Jan. 22, 2012
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Jan. 16-22, 2012
Junior catcher Mike Zunino was named a recipient
of the 2011 Ben Hill Griffin Award, to recognize the top male
student-athlete at Florida. It is based on athletic and academic
achievement as well as extra-curricular involvement. Zunino was
SEC Player of the Year and led the Gators to the championship
series of the College World Series. He batted .371 with 23
doubles, 19 homers, 75 runs and 67 RBI.
Hawaii season tickets go on sale on Jan. 23. The
Rainbows will have 38 home games at Les Murakami Stadium,
including series with Oregon, Wichita State and Fresno State.
Hawaii ranked 17th in attendance a year ago with an average of
3,320 fans per game, the highest in five seasons.
The Citadel will hold its annual Meet the
Bulldogs autograph session and Blue-White scrimmage on Feb. 12
at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Gates will open at noon with the
autograph session and final preseason scrimmage following at
1:15 p.m. Admission is free and the Charleston RiverDogs will
again provide free hot dogs for the event.
Former South Alabama standout David Freese
received the Babe Ruth Award by the Baseball Writers Association
of America for being the most valuable player of the Major
League Baseball postseason. Freese led the St. Louis Cardinals
to the World Series title, batting .397 in 18 playoff games with
five home runs and 21 RBI.
Former Houston catcher Chris Snyder has signed a
free agent contract with the Houston Astros. Snyder hit .348 in
three seasons with the Cougars with 175 hits and 29 home runs.
Former Illinois State pitcher Jeremy Accardo has
signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and
received a non-roster invitation to spring training. He was with
Baltimore a season ago. Accardo went 5-4 with 12 saves in 33
appearances over three seasons with the Redbirds from 2001-03.
TCU will hold its third annual “Frogs for the
Cure” Women’s Baseball Clinic on Feb. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. in the Sam Baugh Indoor Facility. The event is open to all
women ages 21 and above and will benefit Komen for the Cure.
Attendees will have a chance to take a round of batting
practice, measure their velocity on their fastball and enjoy a
fashion show along with dinner and desserts.
UCLA has completed the installation of 580
chairback seats at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium,
raising capacity to 1,820. There were also 36 new lockers
installed in the Bruins’ clubhouse.
Cincinnati will hold its second annual First
Pitch Reception on Feb. 10 at the Riverfront Club in Great
American Ball Park. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. and admission is free, but attendees must register by Feb.
6 with a maximum attendance of 200.
Hall of Famer Dave Winfield will be the keynote
speaker for the Georgetown’s eighth annual First Pitch Dinner on
Feb. 4 at the Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall. A reception and
silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and
program at 7 p.m. Winfield played college baseball at Minnesota
before a 22-year career in the major leagues with the Padres,
Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Twins and Indians.
William and Mary will hold its annual First Pitch
Banquet on Feb. 4 at the Williamsburg Hospitality House. Rick
Dempsey, for major league catcher and current color commentator
for the Baltimore Orioles, will serve as guest speaker. Check-in
will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 8 p.m.
Florida Atlantic has season tickets now on sale
for its 33-game home slate. The Owls open on Feb. 24 with a
four-game series against Manhattan and will host Miami on March
21. Sun Belt Conference home series include Louisiana-Lafayette,
South Alabama, Arkansas State, Western Kentucky and FIU.
Senior pitcher Jonathan Montoya of CSU
Bakersfield will miss the 2012 season, but plans to take a
medical redshirt and return for the 2013 campaign. The
left-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar
collateral ligament in his pitching arm. Montoya tied a school
record with eight wins in 2011 and set a program mark with seven
complete games. He fanned 86 in 115.1 innings.
