July 31, 2012

Lineup Card


Lineup Card is a feature highlighting notes from around college baseball.


July 23-31, 2012


Russell Raley (left) will be the volunteer assistant at Texas Tech. He will be hitting coach and first base coach as well as working with the infielders and outfielders. Raley, 28, was a three-time All-Big 12 infielder at Oklahoma and spent four years as volunteer assistant with the Sooners from 2008-11. He worked at OU with current Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock, assisting him with hitting responsibilities. The Sooners reached the College World Series in 2010.


Utah Valley has added Cooper Fouts to its coaching staff. He spent the past two seasons at Pepperdine, helping the Waves win the 2012 West Coast Conference crown and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Fouts coached four years at Southern Nevada prior to his stint in Malibu. He plated one season at Southern Nevada before transferring to Texas Tech for three years. He earned a degree in exercise sports science from Tech in 2006.


Daniel Palka of Georgia Tech was named the West Division MVP of the 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star Game on July 28. The first baseman went 3 for 4 with a double and a steal in the 1-1 tie. Alex Blandino of Stanford scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and was the East MVP.


Mississippi State junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe had his number retired and displayed on the outfield fence at Povich Field, home of the Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Renfroe set league records this summer with 16 home runs, 48 runs and 52 RBI.


Louisville right-hander Jeff Thompson pitched a six-inning no-hitter for the Bourne Braves Sunday in the Cape Cod league. The 9-0 victory over first-place Harwich was halted early due to rain. Thompson walked two and fanned nine in improving to 2-2 with 30 strikeouts in 29 innings.


Jon Benick has been added to the staff at Longwood as an assistant coach. He will assist with all baseball operations, including recruiting. Benick was an assistant at St. Anne’s Belfield this past season and hitting coach at Wilkes University in 2011. Benick spent his freshman year at Auburn before becoming a three-year starter at Virginia at first base, third base and catcher. He was First Team All-ACC in 2000. Benick was picked in the ninth round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and spent six years in professional baseball.


The Cape Cod League All-Star Game will be Saturday, July 28, at 6 p.m. at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. A home run hitting contest will take place at 5 p.m. Georgia Tech is the only school with two starters: first baseman Daniel Palka and second baseman Mott Hyde. LSU and Notre Dame also have two players on the All-Star rosters. Colin Moran (right) of North Carolina will start at third base for the West. click here for links to rosters


Former Major League catcher Steve Holm has been hired as an assistant coach at Sacramento State. Holm will be the hitting coach while helping with catchers and baserunning. A native of Sacramento, Holm was an All-American at Oral Roberts and was picked in the 17th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. During his 12-year professional career, Holm played for the Giants in 2008-09 and for the Minnesota Twins in 2011. Holm replaces Tommy Nicholson, who returned to his alma mater, Texas.


Radford has hired Ryan Connolly as an assistant coach and recent grad Matt Mack will be the volunteer assistant. Connolly will coach the hitters and coordinate recruiting. Connolly was the volunteer assistant the past two seasons at Virginia Tech. A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Connolly played at Notre Dame (2006-10) and was a two-time captain. Mack will assist with the hitters and infielders as well as overseeing the Joe Raccuia Baseball Camps. A native of Davidsonville, Md., Mack was a two-time All-Big South honoree. He batted .332 this past season for the Highlanders with five home runs and 40 RBI.


Juan Pierre and P.J. Walters are among four in the University of South Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Pierre played one season for the Jaguars, leading the Sun Belt with 95 hits and 77 runs in 1998, while leading the conference and finishing fifth in the nation with 54 steals. Pierre was conference Player of the Year and an All-American. USA was 42-19 and went 2-2 in the South I Regional. He was picked by the Colorado Rockies in the MLB Draft and has played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues. Walters played for the Jaguars from 2004-06 and is the career leader with 410.1 innings and 404 strikeouts, while standing second with 31 wins. He went 10-1 with 119 strikeouts in 117 innings his first year and was named a Freshman All-American. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 MLB Draft and reached the Major Leagues in 2009.


Eastern Michigan will hold its annual golf outing on Sept. 30 at Fox Hills Golf Club in Plymouth. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with shotgun start at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served on the course. Foursomes cost $400 and tee sponsorships are $100.


(Raley photo courtesy of OU, Moran photo by Jeff Camarati of UNC Athletic Communications)