Coyote pitcher gets call from Marlins

Junior right-handed pitcher Erick Carrillo of Cal State San Bernardino was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 19th round of Major League Baseball’s first-year draft on Wednesday.

Carrillo, a Bloomington resident and graduate of Kaiser High School in Fontana, is expected to sign with the Marlins, forgoing his senior season with the Coyotes.

“We hate to lose him out of our program,” said CSUSB Head Coach Don Parnell, “but we are excited for him and we wish him well.”

The 6-1, 190-pound Carrillo posted a 4-5 record with CSUSB in 2009 with a 5.60 earned run average in 11 appearances, all starts. In 62 innings pitched, he struck out 51 batters and opponents batted .276 against him.

The most impressive of his four wins was a 7-0 shutout of Cal State Monterey Bay in which he allowed just three hits in six innings while striking out seven. He was the winning pitcher in a 7-3 win over San Francisco State, going eight innings, allowing just six hits and fanning six batters.

He went 5.2 innings in a 9-3 season-opening win over Grand Canyon in February and went 7.1 innings, allowing just five hits, in an 8-6 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Parnell said Carrillo’s strong suit is his 90-plus mile an hour fastball and a sharp slider and the fact he is “a competitive kid.”

Scouts who have discussed Carrillo’s potential with Parnell indicated his initial spot on a pitching staff at the pro level may be as a middle reliever, although that could change as he develops, Parnell said.

Carillo is the 25th Cal State San Bernardino player to be drafted or signed by Major League Baseball clubs since Parnell came to the university in 1991-92. He follows pitchers Cheyne Hann (Seattle Mariners) and Matt Long (Tampa Bay Rays) who were drafted or signed in 2008; outfielder Justin Roberson (signed by St. Louis Cardinals in 2007) and four pitchers who were drafted in 2006 – Doug Brandt (L.A. Angels); Mike Rocco (Chicago White Sox); Rylan Hanks (Marlins), and Kevan Kelley (Marlins).

Carillo pitched two seasons at Riverside Community College before transferring to CSUSB and was a member of the 2007 state JC champion Tigers team. He played four years of baseball at Kaiser for Coach Mike Spinuzzi, earning all-league honors three times and all-San Bernardino County honors in 2005.

He is a business management major. His parents are Mauricio and Aracely Carrillo of Bloomington.

At least two other California Collegiate Athletic Association players were taken in the early rounds on day two of the draft. Matthew Hopps, a 6-5 right-handed pitcher from Cal State Dominguez Hills, was taken in the ninth round by the Chicago White Sox. Dakota Watts, a pitcher from Cal State Stanislaus went to the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round.

Los Osos graduate taken in draft

Cal State L.A.’s Travis Tartamella was one of four California Collegiate Athletic Association players chosen on Day 2 of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.
Tartamella was selected in the 19th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. The junior catcher, who earned All-CCAA and All-West Region honors this past season for the Golden Eagles, helped lead Cal State L.A. to a 32-17 overall record and into the four-team CCAA Championship Tournament for the third time in four years.
He hit .301 with eight home runs and 40 runs batted in for the Golden Eagles in 2009. He is also regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in the region. He also played well in the CCAA Championship Tournament and earned All-Tourney honors.
“My dad and I were sitting at home and looking at the computer and it popped up. My mom was here with us, it was pretty exciting,” Tartamella said. “It was a great feeling to know I’ll be getting an opportunity to play at the next level. I’m very appreciative of it.”
This is the second time Tartamella has been drafted. He was also taken in the 50th round out of high school by Tampa Bay. He had a good inkling on Wednesday that his wait wouldn’t be nearly as long this time around.
“I thought I would go between the 10th and 20th rounds so I figured I’d go somewhere in that range,” Tartamella said. “I’m very thankful. The Cardinals are a great organization with great coaches.”
Tartamella came to Cal State L.A. after playing for two years at Pepperdine. He appeared in 35 games and started 21 times in 2008 and hit .207 in 92 at bats. As a freshman in 2007, he hit .254 with three home runs and 18 RBI. He also threw out 41 percent of would-be base stealers and was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team.
He was the Baseline League’s Most Valuable Player at Los Osos High School and was a Playstation All-American. He was a three-time All-Baseline League first-team selection and competed in both baseball and football in high school.
He is a criminal justice major at Cal State L.A.
“I’m very happy for Travis and his family,” Cal State L.A. head coach Vince Beringhele said. “Now he gets to choose between two great options: play professional baseball or come back and play another year at Cal State L.A. and complete his degree.”
Tartamella was the fourth CCAA player selected on Thursday. Matt Hopps of Cal State Dominguez Hills was taken in the ninth round by the Chicago White Sox, Dakota Watts of Cal State Stanislaus was taken in the 16th round by the Minnesota Twins and Erick Carrillo of Cal State San Bernardino was taken in the 19th round by the Florida Marlins.
Cal State L.A. has now had players drafted in five straight years. Henry Contreras was a 24th-round pick in 2008 and Dustin Birosak and Darrick Hale were signed as free agents. Kurt Crowell and Adam Klein were drafted in 2007 and Jeff Carroll signed with Tampa Bay. Derrick Loop, a 2006 draft pick, was recently named to the Carolina League All-Star team. He will represent Salem of the Boston Red Sox organization in the California League/Carolina League All-Star game on June 23 in Lake Elsinore.
The final day of the draft – with rounds 31-50 – will take place on Thursday.

