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UT and YSU Schedules, Falcon honors, Raider banquet

The last wee has seen schedule released from Toledo and Youngstown State while Wright State announced the details of its 2013 First Pitch Banquet and Bowling Green honored efforts from the 2012 season.

Bowling Green honors nine

Postseason awards were honored out as Bowling Green baseball players received varsity jackets and academic honors last week. Highlighting the honors were Brian Bein, Freshman of the Year; Matt Malewitz, Most Valuable Pitcher; Andrew Kubuski as Hitter of the Year and Most Valuable Player and Patrick Martin, Mr. Falcon and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

BGSUFalcons.com has the entire rundown of honors.

Dave Stewart to headline First Pitch Banquet

Wright State has announced former major league pitcher Dave Stewart will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 First Pitch Banquet to be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, inside Wright State’s Nutter Center.

The American League Championship Series MVP in 1989 and 1990, Stewart played on three  World Series winners (Dodgers 1981, A’s 1989, Blue Jays 1993) in a career in which he won 168 games, recorded 1,741 strikeouts and carried a 3.95 earned run average over 2,629.2 innings. From 1987-1990 Stewart finished in the top four of the CY Young voting each season.

The First Pitch Banquet features a sit-down dinner along with a silent auction. The cost for the event will be $60 per person, $500 for a table of eight or a VIP table for ten guests costing $1000. The VIP table includes recognition during the program and admission to a pre-event meet and greet with Stewart. The doors will open to the public at 6:30. If you have any questions, please contact WSU head baseball coach Rob Cooper at (937) 775-3667.

Rockets to play 41 road contests

Though Kent State advanced to the 2012 College World Series, life as a northern program remains far from ideal. As Cory Mee announced the 2013 schedule he Rockets will take on, the Toledo program will only play 15 home games, the first not coming until March 29 with the last on May 5.

The Toledo schedule will offer ample opportunities for the Rockets to make noise. After opening the season at the Wright State Tournament in Cary N.C., though they do not play their in-state rivals, with single games against LaSalle, Albany, Villanova and Temple, the non-conference portion is highlighted by a three-game set at Virginia, Feb. 22-24, followed by a weekend in Tampa against South Florida, March 1-3.

“Early in the year, I like to challenge my team and play the best competition we can,” said Mee, who begins his 10th year at the helm of the Rockets’ program in 2013. “We try to give the players new experiences by going to some different places in hopes of preparing them to be successful during Mid-American Conference play.”

MAC action will see Toledo host Miami (March 29-31), Bowling Green (April 12-14), Central Michigan (April 19-21) and Northern Illinois (May 3-5). On the road, Toledo will travel to conference foes Ohio (March 22-24), Buffalo (April 5-7), Western Michigan (April 26-28), Ball State (May 10-12) and Eastern Michigan (May 16-18).

The Rockets will have a non-conference home-and-home against Kent State (vs. April 2, at April 11). Other mid-week highlights include at Wright State (March 20), at Ohio State (March 26), at Cincinnati (April 3), at Michigan State (April 16), at Notre Dame (April 23) and at Michigan (April 8).

“Our non-conference games are designed to help prepare us for MAC play and we definitely have a challenging non-league slate,” Mee said. “We know we’re going to have our work cut out for us.”

The MAC Tournament will again be held in Avon, Ohio at All Pro Freight Stadium. The eight-team tournament runs May 22-25.

Slate for Gillispie’s first go revealed

First-year head coach Steve Gillispie will lead his team onto Eastwood Field 19 times in the regular season while the home of the Penguins will also play host to the 2013 Horizon League Tournament.

The first game for Gillisipie as YSU’s skipper comes at Samford as the Penguins open the season with a four-game set there. The following week will see Youngstown State take on Wake Forest and West Virginia twice each in Winston-Salem. The team travels back to North Carolina the next weekend for four games at UNC-Charlotte, March 1-3. The final pre-conference weekend has YSU in Pittsburgh to play Manhattan and Pitt twice each.

Horizon League play commences with a series at Illinois-Chicago March 15-17. YSU host Chicago State the following weekend as they step back outside of Horizon League competition. UIC completes the home-and-home with YSU with a series in Youngstown April 19-21. The following home-and-home series for the remaining conference opponents are: Milwaukee (vs. April 5-7, at May 10-12), Valparasio (vs. April 12-14, at May 16-18) and Wright State (at March 28-30,  vs. May 3-5).

Regional opponents dot the midweek porition of YSU’s schedule as the Penguins welcome Akron (April 3), Pitt (April 9), West Virginia (April 24) and Kent State (May 1). Youngstown State will travel to Coppin State (March 12), Ohio (March 19), Akron (March 26), West Virginia (April 10),  Pitt (April 16), Toledo (April 17) and Kent State (April 23).

The Horizon League Tournament runs May 22-25.


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