Baseball Fall Practice News & Notes: Nov. 6

Another day of fall practices on the baseball field. Plenty of updates including one on a player who had an X-ray earlier today, one on who is winning the third base battle, and plenty more!

Monday's practiced featured just two innings of scrimmage. Yonder Alonso, Ryan Jackson, Chris Petralli, and Ben Vazquez all went 1-for-1 on the day. Jackson and Blake Tekotte each scored a run.

Top Performers Through First Four Practices

1B Yonder Alonso: .416, two run, one RBI

3B Gus Menendez: .333, two doubles, one run, one RBI

1B Chris Petralli: .364, two doubles, one RBI

SS Ryan Jackson: defensive play, .286, four runs, three stolen bases.

Monday Pitching Performance

RHP Michael Sanders: 2 innings pitched, 1 run allowed, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks.
Fastball = 84 MPH

RHP David Gutierrez: 2 innings pitched, 1 run allowed, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, 4 walks.
Fastball = 86 MPH

News and Notes

• After renovating the seating, lights, and dugouts of Mark Light Field, Coach Jim Morris expects for the restrooms and possibly the concession stands to be ready for the 2007 season. Morris expects the construction for the new locker rooms and press box to begin on July 1, 2007

• Senior 3B Gus Menendez has put together a solid fall practice season thus far. Menendez is third on the team in batting average and is tied for the team lead with two doubles. "If the season were to start today, Gus would be starting at third base without question.

• Walk-on freshman RHP Kyle Bellamy has impressed the coaching staff and players alike. Pitching Coach J.D. Arteaga suggested Bellamy drop his release to a sidearm motion. "The hitters have to adjust to his motion because the ball has a sink to it and plus there is a sweeping breaking ball to deal with," Morris said. "He gives hitters a different look and anytime you give them a different look, it messes up their timing."

• After losing nearly 35 pounds due to mononucleosis during the summer, OF Nick Freitas has gained 30 of the pounds back and is one of the strongest players on the team. Freitas, 6-feet-1, 210-pounds, is battling freshmen OFs Kevin Diego, Chris Borgognoni and the injured Jonathan Weislow for the leftfield position. Morris has said that the outfielder that is hitting the best will start in leftfield.

• Freshman 3B Mark Sobolewski had X-Ray taken today after a pitch ricocheted off his helmet into his cheek during Sunday's scrimmage. Sobolewski's eye was considerably swollen today.

• 2B Jemile Weeks played one inning at second base. Weeks made a nice play on a stolen base attempt on a ball that was slightly under-thrown. Weeks was able to control the throw and tag the runner at second. Weeks did not take an at bat.

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