Fresno State opens the 2013 season on Friday night in the first of three games this weekend against UCSB at Beiden Field.
Ryan Overland and Erik Wetzel, who both were part of the Bulldogs' 2008 national championship team, have joined Mike Batesole and the Fresno State baseball program in new roles.
Fresno State's Aaron Judge rallied to win the 2012 TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby.
Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge was one of eight college baseball players selected to participate in next week's TD Ameritrade College Baseball Home Run Derby.
A variety of baseball camps and sessions are scheduled for the summer months at Beiden Field. Early bird registration discounts are available until Sunday.
Ryan Overland enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for Fresno State. Overland works with the catchers, and serves as the third base coach on game days.
Under Overland, standout catcher Taylor Ward became the highest drafted catcher in Fresno State program history in 2015 after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the 26th overall selection. The junior started all 59 games leading the Bulldogs in home runs (7), RBI’s (42) and total bases (104) and earned first-team All-Mountain West.
The ‘Dogs have now had four catchers selected in the last three MLB Drafts as Ward joins Austin Wynns (10th Rd., Baltimore Orioles) and Trent Garrison (28th Rd., New York Yankees) in 2013 and Trent Woodward (20th Rd., Houston Astros) in 2014.
Overland, who has a long history with Fresno State, was a catcher on the 2008 National Championship team. He later served as the Bulldogs' baseball intern in 2011 and then as the volunteer assistant coach in 2012.
Overland obtained his first full-time assistant coaching position at Nevada in the fall of 2012 before rejoining Fresno State for the 2013 season.
In between his days as a Bulldog player and coach, Overland served as graduate assistant coach at South Dakota State (2009-10). He helped lead the Jackrabbits to a regular season Summit League Championship in 2010 after finishing the season with a 39-21 mark as the hitting and catching coach.
Under Overland, the Jackrabbits were first in the league in batting average (.350) in 2010 and set new school records in team hits, runs scored, doubles and wins. Eight all-league student-athletes were produced under him.
He earned his master's in health, physical educations and recreation from South Dakota State in 2010.
In his career as a Bulldog student-athlete, he played in over 180 games, won three WAC Championships along with the 2008 National Championship.
Overland earned his bachelor's degree in communications studies from Fresno State in 2008.
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