Mack Draft: – Ryan Hutchinson, Ivan Hartle, Casey Dykes, Tucker Donahue, Robbie Powell, Anthony Rendon, Herman Petzold, Bubba Starling

Western Kentucky University opened the Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a 11-3 blowout win over Kansas St. WKU junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson, junior second baseman Ivan Hartle and senior third baseman Casey Dykes each slugged home runs in the game. Hartle and junior center fielder Kes Carter both tallied three hits in four at-bats, one RBI and three runs scored. Senior catcher Matt Rice was 3-5 with three RBI, and sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins earned the win after surrendering three runs on five hits in six innings while striking out four and walking two –


Stetson followed up its sweep of Georgia with a 4-3 win against MEAC power Bethune-Cookman in 11 innings. Power-armed bullpen anchor Tucker Donahue (4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER) and junior righty Robbie Powell (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) held the Wildcats in check in the late innings until the Hatters could scratch out the winning run in the 11th.


The Pirates have the 1st overall pick in this year’s Amateur Draft. Barring any unexpected circumstances, Anthony Rendon will be the first player to hear his name called. But do the Pirates deserve a player of his caliber? Should the previous year’s worst team really be given the opportunity to select a potential superstar? Why? Should the team that wins the World Series not have a same chance at that talent?


Eleven games, no starts, 10 at-bats, three hits, and four runs scored. That stat line was the sum of Notre Dame’s Herman Petzold after four years as a reserve infielder under the Golden Dome. Herman Petzold was 5-for-12 last week after going 3-for-10 in his first four years combined. All that changed in one swing of the bat on the second day of the 2011 season. It was a moment that would knock a huge self-imposed chip off Petzold’s shoulder, but it was also a moment that almost never happened. –


But none are quite on (Bubba) Starling’s level. He’s just a freak athlete. He’s the best position player in this year’s high school class and, while he’s more raw as a pitcher, he can still throw 94 mph and would be highly-ranked even if he didn’t have five-tool potential as a position player. He’s the seventh-best high school quarterback in the nation, according to ESPNU’s Top 150 of 2011, and he could play Division-I basketball too if he wanted. He’s just the kind of kid that can do almost anything he wants athletically. Check out some of his YouTube football highlights, they’re pretty incredible. –



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