College Baseball News and Notes 09/16

Texas Tech Baseball Set To Open Fall Practice

Dan Spencer era gets underway at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Dan Spencer era in Texas Tech Baseball will officially get underway on Thursday as the Red Raiders hold their first official team practice of the fall semester at Dan Law Field.

The first team workout of the season will get underway at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and the Red Raiders will practice each weekday at that time with the exception of Wednesday’s when practice will begin at 4 p.m. Texas Tech’s team practices will span a total of 43 days and conclude with the annual Red & Black Series. Full Story

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Akron Baseball Gears Up for Fall Season

Coach Pat Bangtson and the Akron Zips baseball team are enthusiastic about the start of the 2008-2009 Fall season. The Zips returned to the diamond last week marking the start of Coach Bangtson’s fifth year with the squad. The Zips showed improvement in last year’s performance as they compiled an overall winning record of 25-24 (the first time since 1997) with a 8-13 mark in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. This fall season, the team’s looks to build on that success and improve on their past accomplishments.

Coach Bangtson was excited to get preparations underway stating that, “I’m excited to have the team back. We made great strides last year breaking the .500 mark for the first time in eleven years. We’re looking to continue that improvement with the hard work the team will contribute this fall.” FULL STORY

Cohen, Diamond Dogs Open Fall Baseball Practice Friday With Scrimmage

John Cohen, introduced as Mississippi State’s head baseball coach in June, won’t have to wait long to see the Baseball Bulldogs in simulated game competition this fall. The Diamond Dogs are scheduled to hold the first of more than two dozen fall scrimmage games at Dudy Noble Field Friday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. on the opening day for MSU’s offseason baseball workouts.

Nearly 40 candidates for the 2009 team, including 21 veterans that drew starting duty last spring, seven signees and other returning players and newcomers are anticipated for Friday’s 2 p.m. opening of the 45-day fall practice. The team’s fall scrimmage schedule mirrors its weekly inseason game schedule, with scrimmages scheduled each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. The scrimmages as well as all Bulldog baseball practices are open to the public. FULL STORY