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Nola Named National Pitcher of the Year

Nola Named National Pitcher of the Year

Posted on 28 June 2014 by Allen

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LSU junior right-hander Aaron Nola was named the 2014 National Pitcher of the Year Friday by the College Baseball Foundation. He will be presented with the award Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas, during the annual “Night of Champions” event at the Overton Hotel.

Nola is the sixth Fighting Tiger in school history to win a national player or pitcher of the year award, joining pitcher Ben McDonald (1989 Golden Spikes Award), pitcher Lloyd Peever (1992 Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year); first baseman Eddy Furniss (1998 Dick Howser Trophy); catcher Brad Cresse (2000 Johnny Bench Award); and shortstop Alex Bregman (2013 Brooks Wallace Award).

Nola, a 2014 Golden Spikes Award finalist and a two-time Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, enjoyed a brilliant three-year career at LSU, compiling a 30-6 mark and a 2.09 ERA in 332 innings with 42 walks and 345 strikeouts. He is No. 3 on the LSU career list for strikeouts, No. 4 for ERA and No. 5 for pitching wins.

Nola, a Baton Rouge native, was named in 2014 a first-team all-American for the second straight season, as he posted an 11-1 mark and a 1.47 ERA in 116.1 innings with 27 walks and 134 strikeouts.

“It’s been such a privilege to coach Aaron Nola, who is truly deserving of this prestigious honor,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He is as fine of a pitcher as I’ve coached in my 32 years in this profession. He was everything you wanted in a pitcher. You gave him the ball, and he would go out and compete as hard as he could every night. The consistency of his performance from week to week can’t be matched. He constantly met the challenges and got better. He gave you everything he had.

“He had the best control of any pitcher I’ve been around. On top of that, he had the intangibles. He had a little something extra that allowed him to raise his game when he needed to the most. I’m very proud of his career at LSU. He represented this team and this state with such class. He is a wonderful young man, and all of us at LSU wish him well. He’ll be playing in the big leagues very soon.”

Nola became the third-highest draft choice in LSU baseball history earlier this month when he was selected as the seventh pick in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Nola began his pro career this week with Phillies’ Class A affiliate in Clearwater, Fla.

Nola was the 22nd-round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 after his senior season at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge; however, he elected to enroll at LSU instead of signing a pro contract.

“I am so glad I had the opportunity to come to LSU,” Nola said. “It had been a dream of mine, and I got to play under the best coaching staff in the country. I’m so grateful to the fans, coaches and my team. I thank everybody for making it so special.

“It has been such an unbelievable experience, and I couldn’t imagine going to any other school. I’m so glad I came to college to be a part of this program. My teammates have been so good to me, and it has been a blessing to be at LSU.”

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AJ Reed Wins John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award

AJ Reed Wins John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award

Posted on 28 June 2014 by Allen

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In the midst of seeking to become just the third unanimous national player of the year in Southeastern Conference history, Kentucky’s AJ Reed has been named the winner of the 2014 John Olerud Award, given annually to the nation’s top two-way player, it was announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon.

Reed put together one of the finest seasons in the history of college baseball in 2014, winning the Dick Howser Trophy, Baseball America’s College Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year and the American Baseball Coaches Association National Player of the Year. He is also a consensus first-team All-America honoree, earning accolades from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Louisville Slugger, the ABCA, Perfect Game and Baseball America.

Reed is just the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award shy of becoming the third unanimous national player of the year in SEC history, joining David Price (2007) and Dave Magadan (1983). The Golden Spikes Award will be announced on July 17 in Los Angeles, with Reed and fellow finalists Michael Conforto (Oregon State) and Aaron Nola (LSU) scheduled to attend.

A 6-foot-4, 240-pound left-handed pitcher/first baseman, Reed’s 2014 season can be compared with few in the history of the sport, with his nearest comparison in the game coming in the form of the award’s namesake, John Olerud. While starring for Washington State in 1988, Olerud hit a staggering .464 with 23 homers and 81 RBI, also sporting a staggering 15-0 record and a 2.49 ERA, despite playing in a lively bat era.

