Baseball Columns

Jill Lee

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Baseball

Every spring when the academic year comes to a close, we get a chance to look back on the “year that was” in the world of the Senior CLASS Award (SCA). It’s always inspiring to remember the student-athletes who were honored and recall what they’d done to deserve the honor. This year was certainly one to remember for the SCA staff, as it featured several firsts in award history. We saw our first set of twins make it to the round of finalists when Minnesota volleyball stars Paige and… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

UC Irvine’s Andrew Morales sets good example for family

by Laurie Bollig June 20, 2014 in Baseball

When All-American pitcher Andrew Morales from the University of California, Irvine graduated earlier this month with a degree in public health policy, he became only the second member of his large extended family to earn a college degree. When the Covina, California, native won the Senior CLASS Award earlier this month, he became the second Anteater in four years to win the nation’s most prestigious award for senior student-athletes. Former UC Irvine pitcher and current Anteater pitching… Continue Reading

Connor Casey

Lopez keeps a low profile but makes huge contributions

by Connor Casey June 27, 2013 in Baseball

He didn’t have the highest batting average. He had two teammates drafted before him. He might not have been the player reporters would flock to for comments after a win. But Carlos Lopez, first baseman for the Cal State Fullerton Titans, was the total package as a baseball player and exemplified the qualities of a Senior CLASS Award winner. On the field Lopez was a dedicated and consistent offensive force. After redshirting his freshman year due to a knee surgery, Lopez led the Titans’… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

2011-12 Senior CLASS Award winners reflect on award’s meaning

by Laurie Bollig July 05, 2012 in Baseball

They’ve graduated with degrees that will serve them for the rest of their lives. They’ve left lasting impressions on the college communities they have served for four years. They have competed in intercollegiate athletics at the highest levels. They are the nation’s most outstanding senior student-athletes in 10 NCAA Division I sports. And this is what the Senior CLASS Award means to them: Brian Holt, Creighton, Men’s Soccer: “It is important to value personal character, academic success… Continue Reading

Aaron Fitt

Ramsey walks the walk - leading in the clubhouse as well as everywhere else

by Aaron Fitt June 25, 2012 in Baseball

In more than three decades as Florida State’s head coach, Mike Martin has coached his share of special Seminoles. Every now and then, a Florida State player comes along that embodies everything Martin looks for in a young man. He felt that way about Buster Posey, Baseball America’s 2008 College Player of the Year, and he feels that way about James Ramsey. “I cannot say that I’ve had anybody like this in the program,” Martin said. “Buster Posey was one of a kind. Buster was as good a leader as… Continue Reading

Randy Rosetta

What defines Nola is what he does when no one is watching

by Randy Rosetta May 11, 2012 in Baseball

Where Austin Nola wound up as a college baseball player wasn’t by accident. In fact, it’s hard for him or anybody who has known him a while to imagine LSU’s senior shortstop anywhere but in the Tigers’ purple-and-gold and right in the middle of the Alex Box Stadium diamond – where he’s been a starter from the middle of his freshman season on. Understanding Nola’s connection to LSU also provides a glimpse into who he is as a person. The Baton Rouge native isn’t just one of… Continue Reading

Aaron Fitt

The “right things” matter to Virginia’s Tyler Wilson

by Aaron Fitt June 27, 2011 in Baseball

In a conversation with Tyler Wilson, it doesn’t take long for the magnetism of his personality to become perfectly apparent. Virginia’s instantly likable senior righthander has a clear, confident voice and a naturally friendly disposition. It’s no wonder his teammates are drawn to him and eager to follow his lead. “Everbody loves Tyler Wilson, there’s no doubt,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said. “He’s just got an infectious personality—he’s somebody you love being around. He’s very honest.… Continue Reading

Randy Rosetta

Frazier Hall put baseball dream on hold to help his older brother chase another dream

by Randy Rosetta May 23, 2011 in Baseball

Like any other kid who picked up a baseball or a glove when he had barely mastered the art of walking, Frazier Hall had a full set of dreams lying in front of him. Those aspirations grew and developed clarity as he got older and realized there was a bright future ahead on the diamond. But when his older brother encountered a life-altering hurdle several years ago, Hall did something unlike a lot of those same youngsters whose dreams have taken flight. He put his ambitions on hold to make… Continue Reading

Eric Sorenson

Columbia pitcher Dan Bracey loves a challenge

by Eric Sorenson April 18, 2011 in Baseball

The first thing you notice about Dan Bracey is that this is a guy who loves a good challenge. Let’s face it, the right-handed pitcher from East Greenwich, Rhode Island, chose to go to Columbia for crying out loud. As if that’s not a challenge enough, right? “I liked everything about Columbia,” says Bracey. “I love the feel and the pace of the big city. Plus there’s nothing like going to a school where you have Nobel Laureates as your professors.” If the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is given… Continue Reading

Aaron Fitt

Intangibles make Bibona hard to resist

by Aaron Fitt June 27, 2010 in Baseball

UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie has gotten to know countless players in nearly 40 years as a college baseball coach. It’s safe to say Daniel Bibona ranks up there with his favorites. “I’m a huge fan of his,” Gillespie said. “Anybody that’s around him or really watches him, it’s impossible to not like him. There’s nothing not to like.” That goes for fans, coaches, teammates and media—it’s simply impossible not to like Bibona. Both on the field and off, Irvine’s ace lefthander has… Continue Reading

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