Monday, July 21, 2014

News digest, July 21

USC, Clemson venues in Top 9
South Carolina's Carolina Stadium is ranked No. 1 and Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium is No. 9 in's 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Parkpark Experience rankings. I think both schools are worthy of the Top 10 status. Some of the rankings for other state teams are real head-scratchers to me -- some too high, some too low -- but I'm not going to risk anyone's wrath by saying which. Coastal Carolina has played the last two seasons in Myrtle Beach's Field at Pelicans Ballpark while its on-campus facility was being rebuilt. The Myrtle Beach stadium is not included in the rankings.
S.C. Stadium rankings: 1. Carolina Stadium (USC). 9. Doug Kingsmore Stadium (Clemson). 52. Russell C. King Field (Wofford). 79. Harley Park (USC Upstate). 87. Patriots' Point (College of Charleston). 93. Latham Stadium (Furman). 108. Buccaneer Ballpark (Charleston Southern). 146. Winthrop Ballpark. 166. Presbyterian Baseball Complex. 190. Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (The Citadel).

Crownover to return
Clemson left-hander Matthew Crownover, a draft-eligible sophomore who was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the June draft, will return to school for his junior season. The MLB signing deadline was 5 p.m. Friday (July 18).

USA wins; Okey honored
The U.S. Collegiate National Team won the Haarlem-Honkbal Week Tournament in the Netherlands. Clemson sophomore Chris Okey was named most popular player in the tournament. Okey hit .235 in the tournament, but is hitting .316 for the summer with Team USA. The Americans play a friendship series against Cuba beginning Wednesday in Cuba.

Wise to compete
College of Charleston player Carl Wise has been selected to compete in the Cape Cod Baseball League's Home Run Derby later this week in Bourne, Mass. He is playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Wise, Joey Strain of Winthrop and Steven Duggar of Clemson has been selected to play for the West Division in the league's All-Star game.

Longwood hires ex-Cougar
Longwood has hired Ryan Mau as its head baseball coach. Mau played baseball and earned a bachelor's degree from College of Charleston. Mau comes to the Big South Conference school after four years as an assistant at Navy. He replaces Brian McCullough, who had a 22-33 record in one season.

PC adds nine
Presbyterian has added nine recruits for the 2015 season, including pitcher Patrick Burt from USC Lancaster & Brookland-Cayce High, pitcher Cole Norwood from Spartanburg Methodist and pitcher David Sauer from USC Sumter.

Britt transferring
Right-handed pitcher Curt Britt is transferring from South Carolina to N.C. State. Britt is a North Carolina native. His father died during the 2014 season.

Koch an all-star
USC catcher Logan Koch struck out in his only at-bat in Sunday's New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game.

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