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Monday, June 01, 2015

New baseball helps college teams regain pop on offense - LA Times

I thought the bat rules were a safety issue?

“It was a first-pitch slider and I got it,” said Moyer, a junior. “I thought, ‘That’s a double off the wall.’ Then it kept going and going and went out. I went, ‘Welcome to the new year and the new ball.’”

Moyer had no home runs in 2014. He has hit 14 this season. Having another season of experience helped considerably, as did bulking up by 15 pounds. But Moyers admits that “three or four” of his home runs were aided by the baseball that was introduced at the college level this season.

The change resulted from an overcompensation after the NCAA enacted rules to tame aluminum bats for safety reasons in 2011. The drop in offensive production brought howls from coaches whose teams traditionally battered pitchers.

The result was a new baseball, one with flatter seams and a slightly harder core, similar to what is used in professional baseball. It increased offensive production this season, but did not bring a return of the numbers created by loaded aluminum bats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 05:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Saturday, May 30, 2015

St. Thomas Bobcats pitcher Ben Ancheff is our new favorite athlete - SBNation.com

Which ROUND is this guy going in? (You have to click the link.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

17-year Navy veteran to make his NCAA pitching debut

Cool to add some veteran presence.

Yes, after 17 years of active duty in the Navy, Holcomb will pitch in an NCAA game for the first time on Tuesday night for the Jacksonville University Dolphins.

From the Jacksonville University website:

“I’m like a little freshman trying to get that spot and do some damage out there on the mound,” said Holcomb who turns 35 next week. “Where I am at in my life, I’ve surpassed a lot of my dreams. I found a role around here and stayed attached to the program and the guys welcomed me in.”

...

“I was accepted into the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) here at JU,” said Holcomb of his decision to enroll as a student-athlete, “After I get my degree, I’ll have the chance to serve for six years. I love serving my country. If I can do 40-years serving and retire, that’s what I want to do.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, jacksonville, navy veteran

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Philly.com: Phillies lose to University of Tampa, 6-2.

UT, ranked No. 1 in Div. II, tied it at 2 when Phillies reliever Nefi Ogando walked in a run with the bases loaded. That prompted a mid-inning pitching change to Hector Neris, who promptly gave up a grand slam to UT shortstop Giovanny Alfonzo.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth, but Cord Phelps grounded out to the pitcher to end it.

A couple of days old, but still a fun story.


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

JuCo team to sign first female pitcher; daughter of former MLB closer

History will be made when the Bossier Parish Community College baseball team signs pitcher Sarah Hudek, the first female to play baseball at BPCC, to the roster. She is also one of the first females to play at the collegiate level.

Hudek, the daughter of former MLB pitcher and All-Star, John Hudek, earned her baseball scholarship from head coach Aaron Vorachek and will make it official when she signs with the team at a ceremony in her hometown of Houston at 6 p.m. on Wednesday….

“This is not a gimmick and I could care less about media attention,” Vorachek told the Shreveport Times. “I’m signing her to help us win ballgames.”...

Like her father, Hudek’s pitches pack a powerful punch. The 5-10 left-hander throws 82 miles per hour.

“I grew up around pro baseball and I’ve had the opportunity to pick the brain, not only of my dad, but of other major leaguers he is friends with,” Hudek said. “I have a fastball, change-up, curve and I’m working on a cutter.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, john hudek, junior college, women in baseball

 

 

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