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Erica Blasberg, LPGA player found dead at 25

compiled from staff, wire, University of Arizona and LPGA reports

Erica Blasberg (LPGA)

25-year-old LPGA Tour golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead found dead on Sunday.

Henderson, Nevada police spokesman Keith Paul said on Monday that authorities are investigating the death and it is not known if foul play was involved or not. Blasberg had only played in one event this season. She tied for 44th two weeks ago at the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

Blasberg had a successful career at the University of Arizona before turning pro in 2004. Greg Allen, is her former coach with the Wildcats and remembers her as a fiery competitor whom the Wildcats called “Skip”. When she showed up for her first workout as a freshman in 2002, the Arizona trainer asked the women’s golf team to warm up by skipping around the track. Blasberg told the trainer she didn’t know how to skip. Coach Allen said that her teammates and coaches gave her the appropriate nickname.

Blasberg was a very high-profile and decorate collegiate golfer, winning six tournaments in two years. She was named Golfweek’s 2003 Player of the Year after finishing the season number 1 in the rankings. She also was the 2003 NGCA Freshman of the Year, Pacific 10 Player of the Year and competed on the victorious 2004 Curtis Cup team.

The California native turned professional in June 2004, posting top-10′s in eight starts on the Duramed Futures Tour, including a win at the Lacona Savings Bank Futures Golf Classic. She qualified for the LPGA later that fall.

Erica Blasberg (U of Arizona photo)

Blasberg has struggled on the LPGA Tour, never finishing higher than 94th on the money list. Her career-low 64 on the LPGA Tour came while competing at the Welch’s/Fry Championship, while she was competing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

Blasberg, who was quiet and shy, always stayed to herself, did have a few endorsement deals with Puma Golf, Casio and Cleveland Golf.

Minor League Baseball: Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons win

Info Courtesy of Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons

Josh Tomlin (MiLB)

Frank Herrmann (MiLB)

The Clippers road trip continues through the state of Pennsylvania as the hit parade rolled on Monday night at PNC Field as Columbus knocked out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 10-2. The win was the 4th in five tries on the current trip.

The Clippers didn’t allow the fans in Scranton to get their seats warm before banging around spot-starter Amouri Senit for four runs in the top of the first inning. Carlos Santana plated Jason Donald with a single and scored on the first of three Shelley Duncan hits on the night. Wes Hodges followed with a 2-run homer to cap the inning.

Josh Tomlin, making his 4th start for Columbus allowed no runs to the Yankees through four innings before being touched up for a pair of runs in the 5th. He would finish the inning and make way for Frank Herrmann who continues to dominate the International League. Herrmann pitched two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.56 on the year. Jess Todd finished the Yankees off with two innings of no runs scored.

Kevin Coddington (MiLB)

Didi Gregorius singled to left field with two outs and the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dayton Dragons a 4-3 win over the Ft. Wayne TinCaps on Monday at Fifth Third Field. The win improved the Dragons record to 14-17 on the year and improved their home record to 11-5. Fort Wayne fell to 15-16.

Dayton had 11 hits in the game with Didi Gregorius, Kevin Coddington, Shane Carlson, Frank Pfister, and Efrain Contreras all had two apiece.

Doug Salinas (2-1) tossed three scoreless of relief to earn the win. He did not allow a hit while walking two and striking out four.

Reds keep rolling behind Arroyo’s pitching; beats Pirates 2-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

Bronson Arroyo (mlb)

Bronson Arroyo early in his career was with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Pittsburgh released him after the 2002 season without even trying to trade him for another player. He has 79 wins in the majors since then with Boston and Cincinnati, including a pair of 15-win seasons and two 14 -win campaigns.

Everytime he pitches against them, it’s money in the bank he’ll do well. Monday night was no exception.

Arroyo limited Pittsburgh to one error over seven-plus innings against former team. Scott Rolen and Laynce Nix doubled in runs and the Cincinnati Reds nipped the Pirates to win, 2-1.

Arroyo (2-2), permitted only three singles until Ronny Cedeno led off the eighth inning by hitting a long, high homer to the left field bleachers.

Arroyo was very sharp the entire night. He retired the side in order four times while failing to allow a runner past second base until Cedeno homered. The 6’5 right-hander struck out two and walked one, throwing 103 pitches, 72 for strikes. Arroyo pitched at least 6 innings for the sixth time in seven starts

Arroyo won his fourth game in his last five decisions against the Pirates, allowing only three runs in 28 innings during those four wins which date back to midway through the 2008 season.

