July 8, 2012
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Jason Dietrich has been named pitching coach at
Cal State Fullerton. He has spent the past five seasons at UC
Irvine, including the past two as pitching coach. The UCI
pitching staff posted a combined ERA of 3.10 and WHIP of 1.18.
Dietrich was director of baseball operations for the first three
years with the Anteaters. Dietrich has also been pitching coach
at Los Angeles City College, Irvine Valley College and Cal State
Todd Butler has been promoted to associate head
coach at Arkansas. He completed his seventh season as the
hitting and outfield coach for the Razorbacks as well as
recruiting coordinator. Butler has helped lead Arkansas to seven
straight NCAA Regional bids and a pair of College World Series
appearances (2009, 2012).
Anthony Everman has been hired as an assistant
coach at Arkansas State. He was an assistant at Garden City
Community College this past season as well as serving as an
associate scout for the Cleveland Indians. He worked as an
assistant at Northern Colorado in 2011 and at Kansas State in
2010 following one season as a volunteer assistant at Arkansas
State in 2009. A native of Castalia, Iowa, earned a degree in
physical education from Loras College and a Master of Science in
Physical Education from Virginia Tech in 2005.
Former Rebel Eric Nielsen will be a volunteer
assistant at UNLV. Nielsen posted a career batting average of
.376, second in program history. He hit .402 as a senior with
101 hits, 16 home runs and 87 RBI to win the Triple Crown and
Player-of-the-Year honors in the Mountain West. Nielsen was also
a First Team All-American. He was a 12-round pick of the Toronto
Blue Jays and spent five years in their organization. Nielsen
was a color analyst on UNLV radio broadcasts over the past two
Team USA has dropped two of its first three games
in Cuba. Michael Conforto of Oregon State had a grand slam in
the top of the sixth on July 5 to give the Americans a 4-3
victory in the opener of the five-game series. Jonathon Crawford
of Florida picked up the win, while Bobby Wahl of Ole Miss
recorded the save. Cuba scored three in the seventh and two in
the eighth to rally past Team USA 7-6 on July 6. Conforto, D.J.
Peterson of New Mexico and Johnny Field of Arizona all went deep
for the Americans. Cuba scored four in the bottom of the ninth
to register a 9-8 win on July 7. Kris Bryant of San Diego
homered and drove in three, while Peterson went deep and knocked
in a pair for Team USA.
Virginia third baseman Stephen Bruno was named
the state’s Player of the Year in the University Division by the
Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), while UVa’s Brian
O’Connor was named Coach of the Year for the seventh time in the
past nine years.
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Former Notre Dame standout Mike Amrhein passed
away on July 5. He was an all-region performer in 1997, hitting
.394 with 14 home runs, 71 RBI and 70 runs. Amrhein was drafted
by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 1997 MLB Draft and
spent six seasons in their organization. He worked in the
Special Services department at Downers Grove North High School
in Downers Grove, Ill., for six years and was an assistant
varsity baseball coach.
Virginia will have a new playing surface at
Davenport Field next season. A sand-based grass playing field
will sit over a new irrigation and field drainage system. The $1
million project is funded by a combination of donations and
athletic department maintenance reserves. Davenport Field did
not have a drainage system prior to this.
Aaron Judge of Fresno State won the third TD
Ameritrade College Home Run Derby on July 3 in front of 22,403
fans at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Judge defeated Mason
Katz of LSU and Tyler Horan of Virginia Tech in the finals,
belting four straight homers with one out remaining. Drew
Gadaire of Davidson was honored as the recipient of the first
Fan’s Choice Award, recognizing positive role models on and off
The Toledo Baseball Dugout Club will have its
annual alumni golf outing on August 17 at 1 p.m. at Bedford Hill
Golf Club. Young grads (2008-12) have an entry fee of $75 and
others are $100. Hole sponsorships are also available for $100.
Former South Carolina hurler Sam Dyson made his
Major League debut on July 5 against Toronto. He fanned one in
0.1 inning of relief. Dyson was a member of the 2012 national
championship team and is one of six former Gamecocks to play in
the big leagues this season.
Former Richmond standout Joe Mahoney has been
called up by the Baltimore Orioles. Mahoney played three seasons
for the Spiders and was a sixth-round pick of the Orioles after
belting 17 homers and driving in 62 in 2007. Mahoney was the
2010 Oriole Minor League Player of the Year.
Former Coastal Carolina assistant Kevin Schnall
was recently named hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at
UCF. Schnall had been with the Chanticleers for 12 seasons,
helping them earn 11 NCAA Tournament bids over that time and
reach the Super Regionals in 2008 and 2010. Schnall was Big
South Player of the Year in 1999 as a catcher at Coastal
Carolina with a batting average of .405 and on-base percentage
of .515, a school record.
Former Kansas head coach Floyd Temple passed away
on June 29. He is the winningest coach in program history,
posting 438 victories in 28 seasons from 1954-81. Temple earned
two letters in both baseball and football with the Jayhawks and
was the third baseman for the 1949 squad that won the Big Seven
Conference title. He played three years of minor league baseball
before returning to Lawrence in 1954. Temple was also an
assistant football coach at Kansas from 1958-77. Temple’s No. 13
was retired in 1982 and is the only jersey number displayed on
the outfield wall at Hoglund Ballpark.
Former UC Riverside pitcher Paul Bargas passed
away on June 26 at the age of 23 after battling brain cancer for
the past 18 months. Bargas played one year at Arizona before
transferring to UC Riverside. He led the Highlander in starts
and innings as a sophomore. Bargas was named Big West Pitcher of
the Week three times as a junior. He was picked in the 13th
round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Bargas
played two years in Colorado’s system before being traded to the
Minnesota Twins following the 2010 season.