The Capital Collegiate Baseball Conference, which recently began its eighth season, has some interesting new faces.
One of them is at American University. Dee Frady begins his 16th season as head coach with a rare addition to the lineup.
The face belongs to freshman pitcher Sam Evans and the unusual feature about him is that he pitches both right-handed and left-handed.
Evans, from Wilton, Conn., is 6-foot-1 and is at American on a swimming scholarship.
He compiled a 6-1 record as a high school senior last season. However, a rule was instituted that he could change pitching sides only once a game.
"I know of no rule like that in college," said Frady. "We won't make a farce of the game by having Sam change every pitch, but it (the changing) could prove interesting."
At Georgetown University, freshman infielder Kurt Kaull is on a basketball scholarship. He is in a conditioning program for basketball during the week, but baseball Coach Ken Kelly will have Kaull as his shortstop on the weekends this fall.
Kaull is from Wheaton, Ill., where he batted .470 in high school. "Ken was named player of the year in football as a quarterback and he is here on a basketball scholarship. He's just a super athlete," said Kelly.
Defending league champion Howard has added freshman second baseman Bobby Jackson to its lineup. Jackson is the son of Boston Red Sox pitching coach Al Jackson. A native of Long Island, N.Y., the young Jackson batted .340 and stole 13 bases as a senior in high school. Eighth-year Coach Chuck Hinton feels that Jackson can step in and start for the Bison.
Rich Gill was cut as a freshman at Catholic University and attended Orlando Junior College (Florida) for two years. Back at CU, he now has an opportunity to start for the Cardinals as a junior. Gill, a 6-foot-2 right-hander with good power, could fill a hole at third base or right field for Catholic.
American University improved its record to 4-0 with a 15-4 victory over Catholic in a Capital Collegiate Conference baseball game yesterday at AU. arryl Mann led AU's 18-hit attack with a five-for-five performance and scored three runs. AU's Jim Jeffries had a homer and two doubles and teammate Mike Spring hit his third homer in four games. Catholic is 3-1.