Reed’s 2014 season earns a comparison to Olerud, despite playing in the dead-bat era, with the Terre Haute, Ind., native finishing the year as the NCAA leader in homers (23), slugging (.735) and OPS (1.211). He became the first player in SEC history to lead the conference in homers and pitching wins, while going 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA on the mound and was the first player in league history to hit over 20 homers in the BBCOR era.

Reed finished the year with a .336 average – narrowly missing the second triple crown in SEC history – with a conference best 23 homers and 73 RBI. He also led the league in on-base percentage (.476), total bases (164) and walks (49), while adding 60 runs, 18 doubles and one triple. On the mound, Reed shined as UK’s Friday night ace for a second consecutive season, posting the second-most wins in program history, while starting 16 games. He hurled 112 innings, walking just 29 and striking out 71.

The first pick of the second round in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, Reed finished his decorated UK career with a .306 average in 172 games, slugging 35 doubles, three triples, 40 homers and 168 RBI. On the mound, Reed finished with a 19-13 record and a 2.83 ERA in his 46-game UK career, tossing 248 innings.

The Olerud Award will be presented on Saturday at the College Baseball Hall of Fame annual Night of Champions event in Luboock, Texas. UK baseball head coach Gary Henderson and Reed’s mother, Debbie, will be on hand for the presentation. Reed, whose experience with wood bats is fairly limited after primarily pitching during his two summers in the Cape Cod League, is 11 games into his professional career while playing in the New York-Penn League with the Tri-City Valley Cats. He is riding a six-game hitting streak, with three doubles, five RBI and nine walks.

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Nelson, Sounds Blank Z’s, 5-0

Nelson, Sounds Blank Z’s, 5-0

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Allen

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Top prospect Jimmy Nelson worked seven scoreless frames and combined with a pair of relievers on a four-hit shutout in the Nashville Sounds’ 5-0 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Friday evening at Greer Stadium.

Nashville (41-41), which snapped a five-game losing skid at Greer, tossed its fifth shutout of the year and improved to 21-1 when scoring first at home.

Nelson (9-2) was spectacular again for Nashville, holding the Z’s to three singles in his seven frames to log his co-leading ninth win of the year and lower his ERA to 1.66.

The Brewers’ top prospect struck out nine batters during his 85-pitch effort, the right-hander’s 14th quality outing in 15 trips to the hill for the Sounds this season.

Dustin Molleken worked around a pair of baserunners in striking out the side during a scoreless eighth for Nashville before Jeremy Jeffress retired the Z’s in order to close out the shutout win in the ninth.

Third baseman Jason Rogers — who enjoyed a solid Sounds debut with a 2-for-3 effort that included two RBIs and a pair of extra-base hits — ripped a leadoff triple to left-center in the bottom of the fifth inning for his first Triple-A hit and scored the night’s first run when Jeremy Hermida followed with a bloop RBI single to left.

Bryan Evans (4-5) took a hard-luck loss in his spot start for the Zephyrs. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits over five innings.

The Sounds upped the lead to 4-0 in the sixth against Z’s reliever Arquimedes Caminero. Rogers plated Jeff Bianchi (2-for-4) with a sacrifice fly before right fielder Jeremy Hermida (2-for-4) blasted a monstrous 401-foot three-run homer to right-center, the slugger’s eighth roundtripper of the season.

Rogers continued his strong PCL debut in the eighth when he stroked an RBI double to left-center that plated Bianchi to up the Nashville advantage to 5-0.

The teams continue the series with a 6:35 p.m. matchup on Saturday evening. Right-hander Taylor Jungmann (3-4, 6.17) will man the bump for the Sounds and face New Orleans lefty Adam Conley (2-2, 4.08).

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Ben Moore Signs Contract with Red Sox

Ben Moore Signs Contract with Red Sox

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Allen

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Alabama outfielder Ben Moore signed a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox on Friday morning, and will forego his senior season with the Crimson Tide. Moore, who was drafted by the Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, is the third junior from the 2014 Alabama roster to sign a professional contract.

