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College: Mike Zunino Wins 2012 Dick Howser Trophy

FLORIDA’S ZUNINO WINS 2012 DICK HOWSER TROPHY

Press Release: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – Florida junior catcher Mike Zunino is the 26th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s player of the year. The presentation was made Friday morning as part of a news conference at TD Ameritrade Park with several other 2012 national honors being denoted.

Zunino becomes the first Florida alumnus to win the Dick Howser Trophy in a group represented by 20 different schools and 13 conferences since its inception in 1987 with Miami (Fla.) standout Mike Fiore.

The 2012 Howser Trophy recipient also will be honored in the College Baseball Foundation’s Night of Champions along with 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees and other DI honorees June 30 in Lubbock, Texas.

The consensus All-America and 2012 honoree from Cape Coral, Fla. (Mariner HS) led the Gators to a school-record-tying runner-up finish to South Carolina in the 2012 NCAA World Series and paced UF into a rematch with the two-time defending champion Gamecocks Saturday in Omaha.

Zunino also paced the Gators to a 2-0 sweep of N.C. State in the Gainesville Super Regional last weekend with 4-for-8 hitting, a .500 average, three RBI, two runs scored, and his team-best 19th homer of the 2012 season.

He comes to Omaha as both a 2011 and ’12 All-America as well as All-Southeastern Conference backstopper both years and with Top 10 totals nationally in almost every individual statistical category.

Zunino started all 64 games for coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s Gators, had a team-leading 28 doubles. 19 homers, 64 RBI, and nine sacrifice flies, posted a .678 slugging percentage, had 162 total bases, fielded at a torrid .994 clip (three errors in 493 total chances), and led Florida into the 2012 CWS with a 47-18 overall record.

On June 4 he became the highest draft choice in Gators’ history as the No. 3 selection in the first round to the Seattle Mariners. That also capped a third consecutive season on the All-NCAA Gainesville Regional tournament team and back-to-back Super Regional crowns over Mississippi State and the Wolfpack. He was the first UF standout to be drafted in the first round since Matt LaPorta in 2007.

Zunino

“Mike Zunino epitomizes the true qualities of Dick Howser – ability, leadership, character, and courage,” said Howser Trophy chair David Feaster of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “He has taken Florida to new heights in the past two years as well as being a tremendous team leader and go-to student-athlete in all areas.”

After passing on a 30th round draft selection by the Oakland A’s when he was a senior at Mariner HS in 2009, he has excelled with the bat and catcher’s mitt while maturing into one of the top players in UF’s illustrious baseball history.

As a sophomore, he became the second Gator in history to be chosen as SEC Player of the Year along with LaPorta in 2005 and ’07. It also marked the first of two consecutive finalists for the Johnny Bench Award as national Division I catcher of the year. He also was a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.

In 2010 as a freshman Zunino was both a Freshman All-America and SEC All-Freshman squad member. He was both Florida’s starting catcher and designated hitter and earned the first of his three All-Tournament recognitions in the NCAA Gainesville Regional by batting .364 with a 4-for-11 playe showing.

His selection and NCBWA voting in 2012 was some of the closest in years as Zunino edged two other standout finalists senior first baseman Goose Kallunki of Utah Valley State and junior outfielder Raph Rhymes of LSU.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character, and courage, qualities which were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then head coach of the Seminoles in 1979 after a career as a Major League player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, he returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

The College Baseball Foundation was established in 2004 and has inducted 71 greats into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The group promotes the highest ideals and recognition of greatness on college baseball diamonds in the 150-plus years since the first intercollegiate contest in 1859 between Amherst and Williams.

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser’s death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, P, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, P/DH, Houston, 2006; David Price, P, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster Posey, C, Florida State, 2008; Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State, 2009; Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice, 2010; and Taylor Jungmann, P, Texas, 2011.

2012 Dick Howser Trophy:
• Fri., May 18: Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists announced
• Thu., June 7: Dick Howser Trophy finalists announced
• Fri., June 15: Dick Howser Trophy winner announced

Related links:
• More on the Dick Howser Trophy

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College: Stefan Lopez Wins NCBWA Stopper of the Year

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA’S LOPEZ IS 2012 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR

Press Release: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

OMAHA, Neb. (NCBWA) – Southeastern Louisiana relief pitcher Stefan Lopez is the 2012 recipient of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Friday in Omaha.

Lopez, a first team NCBWA All-American and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, has set Southeastern Louisiana’s single-season saves record in 2012 with 20 and holds the school record for career saves with 30. This season, he went 2-1 with an 0.61 ERA in 28 appearances. He pitched 29.1 innings and allowed just two earned runs on 19 hits with five walks and 42 strikeouts. His 20 saves currently leads the nation.

The New Iberia, La., product earned Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year and first team ABCA All-South Central Region team honors and was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball News. The junior was drafted in the 16th round last week by the New York Yankees.

The right-hander helped Southeastern Louisiana post a 39-21 overall record and a 20-13 record in the Southland Conference. The Lions finished second in the Southland this season.

Lopez is the first Lions pitcher to take home the honor and the second player from the Southland Conference, as he joins Luke Prihoda from Sam Houston State who won the award in 2007.

