■ Montalbano wins first A-10 Player of the Week (charlotte49ers.com)
Charlotte redshirt sophomore Tony Montalbano (New Orleans, La. / Bossier Parrish Junior College) was named the first Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week of the season after his outstanding debut with the 49ers over the weekend. He shared the weekly award with Richmond's Jacob Mayers.■ Charlotte 49ers Panning for Gold is a weekly video program onCharlotte49ers.com and on YouTube. In this week's episode, 49ers Baseball is feature. If you can't get it to load here, go to YouTube.
Montalbano made the most of his collegiate debut, pounding a pair of doubles and driving in six RBI against Coppin State on Friday night. For the weekend, he led the 49ers (4-0) with 10 hits and 10 RBI, including five doubles and was 3-for-4 with the bases loaded. He had a hit, with at least one double in each game, scored at least one run and drove in at least one run in all four seven-inning contests. The New Orleans native finished the week hitting .667 (10-15), adding eight runs scored and a stolen base.
At 1:20 on the video is some good info for anyone going to the games; at 5:35 is a weekend weather forecast (Friday's game looks iffy); and at 7:00 is a 4-minute feature on the baseball team, including a look at a 49er player ready to give MU's Jonah Schmidt some competition - in the "best hair" contest - and a preview of the horrendous and inexplicable (nearly as inexplicable as their 49ers nickname) "Moose Call" tradition. Oh, and A-10 Player of the Week (see below) Tony Montalbano perhaps protests too much about not being too "gimpy" after a strain rounding first in a game last weekend.
■ 5 Big 12 teams still unbeaten as 2011 baseball season swings into Week 2 (examiner.com)
As Missouri coach Tim Jamieson put it, “If we’re the 10th best team in the league (according to the preseason vote of conference coaches), it’s a pretty damn good league.”