Sept. 9, 2012
Lineup Card is a feature highlighting notes from around
Sept. 1-9, 2012
Big South Conference will split into two divisions for the
upcoming baseball season. The North contains Campbell, High
Point, Liberty, Longwood, Radford and VMI. The South includes
Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb,
Presbyterian, UNC Asheville and Winthrop. Each team will play a
24-game conference slate, playing all five other division
opponents and three teams from the other division. Eight teams
will play in the conference championship.
Jason Neitz was raised to top assistant at
Bucknell, while Patrick Rose and B.J. LaRosa have been named
assistant coach. Neitz played for four years at East Carolina
and joined the Bison staff in the winter of 2011. Rose played at
UC Santa Barbara and was named second team All-Big West. He was
a volunteer assistant at UCSB in 2010-11 and was also an
assistant at Santa Barbara City College. LaRosa was a two-year
starter at catcher for Bucknell and was a two-time first team
All-Patriot League performer.
Former infielder Eddie Smith has returned to
Notre Dame as the volunteer assistant. He will work primarily
with the outfielders. Smith was an assistant at Santa Clara this
past season, working with the position players and assisting
with recruiting. Prior to that, he spent five seasons at
Virginia. He was director of operations in 2007 and 2008 before
becoming an assistant in 2009.
Brian Casey has been hired as pitching coach at
William and Mary. He was an assistant for the past five seasons
at Tufts, serving as recruiting coordinator, strength and
conditioning coordinator and scouting director. Casey was a
member of the Jumbos from 2004 to 2007.
Senior left-hander Paxton King has earned the
Col. Tyler Fletcher Leadership Award at Southern Miss. The award
goes annually to the player who demonstrates leadership both on
the field and in the community. He is the second recipient of
the award, as Collin Cargill won the inaugural award a season
Virginia will start practice on Sept. 8 and have
three home exhibition games: Sept. 22 vs. Ontario Blue Jays,
Sept. 29 vs. Towson and Oct. 21 vs. Georgetown. The Cavaliers
will hold the Orange and Blue World Series from Oct. 3 to Oct.
16. All exhibition games and World Series games are free and
open to the public.
Notre Dame named senior outfielder Charlie
Markson and senior second baseman Frank DeSico captains for the
2013 season. Markson hit .311 with six doubles, two homers, 20
RBI and 19 steals in 51 games a year ago. DeSico batted .308 in
2012 with nine doubles, 41 runs, 24 RBI and 13 steals.
Pepperdine will hold its annual Patrick Rooney
Memorial Golf Tournament on Nov. 8 at Moorpark Country Club. A
silent auction will also be held throughout the day. Check-in
will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. A buffet
dinner will follow the tournament.
The National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho
Chapter will honor the Utah Valley baseball team as its 2012
Team of the Year at the 34th Annual Dinner of Champions. The
event will be held on Sept. 12 in Salt Lake City. The Wolverines
earned their first-ever national ranking in Division I, put
together a 32-game win streak and the top winning percentage in
the nation. UVU went 28-0 in the Great West Conference and won
its third straight conference regular season and tournament
California will hold its 2012 Alumni Weekend on
Oct. 20-22. The Stanford-Cal Big Game will be on Oct. 20. The
Cal Alumni Baseball Game will be on Oct. 21 with batting
practice at noon and the game at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond. The
annual Cal Baseball Foundation Golf Classic will be on Oct. 22
at the Contra Costa Country Club.
Arkansas will begin practice on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.
at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks will scrimmage on Saturday at
11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. All practices and scrimmages are
open to the public.
Eastern Illinois will retire the No. 2 jersey of
Kevin Seitzer on Oct. 13 during the homecoming football game
against Jacksonville State. Seitzer batted over .400 in each of
his three seasons with the Panthers and holds the program record
with a .418 career batting average. He was selected in the 11th
round of the 1983 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians and played
in the Major Leagues from 1986-97. Seitzer earned his degree
from EIU in 1985 and is currently the hitting coach for the
Kansas City Royals.
