Archive | May, 2010

Field Set For NCAA Title Chase

UNITED STATES – The Arizona State Wildcats have been tapped as the top-seeded team for the 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The consensus No.1 team in the nation in most polls, the Texas Longhorns, are seeded second.

The remainder of the eight national seeds are No.3 Florida, No.4 Coastal Carolina, No.5 Virginia, No.6 UCLA, No.7 Louisville and No.8 Georgia Tech.

Below is the complete field for this year’s tournament:

Arizona St. Region (Tempe, AZ)
1. Arizona St. (47-8) vs 4. Milwaukee (33-24)
3. Hawai’i (33-26) vs 2. San Diego (36-20)

Texas Region (Austin, TX)
1. Texas (46-11) vs 4. Rider (36-21)
3. UL-Lafayette (37-20) vs 2. Rice (38-21)

Florida Region (Gainesville, FL)
1. Florida (42-15) vs 4. Bethune-Cookman (35-20)
3. Oregon St. (31-22) vs 2. Florida Atlantic (35-22)

Coastal Carolina Region (Myrtle Beach, SC)
1. Coastal Carolina (51-7) vs 4. Stony Brook (29-25)
3. NC State (38-22) vs 2. College of Charleston (42-17)

Virginia Region (Charlottesville, VA)
1. Virginia (47-11) vs 4. Virginia Commonwealth (34-24-1)
3. St. John’s (NY) (40-18) vs 2. Ole Miss (38-22)

UCLA Region (Los Angeles, CA)
1. UCLA (43-13) vs 4. Kent St. (39-23)
3. UC Irvine (37-19) vs 2. LSU (40-20)

Louisville Region (Louisville, KY)
1. Louisville (48-12) vs 4. St. Louis (33-27)
3. Illinois St. (31-22) vs 2. Vanderbilt (41-17)

Georgia Tech Region (Atlanta, GA)
1. Georgia Tech (45-13) vs 4. Mercer (37-22)
3. Elon (38-22) vs 2. Alabama (37-22)

Miami Region (Coral Gables, FL)
1. Miami (40-17) vs 4. Dartmouth (26-17)
3. Florida International (36-23) vs 2. Texas A&M (40-13-1)

Fullerton Region (Fullerton, CA)
1. Cal St. Fullerton (41-15) vs 4. Minnesota (30-28)
3. New Mexico (37-20) vs 2. Stanford (31-23)

UCONN Region (Norwich, CT)
1. Florida St. (42-17) vs 4. Central Connecticut St. (33-21)
3. Oregon (38-22) vs 2. Connecticut (47-14)

TCU Region (Fort Worth, TX)
1. TCU (46-11) vs 4. Lamar (35-24)
3. Arizona (33-22) vs 2. Baylor (34-22)

Auburn Region (Auburn, AL)
1. Auburn (40-19) vs 4. Jacksonville St. (32-24)
3. Southern Miss (35-22) vs 2. Clemson (38-21)

South Carolina Region (Columbia, SC)
1. South Caroina (43-15) vs 4. Bucknell (25-33)
3. The Citadel (42-20) vs 2. Virginia Tech (38-20)

Arkansas Region (Fayetteville, AR)
1. Arkansas (40-18) vs 4. Grambling (22-30)
3. Kansas St. (35-20) vs 2. Washington St. (34-20)

Oklahoma Region (Norman, OK)
1. Oklahoma (44-15) vs 4. Oral Roberts (35-25)
3. North Carolina (35-20) vs 2. California (29-23)

Photo courtesy of ASU Athletics

Source: NCAA

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Veracruz Fires Cuban Skipper Victor Mesa

MEXICO – While there have been no managerial changes in the major leagues in 2010 (yet), the carousel has been getting a good workout south of the border. The latest firing occurred last Thursday when the Veracruz Rojos del Aguila cut skipper Victor Mesa loose and replaced him with Bernardo “Bernie” Tatis.

Hopes were high for the 2010 season in Veracruz under Mesa, a flamboyant star in Cuban baseball during his playing days who led all batters in the 1992 Olympics with a .516 average and winning a gold medal in the process. However, Mesa’s past success as a player did not translate to wins for the Red Eagles, who finished 14 games behind Puebla in the Zona Hidalgo first-half standings with a 24-29 record.

Veracruz was off to a 3-6 start to the second half when the tap on the shoulder came.

Tatis was a renowned speedster during his playing career, stealing over 800 bases in summer ball between 1981 and 1999. He played seven years in the Liga, batting .298 with 221 steals over 718 games (mostly for the Mexico City Diablos Rojos). Veracruz marks Tatis’ ninth Liga managerial stop.

Six Mexican League managers have now been fired since the season opened March 16.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the Baseball Mexico website

Photo courtesy of www.jit.cu

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Baseball’s Golden Era: New York Cubans

From 1947 to 1957, a baseball team from New York City would win the World Series. The three teams present in New York City were the New York Yankees, New York Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers.

Some of the greatest players came out of this decade. The Yankees would win five World Series titles from 1949 to 1953, and would again win the World Series in 1956 and 1958.

The Dodgers would win their only title in 1955, while the Giants would win two in 1954 and 1957 before both teams were to move to California. Yet there remains one question: “Does anybody remember the New York Cubans??”

Yes, the New York Cubans, who won the Negro League Championship in 1947. That same year the Yankees won the first of five World Series in a row, yet no one talks about the NY Cubans. Why, because they were a Negro League team and had players who were just as good as the Major Leagues Players back then? Here are some of the players who played on this team; the average baseball fan today most likely has never heard of them, but in the hearts and minds of the Latin Community, they still exist.

Among them stands Martin Dihigo, considered by many to be the greatest ball player who ever played in the Negro Leagues. Dihigo is the only ballplayer elected to four baseball Hall of Fames; in the U.S.A, Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela.

Long before Pete Rose became an All-Star in five different positions, Dihigo had done the same. He was called “El Maestro (The Teacher, or The Master). As a pitcher he won 256 games, with a winning percentage of 653. With a bat he had a life-time batting average .303. Satchel Paige, the greatest pitcher in the Negro Leagues said this when he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971: “I’m not the best, Martin Dihigo is! Dihigo was elected to the fame in 1977.

Tetelo Vargas (Dominican Republic,) considered by many to be the “Father of Dominican Baseball.” Long before fellow countryman Juan Marichal (elected to Hall of Fame in 1987), Manny Ramirez or Vladimir Guerrero, there was Vargas. He was known as the “Dominican Deer”! He excelled in defense, was a consistent hitter, good speed, base stealer. When you see Ramirez’s power, Guerrero’s arm, you will see Vargas in sprit!