Lopez

This year’s finalists also included Robert Benincasa of Florida State, Michael Morin of North Carolina, Robbie Powell of Stetson and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon. More than 90 of the nation’s top collegiate relief pitchers were included in the selection process for this year’s NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, beginning with initial preseason nominations by baseball contacts at NCAA Division I schools.

Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006, Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007, Georgia’s Joshua Fields topping the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison Reed grabbing the honor in 2009, Texas’ Chance Ruffin winning the award in 2010 and Texas’ Corey Knebel claiming the honor in 2011.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation’s top player. It also selects a Division I All-America Team, Division I Coach of the Year, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division II and III Players of the Year.

The Stopper of the Year will also be recognized on the College Baseball Foundation Night of Champions June 30 in Lubbock, Texas. This event will feature the presentation of the Dick Howser Trophy to the National Player of the Year. Other awards scheduled to be presented during the show include the Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the nation’s best shortstop; the CBF John Olerud Award for the best dual position player nationally in Division I, and the Pitcher of the Year Award.For more information on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, contact Tami Cutler at Wichita State at 316-978-5559 or Russ Anderson at Conference USA at 214-774-1351.

2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Tues., Jan. 31: Preseason Watch List
• Thurs., April 19: Midseason Watch List
• Tues., June 5: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Fri., June 15: NCBWA Stopper of the Year announced (Omaha, Neb.)

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World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico Names Manager

Puerto Rico has named a manager for the 2013 World Baseball Classic in 51-year-old Edwin Rodriguez. Rodriguez will replace José David Flores, who managed Puerto Rico at the World Cup in Panaman last October.

Rodriguez played in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres in the 80s. After he finished playing, he entered the coaching ranks including a stint with the Florida Marlins when he replaced Fredi Gonzalez in June of 2010. Currently he is the manager of the AA Carolina Mudcats.

Puerto Rico has already qualified and the rest of the coaching staff will be announced at a later date.

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France: Rouen Huskies Continue Winning Ways

There were nothing but sweeps this weekend in the French Division 1 Baseball League. Rouen continued to roll with a sweep of Stade Toulouse.

Rouen Huskies 9, Toulousain Baseball 3
Rouen Huskies 7, Toulousain Baseball 1

Rouen rebounded after trailing 2-0 in Game 1 after an inning to hold Toulouse to a single run the rest of the game as their bats got going. Rouen scored a single run in the 2nd and two runs in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th innings. Keino Perez picked up his 5th win on the year.

Game 2 was more of the same with Rouen dominating behind Chris Mezger‘s 9th win on the year. On the offensive side, Ethan Paquette hit a 3-run home run.

Montpellier 4, Pairs UC 7
Montpellier 1, Pairs UC 3

Paris University Club took two this weekend from the Montpellier Barracudas. The sweep didn’t change much in the standings as both teams stay put, but with the wins Paris UC keeps pace with the leaders in the league.

Pessac Panthers 0, Savigny Lions 10
Pessac Panthers 2, Savigny Lions 12

The Savigny Lions moved over .500 with a sweep of the Pessac Panthers. The Lions blasted the Panthers in both games winning by  10 runs in each.

French Baseball League Standings:

  1. Rouen Huskies 22-2
  2. Templiers Senart 17-5
  3. Paris UC 15-7
  4. Savigny Lions 12-10
  5. Stade Toulousain 8-14
  6. Montpellier Barracudas 7-15
  7. Pessac Panthers 5-19
  8. Beaucaire Chevaliers 4-18

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London Baseball & Softball Week Planned for England in July 2013

By BaseballSoftballUK

New dedicated playing facilities for baseball and softball – the first of their kind in the UK – are expected to be ready for the 2013 season at Farnham Park near Slough and at two locations in Milton Keynes, funded by Sport England and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

To celebrate this achievement, BaseballSoftballUK, the Development Agency for the two sports, is planning to host a week of high-level international baseball and softball competitions at the new facilities from July 1-7, 2013, known as the London Baseball & Softball Week.

All three formats

New diamonds at Conniburrow and Woughton on the Green in Milton Keynes will host baseball tournaments at Under-18 and Senior levels, with the finals to be played at Farnham Park.

Meanwhile, a high-level adult women’s fastpitch tournament, an Under-19 men’s fastpitch tournament and a co-ed slowpitch tournament will be staged at Farnham Park.

The baseball tournaments are likely to run from Wednesday, July 3 through Saturday or Sunday, July 6 or 7.

The fastpitch softball tournaments will be held from July 1-4, since European competitions in these formats will begun on July 8.  The slowpitch tournament will be held over the weekend of July 5-7.

Other events during the week may include tours of the new facilities, simulcast transmissions of final games and closing ceremonies and a party for all participants. BaseballSoftballUK is working with the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) and European Softball Federation (ESF) to structure and deliver umpiring and coaching courses that can run alongside the London Baseball & Softball Week competition.

Teams from Europe and further afield will be invited to take part in all competitions, and the tournaments are expected to be attended by officials from the European Baseball and Softball Federations.

Aims and objectives

The main objectives of the London Baseball & Softball Week are to showcase the significant investment made in new, high-level facilities in the UK and to provide an international event that reinforces the UK as a significant hub for all three formats of our sports.

