Dec. 9, 2012
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Dec. 1-9, 2012
recently drafted Raymond Key from Bristol, Pa., a 10-year-old
who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in
January of 2011. Raymond is in the third year of a four-year
program consisting of chemotherapy, steroids and other
medications. The Broncs were connected with Raymond through Team
IMPACT, a non-profit organization chartered to improve the
quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses.
Head coach Barry Davis (left) said that this year each member of
the Rider baseball program, including coaches and athletic
trainers, will wear an orange wrist band supporting Leukemia
Junior infielder Ryan Quinn won Cincinnati’s
inaugural U.S. Marine Corps IronCat Challenge, a series of six
grueling events. Quinn and junior outfielder Ethan McAlpine had
the top two times in the final event, the Maneuver Under Fire
Course, where the final six Bearcats were timed running,
crawling and weaving in and out of cones while carrying two
50-pound sandbags. Quinn and McAlpine raced against each other
once again through the Maneuver Under Fire Course, with Quinn
besting McAlpine to win the challenge.
Work is nearly complete on Furman’s new $2
million baseball building, which will include locker rooms,
coaches’ offices which overlook Latham Stadium, a players’
lounge, an indoor workout area and a laundry area. Phase 2,
which will de done in the future, will include Latham Stadium
upgrades to seating, concessions, restrooms and press box.
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Former Major League pitcher Dave Stewart will be
the keynote speaker for Wright State’s First Pitch Banquet on
Jan. 22 on the Nutter Center’s main arena floor. A silent
auction and reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by
dinner at 7 p.m. Stewart won three World Series titles during
his 16-year big league career. He won 20 games for four straight
seasons (1987-90). Stewart was a coach and administrator in
baseball following his playing career. He currently runs Sports
Management & Partners, which represents numerous Major League
Former Major League pitcher and Lansing native
John Smoltz will be the keynote speaker at Michigan State’s
eighth annual First Pitch Dinner on Feb. 3 at the Kellogg
Center. A silent auction and autograph session will start at
noon, with dinner following at 1 p.m. An eight-time All-Star
during his 21-year MLB career, Smoltz is the only pitcher in MLB
history with 200 wins and 150 saves. The Spartans will also
honor Tom Yewcic as the Alumnus of the Year.
Hall of Famer George Brett will be the keynote
speaker for Tennessee’s Baseball Leadoff Banquet on Jan. 17 at
Thompson-Boling Arena. Former Volunteer standout and current
ESPN and MLB Network analyst Chris Burke will be the 19th
inductee into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame. A silent
auction will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Brett is
the only player to win batting crowns in three different decades
and is one of four players in MLB history to register 3,000
hits, 300 home runs and a career batting average of .300.
Following his 21-year big league career, Brett was elected to
the Hall of Fame in 1999 with 98.2 percent of the vote, the
fifth-highest percentage in history.
Oklahoma State will hold its First Pitch Banquet
on Feb. 8 in the Click Family Alumni Hall at the ConocoPhillips
OSU Alumni Center. New head coach Josh Holliday will introduce
the 2013 Cowboys and hold a Q&A session. A silent auction will
also be held, with proceeds going to the OSU baseball program.
Michigan State and the Lansing Lugnuts agreed on
a three-year extension for their Crosstown Showdown presented by
Auto-Owners Insurance. The 2013 event on April 11 will be the
seventh year of the exhibition game at Cooley Law School
Stadium. This past year’s match-up drew 12,997 fans, the third
time more than 12,000 people attended the contest.
The Manhattan baseball team received their 2012
MAAC Championships rings at halftime of the men’s basketball
game against Siena on Dec. 9. The Jaspers won their second
straight title and third in the past seven years.
Members of the Bryant baseball program received
their 2012 Northeast Conference regular season championship
rings at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Yale on
Dec. 5. The Bulldogs went 24-8 in the NEC this past season,
claiming their second regular season crown in the past three
LSU has launched a new Paul Mainieri iPad and
iPhone App at no charge in the Apple iTunes store. Fans can
learn more about Mainieri and his accomplishments, as well as
get a tour of Alex Box Stadium.
Former Manhattan pitcher Taylor Sewitt has signed
a professional contract to play for the Gary Railcats of the
independent Northern League. He was 11-2 this past season with
86 strikeouts and 25 walks in 96 innings. Sewitt was 2012 MAAC
Tournament Most Valuable Player, tossing 22 scoreless innings
over three days with 10 hits and 20 strikeouts.