Other outstanding players included Pedro Anibal “Perucho” Cepeda (Puerto Rico) who played shortstop. He was the father of Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda. He was on the Cubans roster in 1941. An outstanding fielder and hitter, he finished with a .325 batting average.

When you see Derek Jeter (NY Yankees), Miguel Tejada (Baltimore Orioles) or Alex Rodriguez when he played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers; representing the new prototype of power-hitting shortstops and hitting those long balls, that was Cepeda. Talk about the great hitting shortstops Honus Wagner, Ernie Banks; who knows how many records he would’ve made!

Still others included Luis Tiant, father of Cleveland and Boston All-Star pitching great Luis “El Tiante” Tiant , and Saturnino Orestes Armas “Minnie” Minoso, who would set an MLB record for appearing in games, mostly with Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, over five decades (and even attempted a sixth!)

Could this team compete with the “Golden Teams 1947 to 1957? HELL YEAH! I’ll bet all those other New York teams would’ve met their match!

For more information about the New York Cubans and the Negro Leagues, visit the following links:

http://www.nlbpa.com/new_york_cubans.html

http://www.answers.com/topic/new-york-cubans

http://www.coe.ksu.edu/nlbemuseum/history/teams/nycubans.html

Ismael Nunez is a BaseballdeWorld Latin Correspondent based in Puerto Rico.

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Zona Madero Wins LMB All-Star Game

MEXICO – Reynosa’s Leo Heras’ RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Zona Madero team a 4-3 lead they would never relinquish as the Northerners beat the southern Zona Hidalgo by that score in the 78th annual Mexican League All-Star Game last Tuesday in front of a full house at Chihuahua’s 14,500-seat Estadio Monumental.

The Broncos’ centerfielder came to the plate with the score tied 3-3 after Saul Soto of Monclova singled and moved to second on a groundout by Reynosa’s Domingo Castro. Heras (pictured) then lined a single off Yucatan’s Jose Vargas to bring in Soto with what ended up as the game-winning run.

For his pinch-hitting effort, Heras (who is batting .316 for Reynosa) was named the All-Star MVP by media members attending the contest. “It’s my honor,” Heras said following the game. “I’m very happy. It’s very important for my career, very significant.”

Other notable figures in the game included Mexico City shortstop Jose Luis Sandoval and Campeche pitcher Francisco Campos. Sandoval extended his record by appearing in his 19th All-Star Game for the North, while Campos extended his own milestone with a record seventh start for the South.

The 37-year-old Campos began his professional career as a catcher in Houston’s minor league system in 1991, hitting just .141 for the Astros’ Gulf Coast League team over 21 games, but converted to pitching prior to the 1995 season for Campeche and became a starter for the Piratas one year later. While the Guaymas native spent subsequent stints pitching for the Brewers and White Sox AAA affiliates, the man called “Pancho Ponches” has become a mound mainstay in the Mexican League with over 140 career wins and multiple strikeout titles.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the Baseball Mexico website

Photo courtesy of broncos.com.mx

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Atlanta Braves Sign Bahamian Prospect

BAHAMAS – The Mississippi Braves announced last Thursday that they signed Bahamian professional baseball player outfielder Antoan Richardson to their active roster of 24 players.

The news was good for The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) that is now just five days from beginning the 2010 edition of the Andre Rodgers NATIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP” that will be held in the second city, Freeport, Grand Bahama from June 3rd thru 6th.

Richardson is a product of the Freedom Farm Baseball League. He had been unsigned for about a year and is now excited to make his return to the AA Minor League of Baseball with the Atlanta Braves, the parent club of the Mississippi team. He signed as a free agent.

Meanwhile, the BBF National Championships will begin with an official opening ceremony on Friday at the Grand Bahama Baseball Park. The opening game will feature Grand Bahama LL versus Bimini Baseball League in the 16-18 division.

According to the BBF the high school 16-18 Age Division will be one of the most exciting and highly contested divisions because many of the 45 young men who went off to high schools in the United States in August 2009 will be representing the various leagues in this division.

The division includes teams from Bimini Baseball League, Freedom Farm Baseball League, Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association, Grand Bahama Little League, Junior Baseball League of Nassau, Legacy Baseball League and Spanish Well Baseball League.

Source: The Bahama Journal

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British League: Croydon Pirates Earn Split

GREAT BRITAIN – The improving Croydon Pirates and the Herts Falcons split the only doubleheader played in the National Baseball League on Sunday, May 30, a make-up from the previous weekend.

Meanwhile, the rest of the league took a Bank Holiday breather.

CROYDON SPLITS WITH HERTS
This battle produced a pair of thrillers, with home runs, stunning comebacks and even a pitching duel for the fans to savour.

In Game One, the contest was tied 3-3 heading into the sixth inning, only for Mikael Azcuy to smash a grand slam for the Pirates to open up a 7-3 lead.

But the Falcons clawed back a run in the bottom of the frame before scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh for an amazing 8-7 triumph.

Luis Goncalves took the win, while Tim Ssala was dealt the tough-luck loss.

If Game One was an offensive delight, Game Two was the exact opposite, as pitchers Jose Sosa for the Pirates and Nick Goetz for the Falcons went at it.

With plenty of mound magic, Tim Ssala’s RBI single proved decisive in a 1-0 Pirates win.

Herts’ Aspi Dimitrov said: “It was a real boost for the club to win Game One, as it was a great comeback. We have had a tough few weeks on the road recently so it was good to get home.

“Both of us are in the bottom half of the table,” Dimitrov continued, “and they were two tough games. We could have won both, but we could also have lost both so we have to take the positives.”

Simon Fitzjohn is the National Baseball League reporter for the British Baseball Federation.

BRITISH LEAGUE:
1-London (11-1) 2-Bracknell (9-1) 3-Richmond (7-3) 4-Croydon (4-6) 4-Mildenhall (4-6) 6-Southampton (4-8) 7-Herts (3-7) 8-Essex (0-10)

Source: BaseballSoftballUK

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Cervantes Wins LMB Home Run Derby

MEXICO – One day before the All-Star Game, Saltillo’s Refugio “Cuco” Cervantes defeated Mexico City’s Japhet Amador, 5-4, in the final round to win the 2010 Home Run Derby in Chihuahua. Cervantes and Amador (the Liga’s co-Rookie of the Year for 2009) beat out six other sluggers to reach the final round.

After the event, an exhausted Cervantes (pictured) told the press, “I’m very happy. I put out all the desire and this was the result.” Cervantes added that getting rhythm into your swing is crucial for this kind of competition. The Saltillo first baseman has 11 homers in 64 regular season games while Amador has rung up eight dingers for the Diablos Rojos.