Contact information

Any teams from outside the UK interested in entering one of the Baseball & Softball Week events,  or who want more information, should contact:

Bob Fromer
bob.fromer@bsuk.com
(+44) (0) 1886-884204

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USA Baseball Declines Invitation to U15 World Championship

The USA U15 National Team has decided not to attend the U15 World Championships to be held later this summer in Chihuahua, Mexico.

After working closely with the IBAF, the local organizing committee, and MLB’s security advisors, USA Baseball decided to decline the invitation due to security concerns.

USA Baseball and its Board of Directors did not feel comfortable with the safety of the team due to the state department’s security advisories against travel to the region.

Instead of sending the team to Mexico, USA Baseball will be sending the U15 team to play teams of top prospects in the Dominican Republic. The four-game series will take place across the island at different MLB club facilities.

The U15 World Championship will take place in Chihuahua, Mexico from August 16-26.

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2012 College World Series Finals Begin

It’s been an exciting run in Omaha so far in the 2012 College World Series. The #1 overall seed Florida was bounced after two games including a loss to Kent State. South Carolina finally lost a game after Arkansas broke their 22-game tournament winning streak. The Gamecocks are trying to become the first team to win 3 titles in a row since USC won five straight from 1970-1974.

Arizona rolled through their side of the bracket 3-0 to reach the finals. The Wildcats defeated the Florida State Seminoles twice and UCLA once to advance.

South Carolina, which is back in the finals for a 3rd straight year, had to come back and defeat Arkansas twice to make it back to the championship round. Last Thursday and Friday the Gamecocks did just that in two close games winning 2-0 and 3-2.

Now with the finals set, South Carolina will have another uphill battle as they dropped Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series 5-1.

Arizona jumped out early and never let up taking a 4-0 lead into the 6th inning before South Carolina got on the board.

Robert Refsnyder got the Wildcats off to a bang with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Refsnyder would finish the game 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Konner Wade went the distance on the hill allowing just 6 hits and 1 run.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will try to battle back in a must win Game 2 on Monday night.

Arizona is looking for its 4th school title with the last coming in 1986.

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Spain: Valencia Astros Romp in Weekend Sweep

By: Luis Martínez

14th Matchday of Spanish Baseball League of Honor Division (June, 09 & 10, 2012)

The Astros de Valencia bats continue on-fire and produced thirty six careers in ten innings to win they weekend Series in El Turia, 17 to 2 (KO, 5inn) and 19 to 2 (KO, 5inn). In the first game Infante and Aineto homered and produced nine RBI’s between both of them to allow a comfortably advantadge to Trevor Caughey (10-1) who only should work the first ones three innings to win the game. Jose R. Marte (0-8) only worked one inning and was the defeated pitcher. In the second game were Ochoa and Aineto (again) those who homered and also the whole line-up scored one run at least in order that the Astros starter Luis Galicia (1-0) was obtaining his first victory. Jose D. Cabral (0-8) was the loser.

In El Fango, San Inazio Bilbao Bizcaia home, the local team won both games to CBS Sant Boi. A Juan J. López (5-5) long relief and a very productive four runs eighth inning allowed to San Inazio win the first game 8 to 5. Daniel Matías (3-4) lost the match. In the second game, eighth inning Marianucci’s opening single and a throwing error on second base were enough to scored the San Inazio’s winning-run and win 5 to 4. The reliever Alberto Magallón (5-4) won the match and Rubén D. Fente (7-5) was the loser.

In the Navarre local derby the victories were shared. Pamplona like visitor won the first game 0 to 4 and the local Béisbol Navarra the second one 16 to 0 (KO, 5inn). Alexis J. Fumero (4-7) only allowed four hits to shoutout the local team and D. Celaya RBI two runs and scored another one to lead the Pamplona’s offensive. Harold Y. Rumión (5-8) lost the game. In the second match, Febles and Perozo (twice) homered and RBI four careers each one to support the winner work of Yorking Céspedes (1-1). The visitor starter Eneko del Burgo (3-8) only completed one inning to lose the game.

The leader CB Barcelona won his Series as visitor to El Llano, 3-8 and 1-9. Jose L. Hernández (10-1) strikes out nine in six inning to win and Óscar Jiménez (S5) worked three inning to save the game. Óscar Roman’s four hits and Varela’s two RBI’s headed the guest offensive. Carlos J. Beuajon (1-4) was the loser. In the second match. the starter Jorge Balboa (7-1) only allowed one unarned run in five inning’s work to win the match. Jonathan García (S2) saved and Óscar Angulo homered and the whole line-up hit in order that the visitors were winning clearly. Javier J. Flores (1-9) lost the game.

CB Viladecans hosted Marlins de Tenerife and they divided victories. In the first game, the visitor Léslie Nacar (9-3) strikes out fourteen to win an excellent pitching duel against Viladecans starter Juan C. Campos (8-5) who strikes out nine but lost the game. Dewis Navarro’s RBI and scored were decisive in the guest victory, 1 to 2. The second match was to local team 6 to 3. Pol Llopis (2-1) was the winner and Grullón RBI three with double and home run to lead the Vila’s offensive. Cristian Remedios (1-2) lost the game.

Next weekend (June 24) only will play a rain-checked match. Béisbol Navarra receives in Burlada to CB Barcelona.

