The Bay Area is scheduled for some nasty weather this weekend, and there’s even snow possibly in the forecast in San Francisco for the first time since the 1970’s. The USF Dons (0-4) look to turn around its season after a rough opening stretch against UCLA as they play UC Davis in a home/away/home series this weekend. Weather will probably get in the way Friday with a double dip sometime either Saturday or Sunday. I spoke with USF Head Coach Nino Giarratano this week about his teams efforts to rebound over the weekend.
Current Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach are two of the seven inductees announced for the 2011 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Joining Francona and Wallach are, Danny Goodwin (catcher, Southern University), Dick Groat (shortstop, Duke), Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones (coach, Grambling State), Oddibe McDowell (outfielder, Arizona State),and Bill Wilhelm (coach, Clemson.)
Wallach is gaining admittance based on his school-record setting career at first base for Cal State Fullerton from 1978-1980. Francona, a two time World Series winning manager, is being honored for his career in outfield for Arizona, where he was the 1980 National Player of the Year.
The seven member class will be inducted on July 3rd in Lubbock, Texas.
The full release from the College Baseball Foundation is below.
Arkansas 6 Washington State 4
FAYETTEVILLE – Collin Kuhn had three hits and Jordan Pratt collected a two-inning save as the No. 15 University of Arkansas baseball team defeated Washington State, 6-4, Saturday night at Baum Stadium in game four of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. The Razorbacks built a three-run lead but Washington State pulled to within one in the eighth inning before Pratt closed the door in front of 9,016 fans to keep Arkansas undefeated in regional play.
Arkansas 19 Grambling State 7
FAYETTEVILLE – Aided by a school-record nine home runs, the No. 15 University of Arkansas downed Grambling, 19-7, Friday in game one of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.Brett Eibner became the ninth player in program history to hit three home runs in one game, while Collin Kuhn, James McCann and Andy Wilkins each posted two home runs. Arkansas’ 19 runs are the second most scored by the program in an NCAA postseason game (20 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1985).
"We came out aggressive offensively," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We put up six in the first and jumped ahead of them. We basically got to work quickly on doing all the things we had been practicing during the week. We laid off a lot of borderline pitches and got into good hitting counts."
#1 Arkansas (40-18, 18-12 SEC)
Golden Spikes award semifinalist Zack Cox is one of the most heralded players in the country, leading Arkansas to the College World Series in 2009 as well as winning the Cape Cod League MVP while playing for the Cotuit Keetlers. Cox was held out of the SEC Tournament due to a lingering back injury, but has deemed himself ready for NCAA Tournament play. The same cannot be said for Brett Eibner’s hand injury, which before the tournament Head Coach Dave Van Horne said was “getting worse.” Both Cox (.432, 8 HR, 47 RBI) and Eibner (.332, 18 HR, 61 RBI) are projected to be first round picks in the 2010 MLB Draft. Also leading the high powered Razorback offense are Sophomore OF Colin Kuhn (.343, 12 HR, 45 RBI) and Junior IF Andy Wilkins (.274, 13 HR, 62 RBI)
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Lamar 6, Maine 1
Lamar 5, Maine 4 (17 innings)
BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar’s Anthony Moore drove a walk-off single off the right field fence in the 17th inning Saturday night to end the longest baseball game in school history and give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory and a doubleheader sweep of Maine. They also won the first game 6-1.
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Texas State 6, Houston 0
HOUSTON, Texas – Kyle Livingstone hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to give Texas State a four-run cushion, and the Bobcats closed out Friday night’s home opener against the Houston Cougars with a 6-0 victory at Cougar Field.
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This year’s tournament will be played May 26-30, with the top four teams in each of the SWAC’s Eastern and Western Divisions qualifying for Conference postseason play.
The SWAC Baseball Tournament returns to Fair Grounds Field for the first time since 2002. The park is home of the Shreveport-Bossier Captains of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball
The city of Monroe LA is building a new baseball field for the Monroe School District which College Baseball HOF inductee Wilbert Ellis showing his support for the field. He believes that this project should increase the African-American participation numbers which are clearly down at all levels of baseball especially college. It is coming to be a rare site to see an African-American playing baseball as we continue to see the increase in showcases and other forms of elite amateur baseball play.
The Okotoks Dawgs will play the Melville Millionaires in a bid to win their third straight Western Major Baseball League championship. The first two games of the best-of-five final series will be in Okotoks, AB Wednesday, August 12, and Thursday, August 13. The third and fourth (if necessary) games will be played in Melville, SK August 14 and 15, and the fifth (if necessary) game will be played in Okotoks.