Antonio Padilla is the new director of operations
at his alma mater, Pacific. He has worked in professional
baseball for the past two seasons. In 2010, Padilla was a minor
league video intern in the Boston Red Sox organization. He was
video coordinator for Class-A Greenville, supplying video
breakdowns of prospects to the front office. In 2011, he
performed the same tasks for Double-A Huntsville in the
Milwaukee Brewers organization. Padilla graduated in 2009 with a
degree in sports management and a minor in business management.
Armando Flores, in his sixth season as Director
of Administration and Community Affairs for the Arizona State
baseball team, has received The Victoria Foundation’s Edith
Sayre Auslander, Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in
Higher Education Award. The award is presented to a person who
demonstrates significant accomplishments in the support of
Hispanic issues. It is named for Edith Sayre Auslander, a former
member of the Arizona Board of Regents and a pioneer in Latino
higher education issues.
LSU is installing new grass in the outfield and
foul territories in Alex Box Stadium. The project should be
completed by the end of the month prior to the start of fall
practice for the Tigers.
Auburn will begin fall practice on Sept. 6 at 3
p.m. The Tigers will practice this weekend at 3 p.m. on Friday,
10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. All fall practices are
open to the public.
Former Tar Heel pitcher Bryant Gaines has been
added to the staff at North Carolina. Gaines was a member of
four consecutive College World Series teams, graduating in 2011
with a degree in sport administration. Gaines has been working
at Ring Power Crane in Charlotte and replaces Robert Woodard,
who is now the pitching coach at UNC Wilmington. Gaines will
help in all areas of the program and will serve as camp director
for the Carolina Baseball Camps.
Andy Judkins will be the volunteer assistant at
Southern Illinois. He will work with the catchers and assist
with the hitters. Judkins was an assistant for the past two
seasons at Central Arizona College. He graduated from Concordia
in St. Paul, Minn., with a degree in sport management and
exercise science. Judkins was a graduate assistant at Minnesota
State for two years, earning a master’s degree in sports
Louisville started fall practice on Sept. 4. The
Cardinals will scrimmage on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET and Saturday
at 11 a.m.
Skylar Meade has been named pitching coach at
Middle Tennessee. Meade spent the past five seasons at Eastern
Illinois. He began as a graduate assistant in 2007 before being
elevated to a full-time coach in 2009. Meade was pitching coach
and recruiting coordinator for the Panthers. EIU led the OVC in
ERA during four of his five seasons, while finishing second in
2009. Meade pitched at Louisville, helping the Cardinals reach
the College World Series in 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree
in sports administration from Louisville in 2007 and a master’s
degree in kinesiology and sports studies (sports management)
from EIU in 2009.
Former Stony Brook pitcher Tom Koehler has been
called up by the Miami Marlins, joining Joe Nathan as former
Seawolves in the Major Leagues. Koehler was a PCL all-star for
the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, winning 12 games and fanning
138. He was an 18th-round selection of the Marlins in 2008 after
twice being named second team All-America East.
Former Bradley hurler Rob Scahill has been called
up by the Colorado Rockies. He will become the 14th former Brave
to reach the Major Leagues. Scahill pitched for Triple-A
Colorado Springs this season, posting a 9-11 record with 159
strikeouts in 152 innings.
Former Texas Tech right-hander AJ Ramos has been
promoted to the Miami Marlins. He will be the 23rd former Red
Raider to play in the Major Leagues. Ramos was an all-star
reliever for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, recording 21 saves
in 55 appearances with a 1.44 ERA. He fanned 89 in 68.2 innings
with 21 walks and an opponent batting average of .151.
New Mexico will host the annual Alumni Weekend
Oct. 4-6. There will be a social on Oct. 4 and a golf tournament
on Oct. 5 at the Desert Greens Golf Course. The alumni game will
take place on new Lobo Field on the morning of Oct. 6 prior to
the UMN homecoming football game against Texas State.