July 28, 2009

By Amy Farnum

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Mississippi sophomore left-hander Drew Pomeranz sparked Team USA to an 8-1 victory over Germany with a stellar pitching performance in the championship game of the 2009 Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia, on July 26.

The native of Collierville, Tenn., carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the contest before surrendering a single with two outs in the frame.  Pomeranz, who led the Rebels with a 3.40 ERA and 124 strikeouts during the 2009 season, fanned 12 batters in the seven-inning outing. 

Pomeranz was one of four USA players named to the all-tournament team, and concluded the summer with 4-1 record, 1.75 ERA and team-best 48 strikeouts.  The USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) finished the summer with a 19-5 record.

HITTING PRETTY:  University of Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox knocked in two runs on two hits in a West squad 3-0 victory in the Cape Code League All-Star Game on July 23 at Boston’s Fenway Park, garnering the West All-Star’s Most Valuable Player award.

Despite a late start to his summer season delayed by the Razorbacks’ College World Series appearance, Cox has showcased his hitting talents to earn a spot on the West All-Star roster.  Although he is short of the required plate appearances to qualify for the league statistics, Cox tops his team – the Cotuit Kettleers – with 24 hits this season, and entered the All-Star Game with a .364 batting average.

Cox tripled off the centerfield wall to drive in a run in the first inning of the contest, and drilled an RBI-single in the second inning to give the West a 3-0 lead.

“It’s a great experience (playing at Fenway),” said Cox, “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I just wanted to make the most of it.”

NOW HEADING THE HUSKIES: The University of Washington announced Lindsay Meggs as the newest head coach of the Huskies’ program on July 27 after spending the past three seasons at Indiana State.

Meggs is originally from California and played four years for UCLA as a starting third baseman.  He went on to coach Division II’s Chico State for 13 seasons previous to his three years with the Sycamores.  Meggs guided Chico State to a pair of NCAA Division II Championships in 1997 and 1999, along with eight California Collegiate Athletic Association titles.
At Indiana State, Meggs became the first Syacmores’ coach to earn Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year since 1984 after leading his team to a second-place finish in the league regular season standings.

"I can't tell you how excited and honored I am to be part of the Husky family," Meggs said. "The University of Washington has one of the greatest academic and athletic reputations in the country. I look forward to rounding out my staff, meeting the players and getting started on the road to Omaha".

SINGING TIGER: Just one month after steering LSU to the NCAA Division I Championship, head coach Paul Mainieri participated in the long-time tradition of singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch of a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on July 26.  The Cubs defeated Cincinnati 5-2 in the contest.