Just before the Home Run Derby began, Puebla slugger Willis Otanez (the defending Derby champion and one of the first round contestants this year) led a tribute to the late pitcher Jose Lima, a fellow Dominican who died recently at the age of 37 from a massive heart attack. Lima, who won 21 games for Houston in 1999, pitched for Saltillo in 2007, going 13-4 with a 3.40 ERA.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the Baseball Mexico website

Photo courtesy of www.tomateros.com.mx

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Yomiuri Giants Tame Seibu Lions

JAPAN – Kentaro Nishimura tossed five scoreless innings and Alex Ramirez homered and drove in four runs to lead the Yomiuri Giants to their third consecutive win with a 5-1 victory against the Seibu Lions Sunday at the Seibu Dome.

Michihiro Ogasawara became the 24th player in Japanese baseball history to smash 350 career home runs with a solo blast in the opening frame. Ogasawara scored three runs and reached base four times.

Ramirez (pictured) drilled a two-run shot in the third off Seibu starter Takayuki Kishi, and added a two-run double in the seventh. The former big league slugger finished the night 3-for-5 at the plate.

Hisashi Takayama put Seibu on the board in the sixth with an RBI double.

Nishimura allowed four hits and a pair of walks in a stellar outing to improve his card to 4-2.

Kishi (7-3) took the loss after giving up five runs in six-plus innings.

RAKUTEN 4, HIROSHIMA 2
Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) threw his fifth complete game of the season and Motohiro Shima went 3-for-3 with an RBI as the Rakuten Eagles downed the Hiroshima Carp at Kleenex Stadium.

LOTTE 1, YOKOHAMA 0 (11 INNINGS)
Tomoya Satozaki hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, and the Lotte Marines claimed a walk-off victory over the Yokohama BayStars at Chiba Marine Stadium.

ORIX 3, YAKULT 2
Shogo Yamamoto (4-2) threw 6-1/3 scoreless innings and Takeshi Hidaka homered as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Yakult Swallows at Skymark Stadium.

HANSHIN 3, NIPPON HAM 2 (11 INNINGS)
Takahiro Arai delivered a go-ahead RBI sacrifice fly in the 11th inning after Kyuji Fujikawa blew a save opportunity in the ninth, and the Hanshin Tigers held on to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters at the Sapporo Dome.

SOFTBANK 6, CHUNICHI 5 (11 INNINGS)
Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Softbank Hawks nipped the Chunichi Dragons at the Yahoo Dome.

Photo courtesy of marinersd.blogspot.com

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Corendon Kinheim Clip Almere Magpies

THE NETHERLANDS – Duko Jansen tossed seven scoreless innings and Bryan Engelhardt reached base four times to lead Corendon Kinheim to a 11-0 rout over the Almere Magpies Saturday in the Dutch League.

Kinheim (16-5) broke through against Almere starter Scott Ronnenbergh in a four-run third highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Rafael Jozefa. The Haarlem club added four more scores in the fifth on RBIs by Jozefa and Niels van Weert.

Engelhardt and Jason Halman opened the sixth with back-to-back doubles, and Remco Draijer capped the three-run frame with a run-scoring single to finish off the lopsided victory.

Jansen (4-1) allowed a lone walk and four hits in an impressive outing to notch the win.

Ronnenbergh (2-2) suffered the setback after conceding seven runs and eight hits in four innings.

NEPTUNUS 6, SPARTA/FEYENOORD 2
Niels Harteveld threw one-run ball over six frames and Eugene Kingsale reached base five times as DOOR Neptunus captured its 12th consecutive win with a win against Sparta/Feyenoord. Eldrion Regina had three hits and Martijn Bleij collected three RBIs for the reigning Dutch champion. Harteveld (1-0) picked up the win while Rudy Seebus (2-1) was tagged with the loss.

ADO 5, AMSTERDAM 4
A pair of RBI fielder’s choice by Allan Milliard and Frans Richardson in the eighth propelled ADO to a narrow road win over the L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Matt Ryan and Patrick Wabbijn paced ADO with two hits apiece. Sidney de Jong, Kenny Berkenbosch and Michael Kramer each tallied a pair of hits for Amsterdam. Ludwin Obispo (1-5) captured the complete-game win. Pim Walsma (0-3) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on four hits and five walks.

HCAW 8, KONICA MINOLTA 2
Michael Pluijmers tallied four hits and Roger Luque worked seven strong innings to help Mr. Cocker HCAW earned the series-clinching win against the Konica Minolta Pioniers. Wuilliams Vasquez, Randy Daal and Bart Sabel combined to drive in six runs for the Bussum club. Luque (1-0) limited opposing hitters to a pair of scores while fanning seven to earn the win. Arshwin Asjes (1-2) was roughed up for seven hits and three runs in just three innings of work.

DUTCH LEAGUE:
1-Neptunus (22-1) 2-Kinheim (16-5) 3-HCAW (12-10) 4-Amsterdam (10-11) 5-Konica Minolta (11-13) 6-Sparta/Feyenoord (8-14) 7-Almere (4-16) 8-ADO (4-17)

Photo courtesy of Eye of The Tiger Photoproductions BV

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SK Wyverns Chop Down Lotte Giants

SOUTH KOREA – Park Kyeon-wan connected for a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth and SK Wyverns held on to beat the Lotte Giants 4-2 Saturday in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

Park Jae-sang drilled his fifth long ball of the season for Wyverns, but all eyes were on Lotte designated hitter Hong Seong-heun, who set a new league record with his sixth homer in the last five consecutive games. Hong has hit 14 home runs so far this season.

SK added an insurance run when Choi Jeong dashed home from third when the Lotte pitcher tossed a pickoff throw to second base with the bases loaded.

Wyverns reliever Lee Seung-ho (3-0) worked a scoreless ninth to notch the win.

LG 12, NEXEN 9 (11 INNINGS)
Lee Byeong-gyu homered and drove in four runs as the LG Twins defeated the Nexen Heroes in extra-innings. Lee reached base four times on three hits and a walk, and crossed the plate three times. Song Ji-man clubbed his eighth home run of the season for Nexen. Kim Ki-pyo (1-3) was credited with the win, while Song Shin-yeong (1-4) was tagged with the setback.

KIA 8, HANWHA 6
Choi Hee-seop and Ahn Chi-hong combined for six RBIs to lead the Kia Tigers to a hard-fought victory against the Hanwha Eagles. Roman Colon (1-0) allowed a run on six hits and three walks to earn the win. Kia closer Yoo Dong-hoon worked a scoreless ninth to register his eighth save of the year. Kim Tae-wan and Jeong Won-seok both went deep for the Eagles. Jose Capellan (0-9) suffered yet another loss.

