Jan. 15, 2012
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Jan. 9-15, 2012
Former Indiana governor Joe Kernan will receive
the 2012 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award from the Notre
Dame Monogram Club at its annual dinner on April 21 in the Joyce
Center. Kernan was a two-time monogram winner in baseball for
the Fighting Irish, graduating with degree in government in
Texas Tech had 18 baseball players earn academic
honor roll status (at least 3.0 GPA) during the fall semester,
including nine on Dean’s List (3.50-3.99 GPA). There were three
with a perfect 4.0 GPA: redshirt junior infielder Scott LeJeune
(Business Management), redshirt junior pitcher Rusty Shellhorn
(History) and junior outfielder Brennan Moore (Business).
Bethune-Cookman will host its inaugural Fan
Appreciation Day on Feb. 11 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. A free
kids clinic starts at 11 a.m., followed by an autograph session.
Former Mississippi State All-American hurler Paul
Maholm will be the featured speaker at the school’s First
Pitch/Meet the Team celebration on Feb. 11 on the MSU campus.
The event begins at 5 p.m. with dinner in the Griffis Boardroom,
followed by the program in the Palmeiro Center.
LSU will hold its First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 10
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a
player autograph session and silent auction, followed by dinner
and live auction beginning at 7 p.m.
Troy had an average GPA of 3.02 in the fall and
26 student-athletes finished the semester with at least a 3.0
GPA. Four Trojans recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA: junior catcher
Brandon Brown, freshman infielder Peyton Fuller, sophomore
outfielder Hayden Hillyer and sophomore infielder Tyler Vaughn.
Iowa will have hits third annual Baseball Steak
Fry on Feb. 12 at the Bella Sala Event Center in Tiffin. The
event begins at 4:30 p.m. with dinner, silent auctions and
player photos and autographs. Team introduction and a live
auction will happen at 6 p.m.
Oregon State will put season tickets on sale
starting Jan. 17. The Beavers will have 23 home dates with
non-conference foes including Oklahoma, Illinois and
Connecticut. Pac-12 series feature Oregon, Washington, Arizona,
Stanford and UCLA. Individual game tickets go on sale Jan. 30.
Austin Homan has been named Director of
Operations at his alma mater, East Carolina. His administrative
duties will include team travel, game day organization, summer
and winter camps, special events coordination and community
outreach. The four-year letterwinner batted .304 during his
career with 13 doubles, 52 runs and 61 RBI. Homan was a two-time
captain and the first two-time recipient of the honorary No. 23
jersey, which was the number worn by ECU head coach Keith
LeClair. Homas has a bachelor’s degree in health fitness and is
working on a master’s in recreation and parks administration.
The Wallach family will receive the Ray Boone Family Award on
Jan. 14 at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation banquet
in Los Angeles. The award is named after the first family to
send three generations of players to the major leagues in Ray,
son Bob, and grandsons Bret and Aaron. The Boones received the
first award in 2005, followed by the Bavasi, Brett, Bell, Alou
and Mota families. Former Cal State Fullerton All-American Tim
Wallach has two sons (Matt and Brett) playing professional
baseball and a third son, Chad, playing for the Titans.
Bobby Valentine, newly-named manager of the
Boston Red Sox, will be the featured speaker at Virginia Tech’s
fifth annual Baseball Night in Blacksburg on Feb. 3 from 6-9
p.m. in the West Side Stadium Club of Lane Stadium. Along with
dinner, there will be silent and live auctions.
Bowling Green named junior infielder Matt Pitzulo
and junior pitchers Cody Apthorpe and Nick Bruns as captains for
the 2012 season. Pitzulo batted .290 a season ago with 25 RBI
and 70 total bases. Apthorpe was the Friday starter in 2011,
fanning 50 and holding opponents to a batting average of .286 in
16 appearances. Bruns was the Saturday starter a year ago and
will transition into the closer role in 2012.
University of Michigan and Cincinnati Reds standout Barry Larkin
was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Larkin played
for the Wolverines from 1983-85. Georgia Tech head coach Danny
Hall (left) was an assistant at Michigan during that time and
offered the following quote: “I want to extend by sincere
congratulations to Barry Larkin on his election into the
National Baseball Hall of Fame. It is an honor that could not be
awarded to a better individual. Barry embodies the true spirit
of what it takes to succeed at the highest level, both on the
field and off the field. I am both proud and honored to have
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball team posted a
3.27 GPA for the fall semester. There were 10 players on
Chancellor’s or Dean’s list with 72% of the team maintaining a
GPA of at least 3.0.
Pacific will hold its fifth annual Baseball
Community Night on Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. at Stockton Golf & Country
Club. Keynote speakers will be the San Francisco Giants
broadcast team of Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper.
TCU will hold its ninth annual First Pitch
Banquet on Feb. 3 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. A
silent auction and reception start at 6:15 p.m. with dinner at 7
p.m. Featured guests include former Horned Frogs Jake Arrieta,
Matt Carpenter, Andrew Cashner, Sam Demel and Chad Huffman.
Fresno State will broadcast 18 series on KYNO 940
AM with Paul Loeffler and Ray O’Canto. There will be 14 home
series and road series at CSU Bakersfield, Hawaii, Nevada and
New Mexico State.
Cal will hold its first-ever Fan Fest on Feb. 11
at 11 a.m. at Evans Diamond. Admission is free and includes an
intra-squad scrimmage at 1 p.m.
College of Charleston has season tickets now on
sale, which include home contests with South Carolina, Coastal
Carolina, Connecticut and a full slate of Southern Conference
series. Discounts are available for CofC faculty and staff.
ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Peterson will
serve as the special host for Virginia’s 10th annual Step Up to
the Plate fundraiser on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Paul
Jones Arena. Peterson will participate in a round-table panel
with former Cavaliers Ryan Zimmerman, Brandon Guyer, Michael
Schwimer, Mike Ballard and Tyler Wilson.
Auburn has season tickets now on sale for its
34-game home slate. Single-game tickets will go on sale on Feb.
13. Pick Six Mini Packs are also available.
Texas A&M has season tickets on sale through the
12th Man Foundation for newly-renovated Olsen Field at Blue Bell
(photo courtesy of Georgia Tech Media Relations