Iowa defeats Iowa Valley League All-Stars 7-3
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball posted a 7-3 victory over the Iowa Valley League All-Stars in Tuesday night summer exhibition game at Duane Banks Field.
The Hawkeyes finished with 11 hits in the game, plating runs in five innings. Iowa pushed two across in the second, one in the third and fourth, two in the sixth, and one in the eighth.
“We played well, we played a clean game and defensively, we were solid,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “I was pleased with how we played; it was a good atmosphere and I want to thank the fans for coming out and supporting us.”
FAU names David Kopp as Pitching Coach
BOCA RATON, Fla. – David Kopp, a South Florida native and Clemson alumnus, has joined Head Coach John McCormack’s staff as the new Florida Atlantic University baseball pitching coach for the upcoming season.
Kopp joins the Owls with vast collegiate postseason experience and nearly a decade of playing professional baseball. He hails from Margate, Florida, and after graduating from Coral Springs High School, turned in a successful three-year career at Clemson University, including a Collegiate World Series appearance in 2006. From there, he was a second round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, and played in their organization as well as with the Detroit Tigers before transitioning into coaching.
“I am extremely fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the FAU family,” said Kopp. “I am extremely excited to work with John McCormack and his staff. There is no doubt he is one of the best in the business at consistently winning baseball games and developing young men in the process. I am excited to be a part of the culture of FAU and am looking forward to working with the pitching staff to develop a group of young men into champions.”
Kent State add Derek Simmons to Coaching Staff
Head Coach Jeff Duncan has announced the hiring of Derek Simmons to join the Kent State baseball staff as an assistant coach beginning July 2017.
“I’m so excited to have Derek join the Kent State family,” said Duncan. “Derek is a proven recruiter and developer and he will have a great impact on our student-athlete. He has an infectious personality and is a very good communicator. His experience at Alabama, Kennesaw State, Central Michigan and Team USA will give us great insight and help push the program forward.”
Va Tech’s Freiday recovering from Back Injury
The Virginia Tech catcher is rehabbing this summer after suffering a stress fracture during his junior season.
He was hoping to spend this summer playing minor league baseball after being at Virginia Tech the past three seasons.
“That was,″ said former Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High standout Joe Freiday, “absolutely the plan.″
But during his junior season with the Hokies, the catcher started experiencing back pain that continued to get worse with each passing week.
After starting 39 games, Freiday was forced out of the lineup after April 28, unable to start any of the final 11 games.