SAMSUNG 12, DOOSAN 8
The Samsung Lions beat the Doosan Bears in a wild, see-saw battle in the Korean League. Choi Hyeong-woo, Oh Jeong-bok and Chae Tae-in all homered for the Lions. Samsung relievers Kwon Hyeok (2-0) and Jeong Hyeon-wook (fifth save) combined to throw four-plus shutout frames. Seong Yeong-hoon (0-1) was charged with the loss.

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T&A San Marino Holds Off UGF Bologna

ITALY – Greg Palanzo scattered six hits over seven innings and T&A San Marino rebounded from a loss a day earlier to beat UGF Bologna 6-4 Saturday evening to win the rubber match of the weekend Italian Baseball League series.

San Marino (17-8) put together a two-out rally in the first to grab a 1-0 lead. Max De Biase followed a walk to Carlos Duran with a single to left center, and Ardley Jansen drilled an RBI base hit off Bologna starter Fabio Betto.

Bologna (17-10) retaliated with two scores in the bottom of the same frame. Juan Angrisano singled home Eddy Garabito to tie the score, and Jairo Ramos doubled off Palanzo to give the home side a one-run advantage.

The scoreboard remained unchanged until the sixth. Duran greeted reliever Allessandro Ularetti with a one-out double, and crossed the plate one out later on a key error by second baseman Livinston Santaniello. David Sheldon capped the frame with a go-ahead RBI single.

San Marino stretched the lead to three runs with a pair of scores in the eighth, and tacked on a final run in the ninth on a solo shot by Francesco Imperiali. But the reigning Italian Series champion would not go down quietly in their final at-bat.

Ramos led off the ninth with a walk, and Joseph Mazzuca followed with a two-base hit to the gap in right center. Stefano Landuzzi plated the first score with a sacrifice fly, and Daiele Malengo added an RBI groundout to pull Bologna within two runs. However, reliever Mattia Salsi struck out Francesco Alaimo to end the game and earn his third save.

Palanzo (4-2) claimed the win with a clutch outing while Ularetti (0-2) was pinned with the loss.

RIMINI 5, GODO 0
Sandy Patrone (5-0) tossed seven shutout innings and Mario Chiarini hit a solo home run as the Telemarket Rimini Pirates completed the three-game sweep over De Angelis Godo Knights. Lorenzo Avagnina added a pair of RBIs for coach Mauro Mazzotti’s squad. Pete Sikaras (1-4) was charged with the loss.

NETTUNO 4, GROSSETO 3
Danesi Nettuno completed the sweep against Montepaschi Grosseto with a narrow win on Saturday. Renato Imperiali tallied three hits and Lino Connel added two hits for Nettuno. Carlos Richetti (3-3) scattered three runs over five-plus frames to earn the win. Gabriele Ermini and Kelly Ramos had two hits apiece for Grosseto.

PARMA 6,10 – CATANIA 1,0
Cariparma Parma finished off a three-game sweep against the Catania Warriors with a pair of wins on Saturday. Marco Grifantini (2-0) came out of the bullpen to claim the win in the first game as Parma used a five-run sixth to break open a tied ballgame. A three-run homer by Massimo Pesci highlighted a seven-run third as Parma rolled to a lopsided victory in the second game. Roberto Corradini (7-1) scattered three hits and six strikeouts over seven scoreless frames to notch the win.

ITALIAN LEAGUE:
1-Parma (19-8) 2-Rimini (19-8) 3-San Marino (17-8) 4-Bologna (17-10) 5-Nettuno (14-11) 6-Grosseto (13-14) 7-Catania (3-23) 8-Godo (3-24)

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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La New Bears Sweep CPBL Champion

TAIWAN – The La New Bears overcame a sluggish start to beat the Uni-President Lions 3-1 on a wet Sunday evening to finish off a three-game sweep against the reigning Tawain Series champion
at the Douliou County Baseball Stadium.

The Lions touched American left-hander Luis Villarreal with a run in the second to grab an early lead. However, the Bears starter answered back with four scoreless frames en route to his second win of the year.

The Bears pulled alongside the Lions in the fourth on Chang Ming-yen’s RBI groundout, and tasted the lead for the first time in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Shih Yen-wei. La New added an insurance run in the final frame to seal the win.

Reliever Hsu Yu-wei (0-3) was charged with the loss after giving up the go-ahead score in the seventh.

Uni-President first baseman Kao Guo-ching doubled in the second inning to become the fastest player in the history of the CPBL to tally 700 hits. Kao, who reached the mark in just 594 games, topped the previous record of 595 games set by former Brother Elephant star Chen Chih-yuan.

The lone remaining matchup between the Elephants and the Sinon Bulls in Tianmu was postponed due to wet weather.

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Telemarket Rimini Shutout Godo Knights

ITALY – Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez tossed one-run ball over six superb innings and the Telemarket Rimini Pirates took over the top spot in the Italian Baseball League with a 10-0 victory Friday night against the De Angelis Godo Knights.

Rimini (18-8), which leads second-place Cariparma Parma by a slim margin of percentage points, scored all the runs it would need in the opening frame on a two-run single by Clinton Balgera. The Pirates added another score in the second when Godo starter Matteo Galeotti walked Danny Gonzalez with the sacks full.

A two-run triple off the bat of Lorenzo Avagnina highlighted a three-run fifth, and Laidel Chapelli’s RBI triple an inning later put the Knights in a seven-run hole. Coach Mauro Mazzotti’s squad wrapped up the win with a three-run eighth that ended the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Marquez-Ramirez (5-1) allowed just one single and hit two batters while racking up five strikeouts to ick up his fifth win of the year. Christopher Di Roma worked two scoreless relief innings to preserve the shutout.

Galeotti (0-3) was tagged with the setback after surrendering five hits and six runs in five innings.

NETTUNO 4, GROSSETO 0
Mark La Macchia and Remigio Leal combined on a seven-hit shutout to lead Danesi Nettuno to its second consecutive win against Montepaschi Grosseto. Renato Imperiali’s two-run double highlighted a three-run third. Lino Connel added an RBI single and scored a run. La Macchia (4-1) scattered six hits over an equal number of innings to earn the win, while Leal nabbed his fifth save with three innings out of the bullpen. Chris Cooper (2-2) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs and seven hits over six innings.

ITALIAN LEAGUE:
1-Rimini (18-8) 2-Parma (17-8) 3-San Marino (16-8) 4-Bologna (17-9) 5-Nettuno (13-11) 6-Grosseto (13-12) 7-Catania (3-21) 8-Godo (3-23)

Saturday, May 29
T&A San Marino at UGF Bologna
De Angelis Godo at Telemarket Rimini
Catania Warriors at Cariparma Parma
Montepaschi Grosseto at Danesi Nettuno

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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China Baseball League Set For Expansion

CHINA – QSL Sports Limited (QSL) is pleased to announce its six-year exclusive partnership with an extension option for another six years with the Chinese Baseball Association (CBA) to develop the China Baseball League (CBL), the only official professional baseball league in China. This is QSL’s latest expansion to the sport following its investment in the China Youth Baseball League (CYBL) announced in June last year.

