Sept. 11, 2011

Lineup Card


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


Sept. 1-11, 2011


John Duffy and Brian Meagher have returned to La Salle as members of Mike Lake’s staff. Duffy was pitching coach for the Explorers from 2004-07. The Richmond alum was head coach at Germantown Academy for three seasons from 2008-10, winning a pair of Pennsylvania Private School State Championships and a national ranking in all three years. Meagher will be the volunteer assistant after graduating from La Salle in 2010. He will work with the infielders as well as handling administrative and operational duties. Meagher coached the infielders at Monsignor Bonner High School in 2011.


Jason Beverlin has added Barrett Shaft and Kenny Smith to his staff at Bethune-Cookman. Shaft will work with the hitters and oversee the outfielders and first basemen. Shaft was the volunteer assistant at Tennessee this past season. He is the career hits leader at Western Carolina. Smith played three seasons at UNC Wilmington and earned a degree in accounting before playing his final season at Western Carolina as he completed a master’s degree in accountancy. Smith was the 2007 Southern Conference Player of the Year as he belted 20 home runs. He played professionally in the Texas Rangers organization before spending two seasons as the volunteer assistant at UNC Asheville.


The Citadel has begun fall practice, which will conclude with the annual best-of-three World Series on Oct. 14, 16 and 18 (if necessary).


Eric Milton returns to his alma mater as Maryland’s volunteer assistant. He will work primarily with the catchers and will assist in all facets of coaching. Milton pitched for the Terps from 1994-96 and was a first-round pick of the New York Yankees in 1996. He was an All-Star for the Minnesota Twins in 2001 and also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers.


Cal State Fullerton will not play its three-game series at Hawaii on April 27-29. The Rainbows had their WAC bye weekend moved. The Titans will not play at Pepperdine on May 22. Fullerton will have a 54-game spring schedule after playing a pair in the fall at Vanderbilt on Oct. 22-23.


Eastern Michigan will hold a scrimmage against the Ontario Nationals 18U on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at Oestrike Stadium. The Nationals are part of a player development program divided into four age divisions from 12 to 18 years of age.


Arkansas will start fall practice on Friday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. All Razorback practices are open to the public. The annual Cardinal-White seven-game series will begin on Oct. 15.


Nicholls State will hold its second annual Colonel Baseball Alumni Day on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Homecoming parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a baseball exhibition game against Millsaps at 11 a.m. A tailgate gathering for alumni, fans and friends will be held prior to the 5:30 p.m. football game.


Former Cal State Fullerton standout Brett Pill became the 110th player to homer in his first Major League at-bat. He went deep on Sept. 6 for the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park in San Diego. Pill is the third player this season to homer in his initial at-bat, joining former Virginia Cavalier Brandon Guyer of Tampa Bay and former USC Trojan Tom Milone of Washington. Former Titan Tim Wallach also accomplished the feat in 1980.


Louisville started practice on Sept. 6 and will hold a Red-Black Scrimmage on Friday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. The contest will be open to the public and will precede the Cardinals’ football game against FIU.


Dave Nakama has been promoted to associate head coach at Washington. He will continue to coordinate the recruiting as well as work with the hitters, but will also help to shape the future of the program. Nakama enters his third season with the Huskies. He spent 10 years as an assistant at Stanford after serving as head coach at San Francisco State.


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi began fall practice on Friday, Sept. 2. The Islanders Fall World Series will be on Oct. 7-9 at Chapman Field.