You can consult the box score and complete statics in http://www.rfebeisbolsofbol.com/estadisticas/2012/Liga/LNB_res.asp

Photo by Miguel Mora

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Switzerland: 1st Swiss International Alpine Cup Schedule Announced

The 1st Swiss International Alpine Cup in Zurich will take place this year from August 3 to 5. Four teams will compete for the title including the Swiss National Team, an All-Star team from the Swiss Nationalliga A, the British team Southampton Mustangs, and a collegiate team from the US, The International Game. The schedule is as follows.

Schedule:

Friday, August 3
 Swiss National Team – The International Game

Saturday, August 4 
The International Game – Swiss All Stars
Southampton Mustangs – Swiss All Stars
Southampton Mustangs – Swiss National Team

Sunday, August 5
The International Game – Southampton Mustangs
Swiss National Team – Swiss All Stars
Final Game

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New Website dedicated to Team France at World Baseball Classic Qualifier

by French Baseball and Softball Federation

The French Baseball Federation (FFBS) is proud to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to Team France at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Jupiter (FL):http://www.baseballfrance.com/en/

This website is part of a first time ever FFBS recruiting campaign to find players eligible to play for Team France in line with WBC and/or IBAF rules. We are searching players with French passports or French family background (ea: born in France or married to a French citizen or with a French parent or Grandparent). The goal is to find professional and amateur players to reinforce the National Teams (all age categories: U16, U18, U21, Adults) and develop the French Baseball Network.

There is a recruitment form available online for players and coaches interested in joining Team France. The highest priority is to recruit top players eligible to play for Team France at the World Baseball Classic.

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BC Zagreb Wins 2012 Croatian Cup

By www.baseballeurope.com

It was the twentieth Cup Finals that was played last weekend in Karlovac. And who better to mark the occasion then the two teams with the most Cup titles, BC Olimpija and BC Zagreb.

The game started with two nervous errors by Olimpija’s young player in the first inning, and BC Zagreb scored a run. After that the game became the clash of the pitchers. Slobodan Gales for Olimpija, and Ernesto Pereira for the Zagreb team didn’t allow any serious attack by both teams’ hitters. It took eight innings for the game to take the turn to Zagreb’s side. Zagreb offence had 5 hits and scored 3 runs to take the significant lead. Olimpija managed to score the run in the 9th inning, and game ended 5-1 for BC Zagreb and they took the 8th Cup Title.

Michel ?uri? was woted the best hitter with 3 hits and 2 RBI’s. Ernesto Pereira took both the best pitcher, and MVP title, finishing the game with ERA 0,00 , and 8 SO’s.

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ECQ-Slovakia: KNTU Elizavetgrad Takes Title

TRNAVA, Slovakia – The KNTU Elizavetgrad won the European Cup Qualifier in Trnava, Slovakia defeating the host Trnava Angels twice on the final day to take the title.

The Trnava Angels defeated the KNTU Elizavetgrad on day two of the tournament 3-1 taking a 1-0 lead into the final best-of-three series after the two teams finished in the top two spots in the round-robin play.

KNTU finished off Trnava on the final day shutting out the host team 6-0 in the final game to take the tournament title.

European Cup Qualifier in Trnava, Slovakia Final Standings

  1. KNTU Elizavetgrad (UKR)
  2. Angels Trnava (SVK)
  3. BK Zagreb (CRO)
  4. Kranjski Lisjaki (SLO)
  5. Sporto Vilkai (LTU)
  6. MKS Stal Kutno (POL)

Final Results

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ECQ-Bulgaria: Bern Cardinals Win in Blagoevgrad

BLAGOEVGRAD, Bulgaria – The Bern Cardinals overcame an 0-1 deficit in the best-of-three final series to win the European Cup Qualifier in Bulgaria beating the host Blagoevgrad Buffaloes twice on the final day.

It took the Bern Cardinals 10 innings in game two to stay alive. Then they won going away 9-4 to take the title on the final day. During the round-robin play, Blagoevgrad topped Bern 3-2 to take the lead in the series early on.

European Cup Qualifier Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria Final Standings:

  1. Bern Cardinals (SUI)
  2. Buffaloes Blagoevgrad (BUL)
  3. Vienna Metrostars (AUT)
  4. Atletico Alexandria (ROM)
  5. Beograd 96 (SRB)
  6. Spartakos Glyfadas (GRE)

Full Results

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ECQ Attnang-Puchheim: Russian Squad MGPU-SYOS Wins

The European Cup Qualifier in Attnang-Puchheim finished with rain canceling the best-of-three final. MGPU-SYOS finished the round-robin round with a perfect 5-0 record winning the tournament.

The Russian squad MGPU-SYOS outscored their opponents 53-23 capping off their tournament with a 15-1 win over the Therwil Flyers.

The Nada SSM Split from Croatia finished second with a 3-2 record being the only other team to finish above .500 in the tournament. The host Attnang-Puchheim Athletics finished a disappointing 2-3 in 3rd place.