Mr. Kenneth Jian Hua HUANG, founder and chairman of QSL, and Mr. LEI Jun, chairman of CBA, will jointly lead the CBL as co-Chairmen to promote, reform and manage CBL. The partnership aims to spearhead the drive to raise China’s profile and standards in the sport in the region, and eventually establish China as a key player in the international baseball arena. This year’s CBL will be held from 12 July to 29 August in seven cities. They are Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Wuxi, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. HUANG said, “I believe the partnership between QSL and CBL will bring forward transformational changes to the sport of baseball in China. In the coming six years, we aim to create an Asian baseball league between China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea, most of whom have long been strong baseball league players on the world stage.”

To achieve that, QSL will first promote the interaction between the players and coaches of these countries through better communication and staging playoff matches. The company’s next step will be to invite professional teams from Taiwan, Japan and Korea to come to China for exhibition or invitational matches. Ultimately the company hopes to be able to create a set of game rules and prize money system for this Asian baseball league through collaboration and discussion.

ABOUT QSL SPORTS LIMITED (QSL)
QSL is a private company owned by HUANG. It serves as an investment platform to capture business opportunities in sports in China. Dr Yang, Executive Vice President of Franklin Templeton Investments, became partner of HUANG last month to jointly promote the company’s sports-related investment. In February this year, QSL obtained an eight-year exclusive management rights of the National Basketball League (NBL) with the central government with an extension option for another eight years to promote, reform and manage NBL in collaboration with the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Source: QSL Sports Limited

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Mr. Cocker HCAW Foils Konica Minolta

THE NETHERLANDS – Joey Eijpe pitched one-run ball over six-plus innings and Wuilliams Vasquez drove in a pair of runs to help Mr. Cocker HCAW move into sole possession of third place with a 3-1 victory against the Konica inolta Pioniers Friday in a Dutch League matchup at Hoofddorp.

HCAW (11-10) struck quickly against Konica Minolta starter Eddie Auoin. Michael Pluijmers sparked the first-inning rally with a one-out single, and Bart Gabriels followed with a base hit to the gap in shallow left center. Vasquez plated both runners with a two-run double down the right field line, but was gunned down at third base on a 9-3-5 relay throw.

Both squads failed to get another runner on the base paths until the third. Shurty Tremus reached on a one-out infield hit, and motored to second base on a throwing error by Eijpe on the same play. The agitated HCAW starter allowed Tremus to move within 90 feet of home plate with a wild pitch, but settled down to notch his second strikeout of the frame. However, Michael Duursma delivered a clutch RBI double into the corner in right field to make it a one-run game.

Vasquez accounted for his third score of the contest in the fourth. The Venezuelan slugger stroked a one-out single up the middle, stole second, advance to third on a wild pitch, and sprinted home on Randy Daal’s two-out base hit through the left side.

Konica Minolta (11-12) threatened to get on the board again in the bottom of the same frame. Czech outfielder Jakub Malik reached on a leadoff single, and Gabriels botched Mark Duursma’s groundball to third with one out. But, Eijpe sat down Mervin Gario on a flyout to shallow right field, and walked back to the dugout with the lead intact after Tjerk Hogervorst’s line drive was snared by Gabriels.

The Pioniers put two runners aboard in both the seventh and eighth innings, but came away empty both times to fall 10 1/2 games behind league-leading DOOR Neptunus.

Eijpe (2-3) surrendered a lone run and three hits with five strikeouts to claim the win. Kyle Ward allowed one hit and struck out five in 2 1/3 relief innings to notch his first save.

Aucoin (4-4) was charged with the loss despite giving up just three scores in seven solid innings on the hill.

DOOR NEPTUNUS 10, SPARTA/FEYENOORD 3
Danny Rombley homered and drove in three runs and DOOR Neptunus rolled to its 11th onsecutive win with a 10-3 thrashing of Sparta/Feyenoord Friday night at Familie Stadion in Rotterdam.

Neptunus (21-1) raced out to a quick lead in the opening frame on a two-run single by Marvin Bleij, and stretched the lead to four runs with a pair of scores in the third off Sparta/Feyenoord starter Gregory Gustina (1-4).

The visitors cut the lead in half the following inning. Percy Isenia reached on a one-out walk and later stole home to put Sparta/Feyenoord on the board. Sape Wagenaar added an RBI triple off Neptunus starter Kevin Heijstek to make things interesting.

The reigning Holland Series champion answered back in the fifth on a solo home run by Rombley, and tacked on three more scores an inning later to take control of the game. Isenia singled home a run in the eighth for coach Luty Bernadina’s squad, but back-to-back RBI doubles by Eugene Kingsale and Benjamin Dille in the bottom of the same inning settled the outcome.

Heijstek (5-0) allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings to remain unbeaten.

DUTCH LEAGUE:
1-Neptunus (21-1) 2-Kinheim (15-5) 3-HCAW (11-10) 4-Amsterdam (10-10) 5-Konica Minolta (11-12) 6-Sparta/Feyenoord (8-13) 7-Almere (4-15) 8-ADO (3-17)

Saturday, May 29
DOOR Neptunus at Sparta/Feyenoord
Almere Magpies at Corendon Kinheim
Konica Minolta Pioniers at Mr.Cocker HCAW
ADO at L&D Amsterdam

Photo courtesy of Eye of The Tiger Photoproductions BV

 

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Knuckle Princess Makes GBL Debut

UNITED STATES – The Chico Outlaws, members of the independent Golden Baseball League, have announced Japanese female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida will make her first U.S. professional start on Saturday May 29th when she goes to the hill against the Tijuana Cimarrones.

Game time on “Girl Power Night” sponsored by Habitat Women Build is set for 7:05 pm at Nettleton Stadium in Chico and Yoshida will make history with her first pitch, becoming the first women to play professionally in two countries. As for American baseball, Ila Borders pitched in the independent Northern League for the Saint Paul Saints, Duluth-Superior and Madison in the late 1990’s; since then no woman has pitched in a professional game. Borders finished her three year career with a 2-4 overall record.

Yoshida, 18, signed with the Outlaws in April of this year after pitching in the Arizona Winter League (AWL), an instructional league run by the Golden Baseball League in Yuma, AZ. Both General Manager Mike Marshall and Field Manager Garry Templeton had the opportunity to see her pitch; Marshall as her manager and Templeton as an opposing manager.