Royals Manager has college jersey number retired by UTA

compiled from staff and wire reports

Former Columbus Clippers manager Trey Hillman, who skippered the Clippers from 1999-2001, had his jersey retired recently by his alma mater, University of Texas at Arlington.

Trey Hillman Kansas City Royals manager (mlb)

Hillman, whose jersey number was #1, played at UTA from 1982-85 and is the only player in school history to be named all-Southland Conference three times. His .442 batting average in 1985 is still the school record.

Hillman is slated to be inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Fame in June.

OHIO COLLEGE BASEBALL: Defiance sets records and Cincinnati beats UConn

Info courtesy of Defiance College and Cincinnati Athletics

Kirk Jesse (DC)

Defiance College closed its 2010 campaign with a pair of Senior Day wins this past Saturday at Rutter Field against Rose-Hulman.  The series win by the Jackets ended the HCAC Championship hopes of the Engineers, while capping Defiance College’s winningest season since winning 19 games in 1999. They honored 6 seniors who will be leaving the program due to graduation.

The day started with the completion of Friday’s suspended game, which had Rose-Hulman holding an 8- 6 lead over Defiance entering the bottom of the eighth inning. DC came back to score 5 runs in the bottom of the inning to take control of the game at 11-8.

The three-run cushion would hold, as Tyler Gallant worked a perfect ninth inning to preserve the come from behind win for the Yellow Jackets. Gallant (3-3) was credited with the victory, after yielding one hit and one earned run in two innings, following a clutch six-inning relief pitching performance from Aaron Patterson in which he struck out six Rose-Hulman batters.

The Jacket offense erupted for 11 runs on 13 hits behind multi-hit games from six of the top seven hitters in the lineup. Kirk Jesse swiped three bases to tie the Defiance College single-season record of 27.

The offense stayed hot in the second game, using a six-run second inning to take control. The result was an 11-7 DC victory that saw the Purple and Gold pile up 14 more hits.

Tim Pitro Defiance (DC)

Defiance completed its assault on the record books on Saturday and saw four more records fall as Kirk Jesse set single-season marks with 171 at bats and 30 steals, while Tim Pitro tied the single season record with 14 doubles and set a new all-time runs scored record with 110.

Falling records were the theme for the Yellow Jackets in 2010, as the team set all-time records with 1,357 at bats, 400 hits, 76 doubles, 321 innings pitched, 963 putouts, 420 assists and a .958 fielding percentage.

Multiple individual single-season standards were also set, with Kirk Jesse’s at bats and steals marks joining Tim Pitro’s doubles record and Bryn Lehman’s assist total of 119.

Jesse and Pitro carried the act over into the all-time rankings as well, with Jesse leaving as the program’s all-time leader with 555 at bats and Pitro rounding out his record-breaking career as Defiance College’s all-time leader with 174 hits, 110 runs scored, 102 runs batted in, 34 doubles and 346 assists.

Defiance ends the 2010 season with a 16-23 record overall and a 7-15 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Jackets are set to return the entire pitching staff, along with five starters and 13 letterman on offense for the 2011 campaign.

Andrew Strenge (UC)

Jake Proctor (UC)

In his first career start, Cincinnati freshman Andrew Strenge gave up seven hits, struck out six batters, and gave up two unearned runs in nine innings of work to lead UC past number 20 Connecticut, 3-2 Sunday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs, Connecticut.

Strenge threw 113 pitches in his first career complete game, 76 were for strikes, becoming the first UC freshman to throw a complete game since Don Osterbrock threw a complete game at Villanova on May 6, 2006. The Yardley, Pennsylvania native also moved to 5-1 on the season.

The victory moved Cincinnati to 25-23 overall and 9-12 in Big East play, while number 20 UConn slipped to 36-10 overall and 16-4 in conference play. UC is now 2-2 on the season when playing teams ranked in the top 25 poll.

Both Strenge and UConn starter Greg Nappo held the opposing team scoreless through the first five innings, before UC put the first runs on the board in the sixth inning.

Freshman Jake Proctor got the damage started with a leadoff solo homer to right field to lead Cincinnati to the victory.D

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