College Baseball News and Notes 08/26

2008 College World Series Champion-Fresno State

2008 College World Series Champion-Fresno State

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State’s celebration of the 2008 NCAA baseball title will continue well into the fall.

President George Bush has invited the Bulldogs to come to the White House, school officials were notified late Monday. The team will meet with the President sometime between 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 12.

The visit is part of a program to honor NCAA spring sports national champions. The Bulldogs were the first championship team offered an invitation. White House officials said President Bush, who is a baseball fan and former owner of the Texas Rangers, was excited about Fresno State’s “Underdogs to Wonderdogs” story.

“This is beyond our wildest dreams,” said head coach Mike Batesole upon accepting the invitation. “It’s a great tribute to these young men. It’s wonderful for our campus, city and the Valley. It’s surreal because you see other teams there at the White House, presenting the President with a jersey and taking pictures. It’s amazing that we will be a part of that.”

Bush will take photos with the team and is scheduled present a speech on the South Lawn with the team.

In addition to meeting with President Bush, the team will go on a tour of the Washington D.C. area and take a White House tour.

More details about the trip will be released at a later time.

Dirtbags Excel in the Summer Time

LONG BEACH– Relievers Adam Wilk, Jason Markovitz and Dustin Rasco and outfielder Jonathan Jones had the top summers of any Long Beach State player to highlight the Dirtbags on the summer circuit.

Wilk, who was named an All Star for the mid-summer Cape Cod All Star Game, went 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA over 21 appearances for Orleans. Wilk struck out 36 and walked six over 32.0 innings, allowing runs in just four appearances, and just two runs in July and August, over a period of 15 games.

Markovitz, who was named an All Star in the New England Collegiate League and struck out two in one inning of relief work during the festivities, went 5-1 with a 0.71 ERA over 17 games. Opponents batted .179 against him over 25.1 innings, as he allowed just 15 hits, struck out 29 and walked 10. FULL STORY

Summer Ball Awards Continue As Nick Longmire Earns First Team All-Star Selection

Sophomore outfielder and 2008 Freshman All-American Nick Longmire and his teammates turned some heads in the Western Major Baseball League this summer, as Longmire added another honor to his resume, being named a first team all-star in his league. Full Story

Frogs complete successful summer

A number of Horned Frog baseball players wrapped up successful summer campaigns and have returned to campus eager to start a new season. The three-time defending Mountain West Conference baseball team returns 22 members from last season and welcomes 12 newcomers, 11 of which are freshmen. (Full Story)