College Baseball News and Notes 09/30

Junior Wes Musick and the Cougars begin fall practice Wednesday.

Junior Wes Musick and the Cougars begin fall practice Wednesday.

Houston Baseball Begins Fall Practice Wednesday

The University of Houston baseball team will look to build off a successful 2008 season when it begins fall practice Wednesday at Cougar Field.

Practices are tentatively set to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be closed to the public during the week. The weekend practices will be open to all fans, and times will be announced on a week-by-week basis.

The Cougars also have tentative plans to play host to two fall games during the fall practice schedule. Houston will play Alvin Community College on Oct. 11 and San Jacinto College on Oct. 18. Details regarding the games will be posted at www.UHCoguars.com as they become available.

The fall practice schedule will culminate on Nov. 8 when the 2008 Cougar Baseball team receives their 2008 Conference USA Championship rings and will be honored at the Houston football game against Tulane. FULL STORY

Lamar Baseball Opens Fall Practice

Jim Gilligan had a smile on his face Sunday afternoon when he was able to roll out the bats and balls for the entire 46-man group that comprises the 2008 Lamar baseball team’s fall roster.

It was a week later than originally scheduled – due to Hurricane Ike – but the staff was able to work out the entire team at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

“We had a good four-hour workout with six innings of intrasquad play on Sunday,” Gilligan said. FULL STORY

Mendonca Finally Gets His Hands on MVP Trophy

Tommy Mendonca was named the 2008 CWS MVP in June.

Fresno State third baseman Tommy Mendonca earned the title of College World Series Most Valuable Player after the conclusion of the 2008 tournament. Mendonca hit four homeruns and made plays at third base that made the crowd ooh and ahh.

“It is an honor to get this trophy and it could have been given to anyone on the team,” said Mendonca. “I made a few good plays, hit some homeruns. Steve Detwiler or Justin Wilson deserves it too.”

After being awarded MVP, Mendonca was given the trophy, a miniature replica of the statue outside Rosenblatt Stadium. Mendonca was able to hold it and take pictures with the trophy before it was whisked away to send to Fresno.

While Mendonca was overseas playing with Team USA, his MVP trophy arrived. But, the trophy came to town in several pieces. The trophy was sent back while Mendonca was playing with Team USA. FULL STORY

Canned Food Drive at ULM Baseball Fall Opener Sunday Afternoon

The defending Sun Belt champion ULM baseball team opens fall play on Sunday afternoon, when it hosts Arkansas-Monticello at Warhawk Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. and instead of charging admission, the Warhawks are asking fans to bring an item for donation to the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.

A table will be set up at the gates to Warhawk Field to accept the donations of canned goods or non-perishable items with original labels in place, or cash. For more information about the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana, visit www.fbnela.org. FULL STORY

Georgia State Baseball Walk-on Try-outs Set for October 7th

Walk-on tryouts for the Georgia State Baseball team will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7th at 5:30 p.m. at The Field at Panthersville.

Tryouts are open to current Georgia State University students, who must be enrolled this semester as a full-time student.

All tryout participants must stop by the baseball offices in Suite 418 (fourth floor of the Sports Arena) in order to complete paperwork for NCAA compliance, academic standing and medical clearance. FULL STORY