FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – For the fourth consecutive year, Coastal Carolina University’s baseball team has been voted the Big South Conference’s preseason favorite by the League’s Head Baseball Coaches, it was announced today by the Conference office. In addition, the coaches voted Chanticleers’ redshirt-junior second baseman Tommy La Stella (Closter, N.J.) the Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year and Coastal Carolina junior Anthony Meo (Cranston, R.I.) the League’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
The Big South was dominated last year by the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers as they went a perfect 25-0 on their way to the conference regular season title. The Liberty Flames came in second with a 19-8 conference mark. Radford finished in third place with a 15-11 record in the conference only a ½ game ahead of High Point for third place. VMI and Winthrop tied for fifth place with a 13-14 record while Gardner-Webb and UNC-Asheville tied for seventh with a 10-17 mark. Presbyterian College finished in ninth place with a 7-20 record while Charleston Southern rounded out of the conference with a 6-20 record. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
MUNCIE, Ind. – First-year Ball State baseball head coach Alex Marconi announced the hiring of Jeremy Plexico as assistant coach/pitching coach for the Cardinals Tuesday afternoon. Plexico joins assistant coach Pete Milas and volunteer assistant coach Eric Van Matre on the staff for the 2011 season.
“I am very excited to have Jeremy join our coaching staff,” Marconi said. “With his playing background both in college and professionally, he has acquired the skill set to be instrumental in our pitchers’ development. He comes highly recommended from many well respected coaches in college baseball, both as a coach and as a person. I am excited to see the development of our pitching staff under his guidance.”
The second day of the NECBL playoffs took place on Tuesday August 3rd with only one series being completed while the other three series will go to a winner take all game 3 on Wednesday night. The Newport Gulls completed the sweep to advance to the NECBL Eastern Division Final with a 3-0 victory over the Laconia Muskrats. They will face the winner of the Sanford Mainers and North Shore Navigators series on Thursday evening in Newport. Sanford forced a deciding Game 3 on Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over North Shore. The Danbury Westerners picked up a 5-3 victory over the Bristol Collegiate Baseball Club while North Adams Steeple Cats picked up a 6-4 victory over the Keene Swamp Bats.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
ROCK HILL, SC—Tom Riginos, who has served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Clemson Tigers, has accepted the head coaching position at Winthrop University, it was announced on Friday by Winthrop Athletic Director Tom Hickman.
Here is your Cape Cod Baseball League Top Performers for July 8th.
Cohl Walla, Brewster Whitecaps (Texas) 2-4, RBI
Zach Wilson, Wareham Gatemen (Arizona State) 2-4, double, BB
Chad Wright, Cotuit Kettleers (Kentucky) 3-4, double, BB, 2 SB
Aaron Westlake, Chatham Anglers (Vanderbilt) 2-4
Mike Nemeth, Bourne Braves (UConn) 2-4
Tyler Hanover, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (LSU) 2-4
Jason Esposito, Orleans Firebirds (Vanderbilt) 2-4
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
ROCK HILL, SC—Winthrop Athletic Director Tom Hickman announced on Thursday that head baseball coach Joe Hudak has been relieved of his coaching duties and will be reassigned within the athletic department under the direction of the athletic director.
“We felt we needed a change in leadership,” said Hickman. “We appreciate the years of service that Coach Hudak gave to this program and the efforts he made to build Winthrop baseball into a respected and competitive program on a regional and national level. However, the program has not progressed in recent years as we would have liked, particularly when you take into account the outstanding facilities and support services that we have to offer prospective student-athletes.”
FROM BIG SOUTH RELEASE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – For the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time in the last six years, Coastal Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the Royal Purple Big South Baseball Championship, which will be contested May 25-29 at The Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C. The Chanticleers, ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation in three polls this week, won the outright 2010 regular-season championship with a 25-0 Conference mark to become just the second team in Big South history to go undefeated in the Conference season, joining the 1988 Coastal Carolina club that finished 15-0. Coastal Carolina’s 25 Big South wins has set the League’s single-season record, and the Chanticleers have won their fifth regular-season Big South baseball crown in six years and sixth in nine seasons.
Here is your ACC Recap for May 11th.
Clemson 12 Furman 1 (Greenville SC)
Greenville, SC – Jeff Schaus, Wilson Boyd, and John Hinson all hit home runs and freshman righthander Scott Firth pitched 6.0 strong innings in #22 Clemson’s 12-1 win over Furman in front of 3,417 fans at Fluor Field on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who won both games of the season series with the Paladins, improved to 32-17 and upped their winning streak to seven games. Furman dropped to 13-33.
The Tigers broke open a close game with seven runs in the fifth inning, keyed by a two-run homer by Schaus and a grand slam by Boyd.