August 31, 2012
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August 27-31, 2012
(left) has been named the volunteer
assistant at Oregon State. Jenkins was a member of the Beavers’
2005 College World Series team and was an undergraduate
assistant at OSU this past season. Jenkins was taken in the 11th
round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins. He played
six years in the minor leagues in the Florida and Texas
organizations. He reached Triple A in 2009 and 2010.
Dave Serrano has brought in one of his former
players, Tony Asaro, as the volunteer assistant at Tennessee.
Asaro was an assistant for the past three years at El Camino
College, serving as hitting coach, recruiting coordinator and
third base coach. Asaro played under Serrano at UC Irvine,
helping the Anteaters reach the College World Series for the
first time in program history in 2007.
Brian Pruitt has been named the volunteer
assistant at Stetson. He has been a graduate assistant at Barry
for the past two years. Pruitt played for the Hatters from
2006-08, batting .270 in 165 career games with 26 doubles, 16
homers and 121 RBI. He was selected by the Washington Nationals
in the 2008 MLB Draft.
Saint Joseph’s head coach Fritz Hamburg had
announced the hiring of three new staff members: Matt Allison,
Kyle Werman and Alex Pracher. Allison will be hitting coach and
work with the outfielders. He was hitting coach at Menlo College
for the past three seasons after serving as head coach at
Willamette. He was also an assistant at Cal, Georgetown, Cal
Poly, SUNY-Cortland and Cornell. Allison is a 1982 graduate of
UC Riverside. Werman was a walk-on at Virginia and became a
four-year starter at second bas, graduating in 2005. He coached
for two seasons at George Mason and for the past two years at
Radford. Werman will coach third base, work with the infielders
and serve as recruiting coordinator. Pracher will be the
volunteer assistant, coaching first base and helping with the
pitching staff. He spent three years at Stanford before pitching
for the Hawks in 2012 as a graduate student.
Ty Rogers had been hired as assistant coach and
recruiting coordinator at Oakland University. Rogers was the
volunteer assistant at Bradley this past season after working at
Parkland College in 2011. Rogers was a three-year starter at
Indiana from 2008-10, playing second base and center field. He
helped the Hoosiers win the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, the
program’s first title in 13 years. Indiana earned a berth in the
NCAA Tournament, participating in the Louisville Regional.
Rogers was an All-Big Ten selection in 2010. He played
professionally for one season in the Frontier League with the
Gateway Grizzlies and the Oakland County Cruisers.
On August 13, the Houston Astros traveled to
Wrigley Field to meet the Chicago Cubs. Former Florida Atlantic
players appeared on each roster, with Mickey Storey a pitcher
for the Astros and Jeff Beliveau a reliever with the Cubs. It
was the first time that two former Owls played for opposing
Major League teams in the same game. Both players graduated from
FAU in 2008. Both hurlers worked in the series, as Beliveau
pitched a scoreless inning in the series opener and Storey
fanned three in 1.1 innings on August 15.
Former Florida left-hander Nick Maronde was
recently called up to the Major Leagues by the Los Angeles
Angels, becoming Kevin O’Sullivan’s first player to reach the
big leagues. Maronde was 3-2 in seven games with the Double A
Arkansas Travelers, posting an ERA of 3.34. He fanned 21 and
walked just three in 32.1 innings. Maronde played three seasons
for the Gators (2009-11) and was selected in the third round of
last year’s draft by the Angels.
Mustang Thomas Eager (left) has been named pitching coach at Cal
Poly. Eager was a pitcher for the Mustangs in 2006 and 2007. He
was 11-3 with a 3.43 ERA as a sophomore and was drafted in the
fifth round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He
spent four seasons in the St. Louis organization. For the past
two years, Eager was director of operations at Cal Poly. He
replaced Jason Kelly, who left to become pitching coach at
Scott Hall has been added to Jim McGuire’s staff
at Middle Tennessee. Hall will serve as recruiting coordinator
and work primarily with the offense. Hall spent the past six
seasons at Belmont, helping the Bruins win consecutive titles in
2011 and 2012. A four-year starter at Maryville, Hall was head
coach at Central High School in Shelbyville, Tenn., for seven
Ryan Speier has returned to Radford as a student
assistant coach. He played for the Highlanders from 1998-2001
before signing a free agent contract with the Colorado Rockies.
Speier pitched in the Major Leagues from 2005 to 2009, including
working in the 2007 World Series. Speier will work with the
pitching staff while completing his degree in psychology.
Former Northern Kentucky head coach Bill Aker
will be inducted posthumously into the American Baseball Coaches
Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 4, 2013. Aker began the
program in 1971, when the school went by Northern Kentucky State
College. He posted a record of 807-572-1 in 29 seasons. Aker
earned four regional and two Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach
of the Year awards, while twice leading the Norse to the World
Series. He retired in 2000 and a year later, the baseball field
was renamed the Bill Aker Baseball Complex. Aker passed away on
March 26, 2011.
Oregon State will have five former Beavers
playing in this year’s Arizona Fall League: RHP Greg Peavey, OF
Adalberto Santos, RHP Tyler Waldron, IF Stefen Romero and RHP
Kevin Rhoderick. Play begins on Oct. 9 for the 32-game schedule
in the Phoenix Metro area.
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Jerry Goodwin, a longtime supporter of Cal State
Fullerton athletics, passed away on Aug. 28 at the age of 90. He
donated one million dollars for the expansion of the Titan
baseball facility prior to the 2000 season. Before the upgrade,
Fullerton played 21 consecutive postseason tournaments on the
road. Since the expansion, the Titans have played host to 10
Regionals and eight Super Regionals. On April 14, 2000, the name
of the stadium was officially changed from Titan Field to
Goodwin Field. Goodwin and his wife, Merilyn, were inducted into
the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
Tickets for the “Battle For Bell” are now on
sale. The first baseball contest between Missouri State and
Drury will take place on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Hammons Field.
Proceeds will benefit former MSU shortstop and Drury assistant
Howard Bell, who is battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s
disease. Bell is currently head coach at Glendale High School.
Loyola Marymount baseball is now on twitter at @BaseballLMU.
Head coach Jason Gill and his staff will run the account.
(photos courtesy of OSU, FAU & Cal Poly Media Relations Offices)