Former East Carolina hurler Seth Maness was named
the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
He went 14-4 in 169.2 innings with a 2.97 ERA and 1.04 WHIP at
Palm Beach and Springfield.
Rice has season tickets now on sale for its
29-game home schedule, starting at $150 for adults. The Owls
will entertain Stanford in a three-game set Feb. 15-17 to kick
off the 2013 campaign.
Members of the Georgetown baseball team recently
volunteered at the 2012 Greater Washington Heart Walk, held by
the American Heart Association at Nationals Park. The Hoyas
assisted with setting up tents and banners prior to the walk, as
well as unpacking food and water for the participants. The Hoyas
cheered on the walkers during the walk and helped with cleanup
following the event. It was the fourth straight year that
Georgetown volunteered at the walk.
Marist baseball program raised $3,082 this past month for
Movember, raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues,
particularly prostate and testicular cancer. Several Red Foxes,
including head coach Chris Tracz (left), grew mustaches to show
support. Senior Eric Helmrich was Marist Movember captain, while
freshman Anthony Hamlin raised the most money. Marist was one of
more than 15,000 teams nationwide to participate in the program.
Liberty will have three captains for the 2013
campaign: senior catcher Trey Wimmer, senior second baseman
Bryan Aanderud and junior outfielder Ryan Cordell. Senior third
baseman Dalton Sype, sophomore first baseman Alex Close and
junior pitcher Trey Lambert were selected as alternates.
Larry Bowa and Joe Garagiola Jr. will be the
keynote speakers for Georgetown’s ninth annual First Pitch
Dinner on Jan. 26 at the Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall on the
Hilltop. A reception and silent auction will start at 6:30 p.m.
followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Bowa is a former Major League
player, coach and manager. He is currently a studio analyst on
the MLB Network. Garagiola is Senior Vice President of Standards
and On-field Operations for Major League Baseball. He is the
former General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and graduated
from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.
Former Major Leaguer Bill Buckner will speak at
Portland’s 12th annual Diamond Dinner on Feb. 2 in the Bauccio
Commons on campus. A social and silent auction will begin at 5
p.m. with dinner scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Buckner played 22 years
in the big leagues, primarily for the Chicago Cubs and Boston
Red Sox. He batted .289 during his career with 2,715 hits, 174
home runs, 498 doubles and 1,208 RBI.
Florida Atlantic has season tickets on sale for
as low as $45, with a 12-game flex plan at $25. The Miami (Fla.)
game on Feb. 20 is not included in the flex plan. Tickets for
individual games are available for $10.
Former Toledo standout Jim Vahalik has been
invited to spring training with the Baltimore Orioles. He played
for the London Rippers and the Washington Wild Things in the
independent Frontier League this past year.
Former Golden Eagle pitcher Todd McInnis has been
named volunteer assistant at Southern Miss. McInnis played for
three different minor league teams over two professional seasons
after being picked in the 25th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by
the St. Louis Cardinals. He holds school record with 33 wins,
395.1 innings and 68 starts. He was twice named Conference USA
Pitcher of the Year.
Junior outfielder Justin Glass was named team
captain for Cincinnati for the upcoming 2013 season. Glass was
First Team All-Big East in 2012, when he hit .366 with 21
doubles and 15 steals.
The Bryant baseball team had their heads shaved
to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. The
Bulldogs raised $5,071 this season for the St. Baldrick’s
Foundation after collecting $2,690 a year ago.
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Longwood head coach Buddy Bolding was recently
inducted into the Milligan College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bolding graduated from Milligan in 1973 after being a
multi-event standout in track and field. He set school records
in the 440, pole vault, discus and javelin.
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame announcer Marty
Brennaman will be the featured speaker at Eastern Kentucky’s
12th annual Diamond Dinner on Feb. 1 at the Keen Johnson
Building. A reception will start at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30
p.m. Brennaman is entering his 49th season as a broadcaster and
40th in Cincinnati.
Oklahoma has season tickets now on sale for its
31-game home slate at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Prices range from
$80 to $150. Single game tickets will go on sale Feb. 21.
(photos courtesy of Rider, Furman & Marist Media