CPP pitcher excited about pro future

Cal Poly Pomona junior RHP Brad Wilson was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in Round 33 of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
                Wilson, a Garden Grove native, appeared in a season-high 19 games in his only season with the Broncos. He owned a 3-6 record with a 4.99 ERA and made six starts and shared the lead in saves with four. He threw 52 1/3 innings and allowed 59 hits and posted 41 strikeouts and 29 walks.

“We are very happy that Bradley will have the opportunity to live out his dream of being a professional baseball player,” said Broncos head coach Mike Ashman. “When he came to us, we saw that he had the potential of playing at the next level.”

Wilson was the 996th player taken in the draft that concludes today.

                “We’d been talking for a while and I figured the chances of Arizona selecting me were pretty strong,” Wilson said. “I had trouble sleeping last night and they woke me up when they called this morning. I’m real excited and I can’t wait. To become a professional ballplayer is every kid’s dream.”

A junior college transfer from Santa Ana Junior College, Wilson went 5-0 with 3.08 ERA as a sophomore.

                Wilson will become the second member of his family to play professional baseball. His father Dave played in the San Francisco Giants’ system in the late 70s.

                Wilson is the first Bronco to have been selected in the MLB draft since C Anthony Esquer was selected in Round 24 by the Cincinnati Reds in 2006.


Six more CCAA players go in draft

A total of six California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) players were taken during the final day of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.

Combined with the four chosen during Wednesday’s second day, the CCAA had 10 players selected in the annual draft.

Cal Poly Pomona right-handed pitcher Brad Wilson was the first CCAA player taken on Thursday when the Arizona Diamondbacks selected him in the 33rd round with the 996th overall pick.

Wilson, who transferred to Cal Poly Pomona from Santa Ana Junior College for the 2009 season, registered a 3-6 record and 4.99 ERA in 19 appearances, including six as a starter. In 52 1/3 innings, he allowed 59 hits, 46 runs (29 earned), walked 29 and struck out 41.

The Florida Marlins in the 34th round drafted Cal State L.A. left-handed pitcher Isaac Morales, a three-time All-CCAA selection.

Morales recorded a 24-8 record in his four-year career. He earned All-West Region honors in each of his last three years as a Golden Eagle and helped Cal State L.A. win the 2007 West Region championship.

As a junior in 2008, Morales had an outstanding year, compiling a 9-1 record and 2.47 ERA. He came back and set the program record for career wins at Cal State L.A. by going 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA as a senior in 2009.

Cal State Stanislaus had a pair of players taken on Thursday as outfielder Kyle Loretelli was selected in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres and right-handed pitcher Eric Federico was tabbed in the 39th round by the Colorado Rockies.

The two Warriors, along with Dakota Watts who was drafted on Wednesday by the Minnesota Twins, set a Cal State Stanislaus record for most players selected in one draft.

In 2009, Loretelli, a two-time All-West Region second team pick from Modesto, hit .323 in 52 games and had 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 14 doubles and a .646 slugging percentage to land on the All-CCAA first team for the second straight season. He also stole 13 bases and drew 32 free passes via walks (20) and hit-by-pitches (12). Loretelli’s presence in the lineup helped lead the Warriors to their third 30-win season in four years.

Federico posted a 4.06 ERA and 5-6 record in 2009. He struck out 63 and walked 20 in 64 1/3 innings of work.

Sonoma State right-handed pitcher Gary Moran was chosen in the 41st round by the San Francisco Giants.

Moran, the 2009 CCAA and West Region Pitcher of the Year, was 7-2 with a school-record 1.37 ERA among starting pitchers. He helped lead the Seawolves to the championship game of the NCAA West Region.  

Moran, a transfer from Fresno City College, concluded his Sonoma State career with a 15-5 record and the second-best ERA (2.26) in school history.

Cal State Dominguez Hills first baseman Paul-Michael Klingsberg, a transfer from Pepperdine, was the final CCAA player drafted when he was selected in the 49th round by Minnesota.

In his lone season for the Toros, Klingsberg was named second team All-CCAA after batting .355 with 21 doubles, eight home runs and 44 RBI.