The Cullman, Ala., native finished his junior season at Alabama second on the team with a .305 batting average. Moore led the team with nine home runs and tied for the team lead with 39 RBI and 73 hits. His nine home runs were tied for the third most in the Southeastern Conference this season.

A 2014 second team All-Southeastern Conference honoree, Moore added 13 doubles and a triple for a .481 slugging percentage, while walking 18 times with eight hit by pitches to post a .367 on-base percentage. He was one of the toughest players in the country to strikeout, as he went down swinging just 16 times in 239 at-bats, for an average of one strikeout for every 15 at-bats. He also led the team with eight stolen bases.

On the defensive side, Moore finished the season with eight outfield assists, which were tied for the seventh most in the country this season. The eight outfield assisted are tied for the fourth most in a single season at Alabama, bringing his career total to 15, the third most in a career at UA. He committed just two errors in 61 games and 120 chances for a .983 fielding percentage.

After starting all 61 games in 2014, Moore’s started 178 straight games for the Tide, while playing in all 179 games Alabama has played over the last three seasons. Moore had a .307 career batting average, collecting 209 hits in 681 at-bats. He had 15 home runs (career-high nine in 2014) to go along with 111 RBI, 36 doubles and six triples in his career. Moore was also 34-for-41 in stolen base chances.

Earlier this month, junior pitcher Spencer Turnbull signed with the Detroit Tigers after being selected in the second round and junior pitcher Justin Kamplain signed with the New York Yankees after being selected in the 18th round. Senior first baseman Austen Smith also began his professional career with the Miami Marlins organizations after being picked in the 33rd round.

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Grizzlies trade for UT’s Stokes

Grizzlies trade for UT’s Stokes

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Allen

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The Memphis Grizzlies acquired the draft rights to University of Tennessee forward/center and native Memphian Jarnell Stokes, who was selected with the No. 35 overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, from the Utah Jazz for a 2016 second round draft pick, the team announced.

Stokes (6-9, 263) played three collegiate seasons at the University of Tennessee, averaging 13.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.08 blocks on .530 shooting in 29.7 minutes in 87 games. The 20-year-old leaves the Volunteers ranked fourth in school history in double-doubles (40), eighth in total rebounds (836) and 14th in blocks (94). He led the Southeastern Conference in offensive rebounding in each of his final two years in Knoxville.

A First Team All-SEC selection as a junior last season, Stokes posted 15.1 points and a conference-best 10.6 rebounds on .531 shooting in 32.4 minutes in 37 games, guiding Tennessee to three NCAA Tournament victories and a trip the the Sweet 16. He upped his averages to 18.0 points and 12.8 rebounds in four tournament games, including a 26-point, 14-rebound performance on March 21, 2014 vs. Massachusetts.

Stokes was named Second Team All-SEC after posting 12.4 points and 9.6 rebounds on .528 shooting in 28.8 minutes in 33 games as a sophomore and earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors after averaging 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds on .534 shooting in 25.6 minutes in 17 games in his first collegiate season.

A native Memphian, Stokes was an honors student at Southwind High School in Memphis and enrolled at Tennessee for the 2012 spring semester after graduating from Southwind at the mid-year mark. While in high school, Stokes was rated a consensus national top 20 prospect by PrepStar.com (No. 11), Rivals.com (No. 11), Scout.com (No. 11), CBSSports.com (No. 16) and ESPNU (No. 18) and was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee by PrepStar.com and Rivals.com.

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Lakers take Wildcat’s Randle

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Allen

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With the No. 7 pick in the 2014 Draft in Brooklyn on Thursday, the Lakers selected Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle.

“I couldn’t be more blessed and fortunate to go to an organization like Los Angeles, said Randle, the team’s highest selection since James Worthy went No. 1 in 20. “They’ve had so much history and so much success in the past, and to be able to go to an organization like that … I couldn’t be more happy. This is truly a blessing for me.”

