Dec. 31, 2013
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December 16-31, 2013
Head coaches Pete Dunn of Stetson, Jack Leggett
of Clemson and Paul Mainieri of LSU will be inducted into the
American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame on
Friday, Jan. 3 at the annual convention in Dallas. Dunn has
posted 1,228 victories with the Hatters, eighth among active
Division I coaches. He has taken Stetson to 16 NCAA tournaments,
captured eight league titles and has been named conference coach
of the year six times. Leggett has 1,264 career wins in 34
seasons as a head coach, 11th all-time among Division I coaches
and fifth among active coaches. He has led Clemson to 887
victories over the past 20 years with 19 NCAA tourney trips and
six College World Series appearances. Mainieri has a career
record of 1,179-625-7 in 31 seasons. He and his father, Demie,
will be the only father-son combination in the ABCA Hall of
Fame. There are only four other active Division I coaches in the
ABCA Hall of Fame: John Anderson of Minnesota, Mike Gillespie of
UC Irvine, Mark Marquess of Stanford and Mike Martin of Florida
UALR recently made upgrades to Gary Hogan Field.
New mounds were built on the field and in the bullpens, new
workout equipment was placed in the indoor hitting facility and
new slats were installed in the outfield fence. The Trojans have
played at Gary Hogan Field, formerly known as Curran Conway
Field, since 1978.
Former Hawk infielder David Valesente has been
added to the staff at Saint Joseph’s. Valesente batted .323 over
his four-year career with the Hawks, sitting fifth in program
history with 216 career hits. He graduated in 2010 and played
professionally over the past four years.
Seniors Corey Furman and Justin Meier will serve
as captains for Bucknell this season. Furman is an outfielder
and was First Team All-Patriot League as a designated hitter
this past season. He batted .291 with 15 multi-hit games. Meier
is a catcher and accounting major. He was named to the Academic
All-Patriot League Team in 2013 and is a three-time member of
the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Senior catcher Jake Wise, junior pitcher Jalen
Beeks and sophomore outfielder Tyler Spoon have been named
captains for Arkansas. Wise has played in 138 games with 112
starts during his three-year career with a fielding percentage
of .996. Beeks appeared in a team-high 29 games this past
season, all in relief. He was 6-2 with two saves and a 2.20 ERA.
Spoon hit .288 in 2013 with four homers and a team-high 49 RBI.
He was named a Freshman All-American.
Former Major League All-Star and current MLB
Network analyst Mitch Williams is scheduled to serve as the
keynote speaker at Penn State’s First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 1 at
the Penn Stater. The Nittany Lions will host a kids’ clinic from
10 a.m. to noon followed by practice from noon to 2 p.m. A
reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Williams
pitched for six big league teams from 1986-97.
Mississippi State will hold its annual First
Pitch/Fan Day celebration on Feb. 1. Lunch will begin at 11:30
a.m. with an autograph session The First Pitch program will
follow at 12:45 p.m., with an intrasquad scrimmage at 2:15 p.m.
Major League pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will be the
keynote speaker at the First Pitch Dinner/Auction on Jan. 18 at
his alma mater, BYU. Guthrie has pitched for six years with
Cleveland, Baltimore, Colorado and Kansas City. He was 15-12
with the Royals this past season in 22 starts.
Houston will host its annual Fan Appreciation Day
and Alumni Game on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. at Cougar Field. All fans
will receive free admission. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.
with batting practice at 10:30 a.m.
Oakland will hold its ninth annual First Pitch
Banquet on Feb. 1 at the Royal Park Hotel from 6-9 p.m. Dennis
Mannion, former president of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2007-11),
will serve as the keynote speaker. Mannion is the current
president and CEO of the Detroit Pistons.
Former Duke standout and Oakland A’s first
baseman Nate Freiman will headline Duke’s second annual First
Pitch Banquet. Freiman played for the Blue Devils from 2006-09
and was the only First Team Academic All-American in program
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will be
the guest speaker at Missouri State’s sixth annual First Pitch
Night on Feb. 8. The event will be held at the Bill Rowe
Training Facility at Hammons Field at 5 p.m., with a portion of
the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Former Major League pitcher and current
broadcaster Jim Kaat will serve as the keynote speaker at FIU’s
Diamond Dinner on Feb. 8 in the Graham Center Ballroom. Kaat
played for five teams over his 25-year career. He now works for
the MLB Network.
William and Mary will hold its annual First Pitch
Banquet on Feb. 1 at Brinkley Commons in Miller Hall at the
Mason School of Business.
Ryan Kellogg of Arizona State was voted the
Canadian Baseball Network Player of the Year, topping the
All-Canadian college team.
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