraduate assistant at Fullerton in 2000 and a volunteer assistant the following year.


Notre Dame will hold its Alumni Weekend Sept. 2-3 at Frank Eck Stadium. Saturday’s Alumni game will be at 10 a.m. Practice and a reception will be held on Friday evening.


Former Citadel head coach and Hall of Fame Honorary Inductee Chal Port passed away at the age of 80 after a prolonged illness. Port guided the Bulldogs from 1965 to 1991, posting a record of 641-386-2 (.624) in 27 seasons at The Citadel. The Bulldogs had winning records in 24 of the 27 campaigns, including five NCAA Tournament appearances. Port led The Citadel to the 1990 College World Series with a school-record 46 wins. Port was Southern Conference Coach of the Year five times and was National Coach of the Year in 1990. He was voted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


Chuck Jeroloman has been hired as the volunteer assistant at TCU. A three-year starter at Auburn, Jeroloman has been in professional baseball during the past seven seasons. He was a 21st round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2004 Jeroloman played three seasons of independent baseball after four seasons in the Red Sox system.


Georgia State has announced three additions to the baseball staff. Nick Hogan is the Director of Baseball Operations, Tim Burgess is the volunteer assistant coach and Lukas Martin is video and equipment manager.