European Cup Qualifier Attnang-Puchheim Final Standings:

  1. MGPU-SYOS #42
  2. Nada SSM Split
  3. GEI Athletics Attnang-Puchheim
  4. Leksand Lumberjacks
  5. Sugar Storm
  6. Therwil Flyers

Full Results

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ECQ Namur: Montpellier Barracudas Win

NAMUR, Belgium – With a 7-1 win over the Espoo Expos, the Montpellier Barracudas won the European Cup Qualifier. Montpellier finished the tournament undefeated outscoring their opponents 56-18.

The host Namur Angels finished in 4th place with a record of 2-3. The Russian team Tornado Moscow finished in 3rd while the Espoo Expos of Finland finished runner-up.

European Cup Qualifier in Namur (BEL) Final Standings:

  1. Montpellier Barracudas (FRA)
  2. Espoo Expos (FIN)
  3. Tornado Moscow (RUS)
  4. Namur Angels (BEL)
  5. White Sharks Almada (POR)
  6. Goteborg Hajarna (SWE)

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South Korea: Busan to Host 2012 Asia Series

BUSAN, South Korea – The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) has announced that the 2012 Asia Series will take place in Busan at Sajik Baseball Stadium.

The Series will take place November 8 to 11 in the coastal city. Busan will host the winners of the professional baseball leagues in Korea (plus a 2nd team), Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and this year China.

Last year Korea’s Samsung Lions became the first non-Japanese team to win the title defeating teams from Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.

Busan is the home of the Lotte Giants who will be playing in the Series this year along with the winner of the KBO (2nd place team if the Giants win the championship).

Sajik Baseball Stadium - Busan, South Korea

Sajik Baseball Stadium - Busan, South Korea

 
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Germany: Heidenheim Heidekoepfe Sweeps Mannheim; Pulls into Tie for First in South Division

Germany – While the Buchbinder Legionaere was off in Rotterdam trying to make their way into the European Cup Final Four, the rest of the division was fighting to gain ground on them.

Haar Disciples – Mainz Athletics 13-11, 0-1

Haar and Mainz split the weekend series with Haar winning a shootout that went 10 innings in Game 1. Michael Stephan had a big game at the plate going 4-for-5 with a home run, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Gregor Klinc also had four hits (4-for-6) and 3 RBI. Lukas Steinlein picked up the win throwing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Game 2 was a different beast as the Athletics’ Patrick Haugen (3 hits, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts) and the Disciples Nick Renault (1 run, 2 hits, 2 walks, and 11 strikeouts) were matched in a pitching duel. Both starters went the distance with only 5 hits allowed between the two pitchers. Haar gave up a run in the 5th and that was all Mainz needed.

Bad Homburg Hornets – Stuttgart Reds 13-6, 3-4

Bad Homburg and Stuttgart split in their weekend series as the Hornets won big in Game 1 and lost a close one in Game 2. The Hornets scored at least one run from the 2nd inning through the 6th inning. The offensive stars for the Hornets were Fabian Hernandez (3-for-5, 6 RBI), Matti Emery (4-for-5, 3 runs), and Tobias Netz (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, home run).

Game 2 was a little closer as Stuttgart needed a rally in the 15th inning to pick up the win. It started off as a great pitchers duel between Stuttgart’s Richard Olson (12 IP, 2 R, 11 H, 12 Ks) and Homburg’s Matthew Leonard (11 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 9 BB, 11 Ks). Homburg got a run in the top of the 15th, but Stuttgart wouldn’t go quietly as they scored 2 in the bottom of the 15th for the win. Matti Emery (4-for-7, 2 runs) and Jeremy Jenkins (4-for-7) were the leading hitters for Homburg. Markus Winkler led the way for Stuttgart going 3-for-6.

Mannheim Tornados – Heidenheim Heidekoepfe 8-9, 4-5

Heidenheim picked up a pair of close wins over the weekend against Mannheim to move into a tie for first with Regensburg. In Game 1, Heidenheim was consistent at the plate scoring at least a run in 6 of the 8 innings they batted. Andrew Smith homered twice, collected 3 RBI, and scored 3 runs to lead Heidenheim. Benedikt Antwi picked up the win pitching 3 innings of relief allowing only 1 run. Jordan Dyer and Jeffrey Beachum both had 3 hits for Mannheim in the loss.

Game 2 saw less offense but the same result as Heidenheim again won by a single run. Andrew Smith hit his 3rd home run of the weekend collecting another 2 hits. Robert Gruber (2-for-4) homered and drove in 3 runs while Michael Franke (2-for-2) scored 3 times for Heidenheim. Patrick Lawson picked up the win tossing a complete game. Jordan Dyer (1-for-3) and Marvin Appiah (3-for-4) both homered for Mannheim.

 

2012 GERMAN SOUTH DIVISION:

1.Regensburg Legionaere (13-3)
2.Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (13-3)
3.Haar Disciples (10-8)
3.Mainz Athletics (10-8)
5.Mannheim Tornados (6-8)
6.Stuttgart Reds (4-14)
7.Bad Homburg Hornets (2-14)

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Germany: Dortmund Wanderers Sweep Dohren Wild Farmers in North Division

Germany – While the Paderborn Untouchables were battling it out in the European Cup, the rest of the German Baseball North Division was battling to catch up to Paderborn in the standings.

Dohren Wild Farmers – Dortmund Wanderers 3-4, 6-7

The Dortmund Wanderers picked up a pair of wins over the Dohren Wild Farmers to push themselves over .500 on the season winning two close games.