A coveted prospect who averaged 32.5 points and 22.5 boards as a senior at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, Randle helped lead the University of Kentucky all the way to the National Championship game as a freshman. He started all 40 games for UK, leading the Wildcats in points (15.0) and rebounds (10.4). He set Kentucky freshman records in double-doubles (24), boards (417), and free throws made (204) as the SEC Freshman of the Year, and was named to the All-SEC First Team.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said he and his staff were surprised that Randle was still on the board at No. 7, acknowledging that they’d coveted the 6-9, 250-pounder throughout the season.

“He has big-time skills,” said Kupchak. “He can put the ball on the floor, he can drive, he can get to the rim … he plays and competes at a very high level.”

Big and strong enough to bully most opponents at the collegiate level, Randle didn’t always have to use what the Lakers feel is a well-developed face-up game, and an improving jump shot. Randle feels he has some versatility that will help him at the professional level, particularly with the game getting smaller in recent years.

“A lot of the league is going to small ball, but the good thing about me, I’m interchangeable,” he offered. “I can play small ball because I can guard multiple positions because I can really move. But I think it’s going to be an advantage for me to be able to take a smaller guy inside but also take a bigger guy on the outside.”

Randle does have a foot issue about which the Lakers are aware, but not concerned, as Kupchak said he expects Randle to be ready for training camp. Randle added that he’s going to seek other opinions on the foot from doctors, but said “I’ll be there” when asked about the start of the season.

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Sounds Thumped By Zephyrs, 11-1

Sounds Thumped By Zephyrs, 11-1

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Allen

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The Nashville Sounds (40-41) dropped a tough 11-1 decision to the American Conference Southern Division leading New Orleans Zephyrs (43-37) at Greer Stadium on Thursday night. The 10-run deficit is the most allowed by the Sounds this season.

Nashville starter Ariel Pena struggled with his command in a brief three inning start where he allowed seven earned runs on six hits while walking four and throwing five wild pitches. The Zephyrs hit Pena early and often, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first.

New Orleans increased the deficit to 9-0 before the Sounds got on the scoreboard with a Jeff Bianchi RBI double in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Logan Schafer. Schafer was an on-base machine for Nashville, drawing a season-high three walks.

The only Sounds batter to record multiple hits was Pete Orr, who went 2-for-4. Orr is now hitting .382 in his last 17 games while picking up at least one hit in 15 of those contests.

Caleb Gindl’s double in the bottom of the fourth gives him extra-base knocks in his last four games, which matches a Sounds season high previously set by Hector Gomez from April 24 to April 27.

The Sounds were able to save the bullpen thanks to Eric Marzec pitching four innings, his longest outing of the season. He allowed one earned run while tying a season-high with four strikeouts. Brent Leach followed by allowing one run in two innings of work. In the last two games, the Sounds bullpen has allowed just three runs in 13.1 innings pitched.

With the win, New Orleans increased their lead over the Sounds in the Southern Division to 3.5 games.
Nashville will look to get back in the division race against the Zephyrs Friday at 7:05 p.m. Brewers No. 1 prospect Jimmy Nelson (8-2, 1.79 ERA) will take to the hill for Nashville against Zephyrs LHP Brian Flynn (7-5, 3.56 ERA). Jeff Hem will have the call on 102.5 The GAME.

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Sixers acquire McRae in draft day trade

Sixers acquire McRae in draft day trade

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Allen

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The Philadelphia 76ers announced that they have acquired the draft rights to Jordan McRae (58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft) and the 60th overall pick in the NBA Draft, which was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Both picks were acquired from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for the 54th overall pick. McRae declared for the 2014 NBA Draft following his senior season at Tennessee.

In four years, McRae (6-6, 185) averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal in 33 minutes per game while shooting 42 percent from the floor. He led the team in scoring with 19 ppg his senior year and 16 ppg his junior season. He also led the Volunteers in assists with 3 apg as a senior.

McRae was named First Team All-SEC as both a senior and junior.

