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Southwestern Baseball "Kent" Get Enough

Updated: Thursday, February 6 2014, 11:09 PM CST

Despite what Mother Nature has to say about it, Southwestern University head baseball coach R.J. Thomas is turning up the heat when it comes to rebuilding his program.

"We are trying to get this program back to where it was when Coach [Jim] Mallon had it running like a finely-tuned engine," Thomas told KEYE TV sports.

Therefore, Thomas hired an assistant coach so impressive, that nobody even believed it.

"I thought it was a joke at first," admitted Southwestern third baseman Zach Lynch.

"Is it that Jeff Kent?," people would ask.

Yes, that Jeff Kent. The 2000 National League MVP who hit 377 career home runs and got more Pro Baseball Hall of Fame votes this year than Mark McGwire, Don Mattingly and Sammy Sosa.

"I'm a former pro baseball player who has a lot of knowledge," Jeff Kent said. "If I can pass it on to the next kid, hopefully he'll get better from it. If that happens, then cool."

Of course turning a double play is how Kent, a former second baseman, got to Southwestern. A resident of Bee Cave, Kent works with Keith Jackson's Action baseball club - a local college development program. When Jackson joined the Pirates as pitching coach this summer, he helped recruit the 17-year Major League veteran to be a volunteer assistant at SU.

"If you can pass on some knowledge you've learned through the past, like I can to them, that makes them better or  gives them an advantage over someone else - maybe they can take it and run with it," Kent said.

Kent hit more home runs than any other second baseman to ever play Major League Baseball. But here at Southwestern, he's not swinging for the fences. Kent says it's not his goal to turn all of these guys into pro ballplayers. That wasn't even his own goal.

"I never wanted to be a pro ballplayer.," Kent recalled. "I used baseball to go get an education to go get a real job. I just happened that baseball kept panning out for me."

"We college athletes and baseball players pay attention to him," said Southwestern pitcher Nino Tutino. "We listen, we don't talk, we want to absorb as much as we can from him."

After making a career of punishing pitchers' stuff, Kent threw himself a curve ball.

"There's one thing I swore I'd never do when I retired: that was be a little league coach," Kent admitted.

When he's not working with the Pirates, you guessed it - he's coaching his son's little league team.

"The younger kids, they don't know who the heck I was or what I did," Kent joked. "You were a ballplayer? You're just a fat old man."

"Recruits are interested," Coach Thomas said. "We've got middle infield guys that are looking forward to him being around next year when they come in as freshman."

Now if Mother Nature will just hold up her end of the bargain.

by Adam Winkler
Southwestern Baseball "Kent" Get Enough


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Scores & Schedules

March 30, 2015 07:12 GMT

NCAA MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Sunday's Scores

No. 7 Michigan State 76, No. 4 Louisville 70

No. 1 Duke 66, No. 2 Gonzaga 52

Monday's Schedule

No games scheduled

FINAL FOUR

Saturday, April 4

Michigan State (27-11) vs. Duke (33-4), 6:09 p.m.

Kentucky (38-0) vs. Wisconsin (35-3), 8:49 p.m.

National Championship Monday, April 6

Semifinal winners

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Sunday's Scores

Houston 99, Washington 91

Brooklyn 107, L.A. Lakers 99

New Orleans 110, Minnesota 88

Cleveland 87, Philadelphia 86

Miami 109, Detroit 102

L.A. Clippers 119, Boston 106

San Antonio 103, Memphis 89

Indiana 104, Dallas 99

Oklahoma City 109, Phoenix 97

Monday's Schedule

L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Boston at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Utah at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Sunday's Scores

Pittsburgh 3, San Jose 2, SO

Washington 5, N.Y. Rangers 2

Florida 4, Ottawa 2

N.Y. Islanders 5, Detroit 4

Boston 2, Carolina 1, OT

Calgary 5, Nashville 2

Anaheim 2, New Jersey 1

Chicago 4, Winnipeg 3

Monday's Schedule

Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Edmonton at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Buffalo at Arizona, 10 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - SPRING TRAINING

Sunday's Scores

Pittsburgh 4, Atlanta 2

Philadelphia 4, Detroit 4, tie

N.Y. Mets 3, St. Louis 2

Minnesota 6, Baltimore (ss) 5

Washington 11, Miami 7

Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2, 10 innings

N.Y. Yankees 7, Houston 0

Baltimore (ss) 4, Toronto 2

Cincinnati 8, L.A. Angels 6

L.A. Dodgers (ss) 10, Texas 5

Chicago Cubs 7, Kansas City 0

Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland 1

Oakland 7, Milwaukee 0

San Francisco 11, L.A. Dodgers (ss) 9

San Diego 8, Seattle 5

Colorado 11, Arizona 10, 10 innings

Colorado 2, Arizona 1

Monday's Schedule

Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Colorado vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Toronto vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

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