University of South Florida commitment and Alonso High School star Jose Fernandez is awaiting a decision by the FHSAA to grant him another year of eligibility. Fernandez turned 18 in June but was never held back from Hillsborough County school system and should be on a college campus. The problem is that Fernandez tried to come on two occasions to the United States from Cuba but was intercepted by the US Coast Guard. He was ordered to not play baseball or attend school in Cuba as punishment for trying to leave the country. He made a third attempt to get to the United States with the third time being the charm. He ended up enrolling at Alonso as a sophomore but should have been a junior. The FHSAA is investigating the situation and should have a decision soon on his eligibility. Fernandez is expected to be a high selection in the 2011 MLB Draft based on his 97 MPH fastball.
Ronan O’Shea of South Florida Media Relations recently checked in on the progress of the new Bulls Baseball Stadium which is expected to open in the spring. The baseball stadium is expected to include new step-down team dugouts, bullpens, covered batting cages, multiple party pavilions, a press box and a 1,500 seat spectator grandstand with a shade canopy, an elevated, shaded entertainment or hospitality deck and service amenities. The overall capacity of the stadium is expected to exceed 3,000 and is being designed to accommodate additional seating that will enable USF to host NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals. Continue reading
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TAMPA – For the second consecutive year, the University of South Florida baseball team will participate in USF’s Third Annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on Thursday, October 14that the Marshall Center on campus in support of USF’s cause to end rape, sexual assault/battery and gender violence.
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TAMPA – USF Head Baseball Coach Lelo Prado announced today the hiring of long-time Major League pitching coach Chuck Hernandez to fill the same position for the Bulls.
Hernandez, who returns to his Tampa roots with 31 seasons of professional experience, both as a player and coach, has helped develop 2008 Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee, three-time American League All-Star Justin Verlander and former All-Stars Chuck Finley, Kenny Rogers and Scott Kazmir, among others, during his prolific coaching career.
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SOUTH YARMOUTH —- The Cotuit Kettleers rode the arm of Matt Andriese (Cal Riverside) to a 3-0 win over Yarmouth-Dennis on Wednesday in Game 1 of the best-of-three Cape Cod Baseball League Championship Series at Red Wilson Field.
Andriese pitched a complete-game shutout to put his team one win away from the title. The series switches to Lowell Park for Thursday’s Game 2.
The Cotuit Kettleers and Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox will be starting the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship Series at 3pm today. The game will be broadcasted on WBZ.com with Scott Wahle doing Play by Play and John Garner doing color. Randy Fontanez (South Florida) has been named the starter for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox while Cotuit will send Matt Andriese (UC-Riverside) to the mound.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Head Coach Jason Gill added yet another face from his past to his coaching staff last week, announcing the hiring of Bryant Ward as an assistant coach. Gill, first-year assistant coach Ted Silva, and Ward all worked together in the Cal State Fullerton baseball program in 2005 and 2006. Most recently, Ward spent the last four seasons with the University of South Florida before heading back to Southern California for his current stint with LMU baseball.
South Florida pitching coach Lazer Collazo has resigned according to an article from the USF Oracle. Collazo has spent the last four years as a member of Lelo Prado’s South Florida staff. Before heading to South Florida, he spent time with Prado at Louisville.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Jimmy Parque had a solo home run in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth as St. John’s rallied back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat No.9 Louisville, 6-5. Parque was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John’s (38-18), while Matt Wessinger was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Carasiti (7-4) tossed 0.2 innings of relief to earn the win, while Bruce Kern took a no-decision after 5.1 innings of work. Ryan Wright was 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Louisville (47-11).
After being set down in order in each of the first two innings, St. John’s took a 2-0 lead in the third. Paul Karmas led off the frame with a single through the left side, but was erased as Sean O’Hare reached first on a fielder’s choice. O’Hare moved to second on a passed ball before Joe Witkowski drew a walk to set up runners on first and second. Wessinger then lofted a two-out RBI single into center field, but the throw to third base bounced into the stands and another run scored on the play.