Game 1 had an exciting finish with Dohren leading 2-1 heading into the 9th inning. Dohren scored a run in the top of the 9th, but they couldn’t hold off Dortmund who came back in the bottom of the 9th to score 3 runs getting a walk-off hit from Dennis Stechmann, who also picked up the win in relief.

In Game 2, Dortmund got off to a quicker start scoring 3 in the 1st inning. Again Dennis Stechmann picked up the win in relief.

Bonn Capitals – Hamburg Stealers 6-7, 6-1

The Hamburg Stealers and the Bonn Capitals split a pair over the weekend. The Capitals missed a chance with a sweep to move closer to Paderborn in the standings. It took 10 innings for the Hamburg Stealers to take Game 1 of the series. Brehen Murphy went 2-for-3 scoring 2 runs, while Jerome Rousseau (1-for-2) drove in 3 runs in the Stealers win. Brent Buffa went the distance pitching 10 innings to pick up the win for Hamburg.

The Bonn Capitals bounced back in Game 2 as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning. Bonn got a great start out of Charles Olsen who pitched a complete game allowing just 1 run on 10 hits while striking out 9.  Floiran Nehring had a great game from the lead off spot going 3-for-5 scoring 2 runs. Daniel Lamb-Hunt drove in 3 runs to lead Bonn.

The match between the Solingen Alligators and the Cologne Cardinals was rained out over the weekend.

2012 GERMAN NORTH DIVISION:

1.Paderborn Untouchables (15-3)
2.Solingen Alligators (14-4)
3.Bonn Capitals (13-7)
4.Dortmund Wanderers (10-8)
5.Hamburg Stealers (8-9)
6.Dohren Wild Farmers (6-14)
7.Cologne Cardinals (5-12)
8.Berlin Sluggers (2-16)

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Spain: All Home Teams Win Weekend Series

Spanish Baseball Press Release

By: Luis Martínez

12th Matchday of Spanish Baseball League of Honor Division (June, 02 & 03, 2012)

CBS Sant Boi won his two games as local against the Halcones de Vigo. The starter Lionel Hernández (4-1) and the reliever Daniel Matías (S2) combined on the mound to win the first match 10 to 1. The Llames and Carrillo’s bats were the most active of the local line-up, in which took  at-bat chance up to sixteen players. José R. Marte (0-6) lost the game. The second match finished for KO (8inn) 12 to 2. Rubén D. Fente (7-3) was the winning pitcher and William Domero hit two double-hits and batted-in four runs. José D. Cabral (0-7) only could work 3.1 innings to lose the game.

In El Fango’s first game between San Inazio Bilbao Bizkaia and Pamplona the starters Jose V. Romero (2-1) and Alexis J. Fumero (3-7) kept a intense eight-inning duel. Romero strikeout to fourteen, Adames take to home two runs and López (S2) saved in order that finally the local team were imposing 2-0. Fumero did a great work but lost the match . In the second game San Inazio also won 8-4. Alberto Magallón started for the local team and pitched four innings and Edward Adames (3-2) pitched five to take the victory. D. A. Morillo hit two singles and batted-in four runs to support the pitcher’s labour. Eneko of the Burgo was the losing pitcher.

Astros de Valencia defeated twice to Marlins de Tenerife, 11-2 and 16-2 (KO, 5inn). Trevor Caughey (8-1) worked complete again to win the first match. Infante and Ochoa homers and batted-in seven runs between both of them to guide the Astros offensive. Leslie Nácar (7-3) lost the match. In the second game Infante and Ochoa homers too and Pedro P. Belmonte (10-3) worked complete to defeat the Canary team. The starter Cristian Remedios (0-1) pitched only 1.2 inning and lost the game.

The local team, Béisbol Navarra, won in Burlada 11-1 (KO, 7inn) and 5-0 to El Llano. Harold Y. Rumion (5-6) was the pitcher winner. The Navarre club took advantage about six errors and batting thirteen hits to win comfortably. Wilquin Escanio (1-7) was the loser. In the second match Andrés Casado (6-3) and the relievers Yorking Céspedes and Aritz Leiva combined to shuotout El Llano. Javier J. Flores (1-8) lost the game.

CB Viladecans didn’t play this weekend due to European commitment  of CB Barcelona, his matchday rival.

Next weekend, June 9 and 10, will be played the following series: in Montjuïc, CB Barcelona vs CBS Sant Boi; in Bembrive, Halcones de Vigo vs San Inazio Bilbao Bizkaia; in El Turia, Astros de Valencia vs Pamplona; in Puerto de La Cruz, Marlins de Tenerife vs Béisbol Navarra; and in Gijon, El Llano vs CB Viladecans.

You can consult the box score and complete statistics in http://www.rfebeisbolsofbol.com/estadisticas/2012/Liga/LNB_res.asp

Photo by Miguel Mora

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The Road to Omaha: 2012 Super Regional Hosts Announced

The regional round of the college playoffs are over and we are heading into the Super Regional round after an exciting weekend of baseball.

Ten of the sixteen #1 seeds in the regionals advance to the super regional round. Of the top eight national seeds, #6 ranked North Carolina was the only one not to make it out of the regional round.

