Dec. 23, 2012
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Dec. 17-23, 2012
Brownlee (left) has been named pitching coach at Iowa. He posted
a record of 854-817-5 in 30 seasons as a head coach, 23 at
Evansville and seven at Illinois State. He is the father of
former Iowa assistant and current Western Illinois head coach
Ryan Brownlee. Brownlee was inducted into the Illinois State
Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 1969 team. He is also
in the Evansville Athletics Hall of Fame, having amassed more
wins than any other coach in Evansville history.
Evan Wells has joined the staff at Dartmouth. He
coached at Washington in 2011-12 and most recently was at
Creighton. Wells spent two years as an assistant at Whitworth
University, serving as infield and hitting coach. He graduated
from Gonzaga in 2009 with a degree in journalism after being the
starting second baseman and leadoff hitter for the Bulldogs for
Houston set a program record with a 3.17 GPA for
the fall semester. It marked the fifth straight semester under
head coach Todd Whitting that the Cougars registered a team GPA
of 3.00 or better. UH had 27 players record a 3.00 or better and
10 reached Dean’s List with 3.50 or better. Sophomores Ryan
Vruggink and Logan Piper posted perfect 4.00 GPAs.
Ryan Bomberger, Liberty Associate Athletics
Communications Director, has been selected president of the
National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America. He succeeds
Tami Cutler of Wichita State.
The Southern Illinois University Board of
Trustees approved plans to renovate Abe Martin Field. Those
plans include upgraded seating, press box and dugouts as well as
the addition of lights and a synthetic grass playing surface
with a new drainage system. The project will be funded by
private donations and is expected to begin following the 2013
Western Kentucky will partner with the Bowling
Green Hot Rods to host in-state foes Kentucky and Louisville at
Bowling Green Ballpark in 2013. On April 9, the Hot Rods will
entertain Lansing at 10:35 a.m., with the Hilltoppers facing
Louisville at 6 p.m. A doubleheader will also take place on
April 23, as the Hot Rods meet Fort Wayne in the morning with
WKU playing Kentucky at 6 p.m.
Former All-American Greg Polli is a member of the
Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013. He played at
Hofstra from 1983-86 and was third in the nation in hitting in
1985 at .496. Polli was ECAC Player of the Year that season. His
career batting average of .416 ranks seventh all-time in NCAA
Division I. Polli is seventh on the program’s career list with
ESPN reporter and Maryland graduate Tim Kurkjian
will headline the Maryland Baseball Leadoff Banquet on Feb. 8 at
Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore. The banquet will start
at 7 p.m. and will feature a live and silent auction. Kurkjian
graduated from Maryland in 1978 and has worked with the
Washington Star, Baltimore News American, Dallas
Morning News, Baltimore Sun, Sports Illustrated
Former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi pitcher Daniel
Minor will be honored along with Cameron Dullnig of Texas
A&M-Kingsville at the South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet on
Jan. 23. Minor had 10 wins and was a First Team All-Southland
selection in 2012. He hurled four complete games while fanning
110 with 23 walks in 110 innings.
The Mississippi State baseball team set a program
record with a 3.36 grade point average in the fall semester. Out
of 233 grades earned, only two were below a “C”. It is the third
time in the past five years the Bulldogs have broken the program
record. Five players had a perfect 4.0: senior Sam Frost, senior
Trey Porter, sophomore Jonathan Holder, freshman Callahan Brown
and freshman Zack Randolph.
Bowling Green replaced the backstop this week at
Steller Field. The new backstop uses a four-pole system,
reducing the obstructed view behind home plate. This is the
second major renovation at Steller Field, as a new scoreboard
was installed in October.
Head coaches Ed Servais of Creighton, Tim Esmay
of Arizona State and Mike Bianco of Ole Miss will serve as
assistant coaches for USA Baseball’s 2013 Collegiate National
Team. TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle will be the manager of the
squad. Each of the assistants will be making his debut with USA
Baseball. Schlossnagle was an assistant in 2006. Servais will
coach team defense and be the first base coach. Esmay will serve
as hitting coach and will coach third base. Bianco will handle
the chores of pitching coach. Danny Wheat of TCU will be the
athletic trainer, while Brandie Davidson of TCU will be the team
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will speak at Wake
Forest’s First Pitch Dinner on Feb. 28 in the Snead Room at
Bridger Field House. Ripken was an MLB All-Star 19 times and
broke Lou Gehrig’s big-league record for consecutive games
played. A silent and live auction will also be featured at the
William and Mary will hold its annual First Pitch
Banquet on Feb. 2 at the Williamsburg Hospitality House. A
reception will start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 8 p.m.
Texas Tech has 19 members of the baseball program
earn academic honor roll for the fall semester. Three earned
dean’s list honors with a 3.5 or higher grade point average
(senior outfielder Brennan Moore, freshman infielder J.J. Bissel
and freshman pitcher Reid Meyer).
