Jan. 6, 2013

Lineup Card


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


Jan. 1-6, 2013


Senior reliever Jonny Hoffman of Indiana has been removed from the roster due to a violation of team standards. The right-hander from Oceanside, Calif., was First Team All-Big Ten this past season. Hoffman went 8-2 with five saves in 29 appearances in 2012. He walked 17 and struck out 35 in 63.1 innings a season ago with a 2.27 ERA.


USA Baseball has named Wright State head coach Rob Cooper as manager of the 2013 18U National Team. Cooper was previously an assistant coach for the 2007 and 2009 Collegiate National Teams. He enters his ninth season as head coach of the Raiders, with seven straight 30-win seasons. WSU has won three Horizon League titles and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament under Cooper.


Ryan Overland and Erik Wetzel (right), members of Fresno State’s national championship team in 2008, will work at their alma mater as assistant coaches. Overland will coach third base while working with the hitters, outfielders and catchers. Overland coached at South Dakota State from 2009-10 before serving as volunteer assistant for the Bulldogs the past two years. He was a full-time assistant at Nevada this past fall. Wetzel will coach first base while assisting with the hitters and middle infielders. He will be an undergraduate student coach while finishing his degree. Wetzel played professionally in the Colorado Rockies organization from 2008-11 before returning to Fresno State to work on completing his bachelor’s degree.


Alabama will host Fan Appreciation Day on Jan. 12 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m. following the men’s basketball game against Tennessee. All attendees will receive a pair of free tickets to the season-opening series against VMI Feb. 15-17.


Penn State will hold its inaugural First Pitch Dinner on Jan. 26 at the Ramada Conference Center. Ben Petrick, a former second-round pick of the Colorado Rockies who is battling Parkinson’s disease, will be the keynote speaker. A reception will start at 6 p.m., with dinner and program at 7 p.m.


Junior pitcher Ben Augenstein is the ninth recipient of the Thomas L. Smith scholarship at USC Upstate. Augenstein appeared in 20 games in 2012, fanning 43 in 56.2 innings with a 3.49 ERA.


Long Beach State will hold its annual Alumni Weekend Jan. 24-26. The Leadoff Dinner will be held on Jan. 24, with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Brandon Hyde, Director of Player Development for the Chicago Cubs, will serve as the keynote speaker. The 11th annual golf tournament will take place on Jan. 25 behind Blair Field at Recreation Park. On Jan. 26, the Alumni Game will happen at Blair Field at 11 a.m. before an intrasquad game at 2 p.m.


Missouri State will have its fifth annual First Pitch and Reunion Night on Jan. 26 at the Bill Rowe Indoor Training Facility at Hammons Field at 5 p.m. A live auction will occur during the event. Members of the Bears’ 2003 NCAA College World Series team, including major leaguers Jeff Gray, Shaun Marcum and Brad Ziegler, will attend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the trip to Omaha.


The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) will add three expansion teams for its 20th season in 2013. Teams will play in South Kingstown, R.I., Plymouth, Mass., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The South Kingstown team will play as the Ocean State Waves. It is the first expansion since 2003. The Eastern Division will include Laconia, Sanford, Ocean State, New Bedford, Newport, Mystic and Plymouth, while the Western Division is made up of Vermont, Keene, Saratoga Springs, North Adams, Holyoke and Danbury.


Nicholls will hold its annual Alumni Game and First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 9. The Old Timers Game will begin at 10 a.m. The 2013 Colonels will face the Alumni at noon. Former LSU head coach Skip Bertman will be the guest speaker at the 7 p.m. banquet.


(photo courtesy of FSU Media Relations Office)