The Outlaws drafted Yoshida, dubbed the “Knuckle Princess” by the Japanese media, out of the AWL and she reported to spring training in Chico during the first week of May to much fanfare. With media requests ranging from the Jimmy Kimmel Show and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, to ESPN, MLB Network and just about every major Japanese media outlet, Saturday’s start is drawing interest both nationally and internationally.

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2010 All-MWC Baseball Team

UNITED STATES – The Mountain West Conference announced its 2010 Baseball All-MWC Team and postseason awards today as selected by the league’s seven head coaches.

Utah catcher/first baseman C.J. Cron earned MWC Player of the Year honors, while TCU right-hander Steven Maxwell was named MWC Pitcher of the Year, and TCU left-hander Matt Purke garnered MWC Freshman of the Year accolades. TCU skipper Jim Schlossnagle earned his fifth consecutive MWC Coach of the Year honor.

Cron, a 6-4, 230-pound sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., led the MWC with 43 runs batted in, 79 total bases and a .806 slugging percentage in Conference play. He also ranked among the top-10 in batting average (.429), hits (42), runs scored (26), doubles (10), home runs (9) and on-base percentage (.462) against league opponents.

Maxwell, a 6-0, 180-pound junior from The Woodlands, Texas, posted a 4-1 record in MWC games. He registered a 3.35 earned run average in 51.0 innings of work against Conference opponents, ranking third in the league in both categories.

Purke (pictured), a 6-4, 180-pound left-hander from Spring, Texas, posted a league-best 6-0 record and struck out a Conference-high 64 MWC opponents this season. He also ranked second in the Mountain West with a .215 opposing batting average while compiling a 3.78 ERA in league contests.

Schlossnagle led the sixth-ranked Horned Frogs to their fourth straight 40-win campaign and fifth consecutive Mountain West regular-season title. Now in his seventh season with TCU, Schlossnagle has a record of 294-131 with the Frogs and a career mark of 371-178.

2010 All-Mountain West Conference Baseball Team
Catcher: Bryan Holaday, TCU
First Base: Matt Curry, TCU
Second Base: Jerome Pena, TCU
Shortstop: Taylor Featherston, TCU
Third Base: Nick Kuroczko, Utah
Outfield: Brandon Meredith, San Diego State
Outfield: Jason Coats, TCU
Outfield: Brance Rivera, TCU
DH/Utility: C.J. Cron, Utah
Pitcher: Willy Kesler, New Mexico
Pitcher: Steven Maxwell, TCU
Pitcher: Matt Purke, TCU
Reliever: Tyler Lockwood, TCU

Player of the Year:
C.J. Cron, Utah

Pitcher of the Year:
Steven Maxwell, TCU

Freshman of the Year:
Matt Purke, TCU

Coach of the Year:
Jim Schlossnagle, TCU

Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics

Source: Mountain West Conference

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Cariparma Parma Spank Catania Warriors

ITALY – Gustavo Martinez and Justin Cicatello combined on a six-hitter and Cariparma Parma beat the Catania Warriors 7-1 Friday night to capture its third consecutive win in the Italian Baseball League.

Parma (17-8) opened the scoring in the third when Marco Yepez (pictured) connected for a one-out triple off Catania starter Yorkin Ferreras, and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Matteo Ugolotti. But the Warriors knotted the score the next frame on a run-scoring double by Cuban slugger Rolexis Molina.

An RBI double by Manuel Gasparri in the bottom of the fourth ignited a string of six unanswered runs by manager Gilberto Gerali’s squad. Yepez followed a two-run double by Massimo Pesci with an RBI groundout to finish off a three-run sixth.

Martinez improved to 4-3 with a strong seven-inning outing. The former Rimini reliever allowed a run and five hits with seven strikeouts to register the easy win. Cicatello tallied the final six outs to seal the win.

Ferreras (0-8) is still searching for his first win of the year after giving up seven runs and six hits in five innings of work.

BOLOGNA 7, SAN MARINO 4
Stefano Landuzzi tallied three hits and Livinston Santaniello delivered a key two-run double to help UGF Bologna even the series with T&A San Marino. Santaniello and Mattia Reginato scored two runs apiece for the reigning Italian Series champion. Cody Cillo (4-1) picked up the win with seven effective frames. Fabio Milano struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his third save. Carlos Duran led the Titans with three hits, while Tony Granato and Giovanni Pantaleoni added two hits apiece. Tiago Da Silva (3-4) was dealt the loss after lasting just 3 1/3 innings.

ITALIAN LEAGUE:
1-Rimini (18-8) 2-Parma (17-8) 3-San Marino (16-8) 4-Bologna (17-9) 5-Nettuno (13-11) 6-Grosseto (13-12) 7-Catania (3-21) 8-Godo (3-23)

Saturday, May 29
T&A San Marino at UGF Bologna
De Angelis Godo at Telemarket Rimini
Catania Warriors at Cariparma Parma
Montepaschi Grosseto at Danesi Nettuno

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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2010 Big Ten Baseball Awards

UNITED STATES – On the evening before the start of the 2010 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, the Big Ten Conference announced the season’s All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, recognizing Indiana’s Alex Dickerson as the Player of the Year, Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers as Pitcher of the Year, Michigan State’s Ryan Jones as Freshman of the Year and Minnesota’s John Anderson as Coach of the Year.

The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year a season ago, Dickerson becomes the third Hoosier to be named Big Ten Player of the Year and the first since 2002. The sophomore is just the sixth player to earn Freshman and Player of the Year honors in the same career and the first to do it in successive seasons.

The 2009 Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Year, Wimmers (pictured) becomes the first pitcher in Big Ten history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. The junior led the Big Ten with a 1.60 ERA, .218 opponents’ batting average and tied for the lead in wins.

Jones is the second Spartan in history and first since 2005 to be named Freshman of the Year. The second baseman finished sixth in the Big Ten with a .380 average in all games.

Selected by his peers as Big Ten Coach of the Year, John Anderson led Minnesota to its 22nd overall Big Ten title and first since 2004. The honor is the fifth of Anderson’s career, as he also received top accolades in 2000 and in three straight years from 20002 to 2004.

Dickerson, Wimmers and Purdue starter Matt Bischoff were unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten first team, joined on the first team by Indiana’s Josh Lyon, Michigan’s Ryan LaMarre, Michigan State’s Jonathan Roof, Minnesota’s Nick O’Shea, Northwestern’s Eric Jokisch, Chris Lashmet, Zach Morton and Paul Snieder, Ohio State’s Zach Hurley and Penn State’s Ben Heath.

The complete All-Big Ten teams, All-Freshman team and individual award winners can be found below.

