Cal State San Bernardino pitcher Matt LeVert lands contract

Matt LeVert

Senior right-hander Matt LeVert woke up Wednesday morning to the most important phone call of his life.

LeVert, who spent all four seasons of college baseball at Cal State San Bernardino, has agreed to a free-agent minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

He reports to the Rays’ Gulf Coast League affiliate in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Sunday.

“When I heard who was on the phone and what it was about, I woke up pretty quickly,’’ he said. “He asked me if I was interested and in shape and ready to go. Right after I said, ‘Yes’, he told me I had a contract.’’

The Gulf Coast League plays a 60-game schedule that begins Monday through late August.  Teams are comprised mainly of players drafted in this month’s entry draft and free agents.

LeVert led the Coyotes in saves (three) this past season and ended his career with eight.


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Cal State San Bernardino’s Warren Fishback is best of the week

Warren Fishback

Cal State San Bernardino senior Warren Fishback has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week for Apr. 6-12.

The Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate helped the Coyotes take three of four games against San Francisco State the past weekend.

Fishback hit .692 and recorded a 1.231 slugging percentage after going nine-for-13 with six runs scored, four doubles, one homerun, and seven RBI in four contests.

He was outstanding in Friday’s 9-5 series-opening win, connecting for four hits, three of which were for extra bases. The following afternoon he totaled two more extra-base hits, a double and a home run, to help CSUSB to a 12-5 blowout in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Defensively, the infielder was perfect with 46 putouts and three assists.

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Memorial game to benefit two local college baseball programs

The second annual Jake Pilkerton Memorial Baseball Game is slated for 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at Fiscalini Field.

Pilkerton was a baseball standout at Rim of the World High School, then went on to play two years at San Bernardino Valley College and two at Cal State San Bernardino.

Pilkerton, who played second base and earned multiple honors in his prep and collegiate career, was killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 3, 2013.

There will be a raffle, memorabilia and food and beverages available with the proceeds going toward a trust fund that will be distributed to help the baseball programs at all three schools for which Pilkerton played.

Athletes who played with him at one of the three schools are invited to play in the nine-inning contest.

Donation items are still needed, as are players or volunteers to help run the event.

For more information or to help out call Matthew Winn at (951) 807-9867 or Catherine Figone at (760) 899-947

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