Yesterday, Tony Gwynn died at age 54. Gwynn finally lost his battle with cancer stemming from smokeless tobacco usage.
I wasn’t surprised. During my last couple of trips to San Diego to cover the University of San Diego and Gwynn’s San Diego State team, I had been told Tony was struggling and getting worse rather than better.
Since he left the San Diego State team in March, he had been in and out of the hospital and one player said the team hadn’t seen Gwynn since his departure.
But Tony was a fighter, so for the first time, I hoped my sources were wrong. I hoped the stories from San Diego State were the truth — that Tony was doing better and hoping to rejoin the team soon. I knew better, but I still hoped for the school updates to be more than a mask to protect the Gwynn family’s privacy.
FROM PRESS RELEASE
SAN DIEGO – San Diego State head baseball coach Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.
Gwynn’s sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego’s best-loved athletes. He was nicknamed “Mr. Padre” during his 20-year major league career.
“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the national pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,” Major League Commissioner Bud Selig said.
Gwynn had been on a medical leave from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater, since late March. Agent John Boggs said Gwynn died Monday at a hospital in suburban Poway. Continue reading
Oregon State 6 UNLV 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior Ben Wetzler pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Oregon State eliminated UNLV 6-1 on Sunday to remain in contention for the Corvallis Regional title.
Wetzler struck out 10 and raised his record to 12-1 with his school-record 36th career victory. He is 8-0 with a 0.66 ERA in eight home starts and has not allowed more than two runs in any outing. Continue reading
UNLV 2 North Dakota State 1
CORVALLIS, Ore. - UNLV baseball (36-24) fought off elimination in the NCAA tournament by beating North Dakota State (25-26) 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading
Louisiana 9 San Diego State 2
LAFAYETTE, La. – The top-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team bounced back from a tough loss yesterday to roll to 9-2 win over San Diego State in an elimination game on Saturday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in the Lafayette Regional.
Louisiana moves to 54-8 overall with the win and will face the loser of the Jackson State/Mississippi State winner’s bracket game tomorrow at 1 p.m. in another elimination game at “the Tigue”. SDSU closes out their season with a 42-21 record. Continue reading
UC-Irvine 10 UNLV 3
CORVALLIS, Ore. — UC Irvine exploded for five runs in the fifth inning and went on to defeat UNLV, 10-3, in the opening game of the NCAA Corvallis Regional at Goss Stadium Friday afternoon.
“It’s win number one in a regional, so we’re fired up to get that win,” said head coach Mike Gillespie. “It was a combination, as everyone in this room saw, of some big hits and a lot of opportunities. All coaches and all teams take the pledge to just give people three outs per inning, and there were a few free-bees this game, and we were able to capitalize on a few of them.”
Mississippi State 5 San Diego State 2
LAFAYETTE, La. – Mississippi State’s pitching took center stage Friday in the opening round of the Lafayette Regional.
Trevor Fitts and Myles Gentry combined on a dominant three-hitter as MSU opened postseason play with a 5-2 win over San Diego State at Louisiana-Lafayette’s Tigue Moore Field. Continue reading
The Louisiana Ragin Cajuns will welcome Mississippi State, San Diego State, and Jackson State for an NCAA Regional this weekend. Continue reading