Senior right-hander Brennan Stewart of Texas Tech
had successful lower back surgery on Dec. 23. The Red Raiders
hope he will be able to pitch this season. Stewart made 22
appearances in 2011, with all but three from the bullpen. He was
2-1 with a 3.40 ERA. Stewart walked 14 and struck out 38 in 55.2
Joe Litterio has been hired as an assistant coach
at his alma mater, Rutgers. Litterio was head coach at Wagner
for the past 12 years. He played for current Rutgers head coach
Fred Hill as an infielder from 1990-93, helping the Scarlet
Knights win four Atlantic 10 regular-season titles and earn
three NCAA Tournament berths.
Eastern Michigan head coach Jay Alexander will be
a guest speaker in a lecture series entitles Playing with Fire:
Race and Sport in American Culture presented by the MSPS Martin
Luther King, Jr. Series for the Study of Race on the campus of
Notre Dame on Feb. 1. Alexander is one of three
African-Americans coaching baseball at non-historically black
schools. Other speakers in the series include former Major
League pitcher Dwight Gooden, Vanderbilt Athletic Director David
Williams II and reporter Pam Oliver.
Valparaiso head coach Tracy Woodson will be
inducted into the NC State Baseball Hall of Fame as part of 2012
First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 16. He will join Terry Harvey and
Jake Weber in the Class of 2012. Woodson played for the Wolfpack
from 1982-84 and was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team in
2003. He was named ACC Player of the Year in 1984, batting .373
with 25 homers and 77 RBI while being named Second Team
Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman, the
Voice of the Cincinnati Reds for 39 years, will speak at the
15th annual Upstate Diamond Classic, a Furman baseball
fundraiser, on Feb. 8 at the TD Convention Center. A reception
begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Brennaman received the
Ford C. Frick Award in 2000 from the National Baseball Hall of
Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Brennaman is also a member of the
National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of
Fame, National Radio Hall of Fame and Virginia Sports Hall of
William and Mary has named three captains for
2012: seniors Chris Forsten and Sean Aiken, along with junior
Ryan Brown. Forsten is a returning captain and the catcher threw
out 27 of 53 base stealers in 2011. Aiken batted .263 in 21
games a season ago for the Tribe. Brown started all 55 games in
the outfield in 2011, hitting .292 with 37 walks and an on-base
percentage of .445.
Former Temple catcher Ryan Ferguson has signed
with the Joliet Slammers of the independent Frontier League.
Ferguson batted .316 this past year with 10 homers, 48 RBI and
32 runs. He hit safely in the first 24 games of the 2011 season
and his 26-game hit streak (going back to 2010) was the longest
in program history.
Texas Tech will hold its First Bank First-Pitch
Luncheon on Feb. 13 at the Lubbock Civic Center Banquet Hall.
Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. with the program starting at noon.
Season ticket sales at Mississippi State have
reached 5,000 for the 11th consecutive year. The Bulldogs had
5,472 season tickets a year ago after setting a school record
with 5,632 in 2010. Mississippi State will have a school-record
37 home games on 35 dates in 2012.
Appalachian State has season tickets on sale for
its 29-game home slate at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith
Stadium. The Mountaineers return eight position starters and
four starting pitchers from last year’s 33-27 squad.
Baylor will offer discounted season tickets this
week based on last Friday’s weather. The high temperature in
Waco was 57, so adult season tickets will be $57, a savings of
$42. The low was 25, so youth tickets are $25, a savings of $40.
Former Notre Dame standout Craig Counsell has
retired after a 16-year major league career with Colorado,
Florida, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona and Milwaukee. He has been
hired by the Brewers as a special assistant to general manager
Doug Melvin. The 41-year-old Counsell batted .255 in 1,624 games
with 218 doubles, 40 triples, 42 homers, 647 runs and 390 RBI.
He hit .306 during his four-year career with the Fighting Irish
(1989-92) with 204 runs, 166 RBI, 50 doubles and more than twice
as many walks (program-record 166) as strikeouts (82).
Former Notre Dame player Brent Weiss was named to
Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list for the field of
finance. He joined Brotman Financial Group in 2005 as an
associate and became a principal of the first a year ago,
assisting with financial planning and wealth management for his
clients. Weiss graduated cum laude from Notre Dame in 2005 and
was a member of the 2002 College World Series team.