College Baseball News and Notes February 2nd Part Two

Matt Laird is one of six returning starters for the Warhawks.-Courtesy: Sun Belt Conference
Matt Laird is one of six returning starters for the Warhawks.-Courtesy: Sun Belt Conference

ULM Baseball Opens Practice

MONROE, La.—The defending Sun Belt Conference Champion ULM baseball team opened up practice for the 2009 season on Sunday afternoon. Preseason camp will continue until the Warhawks open the season on Feb. 20 against Northwestern State.

The Warhawks spent the first day of practice working on fielding drills before the pitchers and hitters squared off against each other for the first time since the fall.

“It was a good day,” head coach Jeff Schexnaider said. “Everyone was excited and the energy level was really high. The pitchers enjoyed throwing against hitters instead of just in the bullpen and the hitters enjoyed hitting off of someone other than our coaches. It was a solid opening day and I am looking forward to the rest of camp to see where we are at.” FULL STORY

UC Irvine Players Enjoy Visit to CHOC

IRVINE, Calif. — Members of the UC Irvine baseball team spent time last Thursday (Jan. 29) with patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the student-athletes enjoyed their visit with the youngsters.

“We were fortunate enough to get an opportunity to visit and hang out with some of the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County this past week,” senior Ben Orloff said. “The kids were awesome! It was real neat to see how brave and how much spirit these kids had. FULL STORY

First Pitch Luncheon Set For Feb. 12

LUBBOCK, Texas – The 2009 First Pitch Luncheon, hosted by the Tech Hecklers, is set for Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Red Raider Baseball fans will have the opportunity to meet this year’s squad as well as listen to comments from head coach Dan Spencer and other featured speakers. A silent auction will also be held featuring various sports items and packages. FULL STORY

USF 2009 Baseball Media Guide Available Online

The 2009 USF Baseball media guide is the official source for all information on the upcoming season. The Bulls’ proud tradition on the baseball diamond is also showcased throughout the publication, along with vital information on the facilities, records and coaching staff. FULL STORY

Countdown To Opening Day 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The countdown to Opening Day 2009 has begun for the Santa Clara baseball team. On February 20, the Broncos will take to the diamond in one of the first six games to start the new season. Florida Gulf Coast will officially have the very first pitch of the 2009 season when it battles Central Michigan in a Midnight match-up in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 20.

SCU head coach Mark O’Brien is excited to begin the season on the East Coast. “I think it is very good for us to open up in the Eastern Time Zone,” said O’Brien. “It is a good test of traveling a long distance and having to get ready to play shortly after we arrive. I am counting on our experience and leadership to help us in that area. We need to be able to play well on the road and this is a good test right out of the gate.” FULL STORY

Sixth-Ranked Rebels Energized In First Scrimmage

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss baseball team opened spring practice on Sunday as the Rebels ran through a scrimmage with 19 days to go before the opening of the season. Ole Miss opens the 2009 season on the road at South Alabama in a weekend tournament on February 20.

Ole Miss is ranked sixth in the preseason and are ranked in the preseason for the sixth-straight year. FULL STORY

OU Baseball Begins Team Practices

NORMAN, Okla. — The 2009 University of Oklahoma Baseball team held its first day of team practices on Sunday, Feb. 1. The Sooners, recently ranked No. 16 in Baseball America’s preseason poll, will begin the season at home on Friday, Feb. 20 against Western Illinois.

The season opener is the first of four games set to be played at L. Dale Mitchell Park that weekend against the Leathernecks. The last time OU opened the season at home was during the 2003 season.

The Sooners began the day by hitting in the new indoor practice facility and then moved to the main field. FULL STORY

First Pitch Celebration Set for Saturday

Over 100 years of Missouri Baseball will be acknowledged at the fifth annual First Pitch Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 7. From the National Championship in 1954 to participating in a 6th consecutive NCAA Tournament during the 2008 season, Missouri Baseball has plenty of history to be proud of. Join us as generations of the Mizzou Baseball family come together to recognize past and present achievements in one fun-filled night.

The fifth annual First Pitch Celebration will include hors d’oeuvres, beverages for young and old, introductions of past and present players, a 2009 season outlook, silent auction featuring prestigious professional and collegiate items, as well as a look at highlights from the 2008 season and a special guest speaker. FULL STORY