A DIII Athlete Takes Over Big Ten
Baseball, Softball Polls; Selection Show Info
MAY 3, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. A DIII Athlete Takes Over Big Ten
by Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic
“As soon as he walked onto the makeshift stage at Big Ten headquarters on Friday afternoon, Tony Petitti officially became one of the most powerful people in college sports.
If you ask University of Illinois chancellor Robert J. Jones, who introduced Petitti on Friday, he would say the new Big Ten commissioner’s job is “the most important, most visible and most sought-after leadership role in all of intercollegiate athletics.” The conference headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., will no doubt have thoughts about that comment.
It is undoubtedly a great job. It is also a very hard job, and Petitti is taking it at a particularly challenging time.”
» Background: “Petitti believes he owes a great deal to his own college sports experience. He played baseball at Haverford College, and although it didn’t launch him into any sort of professional baseball career, he thinks it helped open doors later in life. Perhaps his co-captaincy piqued someone’s interest in the admissions office at Harvard Law School. Even if it didn’t, balancing baseball and academics taught him something. So did being part of a team and enduring its highs and lows.”
» What They’re Saying: “I was so surprised and impressed by his depth of knowledge about these complex issues, which includes legal issues, governance issues and revenue issues,” said University of Maryland president Darryl J. Pines. “He cares about all those issues but also towards the public good of, ‘How do we give the same opportunity that I had as the Division III student-athlete and get that continuously going forward so that other kids can have the option to get education, play their sport on the field and do well and have a journey and a wonderful career?”
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2. Top Four Have DMV Flavor
Jackson Walsh, Wheaton (Mass.)
The top four teams in Division III baseball come from the DMV - the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Well, maybe not from D.C., but Johns Hopkins, Salisbury, Shenandoah and Lynchburg represent the others in the top four of the latest D3baseball.com/ NCBWA rankings.
Johns Hopkins (19), 34-3
Salisbury (4), 27-4
Shenandoah (2), 34-5
Baldwin Wallace, 29-7
Wheaton (Mass.), 32-5
Christopher Newport, 30-8
» Welcome: Wheaton (Mass.) to the top 10.
» What We’re Watching: #2 Salisbury vs. #10 Christopher Newport (Wed.); #5 Endicott vs. Tufts (Wed.)
3. Still The Same
Morgan Frye, Berry
Except for a swap at the No, 6 and No. 7 spots, the top 10 remained the same in this week’s NFCA Division III poll. Salisbury remained the unanimous top-ranked team for a ninth straight week.
Salisbury (10), 34-2
Case Western Reserve, 31-2
Texas Lutheran, 35-4
Christopher Newport, 24-6
East Texas Baptist, 32-5
» Players of the Week: Berry 1B Morgan Frye and Randolph-Macon RHP Gracie Ellis were named the NFCA Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
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4. Selection Show Information
Here is a calendar to keep for the selection shows for the 2023 NCAA Division III spring championships.
Lacrosse (M): Sunday, May 7, 9 p.m. ET
Lacrosse (W): Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. ET
Golf (M): Monday, May 8 (press release)
Rowing (W): Tuesday, May 9, 5 p.m. ET
Baseball: Monday, May 15, noon ET
Track and Field: Saturday, May 21 (press release)
5. Lightning Round ⚡️
🏃🏻♀️ Track and Field. The Loras men’s relay teams and Saint Benedict’s Fiona Smith were honored as the USTFCCCA National Athletes of the Week.
🥍 Lacrosse. Wartburg announced it will no longer sponsor women’s lacrosse.
🎁 Happy Birthday. Cake and candles for Megan Mclean, athletic communications coordinator, Maine Maritime.
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6. Comings and Goings
BREVARD - Roya Tahmassebi named head women’s lacrosse coach
BROOKLYN - Joseph Agrest named head women’s volleyball coach
CASTLETON - Tim Barrett named director of athletics
CHICAGO - Erienne Roberts named deputy athletic director
ELMIRA - Jake Bobrowski resigned as head women’s ice hockey coach
JOHN CARROLL - Brian Polian named athletic director
MORAVIAN - Matt Easterday named head swimming coach
SAINT JOSEPH (Conn.) - Princess Zabel named head women’s lacrosse coach
TRINE - Melissa Paluch named head women’s ice hockey coach
WESLEYAN - Chris Swenson named head swimming and diving coach
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