CCAA Players Selected in 2009 Major League Baseball Draft

Rnd 9 (283): Matt Hopps – Cal State Dominguez Hills, by the Chicago White Sox.

Rnd 16 (492): Dakota Watts – Cal State Stanislaus, by Minnesota. 

Rnd 19 (578): Erick Carillo – Cal State San Bernardino, by Florida.

Rnd 19 (579): Travis Tartamella – Cal State L.A.,  by St. Louis.

Rnd 33 (997): Bradley Wilson – Cal Poly Pomona, by Arizona.

Rnd 34 (1028): Isaac Morales – Cal State L.A., by Florida.

Rnd 38 (1134): Kyle Loretelli – Cal State Stanislaus, by San Diego.

Rnd 39 (1171): Eric Federico – Cal State Stanislaus, by Colorado.

Rnd 41 (1227): Gary Moran – Sonoma State, by San Francisco.

Rnd 49 (1482): Paul Michael Klingsberg – Cal State Dominguez Hills, by Minnesota.

Four CCAA players go on day two of baseball draft

Four California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) players were selected on Wednesday during the second day of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The three-day 50-round draft began on Tuesday and concludes on Thursday.

Cal State Dominguez Hills right-handed pitcher Matt Hopps was the first CCAA player drafted when the Chicago White Sox selected him in the ninth round with the 283rd overall pick.

As a senior, Hopps posted a 3-2 record and 4.11 ERA while making 11 starts. In 50 1/3 innings, he allowed 44 hits, 34 runs (23 earned), walked 15, struck out 48 and limited opposing batters to a .237 average.

Hopps began his collegiate career as a first baseman/designated hitter and was named the CCAA’s Freshman of the Year after batting .298 with seven home runs and 45 RBI in 2005.

Hopps made the transition to the mound as a sophomore and concluded his career with a 10-14 record and 4.81 ERA. In 189 1/3 innings, he allowed 158 runs (101 earned), walked 94 and struck out 158.

Cal State Stanislaus junior right-handed pitcher Dakota Watts was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round with the 492nd overall selection. Watts, who was a second team All-CCAA selection in 2009, transferred to Cal State Stanislaus after two seasons at Delta Community College.

Cal State San Bernardino pitcher Erick Carillo (578th overall) and Cal State L.A. catcher Travis Tartamella (579th) were selected by the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively, on consecutive picks in the 19th round.

The 6-1, 190-pound Carrillo posted a 4-5 record and 5.60 ERA in 11 starts for Cal State San Bernardino in 2009. He struck out 51 batters and held opponents to a .276 average in 62 innings of work.

Carillo, a product of Kaiser High School, pitched two seasons at Riverside Community College and helped the Tigers to the 2007 state junior college championship before transferring to Cal State San Bernardino.

In his first season at Cal State L.A. after transferring from Pepperdine, Tartamella, a graduate of Los Osos High School, batted .301 with eight home runs and 40 RBI en route to earning second-team All-CCAA honors.

Rounds 31 through 50 will take place on Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. (PDT).

Graham starring for the Slam

Former Fontana High School basketball player Ira Graham is playing with the Bellingham Slam of the International Basketball League. The Slam is based in Bellingham, Wash., which is also the home of Western Washington University where Graham spent his collegiate career.

Graham has helped the Slam to a 13-3 record with the end of the regular season fast approaching. He is averaging 19 points with a total of 105 assists, 60 rebounds and 22 steals. He is also coming off a 21-point, seven-assist effort in a 132-121 win over the Oregon Waves.

Several of Graham’s former college teammates also play for the Slam. Among them is Ryan Diggs, a product of Silverado High School who recently joined the Slam. He had 26 points in that win over Oregon.

Turner, Williams win CPP monthly honor

Bronco track and field competitors Jonathan Williams and Tiffany Turner have been named the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Male and Female Athletes of the Month for May at Cal Poly Pomona.
                The awards are voted upon by the student-based Bronco Athletics Association.

                Williams (Temecula) finished seventh in the 100 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships held at San Angelo, Texas, last month. Williams, the CCAA Male Athlete of the Year in his sport, competed in his third NCAA event in his career and earned his first All-American honor.

The Enterprise honor is Williams’ third in his career.

                Turner (LaCrescenta) placed eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and earned her first All-American honor. The senior is the school record holder in her event.

It is her first third Enterprise honor in her career, all this season.

                Williams and Turner became CPP’s third and fourth All-American in 2008-2009. They join volleyball’s Vanessa Williams and men’s basketball’s Larry Gordon.


