After falling behind early, 2-0, the Ripken Leaguers got a double from Matt Marquis (University of Maryland/Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts) in the fourth inning and a painful RBI-hit-by-pitch from Cory Jensen (Florida Southern University/Baltimore Redbirds). Meanwhile, starter Cameron Love (University of San Francisco/Bethesda Big Train) struck out ten batters in four innings before giving way to Dustin Herbert (Salisbury University/Southern Maryland Nationals), who struck out seven more in four innings of his own.
The 2010 NECBL All-Star Game took place this year at Cardines Field in Newport Rhode Island which serves as the home of the Newport Gulls franchise. The NECBL features players from power conference teams like Vanderbilt and Georgia while also having players from lesser known schools like Nova Southeastern and UMass-Lowell.
Pat Borzi of the New York Times has a great article on Ron Petrich. He is in charge of scheduling all the college baseball games at the Metrodome from February through April. The dome hosts many Division 2 and 3 games around the clock while serving as the home for the Minnesota baseball and softball programs during the early part of the season. Petrich said he was able to accommodate a record of 240 college games this season while setting up a total of 420 games. You can read the full article by clicking here.
The other interesting thing about the dome is the ability to roller skate on the concourse for $6.50. Has any of our readers ever done that?
The Virginia Cavaliers showed some grit tonight by going into Dick Howser Stadium and shutting out the Florida State Seminoles by a score of 5-0. The Seminoles before tonight’s game were averaging over 11 runs per game but they couldn’t get anything going tonight against Virginia’s Danny Hultzen. He went six innings allowing only two hits as he improved his record to 3-1 on the year.
Due to financial constraints, UNO has decided to move their athletic program from Division I to Division III. The move was necessary for the Privateers in order to continue participating in NCAA-sanctioned sports. In an act of kindness, the Sun Belt Conference unanimously voted to waive a $500,000 fee for schools that voluntarily leave the conference, helping New Orleans make their transition beginning on July 1, 2010.
Former Wisconsin-Whitewater outfielder Eric Baldwin was recently named 2009 CardPlayer Magazine’s Player of the Year. Baldwin played for UW-Whitewater from 2002-2005 finishing his college career as a member of the Division 3 National Championship team. He decided to follow his dream after that season to play poker professionally which worked out well over the last year as he made 17 final tables during 2009.
Longtime Anderson University head baseball coach Don Brandon after being with the school for the past 50 years from being a player to becoming the head coach of the program. He saw the school transition from an NAIA powerhouse into a member of Division 3. Coach Brandon will be retiring at the end of the 2010 season. You can check out the full press release below.
Zach Thiel dropped me a quick email yesterday to tell me that the Wisconsin-Lacrosse baseball program has been saved from being cut. Thiel started up SaveUWLBaseball.com which was part of the effort to raise close to $39,000 which was only $11,000 short of the goal. He previously posted the following article on July 3rd on this site which is available here.
The first article looks at Virginia Tech’s Austin Wates who has stood out this summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Wates has showcased his in the Cape putting up huge numbers including a batting average over .300 against some of the best pitchers in the country. He also has excellent speed which is seen in his 6.5 second time in the 60.
SPECIAL TO TCBB
Written by Zach Thiel
Time is running out for men’s college baseball at University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Due to budget cuts the administration as of June 10th has decided to end their division three baseball program immediately unless $50,000 can be raised by September 1st. The first hurdle will allow play for the upcoming season; however an additional $375,000 will need to be raised by May 2010 to keep baseball at the school over the next 5 years. La Crosse has developed a long list of notable athletes over the years, to name a few: Brewers pitcher Jerry Augustine, Brewers/Huntsville Stars/Team Italy’s catcher Vinny Rottino, first baseman Craig Kusick, NFL lineman Tom Newberry and NFL WR Bill Schroeder. Continue reading