Monday, July 5, 2010
By Blair Angulo
We have some baseball, softball and alumni news to pass along.
-- Pitcher Gerrit Cole and catcher Steve Rodriguez were selected to participate at the U.S. collegiate national baseball team trials. Cole, who went 11-4 and posted a 3.37 ERA as a sophomore last season, played for the collegiate national team last summer. Baseball America ranked him the No. 1 prospect on that squad after he posted a 4-0 record and 1.06 ERA in six games. Rodriguez (.249/8 HR/37 RBI) looks to make the team for the first time. Only 22 of the 39 players who were selected to try out will make the team.
-- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association pegged UCLA as the top softball coaching staff in the country. Head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, assistant coaches Lisa Fernandez and Gina Vecchione and volunteer assistant Natasha Watley led the Bruins to the national title behind a 10-0 mark in the NCAA Tournament.
-- Josh Shipp signed with Galatasaray Cafe Crown of the Turkish Basketball League, the club announced Friday. Shipp was a member of two Final Four teams before going undrafted in 2009. He averaged more than 19 points and nearly six rebounds per game as a rookie for Turkey's Bornova Belediye last season. Shipp will have some familiar company at Galatasaray. Former Washington State standout Taylor Rochestie, who excelled in Germany last year, also recently joined the team.
-- Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was selected by fans as a National League starter for the fifth straight year, but he won't be able to compete due to an injured right thumb. He had surgery to repair a torn ligament on Thursday and is expected to miss eight weeks. Since Utley became an everyday player in 2005, his 154 home runs, 534 RBIs and 594 runs lead all second basemen. Utley hit .342 and 53 home runs while at UCLA from 1998-2000.