CPP Enterprise Athletes of the Month

                                                Male                                                     Female

September                         Jersain Torres                                    Britany Garrett

October                               Jersain Torres                                    Tiffany Turner

November                          Larry Gordon                                     Vanessa Williams

December                           Larry Gordon                                     Reyana Colson

January                                Larry Gordon                                     Reyana Colson

February                              Larry Gordon                                     Reyana Colson

March                                   Larry Gordon                                     Tokie Adeniji

April                                      Brian Roser                                         Tiffany Turner

May                                       Jonathan Williams                            Tiffany Turner



Cal Baptist cuts tennis programs

In light of the current state of the economy, California Baptist University is discontinuing its men’s and women’s tennis programs effective immediately, Kent Dacus, CBU Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, announced Monday.

The cuts are expected to help offset the impact of the potential loss of state financial aid for students recently proposed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


“It is with great regret that California Baptist University has made the difficult decision to discontinue its men’s and women’s tennis programs,” said Dacus. “These are extraordinary times in higher education with troubles in the state, national and global economy causing so much uncertainty. It is because of this uncertainty that the CBU leadership felt it was prudent to reduce expenses in the area of athletics to help us meet the challenges of a rapidly changing market place.”


Dacus said student athletes in the discontinued programs are welcome to remain at CBU.  He added the university will try to help those who wish to continue playing collegiate tennis get placed at other schools.


The decision reduces the number of intercollegiate sports offered by CBU to 20, which is still the most among athletic programs in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Biola University is next with 17, while both Azusa Pacific University and Fresno Pacific University sponsor 16 sports.


“Despite this action, CBU will continue to offer a very strong athletics program and we expect great things with the remaining 20 teams and approximately 400 student athletes,” said Dacus.


This past year, the Lancer men finished 19-3 overall, 14-2 GSAC. The Lancers played in the NAIA National Championships for the second straight year, advancing to the semifinals for the first time ever. They spent the entire season in the top five of the NAIA, reaching a program-best No. 2 before finishing the season at No. 4. They were 13-3 against nationally-ranked teams. Four players were named NAIA All-American, including junior Alessandro Ventre, who was named to the first team for the third straight year.


The Lancer women won a school-record 17 matches, going 17-8. They finished tied for third in the GSAC at 13-5 and spent the entire season ranked in the NAIA Top 10. For the second straight year, they advanced to the NAIA National Tournament, losing, 5-4, in the round of 16 to Lindsey Wilson (KY).


CBU enjoyed a banner campaign this past season, winning a pair of national championships. The Lancers won their fourth straight NAIA Championship in men’s swimming and diving and then collected their first-ever national title in softball. Currently, the Lancers are fifth in the 2008-09 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings with 692.5 points, 136 of which came from tennis. The final standings, which will include baseball, will be released June 19.


La Verne names top athletes

La Verne’s Rizal Amin and Brianna Gonzales were honored as the Jesse Iles and Anthony P. Scafani Awards, respectively, as the school’s top senior male and female athletes for 2008-09.

Gonzales is a two-time First Team All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and is also a two-time Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Player of the Year (2007, 2008).

A two-time AVCA All-West Region selection (2007, 2008), she also recorded her 1,000th career kill in October to become the first Leopard volleyball player to reach that milestone in 15 seasons.

Amin was a three-time All-American in golf, earning First Team honors in 2007 and 2009 while garnering Second Team accolades in 2008. He helped the Leopards to NCAA runner-up team finishes in both the 2007 and 2009 seasons. He placed third overall at the 2009 NCAA Championships. He was the 2008 SCIAC Player of the Year and was a First Team All-SCIAC honoree in 2009. In addition Amin was the recipient of the SCIAC’s Jess Clark Sportsmanship Award.

La Verne golfer wins Nicklaus Award

University of La Verne junior Mitchell Fedorka has been named winner of the 2009 Jack Nicklaus Award which goes annually to the nation’s top golfer in Division III.

Fedorka, out of Upland High School, led the Leopards to a runner-up showing at the Division III national tournament last month at the PGA Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The award was presented by Nicklaus to Fedorka on Sunday prior to the final round of The Memorial, the PGA event hosted every spring by Nicklaus at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Fedorka was the top ranked player in the Golfstat Division III individual standings with an overall scoring average of 72.35.

At the NCAA Division III Championships he tied for the overall lead with a total of 285 (67-71-74-73) but lost a sudden death playoff for medalist honors to Ogelthorpe University sophomore Olafur Loftsson.

Fedorka was a first team All-America selection in 2009. He also earned All-West Region and SCIAC Player of the Year accolades.

He captured the SCIAC 36-Hole Championship with a total of 138 (66-72) as he helped propel the Leopards to their third straight conference crown. His conference scoring average of 69.3 is a SCIAC record. Fedorka won three tournaments this season and only finished out of the top 10 on two occasions.

“This definitely takes some of the sting out of finishing second at nationals,” Leopard first-year coach Joe Skovron said. “He really deserved it. He was so consistent all season.
“It isn’t just his ability but his demeanor out there. To look at him out there you wouldn’t know whether he birdied or bogeyed that last hole.”