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Surprisingly, Buffalo fires long-time basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon

Reggie Witherspoon (courtesy U of Buffalo)

The University of Buffalo recently fired head basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon.

He was the first African American named head coach of a varsity sports team in any Western New York suburban school district.

His 14th season at the school ended with a loss in the Mid-American Conference tournament.

The Bulls finished the season with a 14-20 record, which ended a run of four straight winning seasons.

Witherspoon had a record of 198-228 at Buffalo and is tied for second on the school’s career wins list.

His best records at Buffalo included:

23-10 in 2004-05, 21-12 in 2008-09, 20-13 in 2010-11 and 19-9 in 2011-12.

When he arrived at Buffalo, the basketball program was one of the worst in the country on the NCAA Division I level.

Norfolk’s Green named IL batter of the week

 

Nick Green (courtesy of Norfolk Tides)

The International League has named Norfolk outfielder Nick Green as the Batter of the Week for the period July 4-10.

Green has won the award before, August 25-September 1, 2008 while a member of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Green led the IL with four home runs and 11 RBI’s for the week, having his best games on Tuesday and Friday.

He had a three-hit, two-homer, seven-RBI performance on Friday at Durham to help the Tides to a 17-2 blasting of the Bulls. In the game, Green achieved season-highs in hits, homers and RBI’s.

The 32-year-old Green is in his twelfth season of pro baseball. He is a veteran of around 400 games in the majors with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, the Yankees, Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays.

 

Info courtesy of the International League

Durham’s Guyer named IL Batter of the Week

Brandon Guyer (courtesy of Durham Bulls)

The International League selected Durham outfielder Brandon Guyer as their Batter of the Week for the period from June 13-19.

Guyer is the fourth member of the Bulls to win an IL weekly award this season (Alexander Torres, April 11-17; Justin Ruggiano, May 2-8; Felipe Lopez, May 16-22.

Guyer didn’t dominate any one category during the week, but he had very solid numbers in all stat categories to help the Bulls stay in the lead in the IL South Division.

In six games during the week, Guyer hit .409 with a double, triple and home run, 7 RBI’s (3rd in IL), six runs scored (Tied-1st), and a pair of stolen bases (Tied-2nd).

Guyer produced two three-hit games during the week, including a 3-for-5, 4-RBI, 3-run effort at Gwinnett.

Guyer has been one of the League’s best hitters this season, with the proof being his .323 average (5th in the IL), .540 slugging percentage (4th), and 47 runs scored (Tied-4th).

Guyer, 25, was the Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year in 2010 with Double-A Tennessee. The Southern League All-Star was traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason as part of the trade involving Matt Garza.

Guyer is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 

Info courtesy of the International League

 

 

 

 

Clippers win final game at Durham to avoid being swept

 

Luis Valbuena (file photo)

The Columbus Clippers swept Durham when they came to Huntington Park over 10 days ago and the Bulls were trying to return the favor in North Carolina.

The Clippers had other ideas.

Jason Kipnis drew a bases-loaded walk to score Ezequiel Carrera in the top of the 10th inning and helped the Clippers to a 2-1 win over the Bulls.

The Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak.

Columbus’ Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Durham pitcher Rob Delaney, who entered the game in the ninth, allowed four walks in 1.2 innings to suffer his first loss of the season.

Zach Putnam raised his record to 4-1 after pitching two scoreless innings.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

Bulls’ Johnson beats Clippers with 3-run homer

 

Dan Johnson (courtesy of Durham Bulls)

The Columbus Clippers could not get their offense going in losing to Durham on the road 4-1 Tuesday night.

The Clippers led 1-0 in the top of the third, then the Bulls tied it in the bottom of the fourth on Russ Canzler’s solo homer to right field.

In the bottom of the fifth, Durham put the game away, when Dan Johnson, the International League’s reigning player of the year, crushed a three-run homer to right field and the lead rose to 4-1.

Durham’s Brian Baker (4-3) picked up the win by outpitching Zach McAllister (7-1) who lost his first game of 2011. McAllister, who has become the team’s ace, pitched solid in eight innings, allowing four runs, three earned on three hits while striking out six and walking one.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

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