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Greer Stadium To Host Nashville’s First “Past and Present” Baseball Doubleheader

Greer Stadium To Host Nashville’s First “Past and Present” Baseball Doubleheader

Posted on 26 June 2014 by Allen

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The Nashville Sounds will host the first ever “Past and Present Doubleheader” presented by The Nashville SCENE and Family Leisure on Sunday, June 29 at Greer Stadium.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. for an action-packed day that will celebrate the storied history of Nashville baseball, beginning with the 1864 Nashville Vintage Baseball League holding its inaugural all-star game at 4:30 p.m. as the North All-Stars battle the South All-Stars.

The opening game of the doubleheader will feature the best players from the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball and the Vintage Base Ball Association.

Admission to this unique look into baseball’s past is included with a purchase of a ticket to Sunday’s 6:35p.m. Sounds game. The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Past and Present Doubleheader print, courtesy of Family Leisure and The Nashville SCENE.

Following the vintage game, modern technology will return to Greer Stadium and the lights and scoreboard will be turned on for the Sounds’ game against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami Marlins affiliate) at 6:35 p.m., completing the twin bill.

The night also marks the fourth Trevecca Nazarene University FAITH NIGHT, featuring a concert by World Outreach Church on the plaza stage near the first-base entrance at 5:35 p.m. This event will also mark the beginning of Trevecca Nazarene University’s Bible Series Bobblehead giveaway, with the first 1,000 fans coming through the gates Sunday receiving Wise Man #1 Bobbleheads.

There will also be a number of other events for fans to enjoy including another Autograph Sunday, where fans will be able to meet select Sounds players at the front gates, Faith and Family Sunday, and Piedmont Natural Gas Military Sunday presented by Tennessee 811.
For more information about Sunday’s doubleheader, contact Jason Franke at (615) 690-HITS ext. 105. Individual tickets and group packages are currently on sale. Fans can visit the Greer Stadium box office, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., call (615) 690-HITS, or visit www.nashvillesounds.com for more information.

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Vandy wins College World Series

Vandy wins College World Series

Posted on 26 June 2014 by Allen

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The Virginia baseball team came up just short of winning a national championship Wednesday, falling to Vanderbilt, 3-2, in the deciding third game of the Finals of the 2014 Men’s College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

A solo home run to left field in the top of the eighth inning by Vanderbilt’s John Norwood off junior right-hander Nick Howard(Olney, Md.) broke a 2-2 tie, giving Vandy a one-run advantage. Virginia had bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t score the tying run.

The Cavaliers, who advanced to the Finals of the Men’s College World Series for the first time in program history, finished the season with a 53-16 record, the second-most wins in program history. The Commodores close out the campaign with a mark of 51-21, winning just the second NCAA Championship in the school’s history and the first for the baseball program.

Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson hit the very first pitch of the ballgame through the left side of the infield and later came around to score on a throwing error on a double steal in an eventful first inning for sophomore right-handed starting pitcher Josh Sborz(McLean, Va.). Sborz allowed two hits and walked two more while striking out the final batter of the inning to escape with Virginia trailing 1-0.

Senior right-hander Artie Lewicki(Wyckoff, N.J.) took over for Sborz in the second inning, keeping Vanderbilt off the scoreboard until a two-out single to short plated an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning, putting UVa in a 2-0 hole.

Virginia, who had managed just one hit off Vanderbilt starter Carson Fulmer through five innings, got the offense ignited in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single to right center by sophomore catcher Robbie Coman (Lake Worth, Fla.). Freshman shortstop Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ontario) drove in Coman with another single to right center, cutting the gap to 2-1. Junior third baseman Kenny Towns(Burke, Va.), batting with the bases loaded with two outs, ripped a low liner at Vandy shortstop Vince Conde, who couldn’t field it cleanly, with Pinero coming home to score the tying run on the error.

Norwood cranked a Howard fastball into the left-field bullpen with one out in the eighth for just the third long ball of the 2014 College World Series.

Fulmer pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, walking two while striking out five. Reliever Hayden Stone earned the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, while Adam Ravenelle worked out of bases-loaded jam in the eighth to claim his third save.

