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.
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).
2013-14 Rose-Hulman women’s basketball schedule
Nov. 15 — IU-South Bend, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 — At Wilmington Tourney, TBA
Nov. 23 — At Wilmington Tourney, TBA
Nov. 30 — At Marian, TBA
Dec. 4 — St. Mary-of-the-Woods, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 — At TransyIvania, 1 p.m.
Dec. 11 — Anderson*, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 — Manchester*, 2 p.m.
Dec. 16 — Illinois Tech, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 — At Robert Morris-Springfield, 8 p.m.
Jan. 4 — Bluffton*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 8 — At Earlham*, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 — At Defiance*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 15 — At Franklin*, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 — Mount St. Joseph*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 22 — Hanover*, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 — Transylvania*, 1 p.m.
Jan. 29 — At Anderson, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 — Defiance*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 5 — Earlham*, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 — At Manchester*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 12 — At Hanover*, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 — At Bluffton*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 19 — Franklin*, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 — At Mount St. Joseph*, 1 p.m.
Feb. 28-March 2 — At HCAC Tournament, TBA
* — denotes Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game
n Exhibition matches near for ISU — After reaching the championship match of the Missouri Valley Conference women’s tournament last fall, Indiana State will play two exhibition matches at Memorial Stadium before starting the regular season.
ISU hosts Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Monday, then entertains Bowling Green at 1 p.m. Aug. 17.
“This year will be a little different for us which is exciting,” ISU coach Erika True said. “We have always had a strong defensive core to the team but this year we feel that we will be able to add an attacking core to the program. We have never really been a goal-scoring team. We have gotten the job done but I think this year we are going to be really dangerous on the attack.”
Six starters return from the 2012 team that finished 8-10-3 overall and tied for fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season (2-3-1) before losing to Illinois State 5-1 in the tournament final. The runner-up finish matched the 2008 squad for the best tournament finish in the program’s history.
“We are really just into day two of our preseason but it has already been a really pleasant surprise,” True said. “You go into the season not really knowing what you are going to get or whether the kids are fit and ready to play. This group came in fit and is ready to win games. They have had a great attitude, a great training environment, and there have been some really good surprises.”
Fifth-year senior Taylor Hancock, senior Taylor Reed and junior Emily Chura return to solidify the middle for the Sycamores with senior Shelby Troyer anchoring the defense and sophomore Sydney Lovelace also returning in the middle. Hancock and Troyer will serve as co-captains this season.
“We have a really good core of returning players, especially in the middle,” True said. “It is really great to have Hancock, Reed and Chura returning in the middle. Troyer probably brings the most on field game time experience to us and she will be able to oversee everyone from the back which is going to help us out. Lovelace is another one that looks really good and will help us a lot.”
Several newcomers will also draw attention as the season unfolds including Maddie Orf at middle forward and Taylor Welch on defense. Two freshman goalkeepers are also battling for the starting spot.
“Abby Keller and Brittany San Roman have done well so far in their battle for the goalkeeper spot,” True said. “Both have already kind of proven that they can step in and play for us which is a good thing.
“I think that it is great that we have both exhibition games at home this year which is a first for us, at least since I have been here,” True said. “These games will allow us to get the kinks out and figure out how we want to play and who is going to play where. Both will be very beneficial for us.”
Indiana State will play eight times in Memorial Stadium during the regular season. The Sycamores open by hosting Georgia Southern on Aug. 23 and Butler on Aug. 25. ISU also will host non-conference opponents Green Bay (Sept. 6), UT-Martin (Sept. 15), and IUPUI (Oct. 11), along with Valley opponents Illinois State (Oct. 4), Evansville (Oct. 16), and Missouri State (Oct. 25) during the regular season.
“We have quite a few home games this season which is great,” True said. “We have a tough schedule across the board and it not going to be a cakewalk. We start off with Georgia Southern and Butler for our first home weekend. It will be the only weekend where we play both weekend games at home and both will be challenging.”
The non-conference schedule includes trips to Western Kentucky (Sept. 1), SIU-Edwardsville (Sept. 8), Illinois (Sept. 13), Toledo (Sept. 20), Eastern Michigan (Sept. 22), and IPFW (Sept. 29). Valley road games include Loyola (Sept. 27), Northern Iowa (Nov. 20), and Drake (Oct. 31).
“All of the teams on our non-conference schedule have been at the top of their respective conferences,” True said. “They all have done good things in the past couple of years. We also have Illinois on the schedule and having any Big Ten team on the schedule is a good thing and a tough game.”
The non-conference schedule is tough but should prepare the team for an always unpredictable conference season.
“It is always unpredictable when you get into conference play,” True said. “You have absolutely no idea of what will happen. The team that won conference last year did not win a game until the conference season. Our conference is always tough and every game will be a battle. But that is what we are prepping for in practice and during the non-conference portion of our season.”
n Locals advance — At Indianapolis, a team of Terre Haute women won three playoff matches in team competition and have another match coming up Sunday.
Victories Monday and Wednesday at the Five Seasons Sports Complex were by a 3-2 score over Carmel — coming from behind after losing the first two matches — and 4-1 over another Carmel team in a match that included four third-set tiebreakers.
The 40-and-over team won 5-0 Sunday over an Indianapolis Racquet Club team and will play this week at for the state 40-and-over championship at Wildwood Racquet Club at Fort Wayne.
The players are coached by Mike Reynolds and Chris Strong.
Terre Haute 5, IRC 0
Singles — Donna Kellams (TH) won 6-2, 6-0; Elizabeth Newton (TH) won 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles — Heather Esper-Beth Levin (TH) won 7-5, 6-1; Jennifer Myers-Sally Shipley (TH) won 6-3, 6-3; Carol Isles-Sue Welch (TH) won 6-0, 6-3.
Terre Haute 3, Carmel 2
Singles — Kellams (TH) lost; Newton (TH) won 7-6, 2-6, 10-3.
Doubles — Levin-Debbie Schmidt (TH) won; Myers-Shipley (TH) won; Isles-Welch (TH) lost.
Terre Haute 4, Carmel 1
Singles — Kellams (TH) won 6-3, 2-6, 10-8; Newton (TH) lost 2-6, 6-1, 10-3.
Doubles — Levin-Schmidt (TH) won 6-3, 6-3; Esper-Myers (TH) won 6-7, 6-1, 10-3; Isles-Welch (TH) won 7-5, 0-6, 10-3.
Other team members are Joyce Drake, Karen Garzolini, Shirley Martin, May Refugio, Darla Sacopulos and Merrie Williams.