Blue Knight Baseball News
Weekend Weather Forces Cancellation of Baseball Series vs. GSC [UPDATE]
The Urbana University baseball team was supposed to open Mountain East Conference play with a 4-game series this weekend at Glenville State College. Prolonged inclement weather has left Glenville State's home field unplayable for this weekend. The teams explored other neutral site options for the series, but another southern snow storm and below freezing temperatures have forced the cancellation of the second straight weekend of Blue Knight baseball. In all, Urbana has lost its first 7 games of the 2015 schedule to snow. The Blue Knights' next scheduled contest is the following weekend (Mar. 7-8) at MEC foe Concord University. If the weather stays cold and snowy, check back here or follow the Blue Knights on Twitter @UUSports for the most up-to-date information. Read More
Weekend Baseball vs. Marian Snowed OutFeb. 18th, 2015
Urbana University's season-opening baseball series with Marian University has been canceled due to inclement weather. The 3-game series was supposed to be played at a neutral site in Louisville, Kentucky, but the recent snow storm that hit the region has forced the cancellation of the entire series. There is no make-up date for the series. Next, Urbana hopes the weather clears enough for the Blue Knights to begin Mountain East Conference play next weekend (Feb. 28 & Mar. 1) at Glenville State College. Read More
Baseball Picked 6th in MEC Preseason PollJan. 30th, 2015
The Shepherd Rams have been picked by the baseball coaches in the Mountain East Conference to repeat as conference champions in 2015. The Rams, the MEC regular season champions in 2014, finished with 116 points and were picked to finish first on eight ballots.
Urbana landed in 6th place in the preseason poll. In the inaugural season of the MEC last spring, Urbana finished 4th in both the regular season standings and the post-season tournament. On Day 2 of the MEC tournament, Urbana eliminated top-seed and 19th ranked Shepherd University 12-7. The Blue Knights racked up a program-record 20 conference wins en route to a 24-21 season, Urbana's most since Head Coach Mike Goldschmidt's first season. Goldschmidt returns for his eighth season in 2015. One Blue Knight, senior outfielder Matt Paculan, landed on the All-Atlantic Region Second Team earlier this month. Read More
Paculan Named to Preseason All-Region TeamJan. 23th, 2015
Below are the 2015 National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association Preseason All-Atlantic Region 1st and 2nd teams. A total of 19 schools are represented. Eleven players were also selected to the 2014 NCBWA All-Region teams, including 4 returners from the 1st team. NCBWA Preseason teams are voted upon by sports information directors in the region.
For the second straight season, Urbana University landed a Blue Knight on the All-Atlantic Region 2nd Team. Senior center fielder Matt Paculan (Mississauga, Canada/St. Francis Xavier) picked up his first preseason all-region nod after earning 1st Team All-Mountain East Conference honors in his first season at UU in 2014. Paculan maintained a batting average over .500 twenty games into the 2014 season, while committing just one error all season long. He was named Team MVP while sharing the Blue Knight Impact Award. Read More
Tavone Jr. Inks Deal with Atlanta BravesAug. 4th, 2014
Urbana University baseball standout Robert Tavone Jr. realized a lifelong dream today, signing a professional contract to play for the Atlanta Braves organization. Tavone Jr. will report immediately to the Gulf Coast Braves, Atlanta’s Rookie League affiliate located in Kissimmee, Florida.
A four-year starter behind the plate for the Blue Knights, Tavone Jr. (Whitby, Ontario) was the 2013 G-MAC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. He hit .387 that season with 3 home runs, a school-record 19 doubles, and 30 RBIs. His on-base percentage was .451 and he slugged a team-high .606. He finished fifth in NCAA Division II in doubles per game (0.49). Over the final 27 games that season, Tavone Jr. hit .463 with 17 doubles, 20 RBIs, and 25 runs, collecting at least one hit in 26 of the final 27 games. Amazingly, he struck out just twice over the final 23 contests of 2013. Read More