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Baseball Welcomes New FieldTurf

The Wright State baseball team recently began practicing on the new FieldTurf surface at Nischwitz Stadium. Continued.....

Greg Lovelady

 

Head Coach

Greg Lovelady was named as the fifth head baseball coach in Wright State history on August 28, 2013.

In 2015, Lovelady guided the Raiders to new heights as Wright State won a record 43 games and advanced to the NCAA regional finals against host Illinois after beating Ohio and Notre Dame. 11 Raiders were honored by the Horizon League, including Andrew Elliott being named Relief Pitcher of the Year and Gabe Snyder selected as the Freshman of the Year. Elliott was later drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.

His first season at the helm paid dividends as he guided the Raiders to a 35-22, 25-4 record and the Horizon League regular-season title. 10 Raiders received postseason honors, including Lovelady, who was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year as his squad set a new record for wins in league play. In all, the Horizon League honored WSU with 10 Players of the Week throughout the season.

More honors came in after the season as Andrew Elliott was named Third Team All-American by ABCA as well as First Team All Mideast. Sean Murphy was chosen as a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger. Michael Timm received accolades as well, being named to the All-Mideast Second Team, CoSIDA District Academic All American and to the Horizon League Spring Academic Team. In June, Travis Hissong signed a contract with the New York Yankees.

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Jeff Mercer

 

Assistant Coach

Jeff Mercer, who was a two-time All-Horizon League honoree for Wright State in 2008 and 2009, returned to the Raiders as an assistant coach in September 2013.

Mercer came back to WSU after serving three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Western Kentucky University. While there, he primarily worked with pitchers and outfielders, but was also instrumental in the development and organization of baseball camps and handled other day-to-day operations.

Prior to Western Kentucky, Mercer was a volunteer assistant during the 2011 season at the University of Michigan. During his time there, he worked with the catchers and outfielders. Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, Mercer spent the 2010 season as the graduate assistant coach at Ohio Northern University where he was in charge of the infielders and hitters and was the recruiting coordinator.

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Matt Talarico

 

Assistant Coach

Matt Talarico, formerly an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, joined the Raider baseball coaching staff in August, 2015.

While at Dayton during the 2011-15 seasons, Talarico oversaw recruiting as well as hitting, offensive production and baserunning. Under his guidance, the Flyers improved its base running game, setting many school marks and ranking among the nation's best.

In 2015, Dayton continued their impressive base running under Talarico. The Flyers ranked 14th in the nation in steals per game and 15th in the nation in steals. Senior Robby Sunderman led the team with 21 steals.

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Justin Parker

 

Assistant Coach

Honors and Awards: Named 2008 First Team All-Horizon League at Shortstop...garnered CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District during the 2008 season...named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Award Preseason Watch List...selected to the 2007 American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region Second Team...garnered First Team All-Horizon League honors in 2007...named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week three times in 2007...named to the Academic All-Horizon League Baseball Team in 2007...named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team in 2006.

2008: Sixth Round Draft Pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft...started 46 games at shortstop...missed seven games after being struck in the jaw with a pitch at Arkansas (2/24)...collected 21 multi-hit and 15 multi-RBI games...carried four hitting streaks of ten or more games during the 2008 season...opened the season by extending his 2007 streak of five games to an 11-game hitting streak (5/19/07-5/16/08)...carried a pair of 12-game hitting streaks (3/21-4/8 and 4/11-5/4)...ended the season with an active ten game hitting streak (5/9-5/23)...drove in the game winning run in six games during the 2008 slate - versus Eastern Michigan (3/21), against Urbana (4/8), at Butler (4/11 and 4/12), against Milwaukee (4/26) and at Youngstown State (5/2)...

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