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A Big Hit

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Harold Riggins is more than meets the eye. The 6-foot-3 first baseman looks 230, weighs 270, hits for average in a power hitter's body, and spurned pro scouts in favor of three years at North Carolina State, 800 miles away from his home and family in Normal, Ill.

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Tough Sale

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In 2007, Florida Gulf Coast coach Dave Tollet was looking at an intriguing recruit. A 6-foot-6 lefthanded pitcher named Chris Sale spent most of his time throwing an unspectacular 82-84 mph at Lakeland (Fla.) High. But every once in a while, the kid's velocity would shoot up to 88, flashing major-college zip before diving back to the low 80s.

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Prospect Injury Report

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Daniel Schlereth, lhp, Diamondbacks: Schlereth hit the seven-day disabled list after straining his ribcage, just 19 days after his demotion from the majors back to Double-A Mobile. The first-round pick […]

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Paying Dividends

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In the spring of 2007, Matt Hayes took a chance. The coach of the Forest City Owls needed an extra arm, and it was too late to draw a big-name player into the Coastal Plain League. So Hayes brought in a stringy, 6-foot righthander out of a small junior college in Illinois named Spencer Patton. Two years later, it looks like Hayes made one heck of a good call. Patton, now a junior at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, was back in the Coastal Plain Leage and led the league in strikeouts. Through his first two starts of 2009, Patton dealt 27 Ks in just 14 innings of work.

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Ackley Leads Tar Heels, Again

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Dustin Ackley led No. 1 seed North Carolina to a second win in the Chapel Hill Regional, as the Tar Heels downed Coastal Carolina, 14-5. Ackley reached base six […]

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Double Your Pleasure

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—No. 1 seed North Carolina has had trouble all year turning double plays. In fact, coach Mike Fox said his team had been saving them up. The Tar […]

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Pulling an All-Nighter

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CARY, N.C. — Well we’ve finally got our two teams for the Division II world series — and it only took 12 hours at the ball park. Lynn (Fla.) University […]

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Yellow Submarine(r)

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CARY, N.C.—It happened in the second inning of Emporia State’s game against Mesa State in the Division II World Series: With starter Tyler Aplehans struggling, Emporia State called in the […]

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Hello Cinderella

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 CARY, N.C.—And five games into the Division II World Series, the walk-off finally shows up! Belmont Abbey continued its bracket busting by knocking off Grand Valley State in the first […]

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Give Me Some Offense, Baby!

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CARY, N.C. — After two games of defense-heavy baseball, we finally had some fireworks at the Division II World Series. Lynn University put up seven runs and 13 hits in […]

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Duran Duran

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CARY, N.C. — Gabriel Duran brought home not only the first upset of the Division II World Series, but also the first complete game of the series. Dowling’s sophomore starter […]

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Southern Humidity

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CARY, N.C.—The Mesa State Mavericks might be the top seed in the Division II World Series, but they found themselves at a distinct disadvantage Saturday afternoon at the USA Baseball […]

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