David Adams (Falmouth Commodores)
Jeremy Farrell (Falmouth Commodores)
Jeff Lorick (Chatham A’s)
Clark Griffith League
The LaSalle Explorers hired Mike Lake to head their baseball program. Lake is a 1982 graduate of the university and has spent the last four seasons as the top assistant coach to former head coach Lee Saverio who was let go earlier this season after a 17-32 season and an 8-19 record in the Atlantic-10.
CARY, NC — USA Baseball announced its 22-man roster for the summer of 2007, featuring the best college freshmen and sophomores in the country. The team, which will play in the Pan American Games in Brazil in July and at the World Port Tournament in August, is highlighted by two-year veterans 3B Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) and OF Roger Kieschnick, and newcomers 1B Justin Smoak (South Carolina), OF Jordan Danks (Texas), 1B Brett Wallace (Arizona State) and RHP Jacob Thompson (Virginia).
“After a successful first week, the team is really starting to come together. There is still a lot of work to do, but I think this group of guys can do it,” said Manager Mike Weathers (Long Beach State). “I look forward to working with this group this summer.”
Ryan Flaherty is batting a team-best .471 after finishing off his season at Vanderbilt with a 35-game hit streak. Smoak is batting .368 with a team-best three doubles, three homers, a 1.000 slugging percentage and team-leading eight RBIs. Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) leads the team with seven runs, while batting .313.
Team USA finished off its first week of the season in the North England Collegiate Baseball League, going 5-1. Seven pitchers did not allow an earned run, as the staff ERA is 1.62 after two shutouts and two one-run games.
The roster features six All-Americans in: Alvarez (a two-time first team selection), Smoak, Wallace, RHPs Thompson, Ryan Berry (Rice) and Brian Matusz (San Diego), and LHP Josh Romanski (San Diego). Berry was the 2007 National Freshman of the Year, while Wallace was the Pac-10 Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Three additions were also made to fill out the team of 22 in RHP Joe Kelly (UC Riverside), LHP Mike Minor (Vanderbilt) and OF/1B Jeremy Hamilton (Wright State).
Kelly was added to the 20-man roster after it was learned that USA veteran 2B Jemile Weeks (Miami) could not play due to injury. Kelly had a 2.08 ERA in two appearances after serving as the closer for the Big West Champion Highlanders during the season.
Minor and Hamilton were added to the 22-man roster, which will continue to play for the team, except in Brazil, when the roster is reduced to 20 players for the five-game tournament. This summer Minor did not allow a run in 4.0 innings of work, striking out a team-best seven, while Hamilton batted .308.
Roster available here
He’ll sign a contract, and when the ink dries, he will be a professional baseball player in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
In case the former Mississippi State catcher needs any leverage for negotiating a signing bonus, he got it Wednesday when he won the Johnny Bench Award as the top catcher in college baseball.
“It is, for a fact, the most exciting news I’ve ever received in my life,” said Easley, who helped lead MSU to the College World Series earlier this month. “Catching is what I love to do. It’s what I love to do to help my team win. To be a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award is just a great honor, and to finally be picked is just a great honor.”
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has named Pat Casey as their Coach of the Year for the 2007 season. He led the Beavers to their second consecutive national championship after finishing the season below .500 in the Pac-10 conference.
Dave Serrano of UC-Irvine was named the National Coach of the Year by Baseball America after leading the Anteaters to their first appearance in the College World Series. The Anteaters were the story in the College World Series as they won two extra innings games to advance to the final four before losing to Oregon State.
Then men’s basketball team is beginning to have the same issues.
While both programs jump through hoops trying to secure home-and-home opportunities, the baseball program has done exactly that.
The Golden Eagles will travel to play a Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series beginning March 7, 2008, and the Titans will come to Pete Taylor Park in 2009.
Cal State Fullerton has 15 College World Series appearances and four national championships, including the 2004 title.
“In the last five years, we’ve enhanced our schedule and hopefully we can keep doing that,” USM coach Corky Palmer said. “I’m just not big on the guarantee of going out somewhere, someone paying us a bunch of money and no return.
“We’re fortunate in baseball, that you can do it. I know in other sports, people don’t do it.”
I want to be a Sports Agent has an interview with Daniel Moskos of Clemson who was the number 4 overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft. The College Baseball Blog saw Moskos in 2006 when he was closing for the Tigers and he impressed the staff mightily. The Full interview with Matt Vuckovich is available here.
Players of the Week
Kevin Dietrich (Monroe, N.C.), a senior outfielder for UNC-Pembroke and the New Market Rebels finished in the top-five in batting average (.429) and slugging percentage (.643). Dietrich led all players with 12 hits and six doubles while adding three RBIs and six runs in seven starts last week. This season Dietrich leads New Market with a .392 batting average, six doubles, one home run and has added seven RBIs in thirteen games.
Kurt Davidson (North Canton, Ohio), a junior from Akron, catches and plays the infield for the Waynesboro Generals. Last week, Davidson led the league in slugging (.714), total bases (20) and RBIs (11) while finishing third in doubles (4) and second in hits (11). Davidson helped lead the Generals to a 5-1 record overall as they sit just a game back of Harrisonburg in the Valley League. This season Davidson has started 19 games, hitting .307 with five doubles, one triple, two home runs and 21 RBIs.
Pitchers of the Week
Chad Sherman (Bullard, Texas), a freshman right handed pitcher from Panola J.C. threw a complete game shutout to lead Staunton on the mound. Sherman gave up three hits and struck out eight as the Braves shutout New Market 5-0 on Tuesday. Sherman needed just 90 pitches to get through the game and did not allow a runner to advance past second base. In the game Sherman faced just one batter above the minimum.
Ashur Tolliver (Sherwood, Ark.), a freshman from Arkansas-Little Rock went eight innings allowing just one run, on three hits and struck out 13 as Harrisonburg defeated Luray 6-1 on Friday. Tolliver finished the week with a 1.12 ERA walked just one batter to improve to 2-0 on the season. Overall, Tolliver has posted a 2.00 ERA, striking out 24 and allowing four earned runs in 18 innings pitched.