Baseball (M) news
Jason Starr of Cote St. Luc, Que., has been appointed head coach and field manager of the McGill University men's baseball team. He becomes the third bench boss in team history, behind Johnny Elias (1994 to 1995) and Ernie D'Alessandro (1996 to 2011).
The Chicago Cubs have named former McGill University baseball player Shiraz Rehman of Blauvelt N.Y., as the club's assistant to the general manager. A 1999 graduate of McGill, he earned a bachelor's degree in commerce, majoring in finance and accounting and was a starting infielder on the Redmen baseball team for four years.
Marco Masciotra of Kirkland, Que., went 4-for-4 with one walk, a double and four runs batted in as Concordia blanked the defending national champion McGill Redmen 9-0 to win the rubber match of the CIBA North Division best-of-three semifinal series. The teams split a doubleheader on Saturday, with McGill winning the opener 9-3 and Concordia bouncing back to take the nightcap 5-2.
Freshman Chris Ames of Richmond, N.B., and Robert Garven, a senior from Saskatoon, each smacked home runs as McGill opened a best-of-three semifinal series with a resounding 9-3 victory over Concordia, Sunday. The Redmen lost the nightcap 5-2, however, forcing a rubber match on Thanksgiving Monday at noon for the right to advance to a berth at the CIBA Nationals in Moncton, N.B., Oct. 21-23.
Second-baseman Ryan Favretto of Kirkland, Que., went 3-for-3 with three doubles and four runs batted in from the ninth spot in the batting order, as McGill skunked John Abbott College 10-0 in Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association, Wednesday, to salvage a doubleheader split and clinch the final playoff berth.
Chris Ames of Fredericton and Casey Auerbach of Westmount, Que., drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to give McGill a 6-4 victory over Concordia in men's university baseball before a near capacity crowd of 350 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park in Cote St. Luc, Wednesday. It marked the third consecutive victory for the Redmen, who improved to 3-4.
Centrefielder Adam Gordon of Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., went 2-for-3, with four runs batted in, a double, two runs scored and was hit by a pitch, twice, as visiting McGill outlasted John Abbott College 14-9 in a wild Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association game at George Springate Field, Tuesday.
The final chapter of a national championship won last fall by the McGill University men's baseball team has been written with the awarding of commemorative rings at a ceremony hosted by school officials in Tomlinson Hall at the McGill Sports Centre.
Hockey players Alexandre Picard-Hooper of Boucherville, Que., and Cathy Chartrand, a defenceman from Lac Nominingue, Que., were named male and female athletes of the year, respectively, at the 34th annual McGill intercollegiate sports awards gala held at the Love Competition Hall, inside the Currie Gym, Thursday.
Daniel Kost-Stephenson, ace of the national champion McGill Redmen, has been named as the most outstanding pitcher in the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association for the 2010 season.
Free admission is being offered to anyone who brings a non-perishable food item to any McGill basketball, hockey or volleyball home game this weekend. This kicks of a two-day food drive for the Sun Youth Community Centre, an annual initiative of the McGill Varsity Council, a group that represents all varsity athletes on campus.
Ernie D'Alessandro has spent more than half his life coaching baseball in Montreal. He recently guided the McGill Redmen to the 2010 Canadian university baseball championship. The Gazette's John Meagher recently profiled D'Alessandro.
Francis Verreault-Paul of Mashteuiatsh, Que., and Channing Arndt of Yarmouth, Maine, are the McGill University athletes of the week for the period ending Oct. 24, 2010.
Third baseman Chan Arndt hit the daily-double, registering three hits and collecting three runs batted in as McGill rallied for a wild 12-9 victory over the Brock University Badgers to capture the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association championship at Mic Mac Field in Windsor, Ont., Sunday.
Third baseman Channing Arndt of Yarmouth, Maine, went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and pitcher David Haberman of Teaneck, N.J., tossed a complete game four-hitter as the McGill Redmen dumped Cape Breton University 8-2 to open the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association national championship tournament in Windsor, Ont., Friday.