The Super Regional hosts have been announced, and games will kick off on Friday.

Stony Brook (50-12) at No. 7 LSU (46-16)

St. John’s (40-21) at Arizona (41-17)

Stanford (41-16) at No. 3 Florida State (46-15)

TCU (40-20) at No. 2 UCLA (45-14)

GAMES BEGIN SATURDAY, JUNE 9 — ALL TIMES ET

North Carolina State (43-18) at No. 1 Florida (45-18)

Arkansas (42-19) at No. 4 Baylor (48-15)

Oklahoma (42-23) at No. 8 South Carolina (43-17)

Kent State (44-17) at No. 5 Oregon (45-17)
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EC Rotterdam: Rouen Huskies and Danesi Nettuno Advance to Final Four

June 3 Day 5 – European Cup Rotterdam

Buchbinder Legionaere 1, Danesi Nettuno 8

Italian club Danesi Nettuno secured a trip to the European Cup Final Four later in the year with its 4th win in 5 days. It was a scoreless game until the 4th when Nettuno broke through for 3 runs. The put the game away with a 5-run 7th inning. Ricardo Hernandez picked up the win pitching 5 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 6 walks. Yovany D’Amico picked up the save pitching the final 4 innings not allowing a run or a hit. Giuseppe Mazzanti went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and RBI. Ennio Retrosi added 3 hits.

Technika Brno 0, Rouen Huskies 12 (7)

The Rouen Huskies will make their first ever trip to the Final Four with a blowout win over Technika Brno on Sunday. Rouen jumped out early leading 8-0 after 2 innings. Joris Bert (3-for-5) drove in 3 runs and pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief. Maxime Lefevre (2-for-5) drove in a pair of runs as well, while Luc Piquet chipped in with 3 hits and 3 runs scored.

Starter Owen Ozanich picked up the win tossing 5 scoreless innings allowing only 3 hits. Michal Koci took the loss for Buchbinder tossing all 6 innings allowing 12 runs (7 ER) on 16 hits and 5 walks.

DOOR Neptunus 5, CB Barcelona 1

Host DOOR Neptunus finished off their European Cup with a 5-1 win over CB Barcelona. DOOR got off to a 2 run lead in the top of the 1st inning and that’s all they would need. They added a run in the 5th, 6th, and the 9th. Dwayne Kemp (3-for-4) picked up a pair of doubles, drove in a run, and scored another leading the Neptunus offense. Shaldimar Daantji (2-for-4) added a double of his own and scored twice. Tim Roodenburg shut down the Barcelona bats pitching 7 scoreless innings picking up the win.

Final Standings:

  1. Rouen Huskies
  2. Danesi Nettuno
  3. DOOR Neptunus
  4. Buchbinder Legionaere
  5. CB Barcelona
  6. Technika Brno

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EC San Marino: Unipol Bologna and L&D Amsterdam Advance to Final Four

June 3 Day 5 – European Cup San Marino

Unipol Bologna 14, Hoboken Pioneers 3 (7)

Unipol Bologna clinched its spot in the European Cup Final Four with a win over the Belgian team Hoboken Pioneers on Sunday. Claudio Liverziani did a lot of the damage going 2-for-3 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI as he belted a pair of home runs. Takahiko Sato had a big day as well hitting a home run, driving in 4 runs, scoring twice, and collecting 2 hits. Alessandro Vaglio (3-for-4) also went deep and drove in 3 runs. Jesus Matos picked up the win for Bologna pitching 5 innings allowing just 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 10.

Dennis De Quint was the offensive star for Hoboken collecting 2 hits, 3 RBI, and a home run. Terrence Antonacci took the loss for Hoboken lasting only 4.2 innings giving up 7 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks.

L&D Amsterdam 16, Draci Brno 4

L&D Amsterdam jumped out on top early and never looked back securing their spot in the European Cup Final Four later this year. After an inning and a half, Amsterdam was already leading 6-0.

Wesley Connor (3-for-5, 3 runs), Percy Isenia (4-for-6, 3 runs, 5 RBI), and Rashid Gerard (1-for-6, 2 RBI) all hit home runs for Amsterdam. Bas De Jong led the team with 5 hits (5-for-6) driving in and scoring a pair as well.

Pavel Budsky (2-for-5) drove in 2 runs and scored twice including hitting a solo home run for Draci Brno.

Rob Cordemans picked up the win for Amsterdam pitching 5 innings allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Draci starter Jakub Izold took the loss lasting only 2 innings allowing 6 runs on 8 hits.

Paderborn Untouchables 3, T&A San Marino 7

The defending European Champions Cup winner will not be headed back to the Final Four as T&A San Marino finishes 3rd. Laidel Chapelli led San Marino offensively going 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Jairo Ramos (1-for-4) hit his 3rd home run of the tournament while Mattia Reginato (1-for-3) hit his first. Starter Yulman Ribeiro picked up the win pitching 7 innings allowing only 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 12.

Kyle Botha (3-for-4, 2 RBI) hit his second home run for Paderborn in the loss. Daniel Hinz chipped in with a pair of hits as well. Daniel Rahn took the loss lasting 3 innings while giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.

