New Orleans Baby Cakes to Retire Wally Pontiff’s No. 31

Pontiff 31Metairie, LA – In recognition of 15 years of hosting the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Classic at the Shrine on Airline, the New Orleans Baby Cakes will retire Pontiff’s jersey number 31 during a ceremony on Friday, July 27 when the Baby Cakes host the Tacoma Rainiers.

“I was blown away when I was told the Baby Cakes would be retiring Wally’s number,” said his father, Wally

Pontiff, Sr. “It is a tremendous honor and means a lot to us. The organization has been so good to us and the connection has been great for the last 15 years.” Continue reading “New Orleans Baby Cakes to Retire Wally Pontiff’s No. 31”

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Let There Be Light!

UCSB StadiumSANTA BARBARA, Calif. — For fans and athletes alike, few things can energize a baseball stadium like a night game. Unless, of course, that stadium lacks lights. Then what? Well, no night games.

For decades — in fact, since its inception — UC Santa Barbara’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium has been dark, night after night. Dark and empty. With no lights on their home field, the Gauchos’ night game experience has occurred outside Santa Barbara.

That is all about to change.

Creating new opportunities for Gaucho baseball, for Gaucho fans and for the Santa Barbara community at large, UCSB Athletics will soon install lights at Uyesaka Stadium. A goal of the department for many years, the $1.3 million project has now been made possible through the generosity of multiple donors.

“The support we got from a key group of donors, including the Gretler Foundation and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, really made the difference,” said UCSB Athletics Director John McCutcheon. “You need some real leadership and real vision with significant gifts to get it done and that’s what we got. One led to another and then another and another, and in course of the last year we were able to put it together. All the thanks in the world go out to the donors who made it happen. This has been talked about forever and we really think it’s a game changer — literally.”

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Wed., April 11)

sec-baseball-logoThere were only three games on the SEC docket Wednesday, with Tennessee, Kentucky and Miss. State all collecting non-conference wins.

Luke Becker hit a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning as Kentucky defeated Western Carolina 7-5. Alex Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Wed., April 11)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 10)

sec-baseball-logoA total of 12 SEC teams were in action on a busy Tuesday night on the diamond.

Florida ran its winning streak to eight straight games over in-state rival Florida State with a 6-3 win at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee.  The Gators are 13-1 in their last 14 games with the Seminoles, after sweeping the three-game series this year.

Arkansas, Georgia and Ole Miss had big neutral site wins on Tuesday.

Arkansas scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Grambling 7-6 in front of 8,719 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. Eric Cole capped the comeback with a 2-run single.

Georgia posted a 6-3 win over Clemson in front of 5,801 fans at SRP Park in North Augusta, Georgia. Michael Curry capped the Bulldogs five-run third inning with a three-run home run.

Ole Miss scored six runs in the third inning en route to an 11-3 win over Southern Miss in front of 5,772 at Trustnark Park in Pearl.

Texas A&M got two RBIs from Will Frizzell, Cole Bedford and Hunter Coleman in a 6-5 win over Texas in front of 7,537 fans at Blue Bell Park.

Here are Tuesday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 10)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 8)

sec-baseball-logoArkansas freshman Heston Kjerstad delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Razorbacks completed a three-game sweep of Auburn. Arkansas trailed 4-0 after three innings but rallied for the win. Eric Cole stroked a game-tying, two-run single in the seventh inning.

Florida, Kentucky and Miss State closed the weekend with series clinching wins. MSU got a walk-off, two-run home run for a 7-5, 11-inning win over rival Ole Miss. Kentucky hit four home runs in its 10-5 win over South Carolina. Tristan Pompey, Troy Squires, Luke Heyer and Luke Becker were a combined 8-for-15 with seven runs scored, four home runs and seven RBIs out of the top four spots in the batting order.

Florida posted a 6-4, 11-inning win over Tennessee in game one of Sunday’s double header at Tennessee but saw its nine-game winning streak end with a 6-4 loss in the night cap.

Here are Sunday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 8)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 7)

sec-baseball-logoFlorida (22), South Carolina (15), Miss. State (13) and Arkansas (13) all scored double figures to highlight Saturday’s scoreboard. The Gators scored as many runs on Saturday as Alabama, Missouri, Texas A&M, LSU, Vanderbilt and Georgia combined.

Florida scored an SEC high 22 runs in the blowout win at Tennessee. Deacon Liput, JJ Schwarz and Blake Reese all scored three runs. The Gators had two 7-run innings and one 5-run inning. A total of 11 different Gators scored a run in the win. Florida is riding an eight-game winning streak and head coach Kevin O’Sullivan picked up his 200th career SEC win on Saturday. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 7)”