Jan. 6, 2013
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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
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
(photo courtesy of FSU Media Relations Office)