Former Kentucky All-American Collin Cowgill has
been traded from the Oakland Athletics to the New York Mets. The
outfielder hit .269 in 38 games for Oakland in 2012 after
missing part of the season with an ankle injury. Cowgill played
for the Wildcats from 2005-08.
Former Hawkeye Brian Furlong has been named
director of baseball operations at Iowa. Furlong is the managing
partner and owner of Diamond Dreams Sports Academy in Iowa City.
Furlong will be director of the Iowa Baseball Academy, team
video coordinator, travel coordinator and on-campus recruiting
assistant. Furlong played for the Hawkeyes in 2004 and 2005 and
was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Louisville will have three captains for the 2013
campaign: senior first baseman Zak Wasserman, junior outfielder
Adam Engel and junior outfielder Jeff Gardner. Wasserman batted
.297 in 60 games a season ago with six homers, 22 runs and 27
RBI. Engel was Second Team All-Big East in 2012, when he hit
.308 with 43 runs and 37 steals in 39 attempts. Gardner was also
Second Team All-Big East this past season while batting .299
with two homers, 34 RBI and 35 runs.
Bryant has named seniors Kevin Brown, Peter
Kelich and Dan Muscatello captains for the 2013 season. Brown
was a captain a season ago and has been All-NEC each of his
three years. He has a career batting average of .312 in 163
games with 55 doubles, 13 triples, 20 homers, 122 runs and 103
RBI. Kelich is 23-7 in three seasons, four wins away from the
school record. He is the third hurler in program history with
300 innings and fourth with 200 strikeouts. Muscatello hit .290
as the starting shortstop a season ago with 56 hits, 37 runs and
The third Kleberg Bank College Classic will be
held Feb. 22-24 at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The field includes Oklahoma, New Mexico, Iowa and host Texas
A&M-Corpus Christi. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1.
Feb. 22: Iowa vs. Oklahoma, 2 pm; New Mexico vs.
TAMUCC, 6 pm
Feb. 23: Iowa vs. New Mexico, 2 pm; Oklahoma vs.
TAMUCC, 6 pm
Feb. 24: New Mexico vs. Oklahoma, 9:30 am; Iowa
vs. TAMUCC, 1 pm
Youngstown State will have Pittsburgh Pirates
manager Clint Hurdle and Major League umpire Wally Bell as the
featured speakers for its First Pitch Breakfast on Jan. 26 at
McMenamy’s Restaurant and Banquet Center in Niles, Ohio. This is
the third year for the breakfast, but the first time featured
speakers will be included. Along with a raffle, a live and
silent auction will also be held.
Former Seahawk hurler Carl Willis, the pitching
coach for the Seattle Mariners, will be the keynote speaker for
UNC Wilmington’s 11th annual Spring Training Banquet on Jan. 26
at the Burney Center. Registration will begin at 4:45 p.m. with
dinner at 6 p.m. A silent auction will also be held during the
Loyola Marymount will hold its inaugural Baseball
Alumni Tex Mex Texas Hold’em Night on Feb. 1 at the Double Tree
Los Angeles – Westside Hotel in Culver City. Doors will open at
7 p.m. and the poker tournament will start a 8:30 p.m. A silent
auction will be held during the event.
CSU Bakersfield will install 750 chair back seats
behind home plate at Hardt Field prior to the start of the 2013
season. Private donations and multiple six-figure gifts made the
project possible. The second phase will include a press box and
two donor suites at the top of the main grandstand. Fundraising
for the second phase continues. The total cost of the project
will range between $700,000 to more than $1 million.
Season tickets are now on sale for Missouri
State’s 27-game home schedule. Prices range from $20 to $100.
Single-game tickets will go on sale on Feb. 1.
Former Michigan outfielder Will Drake has
transferred to Cincinnati and will be eligible to play for the
Bearcats in 2014. A native of Fairfield, Ohio, Drake batted .293
in 40 games for the Wolverines in 2012 with eight doubles, four
triples, 27 runs and 22 RBI.
The Foley family has made a contribution for
renovations at Georgia’s Foley Field. The long-range plans
include improvements to the dugouts, home locker room and team
lounge, athletic training room and batting cages. Additional
renovations will include an upgraded sound system, redesigned
main entrance, additional restrooms and concession areas as well
as an expanded press box. For the upcoming season, additions
include a new high-definition video scoreboard, new trees beyond
the outfield fences and improvements to Kudzu Hill in the right
Former Cincinnati baseball and basketball
standout Will Ernst passed away on Dec. 11 at the age of 78 from
complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He played for the
Bearcats from 1953-56 and ranks second with a career ERA of
1.66. Ernst was a team captain as a senior in 1956, posting an
ERA of 0.87. After spending one year in the minor leagues, he
coached at Withrow and Taft High Schools in Cincinnati. Ernst
spent four years teaching and coaching in Spain before returning
to Ohio in 1973. He worked for 26 years in the Hilliard school
district as a teacher, coach, administrator and athletic
(photo courtesy of SIU Media Relations Office)