MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each Monday, k-statesports.com takes look at current and former Wildcats in collegiate summer leagues and in the professional ranks.
Coastal Plain League
Playing for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Swap Dogs, sophomores-to-be Carter Jurica and Jason King continue to rank among the team’s leading hitters… Jurica went 5-for-15 to improve his season average to .235 with four doubles and 14 RBI… He is also 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts… Against Florence on Sunday, Jurica was 2-for-3 with one walk and one run scored… King was 4-for-14 last week with one RBI and two runs scored… King’s average improved for the second-straight week as he is now the team’s second-leading hitter… On the season, the third baseman is hitting .269 with six doubles, two triples, one home run and 12 RBI… Against Thomasville on Friday, King drove in the Swap Dogs’ lone run in an 8-1 loss… The Swap Dogs, who finished the first half of the season second in the south division, are in fifth during the second half with a 7-13 record.
Kansas head baseball coach Ritch Price is serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. Collegiate National Team this summer. Price’s team is just two wins away from becoming the first national team in 30 years to go through the summer undefeated. The team has already defeated the Cuban national team twice this year, becoming the first U.S. team to accomplish this. Kuathletics.com caught up with Price as he helps his team prepare for the final games this weekend.
1) How has the experience with USA Baseball been this summer? In what capacity are you serving with the coaching staff?
RP: It’s been an unbelievable experience to work with some of the best players in the country, and compete against international teams for the first time. I’m the infield coach, coach first base, and throw bp (batting practice) and hit pre-game infield/outfield everyday. I work under one of the best coaches in the college game in Rob Walton (of Oral Roberts).
McKinney scores 10 unanswered runs to come from behind for the 10-5 win.
McKinney, TX (July 27, 2008) –
The Brazos Valley Bombers looked to be on their way to an impressive victory, as they took a 5-0 lead after five innings, but were unable to hold on as the Marshals scored ten unanswered runs to win 10-5. Jim McGonigle was in the zone early on and breezed through the first three innings without allowing a hit, but the Marshals used a six run fourth inning to take the lead for good.
Todd Cunningham reached base four times in his second game back from injury, but the Bombers were unable to overcome the eleven hits and ten runs put across the board by the Marshals. McGonigle gave up eight runs in just over four innings to pick up his first loss of the season.
Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), defeated the Czech Republic, 3-1, at AVG Draci Brno Field, in Brno, CZ. Team Canada finishes the tournament 3-4, at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships.
Team Canada won the 5th Place Consolation Game with strong pitching and a 3-run second inning. Mathew Wilson (Bucknell) continued to pitch strong for Head Coach Terry McKaig. Wilson, coming off his 8 strong innings against the United States where he allowed no earned runs and struck out 4 US hitters, pitched five shutout innings against the Czech Republic, striking out 6, while giving up one first inning single. The bullpen continued to impress all at the World University Championship as Adam Reynolds (Guelph), Scott Webster (British Columbia) and Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern) all pitched shutout relief innings, giving way to Team Canada’s closer Hiarali Garcia (Kansas) who gave up a walk and hit before settling down to record Canada’s first save at the tournament. Continue reading Team Canada defeats Czech Republic 3-1 for fifth place→
This story originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News and is being re-publish with the permission of the Author Brian Davis.
For years, college baseball coaches have divvied up an NCAA-maximum 11.7 scholarships among 30 to 40 players. Learning how coaches manage those scholarships can be sobering for parents who believe their son is a future star.
“As far as the numbers go, with 11.7 scholarships, it doesn’t go very far,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.
As one might expect, better recruits get more scholarship money. A coach may offer a top recruit thousands for tuition, room and board, a figure that could be 70 to 80 percent of a full scholarship.
This story first appeared in the Dallas Morning News and it is being reprinted with permission from Matt Wixon.
FLOWER MOUND – Donnie Norris remembers raising his glove to try to catch the ball and turning his head so he wouldn’t get hit in the face. The next thing the 14-year-old remembers is sitting up on the pitching mound and groggily telling his dad:
“Man, I ain’t pitching anymore.”
That was four weeks ago, when Norris was hit with a line drive on the right side of his face while pitching for his select baseball team, the Carrollton-based Texas Travelers. The Travelers are one of more than 150 youth teams playing this week in the American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance Open World Series in Flower Mound.
Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), were defeated by Team Korea, 5-4, at Skokani-Olomouc Field, in Olomouc, CZ. Team Canada finishes the round robin, 2-4, at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships and will face the host, Czech Republic, in Sunday’s 5th Place Game, at 1:00 PM (7:00 AM EDT).
Team Canada knew coming into the game they needed to win the game to force a three-way tie with Chinese Taipei and Korea and then let the tournament rules decide which two teams would advance to the Medal Rounds. The Canadians received word that the United States defeated Chinese Taipei, 3-2, in 11 innings, earlier in the afternoon, causing the potential three-way tie. Canada would need another strong start to keep their medal hopes alive, but it was Korea who had the first of two big innings in the game as they would score four runs in the second inning on two hits, an error and a bad bounce in the outfield that went over the left fielder’s head enabling three runs to score. Continue reading Korea defeats Team Canada 4-3→
Team Canada, representing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), defeated the Czech Republic, 4-0, at AVG Draci Brno Field, in Brno, CZ. Team Canada improves to 2-3 at the 4th annual World University Baseball Championships while the Czech Republic falls to 1-4.
Team Canada came into tonight’s game knowing they needed a victory to keep their medal hopes alive. That is exactly what the team did; they played a complete game pitching, hitting and defense to eliminate the host Czech Republic from advancing to the medal round and now with a 2-3 record they can concentrate on their one game showdown with Korea, who currently sport a 3-2 tournament record.
Again tonight the story was starting pitching. Veteran British Columbia LHP Mark Hardy of Campbell River, BC pitched the game of his life. The Sophomore Thunderbird struck out 15 Czech Republic batters, while walking none and giving up only three hits over 8 innings. “Mark gave us a big time performance tonight when we needed it most,” said Head Coach Terry McKaig. “Our starting pitching has come around and now won two key games for us, giving our bullpen the needed rest for tomorrow’s game against Korea.” Continue reading Team Canada defeats Czech Republic 4-0→
ARKADELPHIA – Natural State Baseball announced its 2008 All-Arkansas Collegiate Team and Awards with Ouachita Baptist earning several top honors, including being named Team of the Year.
The Tigers, who went 51-16 and lost in the NCAA Division II College World Series National Championship Game to Mount Olive, were selected Team of the Year over Division I programs Central Arkansas, Arkansas, Arkansas State and UALR.
I was shocked to find out that Deadspin.com had linked to some college baseball articles on Monday. The first one revolves around Buzz Bissinger who went to the CWS in Omaha a few weeks ago. He was having a pleasant experience before having a run in with security which left him bloodied and in a heated argument. Continue reading Deadspin loves College Baseball?→