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.
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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 UW-La Crosse Eagle baseball down but not out
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
KENOSHA, Wis. – The NCAA Division III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association have selected Pomona-Pitzer College first baseman Drew Hedman (Sr., Redding, Calif./Shasta) as the NCBWA NCAA Division III Hitter of the Year, while Trinity College’s Jeremiah Bayer (Sr., Greenfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) was named NCBWA NCAA Division III Pitcher of the Year. Hedman was a unanimous pick of the eight-member sports information director’s panel, while Bayer received seven-of-eight first-place votes. Continue reading 2009 NCBWA Division III Players of the Year
The College Baseball Blog sent writer Nate Owen to cover the Division 3 Regional in Mansfield Connecticut on Friday. The first game of the day featured Trinity (CT) taking on Southern Maine in a winner’s bracket game. Trinity was able to walk away with a 6-0 victory. The second game of the day saw Husson defeat Babson by a score of 10-6 to eliminate Babson. The third game of the day was between Eastern Connecticut and Southern Maine which was won by Eastern Connecticut by a score of 7-2 to end Southern Maine’s season. The final game of the night was a winner’s bracket matchup between WPI and Trinity. Trinity won the game in dominating fashion 14-0. Continue reading NCAA Division 3 New England Regional Day 3 Recap
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Texas-Tyler 5, Hendrix 3
MCMINVILLE, Ore. – The University of Texas at Tyler baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come from behind and eliminate Hendrix, 5-3, on Friday at the 2009 NCAA West Baseball Regional at Jim Wright Stadium in McMinville.
Continue reading NCAA Division III Baseball West Regional Day 2
The College Baseball Blog writer Nate Owen was again in attendance during the second day of the NCAA Division 3 New England Regional hosted by Eastern Connecticut State. The first game of the day featured Eastern Connecticut getting an elimination game victory over 13-2 victory over Suffolk. The second elimination game that followed was between Husson University and Westfield State College. Husson would walk away with a 10-3 victory over Westfield State which ended their season. The third game of the day featured a winner’s bracket matchup between WPI and Babson. WPI was able to win the game by a score of 15-5 as they upped their record in the regional to 2-0. The final game of the night between Trinity (CT) and Southern Maine was postponed to Friday morning at 10 am. Continue reading Division 3 New England Regional Day 2 Recap
MANSFIELD Conn.- A sloppy seventh inning proved to to be the difference in the second game of Division III NCAA Regional action between Westfield State and Husson.
The Eagles scored six runs in the inning to turn a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 advantage en route to a 10-3 victory.
“Today we came out and we battled,” Husson head coach Jason Harvey said. “We didn’t come up with some key hits until late in the game but [pitcher] Nate [Adams] kept us in the game and we capitalized on some of their errors.” Continue reading D3 Regional: Husson knocks out Westfield State