2010 ALL-BIG TEN BASEBALL TEAM
1B – Nick O’Shea, Minnesota
2B – Zach Morton, Northwestern
SS – Jonathan Roof, Michigan State
3B – Chris Lashmet, Northwestern
OF – Alex Dickerson, Indiana State*
OF – Ryan LaMarre, Michigan
OF – Zach Hurley, Ohio State
C – Ben Heath, Penn State
DH – Josh Lyon, Indiana
SP – Eric Jokisch, Northwestern
SP – Alex Wimmers, Ohio State*
SP – Matt Bischoff, Purdue*
RP – Paul Snieder, Northwestern

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Alex Dickerson, Indiana*

PITCHER OF THE YEAR:
Alex Wimmers, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Ryan Jones, Michigan State

COACH OF THE YEAR:
John Anderson, Minnesota

* – Unanimous Selection

Photo courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Source: Big Ten Conference

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ESPN Magazine Academic All-Americans

UNITED STATES – Senior catcher Jim Klocke of Southeast Missouri State and senior pitcher Matt Schuld of St. Thomas (Minn.) headline the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Baseball Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Klocke and Schuld (pictured) have been chosen as the winners of the Academic All-America® of the Year award in the University and College Divisions, respectively.

A business administration major with a 3.94 grade point average (GPA) and a minor in finance, Klocke was a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division selection as a junior. A four-year starter at catcher for the Redhawks, he was named first team All-Ohio Valley Conference as a sophomore and junior.

Honored as an NCAA Division III All-American in 2009, Schuld was a third team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division selection last year. A business major with a 3.69 GPA, he led St. Thomas to the 2009 NCAA Division III national championship. En route to a 12-1 record last season, he won two games in the Division III College World Series. In 2009, he posted a 9-0 record against nationally-ranked teams.

UNIVERSITY DIVISION HONORS
The 11 members of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division Baseball first team have an average GPA of 3.82.

Senior first baseman David Towarnicky of Appalachian State, a third team member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division Baseball team in 2009, joins Klocke on the first team as the only repeat selections on the first team.

Senior pitcher Matt Ridings and senior second baseman Matt Payton of Western Kentucky are the lone teammates on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division Baseball first team. Senior pitcher Austin Fleet of Coastal Carolina, senior infielder C.J. Cullen (Portland) and junior infielder Paul Hoilman (East Tennessee State) were also named to the first team.

Senior outfielders D.J. Belfonte of Nebraska, Preston Hale of North Florida and John Lee of South Dakota State join senior designated hitter Ian Choy (Canisius) to round out the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division Baseball team.

COLLEGE DIVISION HONORS
The 12 players on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division Baseball first team have an average GPA of 3.82.

Schuld is one of three members of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division Baseball first team who was named to the third team in 2009. Senior infielder Chris Fishburn of Thomas More and junior outfielder Chris Stallone of Scranton also moved up to the first team this year. Additionally, senior outfielder Camden Mamigonian (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) earned first team honors in 2010 after making the second team last season.

Senior Brandon Cogan (Missouri Science and Technology), senior Jon Koenigsfeld (Valdosta State) and senior Andrew Whittington (Southern Arkansas) join Fishburn to complete the infield.

Scranton is the only school with more than one first team selection as senior Justin Champagne joins Stallone in as outfielders on the team. Senior Ryan Schisler (Coe) completes the outfield.

Junior pitcher David Goerold of Clarkson, senior catcher John Swarr of number one-ranked Johns Hopkins and graduate student Brett Sandford (Redlands) complete the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® College Division Baseball first team.

ABOUT THE CoSIDA ESPN the MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA® PROGRAM
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit http://www.cosida.com/Awards/allamerica.aspx .

Photo courtesy of St. Thomas Athletics

Source: College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)

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Zurich Challengers To Test Embrach

SWITZERLAND – The Zurich Challengers will be on the road on Saturday to test the surprising Embrach Rainbows in the lone Swiss League matchup slated for this weekend. The Rainbows (7-1) have won five consecutive games but will face its first stiff test of the year against a veteran Zurich squad.

The Challengers (3-3) opened the season on a winning note with a twinbill sweep against the Zurich Barracudas, but has dropped three of its last four games. Veteran infielder Ueli von Burg announced his retirement a few days ago, and the availability of staff ace James Sanders is also a question mark.

STANDINGS/SCHEDULE:
1-Therwil (10-0) 2-Embrach (7-1) 3-Barracudas (7-3) 4-Challengers (3-3) 5-Bern (3-7) 6-Sissach (2-6) 7-Luzern (2-8) 8-Lausanne (2-8)

Saturday, May 29
Zurich Challengers at Embrach Rainbows

AUSTRIAN LEAGUE:
1-V. Wanderers (7-1) 2-Attnang-Puchheim (5-1) 3-Union Kufstein (5-3) 4-Schwaz (6-4) 5-Schwechat (3-3) 6-V. Metrostars (3-5) 7-Rohrbach (1-7) 8-Stock City (0-6)

Saturday, May 29
Union Kufstein Vikings at Vienna Wanderers
Schwaz Tigers at Attnang-Puchheim Athletics
Rohrbach Crazy Geese at Schwechat Blue Bats

Sunday, May 30
Stock City Cubs at Vienna Metrostars

FRENCH LEAGUE:
1-Rouen (8-2) 2-Savigny (9-3) 3-Montpellier (7-3) 4-Senart (7-5) 5-Toulouse (4-6) 6-Paris UC (2-10) 7-Montigny (1-9)

Sunday, May 30
Montigny Cougars at Rouen Huskies
STB Toulouse at Savigny Lions
Montpellier Barracudas at Senart Templiers

GERMAN NORTH:
1-Solingen (13-3) 2-Paderborn (10-4) 3-Bonn (9-5) 4-HSV (7-7) 5-Dohren (5-8) 6-Pulheim (5-9) 7-Dortmund (5-11) 8-Cologne (3-10)

Saturday, May 29
Dohren Wild Farmers at Bonn Capitals
Dortmund Wanderers at HSV Stealers

Sunday, May 30
Cologne Cardinals at Paderborn Untouchables
Pulheim Gophers at Solingen Alligators

GERMAN SOUTH:
1-Buchbinder (14-0) 2-Heidenheim (9-3) 3-Mannheim (7-5) 4-Haar (6-5) 5-Gauting (5-6) 6-Saarlouis (4-9) 7-Mainz (4-9) 8-Neuenburg (1-13)

Friday, May 28
Mannheim Tornados at Buchbnder Legionaere (Regensburg)

Saturday, May 29
Mannheim Tornados at Buchbnder Legionaere (Regensburg)
Heidenheim Heidekopfe at Saarlouis Hornets
Neuenburg Atomics at Mainz Athletics

Sunday, May 30
Haar Disciples at Gauting Indians

SWEDISH LEAGUE:
1-Stockholm (5-1) 2-Karlskoga (4-2) 2-Tranas (4-2) 4-Goteborg (3-3) 4-Sundbyberg (3-3) 6-Gefle (2-4) 6-Leksand (2-4) 8-Eskilstuna (1-5)

Saturday, May 29
Eskilstuna Hammers at Stockholm
Karlskoga Bats at Gefle
Goteborg at Sundbyberg Heat
Leksand Lumberjacks at Tranas

Photo courtesy of Zurich Challengers

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2010 BIG EAST Baseball Awards

UNITED STATES – Pittsburgh third baseman Joe Leonard became the third Panther player to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year as he earned the conference’s top individual honor Tuesday in advance of the 2010 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field.

