Blue Knight Baseball News
Tavone Jr. Inks Deal with Atlanta Braves
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
Chalfant Chosen as 38th Member of UU Hall of FameJul. 14th, 2014
Urbana University announced plans today to induct former Blue Knight baseball standout Matt Chalfant into its Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Chalfant will become the first Blue Knight baseball player enshrined since 1995, and the first Hall of Famer that made his athletic mark exclusively on the baseball field at UU. Overall, Chalfant will become the 38th member enshrined since the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987.
Dave Ross, a 1976 graduate of Urbana and current University Trustee and Hall of Fame Chairman, administered the nomination and selection process. “Baseball has been an ongoing cornerstone of our athletic program. Matt was both an excellent player and leader in his four years while excelling in a difficult academic major. His coach and teammates were very supportive of his candidacy which attests to his fine character.” Read More
Baseball Announces Team Award WinnersMay. 22nd, 2014
Following a 24-win season and a school-record 20 conference wins in the inaugural season competing in the Mountain East Conference, the Urbana University baseball team and Head Coach Mike Goldschmidt announced the 2014 team award winners. In addition to the team's quality season on the field, the Blue Knights also enjoyed a stellar year in the classroom. The baseball team finished the spring term with a 3.07 team GPA, bringing their 2013-14 team GPA up to 3.068! Twenty-four out of 33 student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or higher, 20 of which will make the Athletic Director's Spring Honor Roll with a 3.25 or higher! Brad Hall, Bronson Marlett, Matt Paculan, Cody Ridinger, and Matt Watson all posted perfect 4.0 GPA's for the spring. Hall & Paculan earned perfect 4.0's for the entire school year! Read More
Falcons Finish Off Urbana's Season in 9-Inning NailbiterMay. 10th, 2014
The Urbana University baseball team overcame a 7-1 deficit in the seventh inning only to watch the fifth-seeded Falcons from Notre Dame College erase Urbana’s lead and eliminate the fourth-seeded Blue Knights on Day 3 of the inaugural Mountain East Conference Tournament. Notre Dame College pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh to reemerge as 9-8 victors at Epling Stadium in Beckley, West Virginia.
Senior catcher Robert Tavone Jr. ended his collegiate career with a 3 for 4 day at the plate with two doubles, an RBI and a run. Read More
Baseball Blasts #19 Shepherd on Day 2 of MEC TourneyMay. 9th, 2014
Playing with their backs against the wall in an elimination game, the Urbana University baseball team upset #1 seed and 19th ranked Shepherd University on Day 2 of the inaugural Mountain East Conference Tournament. Twice, the Blue Knights posted 5-run innings on their way to a 12-7 rout of the Rams.
Urbana’s first five-run inning came in their first at bat. Before recording an out, Urbana had a 5-0 lead. Four innings later, Shepherd had trimmed the deficit to 6-4 when Urbana’s offense exploded again. This time, all five runs were plated with two outs in the inning. Blue Knights Roman Gammell (pictured) and Robert Tavone Jr. combined for 6 hits, 5 RBIs and 4 runs. Gammell doubled twice. Tavone Jr. tripled. Read More