Here are some News and Notes for July 7th.
LSU’s Eric Walker to miss 2018 season with Tommy John Surgery
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU freshman pitcher Eric Walker has been diagnosed with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow and will undergo reconstructive surgery, causing him to miss the 2018 season, coach Paul Mainieri announced Thursday.
Walker, a product of Arlington, Texas, helped lead LSU to the 2017 Southeastern Conference championship and a berth in the College World Series, where the Tigers finished as the national runners-up. He is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery next Wednesday in Arlington, where it will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister, the head team physician of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball club.
“Obviously, the news on Eric’s elbow is very disheartening,” Mainieri said. “First of all, my heart bleeds for Eric as this is not the conclusion to a wonderful freshman year that any of us envisioned. Eric was a rock all year in our weekend rotation and a vital contributor to our SEC Championship, as well as our appearance in the College World Series.
New USF baseball coach Billy Mohl has shown resilience in the face of tragedy
TAMPA — To avoid the searing midday sun, USF officials moved new baseball coach Billy Mohl’s introductory news conference Thursday from a terrace of the baseball stadium to the air-conditioned Sun Dome.
Not that Mohl couldn’t have withstood the humidity, even in his dark suit complemented by a mint-green tie. At 33, the Sugar Land, Texas, native already has weathered his share of unfavorable conditions — including some storms.
“I’ve been through a lot in my life,” he said.
Fordham Teammates spending time in Hampton College League
Kyle Martin and Alvin Melendez have played so much baseball together, they can figure out each other’s flaws even before the other notices one.
Martin and Melendez, Fordham University teammates and future roommates, have been spending the summer together playing for the Riverhead Tomcats in the Hamptons College Baseball League.
Gonzaga adds to 2018 Roster
SPOKANE, Wash.–Gonzaga baseball head coach Mark Machtolf announced the signing of two more players to National Letters of Intent Thursday. Both Taylor Davis and Cole McKenzie will join the Bulldogs for the 2018 season.
Sammy Esposito added to Wichita State’s Staff
WICHITA, Kan. – Sammy Esposito has been named an assistant coach for the Wichita State baseball program, Head Coach Todd Butlerannounced July 7.
“We are excited that Sammy Esposito will be joining our coaching staff,” Butler said. “He was a part of two national championships at South Carolina while working with the hitters and catchers. He has an extremely strong recruiting background and we look forward to him bringing top recruiting classes to Wichita State. Sammy’s resume speaks for itself in his overall ability to recruit, coach, communicate and build relationships with student-athletes. We want to extend a warm welcome to Sammy, his wife Neal and their children to the Shocker family and the city of Wichita.”
Sammy comes to WSU after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at South Carolina since the fall of 2012. He was a volunteer assistant coach for the Gamecocks from 2007-2012.
Former NMSU assistant Joel Mangrum joins ULM Coaching Staff
University of Louisiana Monroe Head Baseball Coach Mike Federico has announced that Joel Mangrum is joining his staff as an assistant coach. Mangrum concluded his third year at New Mexico State University as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in 2017.
“I’m really eager to bring Joel and his family to Monroe. Joel is an outstanding recruiter who works relentlessly and is passionate about bringing in top quality players that will make our team better on and off the field. He has been a part of a rebuilding process at New Mexico State and we are excited about him doing the same here,” Federico said. “Joel brings great regional ties for our recruiting base having played and coached in Mississippi and Tennessee.”
Keiser assistant coach Jack Marder joins Stanford Coaching Staff
Jack Marder has been named a volunteer assistant for NCAA DI Stanford for the upcoming season, aiding the Cardinal in running camps, the catchers, and assisting in the offense and infielders.
Marder served one season as an assistant coach with the Keiser Seahawks, leading the squad in recruiting operations as well as manning third base. Marder helped the Seahawks to a program-first NAIA World Series appearance. With Marder’s help, Keiser notched 43 wins during the 2017 season, ranking first in a single season in program history.
The Seahawks also claimed The Sun Conference regular season title this past season, adding icing to the cake in what became a historic year for Keiser Baseball. Keiser registered 191 extra-base hits this past season, while also swiping 105 stolen bases thanks to Marder’s signals down the third base line.