Final Standings:

  1. Unipol Bologna
  2. L&D Amsterdam
  3. T&A San Marino
  4. Untouchbales Paderborn
  5. Draci Brno
  6. Hoboken Pioneers

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College: A No-Hitter, 28 Runs Scored, and an 18-Game Winning Streak

It’s been an exciting weekend of baseball around the country with one #1 seed already having been sent home, a no-hitter, a team extending its NCAA-best postseason winning streak to 18, and another team busting out scoring 28 runs.

The first #1 seed to be sent packing was the Miami Hurricanes who were outscored 22-4 on their home field over the weekend. Miami suffered losses to Stony Brook and Missouri State.

Of the 16 #1 seeds in the regionals, six of them need to win twice on Sunday to advance. NC State, Purdue, Rice, Baylor, North Carolina, and Texas A&M all sit at 1-1 facing elimination. Two of these teams (Baylor and North Carolina) were in the top 8 seeds heading into the tournament.

Top seed Florida showed why its the team to beat as sophomore right-hander Jonathan Crawford tossed the 7th no-hitter in NCAA tournament history. Florida beat Bethune-Cookman 4-0. Crawford faced the minimum 27 hitters allowing 1 walk. It was his first complete game of the year. His previous long was 6 innings against LSU in early April.

South Carolina needed a walk-off single in the 12th inning to extend its NCAA record postseason winning streak to 18 games. Carolina had to rally in the 8th and 9th to tie the game at 4 against rival Clemson before winning the game in the 12th.

TCU was trailing 9-6 in the fifth inning before breaking loose to score 22 runs over the final four innings to defeat Dayton 28-12. The Horned Frogs pounded out 23 hits scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning, 6 runs in the 7th, and 9 more in the top of the 9th. They were led by Jerrick Suiter who went 5-for-6 scoring 3 runs and driving in 3. Brance Rivera drove in 6 runs and scored 4. Rivera hit a grand slam home run in the 9th inning. He was also hit by a pitch 3 times.

The regionals will wrap up Sunday or Monday with the winners heading into the super regionals. There is still a lot of baseball to be played and it should be an interesting weekend.

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EC Rotterdam: Danesi Nettuno and Rouen Huskies Lead Heading into the Final Day

June 1 Day 3 – European Cup Rotterdam

Rouen Huskies 12, CB Barcelona 3
Danesi Nettuno 16, Technika Brno 3 (7)
Buchbinder Legionaere 1, DOOR Neptunus 10

June 2 Day 4

CB Barcelona 5, Technika Brno 4

CB Barcelona rebounded from a tough loss to Rouen on Friday with a win over the Czech club Technika Brno on Saturday. Barcelona battled back all day long trailing twice in the game but overcoming it both times.

Jonathan Garcia started for Barcelona and only lasted 5.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks but didn’t factor into the decision. Jose Hernandez went the rest of the way picking up the win, his second. Jose Riera went 3-for-5, scored 2 runs, and drove in another to help Barcelona in the win. Oscar Roman added 3 hits of his own with a double and a RBI.

Martin Stritecky pitched well for Technika Brno going 6 innings allowing 3 runs. Wayne Ough took the loss allowing 2 runs in 3 innings. Matthew Lawman went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored for Technika. Lead off hitter Daniel Mraz set the table well going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Rouen Huskies 4, Buchbinder Legionaere 2

Rouen continued to make a strong showing beating the German club Buchbinder Legionaere on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies trailed 2-0 after 2 innings but shut down the Legionaere bats after that for a comeback win.

Keino Perez pitched well to get the win going 6.1 innings allowing only 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and 4 walks. Christopher Mezger got the save finishing off the game. Rouen had four players with two hits apiece in Maxime Lefevre (2-for-5, 1 RBI), Joris Burt (2-for-4, 1 RBI), David Gauthier (2-for-3, 2 RBI), and Luc Piquet (2-for-4).

Mike Bolsenbroek pitched 6.2 innings allowing 4 runs (3 ER) to take the loss. Kai Bindemann (2-for-3) was the only Legionaere hitter with more than 1 hit. Ludwig Glaser hit a solo home run.

Danesi Nettuno 2, DOOR Neptunus 1

A day after scoring 16 runs, Danesi Nettuno used a strong pitching performance from Juan Figueroa to pick up their 3rd win. Figueroa went 8 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 12. Carlo Rechetti picked up the save with a scoreless 9th inning.

Danesi Nettuno picked up a run in the 3rd inning on a double play ground ball and another in the 5th inning on a Paolino Ambrosino single. Ambrosino finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Kevin Heijstek pitched 4.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks taking the loss. Rien Vernooij (1-for-3) drove in the only run or DOOR  in the 2nd inning with a single up the middle.

Standings:
Danesi Nettuno (ITA) 3-1
Rouen Huskies (FRA) 3-1
Buchbinder Legionaere (GER) 2-2
CB Barcelona (ESP) 2-2
DOOR Neptunus (NED) 2-2
Technika Brno (CZE) 0-4

Schedule:

Sunday June 3
Buchbinder Legionaere (GER) vs Danesi Nettuno (ITA)
Technika Brno (CZE) vs Rouen Huskies (FRA)
DOOR Neptunus (NED) vs CB Barcelona (ESP)

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