Lewicki worked six innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. In his four CWS appearances, Lewicki pitched 13.0 innings without allowing an earned run. Lewicki’s six innings of relief was the most by a Virginia pitcher since Shane Halleythrew six innings out of the bullpen in the 2012 season at Miami.

In working the final two innings, Howard took the defeat and fell to 2-2 on the year.

The 2014 Men’s College World Series drew a record 347,740 fans to TD Ameritrade Park in the 16 games that spanned 12 days.

The Cavaliers had five players named to the All-Tournament team with catcher Nate Irving (Yonkers, N.Y.), second baseman Branden Cogswell (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and outfielder Brandon Downes (South Plainfield, N.J.) joining Lewicki and Tuesday’s starter Brandon Waddell(Houston, Texas) on the squad.

2014 Men’s College World Series All-Tournament Team
Catcher: Nate Irving, Virginia
First Base: Kevin Cron, TCU
Second Base: Branden Cogswell, Virginia
Third Base: Tyler Campbell, Vanderbilt
Shortstop: C.J. Hinojosa, Texas
Outfield: John Norwood, Vanderbilt
Outfield: Rhett Wiseman, Vanderbilt
Outfield: Brandon Downes, Virginia
Designated Hitter: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
Pitcher: Artie Lewicki, Virginia
Pitcher: Brandon Waddell, Virginia
Most Outstanding Player: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt

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Georgia and Notre Dame Football to play in 2017 and 2019

Georgia and Notre Dame Football to play in 2017 and 2019

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Allen

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Georgia and Notre Dame, two of the college football programs richest in history and tradition, have agreed to a two-game series according to an announcement Wednesday by UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.

The Bulldogs and Fighting Irish will play in South Bend on September 9, 2017, and in Athens on September 21, 2019.

“This series will generate an overwhelming level of excitement for our student-athletes and supporters,” said McGarity. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Notre Dame and look forward to the start of this memorable experience.”

The two teams have met only once before — in the 1981 Sugar Bowl–a 17-10 Georgia victory that capped an undefeated, untied season and secured a consensus national championship. Vince Dooley coached the Bulldogs while Dan Devine was head coach of the Fighting Irish.

“Playing Notre Dame will be an honor and a great challenge for us,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt. “I have a lot of respect for the job Coach Kelly is doing there and I’m sure college football fans across the country will enjoy watching our two teams compete.”

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Alabama Football Team gets an early screening of new Transformer movie

Alabama Football Team gets an early screening of new Transformer movie

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Allen

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Are you wanting a review for the new Transformers movie that comes out Friday? Ask a Crimson Tide football player. The team got to see it yesterday a few days before it came out. Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier tweeted about the screening before the special showing.

And from the looks of things the team really enjoyed it.

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Vols announce 2014 Basketball Non-Conference Opponents

Vols announce 2014 Basketball Non-Conference Opponents

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall announced the non-conference portion of the Volunteers’ 2014-15 schedule Wednesday.

The Big Orange will play a dozen regular-season games leading into Southeastern Conference action in January. The complete SEC portion of the schedule will be released later this summer.

Of Tennessee’s 12 pre-conference clashes, seven take place at Thompson-Boling Arena, four will be played at a neutral site and one is a true road game. The opponents include at least five teams who appeared in last season’s NCAA Tournament, at least four teams that posted a top-100 year-end RPI in 2014 and three in-state foes.

“This is a very ambitious non-conference schedule, but I think it will prepare us well for the level of competition we’ll face once Southeastern Conference play begins,” Tyndall said. “Nearly half of the teams we will face were in the NCAA Tournament last year. All of them are extremely well coached programs. I think we’ve put together a schedule our fans will be excited about, and that’s important because we are going to need our fans to be impactful for us this season – both at home and on the road.”

As announced earlier this month, Tennessee opens the regular season Nov. 14 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where it meets VCU as part of the inaugural Veterans Classic. Under head coach Shaka Smart, VCU posted a 26-9 (12-4 A-10) record last season and made the program’s fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Rams advanced to the Final Four in 2011 and reached the third round in both 2012 and 2013.

