Jan. 8, 2012
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Jan. 1-8, 2012
Brandon Harris will be one of eight former
William and Mary standouts to be inducted into the 2012 Tribe
Athletics Hall of Fame on April 14. Harris was taken in the
fifth round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs and has
played seven seasons in the major leagues. Harris batted .363
during his collegiate career with 36 homers, 59 doubles and 160
RBI. He helped the Tribe win the CAA Championship in 2001 by
batting .390 with 18 homers, 20 doubles and 69 RBI.
Missouri State will hold its fourth annual Bears
First Pitch and Reunion Night on Feb. 11 at the Bill Rowe Indoor
Training Facility at Hammons Field. The event begins at 5 p.m.
and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Care to Learn.
Long Island University has changed its name to
LIU Brooklyn as part of a rebranding initiative by the school.
Virginia will put 10-game general admission
mini-packages on sale on Monday. General admission season
tickets are still available. Reserved season tickets are sold
out for 2012.
Appalachian State will hold its fourth annual
Baseball 101 and its inaugural Hot Stove First Pitch Banquet on
Feb. 11 at the Appalachian Athletics Center Club Level. Baseball
101 is a ladies-only event at 11 a.m. and the banquet begins
with a reception at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Oral Roberts will have Colorado Rockies General
Manager Dan O’Dowd as its featured speaker at the 2012 ORU
Diamond Dinner on Feb. 2 at the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills. A
silent auction will start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
O’Dowd has been the GM in Colorado since 1999, helping the
Rockies earn two playoff spots and win the NL pennant in 2007.
Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop David
Eckstein will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual Hot
Stove Banquet, hosted by Illinois and the Fighting Illini Dugout
Club. The banquet will be held on Jan. 28 at the I Hotel and
Conference Center with a reception at 3 p.m. and dinner at 4
p.m. Eckstein played 10 seasons in the major leagues and was
named an All-Star in 2005 and 2006. He won World Series titles
with the Angels in 2002 and the Cardinals in 2006.
East Carolina will host its 12th annual “Meet the
Pirates” luncheon on Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Murphy Center’s
Harvey Banquet Hall. Attendees are invited to an intra-squad
scrimmage that afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Middle Tennessee will hold its 39th annual
Groundhog Day Luncheon to benefit Blue Raider baseball on Feb. 2
at 11:30 a.m. in the Murphy Center.
The Citadel is holding a raffle for a trip for
two to Minneapolis in March to watch the Bulldogs face the
Minnesota Golden Gophers. The raffle will be a fundraiser for
the trip with the drawing on Jan. 12 at halftime of The
Citadel-Elon basketball game.
Former Kansas head coach Dave Bingham has been
elected to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in Wichita. Bingham
coached the Jayhawks from 1988 to 1995, guiding KU to its first
NCAA Tournament and College World Series appearance in school
history in 1993. He also coaches for 14 years at his alma mater,
Emporia State. Bingham will be inducted on Feb. 4 along with
former Wichita State pitcher Darren Dreifort, former college
umpire Bob Homolka, former major leaguers Lee Stevens and the
late Joseph Vaughan, and 14 Negro League players.
Mike McRae, head coach at Canisius, was No. 34 on
the list of most influential Canadians in baseball by the
Canadian Baseball Network. McRae made the list for the fourth
straight year. Former Golden Griffin pitcher and current
Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford was No. 6 on the list.
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Texas State will hold its annual Diamond Club
Lead-off Dinner on Feb. 11 at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.
Paul Goldschmidt, former Bobcat and current Arizona Diamondback
first baseman, will be the featured speaker. A reception will
start at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Mississippi State will hold a free coaches clinic
on Jan. 27. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with clinic
sessions starting at 9:15 a.m. Clinic participants can also
watch the Bulldogs’ first preseason practice that afternoon at
Dudy Noble Field. Contact the MSU baseball office if interested
The Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences announced a
collaborative effort to enhance long-term scheduling commitments
between the two leagues across all sports for the 24
institutions. Football hopes to have an annual 12
inter-conference game schedule by 2017, while other sports hope
to start as early as the 2012-13 academic year. For the upcoming
season, the only baseball match-ups between the Big Ten and the
Pac-12 have Cal traveling to Nebraska for a four-game series and
Illinois playing at both Oregon and Oregon State in the Nike