Louisville pitcher Thomas Royse (pictured) was chosen as BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, while St. John’s outfielder Jeremy Baltz was tabbed as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Connecticut head coach Jim Penders was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year.

In addition to announcing the winners of the major awards, the conference also presented the All-BIG EAST First, Second and Third Teams at the opening ceremonies. Royse and Baltz were both unanimous selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team.

Louisville, which won its second straight BIG EAST regular-season championship had four first team selections in Royse, relief pitcher Neil Holland, first baseman Andrew Clark and second baseman Ryan Wright. Pittsburgh also had four first team picks in Leonard, pitcher Corey Baker, catcher Cory Brownsten and designated hitter Kevan Smith.

Connecticut pitcher Matt Barnes, West Virginia shortstop Jedd Gyorko, Rutgers outfielder Pat Biserta and Villanova outfielder Matt Szczur also earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors.

2010 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
C – Cory Brownsten, Pittsburgh
1B – Andrew Clark, Louisville
2B – Ryan Wright, Louisville
SS – Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia
3B – Joe Leonard, Pittsburgh
OF – Pat Biserta, Rutgers
OF – Jeremy Baltz, St. John’s*
OF – Matt Szczur, Villanova
DH – Kevan Smith, Pittsburgh
P – Matt Barnes, Connecticut
P – Neil Holland, Louisville
P – Corey Baker, Pittsburgh
P – Thomas Royse, Louisville*

BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Joe Leonard, 3B, Pittsburgh

BIG EAST PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Thomas Royse, RHP, Louisville

BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Baltz, OF, St. John’s

BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR
Jim Penders, Connecticut

* unanimous selection

Photo courtesy of Louisville Athletics

Source: BIG EAST Conference

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T&A San Marino Pound UGF Bologna

ITALY – Henry Bonilla outgunned Jesus Matos in a battle pitting two of the Italian Baseball League top hurlers, and T&A San Marino beat UGF Bologna 8-1 Thursday night at Serravalle. With the win, the first-place Titans remain percentage points ahead of Telemarket Rimini.

San Marino (16-7) went to work against Matos early. Tony Granato reached on a leadoff walk to start the first, stole second, and motored to third on an infield hit by Carlos Duran. Max De Biase followed with a two-run double down the left-field line to put manager Doriano Bindi’s squad out front.

A two-out RBI single by Giovanni Pantaleoni in the second stretched the lead to three runs before Bologna answered back with a run an inning later.

Granato and Duran teamed up to plate another score in the fourth. The Canadian shortstop led off the inning with an infield hit, and advanced to second on a throwing error by Juan Carlos Infante. The 29-year-old swiped his second base of the game, and jogged home moments later on Duran’s RBI triple.

San Marino put the game out of reach with a three-run fifth off reliever René Mazzocchi. Duran, who went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, cleared the bases with a two-base hit to give the IBL front-runner an 8-1 lead.

Bonilla opened the game by retiring the first six batters he faced, and after allowing a run and two hits in the third, sat down nine consecutive hitters to improve to 6-0 on the year.

Jose Escalona scattered a hit and four strikeouts over three scoreless innings to notch his fifth save.

De Biase tallied two double and a pair of walks while driving home two scores.

Matos (7-1) suffered his first setback of the season after giving up five runs and eight hits in just four innings of work.

ITALIAN LEAGUE:
1-San Marino (16-7) 2-Rimini (17-8) 3-Parma (16-8) 4-Bologna (16-9) 5-Grosseto (13-11) 6-Nettuno (12-11) 7-Catania (3-20) 8-Godo (3-22)

Friday, May 28
T&A San Marino at UGF Bologna
De Angelis Godo at Telemarket Rimini
Montepaschi Grosseto at Danesi Nettuno
Catania Warriors at Cariparma Parma

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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Samsung Lions Sweep SK Wyverns

SOUTH KOREA – The Samsung Lions plated five late runs to beat SK Wyverns 8-5 and finish off a surprising three-game sweep in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) on Thursday night.

Wyverns took a 5-3 lead into the seventh before the Lions’ bats came alive. Jin Kab-yong’s RBI two-base hit made it a one-run game, and Samsung knotted the score moments later on Shin Myeon-cheol’s run-scoring double. Choi Hyeong-woo broke the tie one batter later with a three-run shot – his 11th home run of the year – to finish off the five-run frame.

Park Jeong-kwon went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Wyverns.

Cha Woo-chan (1-1) came out of the bullpen to earn his first win of the year, and closer Kwon Hyeok worked a perfect ninth to pick up his third save.

Jeong Woo-ram (4-3) was charged with the loss.

DOOSAN 10, LOTTE 6
Yang Eui-ji drilled a late three-run triple and the Doosan Bears knocked off the Lotte Giants. Lee Seong-yeol smacked his ninth home run of the season in the first – a grand slam – to stake the Bears to a quick lead. Kim Joo-chan and Hong Seong-heun both went deep for Lotte. Les Walrond (2-0) claimed the win to stay unbeaten, while Kim Il-yeop (0-1) was tagged with the setback.

KIA 15, LG 4
Choi Hee-seop tallied four hits and both Ahn Chi-hong and Cha Il-mok popped home runs as the Kia Tigers scored early and often en route to a lopsided win over the LG Twins. Kia starter Yang Hyeon-jong (8-1) threw two-run ball over six frames to notch the win. Phil Dumatrait (0-1) gave up nine hits and 10 runs in a forgettable KBO debut.

NEXEN 6, HANWHA 3
Doug Clark smashed a three-run homer and Geum Min-cheol (5-6) threw six effective innings to lead the Nexen Heroes past the Hanwha Eagles. Nexen closer Son Seung-rok worked the final frame to pick up his seventh save. Yang Seung-jin (1-3) was charged with the setback.

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