(June 11, 2014) -- UTSA saw four players selected Saturday during the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That tied the program record set back in 1995, as Justin Anderson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/14th round), John Bormann (Angels/19th round), Matt Sims (Atlanta Braves/28th round), and Michael Kraft (Toronto Blue Jays/37th round) each had their name called.
Anderson, a junior right-handed pitcher from Houston, became just the eighth UTSA player drafted in the first 15 rounds of the draft. He finished his junior campaign by tossing eight shutout innings in a win against Southern Miss in the Conference USA Tournament to send the Roadrunners to the league's championship game.
Five rounds later, Bormann, a junior catcher from Seguin, became the second Roadrunner drafted by the Angels for the second consecutive year. Riley Good (13th round) and Clint Sharp (38th round) both were picked by the Angels last June. Bormann led Conference USA with 13 pickoffs and threw out 24 base stealers this past spring.
Both Anderson and Bormann earned C-USA All-Tournament honors following UTSA’s runner-up finish to Rice in Hattiesburg, Miss.
UTSA's all-time appearances leader Matt Sims was the next Roadrunner to be picked. Sims, a senior reliever from Cypress, finished his career with 20 career saves (No. 2 school history) and he ranks second all-time in lowest opponent batting average and third all-time in strikeouts per nine innings. Sims is the first-ever Roadrunner to be drafted by the Braves.
Kraft was the final UTSA player picked, as the Blue Jays selected the senior left-hander from San Antonio. He completed his senior season with a 2.04 ERA and leaves with 15 career victories on the hill, a figure that is tied for eighth in program annals.
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The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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