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TOLEDO AT OSU GAME WEEK: UT coach Beckman signs extension through 2015; architect of football resurgence


Tim Beckman (courtesy of Toledo athletics)

The University of Toledo and head football coach Tim Beckman have agreed to a contract extension that will run through the 2015 season.

UT athletic director Mike O’Brien made the announcement back in July.

The 46-year-old Beckman was named head coach in December 2008, inheriting a team that was 3-9 in 2007.

He led the team to a 5-7 record his rookie season of 2009 and an 8-5 mark, 7-1 in MAC play in 2010.

Toledo’s 8-5 record was its best since a 9-3 record in 2005. The Rockets’ 7-1 mark in league play was their best since a 7-1 mark in 2004.

Under Beekman’s coaching, the Rockets made it first bowl appearance in five years when it faced Florida International University in the 2010 Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit’s Ford Field. It’s previous bowl appearance came in 2005, a 45-13 win over UTEP in the GMAC Bowl.

Info courtesy of Toledo athletics

Robin Fraser, Ex-Columbus Crew fan favorite, named Chivas USA coach

Robin Fraser (courtesy of MLS)

MLS member, Chivas USA recently announced that Robin Fraser, a dominating player during his 10-year Major League Soccer career and a respected assistant coach in four seasons with Real Salt Lake, has been named as their new head coach.

The 44-year-old Fraser, will get ready for the MLS SuperDraft, training camp and the 2011 regular season, which has Chivas USA kicking off Saturday March 19 against Sporting Kansas City at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Fraser has become one of the most widely respected Assistant Coaches in Major League Soccer due to his work in four seasons with Real Salt Lake and head coach Jason Kreis.

Since Fraser joined RSL in 2007, the team has won an MLS Cup (2009) and has set a record for most consecutive home matches without a loss, currently at 25 league games and 33 matches in all competitions.

In 10 MLS seasons as a player, Fraser established himself as one of the league’s top defenders, earning two MLS Defender of the Year awards in 1999 and 2004, as well as earning five appearances on the MLS All-Star Team and MLS Best XI (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004).

The first-ever pick of the LA Galaxy in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft (fourth overall), Fraser played in 260 games (256 starts) with three teams, the Galaxy from 1996-2000, Colorado Rapids 2001-2003 and the Columbus Crew (2004-2005).

Fraser was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but attended high school in Miami, Florida and went to Florida International University.

After receiving his United States citizenship in 1986, the central defender made 27 appearances for the United States National Team, from 1988 to 2001.

Fraser and his wife Ashley, have two daughters, Danielle and Nicola.

Info courtesy of Chivas USA and Columbus Crew news

Wittels hit streak reaches 55 in 17-3 loss to Texas A&M

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International University news

Florida International University’s Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 55 games against Texas A&M pitcher Barret Loux who shut down the Golden Panthers offense as Texas A&M won 17-3 on Friday in the opening game of the the Coral Gables Regional.

Garrett Wittels (FIU photo)

Loux (11-2) gave up six hits and struck out 10 in eight innings.

Adam Smith, Joe Patterson, Matt Juengel and Brodie Greene all homered and drove in three runs apiece for the Aggies (41-19-1). Kevin Gonzalez also got in on the home run act for Texas A&M, which set a season-high for hits with 20.

Wittels went 1 for 4 and moved to within three games of matching Robin Ventura’s Division I record 58-game hitting streak with a sixth-inning double for FIU (36-24).

FIU wins Sun Belt; Wittels hitting streak moves to 54 games in a row

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International news

The Florida International University baseball team (36-23) defeated the Troy Trojans, 14-10, to claim its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament title since 1999, the Golden Panthers first season as a member of the SBC. The Golden Panthers set Sun Belt Conference records in hits, runs scored and batting average for the entire championship, en route to a berth in the NCAA  Tournament.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Jeremy Patton, Pablo Bermudez and Garrett Wittels were named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team while Patton was also named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

With a single in the championship game, FIU infielder Garrett Wittels extending his hitting streak to 54 games on the season.

Wittels is now four shy of tying Robin Ventura’s NCAA Division I record of 58 games set in 1987. Three players in Division I and Major League Baseball have accomplished such a feat, with the third being Yankee great and Hall of Famer, Joe DiMaggio who hit in 56-straight games in 1941.

Robin Ventura hit in 58 games in a row for Oklahoma State in 1987.

Garrett Wittels pushes hitting streak to 51 and 52 after marathon day

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International University news

Friday was a long day for Garrett Wittels of Florida International University. A sophomore, who wasn’t supposed to be an everyday player when the team opened the 2010 season, is making history with his bat and now his arm.

Wittels now has a 52-game hitting streak, six shy of the Division  I record, after getting hits in both of FIU’s games at the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Wittels took over on the pitching mound  in the Golden Panthers’ second game of a marathon day, throwing three innings and getting the win as FIU knocked off Florida Atlantic 18-16 in 11 innings, a game that ended at 12:31 a.m., 4 hours, 51 minutes after it started.

Wittels (1-0) made just his fourth pitching appearance of the year. He got into trouble in the 11th, giving up a pair of singles to open up the inning. But he gathered himself and struck out FAU’s Nathan Pittman and Sean Bukovich swinging, then got Anthony Mesa to ground out to end the game.

The Sun Belt Conference’s Player of the Year gave up four hits and two runs, one earned. He also finished 3 for 6 at the plate with three RBI’s.

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