June 30, 2013

Lineup Card

 

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

 

June 1-30, 2013

 

Wichita State head coach Todd Butler has added Brian Walker and Scott Gurss to his staff. Walker will serve as an assistant coach. He spent the past three years at Arkansas, including the past two campaigns as volunteer assistant at his alma mater. Walker will assist with recruiting, hitting, catching and pitching as well as coach third base for the Shockers. Gurss will be the director of operations. He was hitting coach and recruiting coordinator at Neosho County Community College this past year. Gurss was at Arkansas for two seasons with Butler. He will be responsible with day-to-day operations off the field, including team travel, on-campus recruiting and all camps at WSU.

 

Tony Vitello has been named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas. He spent the past three seasons at TCU after eight years at Missouri. Vitello earned three letters at Missouri, receiving Academic All-Big 12 honors as a senior.

 

Stadium Journey magazine rated Mississippi State’s Dudy Noble Field as the top ballpark in Division I. South Carolina’s Carolina Stadium was No. 2, followed by Arkansas’ Baud Stadium, Nebraska’s Haymarket Park and Texas’ UFCU Disch-Falk Field. click here for full list

 

LSU freshman shortstop Alex Bregman won the 2013 Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s top shortstop. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Bregman hit .369 with 18 doubles, seven triples, six homers and 52 RBI. He helped the Tigers win the Baton Rouge Regional and Super Regional to advance to the College World Series.

 

Ole Miss catcher Stuart Turner won the Johnny Bench Award. Turner threw out 51 percent of attempted base-stealers (21 of 41). He batted .374 with 15 doubles, five homers, 44 runs and 51 RBI. Turner was an All-American and Gold Glove winner.

 

Tulane Hall of Famer and former player and coach Milt Retif will receive the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association at the 2013 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction. Retif played shortstop for the Green Wave from 1952-55 and posted a record of 123-73 from 1967-74.

 

LSU again led the nation in attendance, drawing 473,298 in 43 dates. The Tigers have led the country in total attendance in 18 consecutive seasons and in average attendance in 17 of 18 years.

 

2013 NCAA BASEBALL HOME ATTENDANCE

Team                              Avg.       Attendance     Dates

1. LSU                            11,006    473,298           43

2. Mississippi State          7,617      281,840           37

3. South Carolina             7,445      260,605           35

4. Arkansas                     8,335      250,055           30

5. Ole Miss                     7,996      239,909           30

6. Texas                          5,793      185,400           32

7. Florida State                4,594      183,770           40

8. Texas A&M                4,523      149,263           33

9. Clemson                      4,751      147,296           31

10. Florida                      3,511      126,421           36