College Baseball News and Notes 09/29

Head Coach Wade Simoneaux

Louisiana Tech Bulldog Baseball Sets Fall Schedule

For the first time in the Wade Simoneaux era at Louisiana Tech, the Bulldog baseball team will play four fall games against outside competition.

Simoneaux announced Monday that Louisiana Tech would play LSU-Shreveport Oct. 3, Panola Junior College Oct. 9, Grambling State Oct. 16 and Bossier Parish Community College Oct. 18.

The game against BPCC will be at noon while the other three will start at 6 p.m. All games will be played at J.C. Love Field in Ruston. FULL STORY

Southern Miss Baseball Adds Two Scrimmage Games to the Fall Schedule

The Southern Miss baseball program and head coach Corky Palmer announced today that they will play two scrimmage games this fall in addition to the annual `Black and Gold’ game at Pete Taylor Park.

The Golden Eagles will host cross-town William Carey College on October 12 and Nichols State will visit “The Pete” on October 19. First pitch for both games will be at 2:00 p.m.

Both games will be a 12 inning scrimmage.

“This is a great opportunity for us to see our team compete and evaluate everyone further in game situations, which will help us greatly with all the new faces we have this season,” Palmer said. “With the new NCAA scheduling rules, I like the idea of playing a few games in the fall and hopefully we can continue to do this in the future.” FULL STORY

St Louis Baseball Alumni Weekend a Success

Saint Louis head baseball coach Darin Hendrickson and his team held their inaugural Billiken Baseball Alumni Weekend Sept. 26-29. Activities included a golf tournament, a St. Louis Cardinals game and an exhibition game pitting the current Billikens against the alumni.

“We had a great turnout, and I appreciate the support from all the alumni,” Hendrickson said. “It was a tremendous weekend overall. We have a wonderful group of alumni, and I am happy our current team got a chance to meet our former players.” FULL STORY

Pitchers Emerge in Second Week of Fall Practice

Corey Maines looked doubly confused while swinging through the third strike during the Illinois State’s simulated intrasquad game Sunday. His first question – where did that pitch go – and his second question – did Ryan Copeland really just throw that? The mystifying strikeout was a fitting end to a week of Redbird baseball fall practice that saw the pitchers take control and Copeland unveil an improved slider.

In Maines’ defense, Copeland is the top pitcher returning for the Redbirds and this week’s Redbird Fall Practice Player of the Week. After walking just nine batters in 89.1 innings and posting a 3.93 ERA during the 2008 season, Copeland could be looking at even more impressive marks next spring with a dependable strikeout pitch.

“He could not do that last year,” Illinois State head coach Jim Brownlee said of the pitch to Maines. “The summer was good for him. He now throws a slider that starts in the middle of the plate and then busts in on the back knee of a right-handed hitter. That’s a real promising thing and I know he’s excited about it. That’s a devastating pitch to righties.” FULL STORY

Teams Announced for Fall World Series

The rosters for the 2008 Shocker Fall World Series have been decided. The Black squad will be led by 17th-year assistant coach Jim Thomas, while the Gold squad will be led by third-year volunteer assistant Jerod Goodale.

The series gets underway on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. Admission to each game is a can of food for the Kansas Food Bank. FULL STORY

USA RED AND BLUE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE REVISED, GAMES TO BE WEBCAST FREE

South Alabama Baseball’s 2008 Red and Blue World Series schedule has been altered so that all games will be available via webcast on www.usajaguars.com.

The only changes to the previously published schedule are for games two and six. Game two is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, and if necessary, game six will be played at 4 p.m. the following Sunday, Oct. 12. FULL STORY

Rice Baseball Team Holds First Practice Of The Fall

Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham welcomed back 16 returning lettermen from last season’s team that reached the College World Series and a total of 14 newcomers to the roster as the Owls held their first fall practice of 2008 on Monday afternoon (Oct. 29) at Reckling Park.

The Owls return four offensive starters and five veteran pitchers who helped lead the team to a 47-15 record and the 2008 Conference USA regular season championship. Eleven of the team’s 14 newcomers are from the high school ranks while three are transfers from other colleges. After a brief period of conditioning and drills, Graham divided the team for a Blue-Gray intraquad scrimmage. He was pleased with the team’s physical condition for the first day of practice and stated three spots would get his closest attention this fall. FULL STORY

KU Baseball Announces Weekly Honorees

Kansas baseball coach Ritch Price announced his weekly honorees for the first two weeks of Fall Ball. Honorees were selected by the Kansas coaching staff for their outstanding efforts.

For the first week of practice, freshman Travis Blankenship was named the Pitcher of the Week, while sophomore outfielder Brian Heere earned Player of the Week honors. Senior center fielder Nick Faunce made the plus-play of the week. FULL STORY