Oct. 9, 2011
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Oct. 1-9, 2011
Houston will host Rice for a 14-inning fall
scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at Cougar Field. The game
is open to the public and free of charge.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will hold its annual
Blue/White Fall World Series this weekend at Chapman Field. The
Islanders will go on Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m.
and Sunday at noon. The games are open to the public and there
will be no admission charge.
Texas Tech baseball participated in the 2011
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Oct. 1. Head coach Dan
Spencer and his son, Wade, ran the 5K while players encouraged
runners and helped navigate the course. There were more than
8,000 participants in the fundraiser, now in its 17th year.
Elvys Quezada has been named pitching coach at
Manhattan. He will also serve as the Athletic Department’s
Operations Manager. Quezada pitched at Seton Hall and helped the
Pirates earn NCAA tourney berths in 2000 and 2001. He was
drafted by the New York Mets in the 15th round in 2002 and by
the New York Yankees in the 15th round in 2003. Quezada spent
five years in the Yankees system before playing for two seasons
in the Mets organization. He also pitched in independent league
Pitching coach Phil Cundari was promoted to
associate head coach at Seton Hall. Cundari has worked with the
Pirates for the past 11 years, helping Seton Hall win a pair of
Big East championships. The Pirates won the 2011 Big East title
and led the conference in ERA while placing second in
strikeouts, opponent batting average, innings pitched and hits
allowed. Cundari was an All-American pitcher for Seton Hall and
was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1985.
Cal will begin its fall practice on Oct. 7. The
Alumni Game will be held on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. The Cal Baseball
Foundation Golf Classic on Oct. 14 has been sold out.
Former LSU head coach Skip Bertman will be the
keynote speaker at the Miami (Fla.) Baseball First Pitch Banquet
on Feb. 10. Bertman was a catcher and outfielder for the
Hurricanes from 1958-60 and was an assistant under Ron Fraser
from 1975-83. Bertman won five national championships with the
Tigers before retiring in 2001. He was a member of the inaugural
class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006, as well as a
member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the American
Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Arkansas has announced the dates and times of its
best-of-seven 2011 Cardinal-White Series: Oct. 12 at noon, Oct.
16 at 1 p.m., Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m., Oct.
20 at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 22 at noon and Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. The final
three games will be played if necessary. All games are open to
the public and free.
North Carolina will start its Fall World Series
on Oct. 10 at 2:15 p.m. The teams will play a pair of three-game
series with an if-necessary game on Oct. 18 if the teams split
Sophomore outfielder Andrew Toles has been
dismissed from the Tennessee baseball team. He batted .270 this
past season with 25 RBI and 21 steals. Toles started 50 games in
centerfield and was a member of the 2010 SEC All-Freshman Team.
Former Kentucky infielder Chris Bisson had a
three-run homer to help Canada defeat Greece 12-2 in the 39th
IBAF World Cup on Tuesday. Canada remained undefeated and in
first play in Pool A.
Tulane has begun its fall practice. The
three-game Fall World Series will be held Nov. 4-6. The Green
Wave will take off Wednesdays and Sundays, but practices and
scrimmages on the other days will be open to the public.
South Carolina will hold three scrimmages this
weekend: Friday at 3 p.m. with the Alumni Game following at 7
p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All scrimmages
at Carolina Stadium are free and open to the public.
South Alabama will hold three scrimmages this
weekend at Stanky Field: Friday at 6:45 p.m., Saturday and
Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Jeff Mercer has been hired as the volunteer
assistant coach at Western Kentucky. He will work with the
pitchers and outfielders as well as assisting with camps. Mercer
was a volunteer assistant this past season at Michigan, working
with the catchers and outfielders. He was a graduate assistant
at Ohio Northern during the 2010 season. Mercer played two
seasons at Dayton before transferring to Wright State, where he
was twice named First Team All-Horizon League at first base.
Over the past three weekends, the UCF baseball
team has held youth clinics for local little leagues, including
the Conway Little League on Sept. 17, Dr. Phillips Little League
on Sept. 24 and the Oviedo Babe Ruth league on Oct. 1. The
Knights went to Altamonte Springs on Sept. 24 to assist special
needs children playing baseball in the Miracle League.
Missouri State posted a 10-3 exhibition victory
over the Ontario Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon at Hammons
Field. Derek Mattea went 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBI,
while Luke Voit added two hits and knocked in a pair for the
Bears. Nick Petree allowed one hit and fanned four over the
first two innings, while Grant Gordon struck out the side in the
ninth. MSU starts its Fall World Series on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Arizona Fall League begins play on Tuesday,
Oct. 4, with all six teams in action: Mesa at Phoenix, Salt
River at Peoria and Surprise at Scottsdale. Play will continue
through Nov. 17.
Former Kentucky lefty Andrew Albers got the win
for Canada against Puerto Rico in the 39th IBAF World Cup on
Sunday in Panama City, Panama. A native of North Battleford,
Saskatchewan, Albers allowed one hit in five scoreless innings
with two walks and two strikeouts as Canada defeated Puerto Rico
Northern Illinois will hold its best-of-five Red
and Black Fall Baseball Series starting on Sunday, Oct. 9 with a
doubleheader at 1 p.m. A second twin bill be on Sunday, Oct. 16
at 1 p.m. A fifth game, if necessary, will be on Oct. 23.
Auburn will partner with the Hudson Family
Foundation for the Annual Celebrity Home Run Derby on Friday,
Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at Plainsman Park. Participants are expected
to include alums Tim Hudson and David Ross of the Atlanta
Braves, former major-leaguer Gabe Gross and recent Tiger Hunter
Texas Tech will hold its five-game Red & Black
Series Oct. 23-28 at Dan Law Field. The opener will be on
Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m., preceded by a tailgate for Diamond
Club members. All games are open to the public at no charge.
Louisville will scrimmage on Thursday and Friday
at 3 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium with both open to the public.