The Volunteers’ home-opener is set for Nov. 20 against Texas Southern. Led by head coach Mike Davis, the Tigers won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.

The Tennessee football team plays host to SEC foe Missouri at Neyland Stadium two days after the Texas Southern game at Thompson-Boling Arena, so out-of-town fans can use that long weekend to see two of their favorite UT squads in action.

During the week of Thanksgiving, Tennessee takes part in the eight-team Orlando Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. The Vols will play three games at the event (Nov. 27, 28 and 30), but the bracket has yet to be announced. The tournament field also includes Georgia Tech, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Rhode Island, Rider and Santa Clara.

Tennessee then hosts back-to-back home games, as Kansas State comes to Thompson-Boling Arena Dec. 6 in conjunction with the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and Butler travels to Rocky Top for a Dec. 14 matchup.

K-State posted a 20-13 (8-8 Big 12) record last season and earned its fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth.

Butler made consecutive national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011 and joins Tennessee as two of only 13 programs in the nation to reach the Sweet Sixteen four times in the last eight years.

UT’s only true road game of pre-conference play takes place Dec. 17 against NC State in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack beat the Vols last season in Knoxville and then went on to reach the NCAA Tournament and finish the season with 22 wins. Tennessee’s returning players are familiar with NC State’s PNC Arena, as the Vols played – and won – a pair of NCAA Tournament games at the venue in March.

A four-game homestand in December closes out the non-conference portion of Tennessee’s schedule. During a two-week span, the Vols host Tennessee Tech (Dec. 19), Mercer (Dec. 22), Tennessee State (Dec. 27) and ETSU (Dec. 31).

Mercer posted a 27-9 overall record last season. The Bears shared the regular-season Atlantic Sun Conference championship with a 14-4 league record and also won the A-Sun tournament. Their season ended with a third-round NCAA Tournament loss to Tennessee in Raleigh.

The Vols will host a pair of exhibition contests in early November. The University of Pikeville, an NAIA school located in Pikeville, Ky., visits Knoxville Nov. 3. And on Nov. 8, UT welcomes NCAA Division II opponent Lenoir-Rhyne University from Hickory, N.C.

Tipoff times and TV designations for all games have yet to be determined.

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Vandy falls to Virginia 7-2

Vandy falls to Virginia 7-2

Posted on 25 June 2014 by Allen

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Three hours before the most important start of his baseball career, at the UVa team hotel, Brandon Waddell stood inside a lobby teeming with fans, signing autographs for children and posing for photos with family members, unperturbed by the commotion around him.

Across the street at TD Ameritrade Park, the sophomore from Houston showed even more poise Tuesday night before a crowd of 24,308 and an ESPN audience. In a game Virginia had to win extend its season, Waddell was magnificent, scattering five hits in a 7-2 victory over Vanderbilt.

This is the Cavaliers’ third trip to the College World Series — they were also here in 2009 and 2011 — and not until Tuesday night had one of their pitchers thrown a complete game in Omaha. Waddell, a left-hander who relies on guile as much as on power, struck out five and walked three, and only one of the runs he allowed was earned.

On a night when the Wahoos’ cheering section at the stadium included UVa president Teresa Sullivan, Waddell retired 13 of the Commodores’ final 15 batters in his longest appearance as a college player.

Waddell’s timing was impeccable. And now the `Hoos, who were ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the regular season, are in position to win their first NCAA title in this sport.

Through five innings, Beede looked sharp in limiting the Cavaliers to one run on three hits and two walks. The 14th overall draft pick by the San Francisco Giants had been struggling with his control and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his previous CWS start against UC Irvine.

He left with two outs in the seventh after allowing six runs on 10 hits and three walks.

In the final game of the best-of-three CWS Finals, UVa (53-15) will be the home team against Vandy (50-21) on Wednesday night. ESPN will televise the game, which starts at 8 o’clock Eastern.

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Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
LSU 28 Wisconsin 24

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