Hoppers Baseball: The magic number for the Hoptown Hoppers to clinch a tie for the Ohio Valley League regular season championship is now 2 following the Hoppers 6-2 win at Marion.
John Beary and Brandon Powell led the Hopper hitting attack with each getting two of the Hoppers eight hits. Jake Bell and Trevor Blocker held Marion to just two hits in the contest.
The Hoppers extend their winning streak to 8 games in going to 29-10, while Marion loses its 14th straight game to go to 6-32.
Elsewhere last night: Fulton kept its fading hopes alive with a 12-9 victory at Madisonville, while Dubois County won its second straight game defeating Owensboro 10-3.
Tonight’s games: Hoptown begins a two game home stand hosting Madisonville at Tiger Field with first pitch scheduled at 7:05. Pre game coverage begins at 6:45 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com. Other action has Fulton hosting Dubois County and Marion goes to Owensboro.
College Football: Western Kentucky unveiled three new jerseys for the 2013 season on Thursday. The Hilltoppers will have the options of wearing white trimmed in red, red trimmed in black and black trimmed in red. WKU unveiled its new helmet back in the spring, with it being chrome in color. The Hilltoppers open the season against Kentucky August 31st at LP Field in Nashville.
The SEC media picked Alabama on Thursday to win the conference championship this season during its media days in Hoover, AL. The Crimson Tide was also picked to win the Western Division, with Georgia picked to win the Eastern Division, with Vanderbilt 4th, Tennessee 5th and Kentucky last.
Wildcat defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree and linebacker Avery Williamson were both selected third team All SEC.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin met with the SEC media on the final day of Media Days Thursday. With the Commodores success the last two years, Franklin was posed the question of why he hasn’t left Nashville. His answer was simple, it’s too good of a situation. Vanderbilt is coming off a 9-4 season, the best record since 1915.
When asked to discuss the dismissal of four players for an alleged sex crimes incident, Franklin said he could not talk about the matter.
The Tennessean reports beginning in 2014 the Franklin American Music City Bowl will have a Southeastern Conference team meeting either a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference or the Big 10. The announcement was made Thursday in partnership with the Gator Bowl.
Representatives for the two bowls will announce which conference will be the best fit for their bowl games from the years 2014-19. The new arrangement will call for the Music City or Gator to get the numbers 2,3,4,5 team from the ACC or the third or fourth pick from the Big 10 depending upon the year. The Music City Bowl will take place December 30th at 2:15 pm at LP Field.
College Basketball: Western Kentucky announced Thursday the signing of a player from England. 6-11 center Ben Lawson comes to the Hill after playing for Oaklands College last season, averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and almost five blocked shots per game.
Lawson was also a member of England’s 18U national team.
The University of Tennessee has given a raise to men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Martin will receive a $500,000 increase coming into the new season. Martin had three years remaining on his contract which pays him $1.3 million annually.
Athletics director Dave Hart says Martin is deserving of the raise after leading the Vols to top five finishes in his first two seasons. Martin is 39-28 in his first two years, including a 21-13 SEC record and two NIT appearances.