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August 9, 2013

Hannahs adds Ronnie Prettyman to ISU baseball staff

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State baseball coach Mitch Hannahs has announced that Ronnie Prettyman will join his staff as an assistant coach, starting with the 2013-2014 season.

“I am very excited to be able to add Ronnie to the baseball staff,” Hannahs said. “He provides not only a lot of continuity from last year’s staff but is someone with a vast baseball background who will be a great asset for our players and our program.”

Prettyman will begin his third season as a Sycamore coach, the first as a full-time assistant after serving the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant. ISU won its first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship and made its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1995 during Prettyman’s first season in 2012. Indiana State had another winning season in 2013.

He played his collegiate baseball at Cal State Fullerton (2003-2005) as the Titans made three straight appearances in the NCAA super regionals. Cal State Fullerton made back-to-back trips to the College World Series (2003 and 2004) and claimed the 2004 national championship over the Texas Longhorns.

In three seasons with CSF, Prettyman played in 197 games with 195 starts as the primary third baseman, hitting .332 with 51 doubles, 11 triples, 11 home runs and 124 runs batted in. He was drafted twice during his time in college, going in the 28th round to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 and in the 10th round to the Seattle Mariners in 2005.

Prettyman signed with the Mariners in 2005 and played five seasons in their minor-league system (2005-2009). He finished his professional career with a .263 batting average, 69 doubles, eight triples, 30 home runs and 179 RBIs.

Prettyman also served as head coach for the Terre Haute Rex of the Prospect League this summer.

Basketball

n Engineers announce women’s schedule — The 2013-14 Rose-Hulman women’s schedule includes 12 home games and two matchups with each of the nine Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents.

The Engineers return four starters and nine letterwinners from a team that finished 12-14 last season. Rose-Hulman also qualified for the HCAC tournament for the third consecutive season and the eighth time in 10 years last winter.

The 2013-14 schedule includes nine conference and three non-conference home matchups. The Engineers open the home slate against Indiana University-South Bend at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. The home non-league schedule also includes matchup with crosstown rival St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Dec. 4) and Illinois Institute of Technology (Dec. 16).

After the opener against IU-South Bend, Rose-Hulman hits the road for the Wilmington Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 22-23 and a road game at Marian on Nov. 30. The non-league schedule also includes a trip to Robert Morris-Springfield on Dec. 20.

The conference home schedule begins Dec. 11 against Anderson and features a stretch of five home games out of six contests between Jan. 18 and Feb. 5. Other in-state rivals visit Hulbert Arena on Jan. 22 (Hanover), Feb. 5 (Earlham), and Feb. 19 (Franklin).

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