Rust Belt Baseball Spotlight: Illinois
Illinois baseball is basking in rarefied air, the Illini (6-0-1) have achieved several milestones early in the 2015 season:
• They are 1 of 28 undefeated teams in Division I baseball.
• Undefeated after seven games for the first time since 1986.
• Ranked #25 by DI Baseball; #26 by Collegiate Baseball; #27 by NCBWA
• Ranked in the top 10 nationally in WHIP, Hits per 9 Innings and K/BB.
• Lead the Big Ten in most offensive and pitching categories.
The Illini head to Myrtle Beach for the Chanticleer Classic, where they will play five games in four days; they open with a pair of games against Ball State on Friday and Saturday, a doubleheader on Sunday against Kent State and West Virginia wrapping with a Monday tilt versus Coastal Carolina. Continue reading Rust Belt Spotlight
Rust Belt Baseball Spotlight: Illinois
We swept St. Peters University in our opening weekend series at home. The team looked salty, as timely hitting and solid pitching performances were on display in all three games. Offensively, the Ders were led by junior third baseman Cody Clarke, who finished the weekend with an impressive 7-for-10 performance at the plate. In addition to Clarke, junior transfer and Corpus Christi native Justin Perales delivered clutch RBI after RBI, including a triple, to the delight of the hometown fans and family that came to see him in his first performance as an Islander. Redshirt freshman Travis Geiser also tripled in his first-ever collegiate at-bat, giving the Ders the lead late in game one of the series. Continue reading CBD JOURNAL WITH TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI’S JACOB DORRIS (Feb. 26th)
Week two of college baseball is in the books and as the first week entertained so did the second. We were privileged to witness quite a few players emerge in big games and turn in a great weekend performance for their respective club.
A breakdown of some of the top hitting and pitching performances of the second week (2/22) of the 2015 Division 1 college baseball season are below.
ON THE BUMP:
Josh Moore of St. Louis was named the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week after the junior left-hander led the Billikens to a 2-1 victory over a very good Troy baseball team on Friday, Feb. 20. Moore threw eight innings, allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out six. The Billikens were named the COX Diamond Invitation tournmanet champions after defeating Troy and Southern Miss before dropping a game to North Florida.
Anthony Kay of the UConn Huskies took the no decision after tossing seven innings of two-hit ball with one earned run, one walk and six strikeouts in the Huskies eleventh inning 2-1 loss to Florida Atlantic Univeristy.
Robbie Coursel of Florida Atlantic had a no-hitter until the fifth inning to set the Owls up for their 2-1 victory. The junior threw five innings allowing one hit, three walks and zero runs while striking out six on Sunday.
Alabama A&M’s Caleb Roberts tossed a complete game, three hitter as the Bulldogs defeated Marshall in Starkville, Mississippi on Sunday afternoon. Roberts allowed three hits, one earned run, one base on balls, and struck out four in 9.0 innings to bump him to 1-1 on the year.
Marist pitcher Chris Napolitano was awarded the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week award for his performance over the weekend versus the University of Virginia. Napolitano tossed 8.1 shutout innings in Marist’s 5-4, 18 inning loss to No. 1 Virginia. He allowd just five hits with three walks, and struck out four batters.
The Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week is Will Dennis of Seattle University announced Monday morning by the conference office. Dennis threw 98 pitches in 9.0 innings only allowing four hits, one earned run while striking out seven in a 1-0 loss to CSUN on Feb. 20.
Other Notable Performances:
Andrew Nunez, FIU: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Dane Dunning, Florida: 5 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Bailey Clark, Duke: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Josh Sborz, Virginia: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Davis Tominaga, Portland 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Brent Strong, Bradley: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Jake Andrews, Eastern Michigan: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Jack Karraker, Oregon: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Eddie Macaluso, Iona 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Luke Humphreys, Morehead State: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Joe Zayatz, UNC Asheville: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Is it safe to say that offense in college baseball is officially back? For the second week in a row we have multiple multi-homer games turned in around the country. This week the multi-homer club featured Gage Green (Oklahoma State), Kolbey Carpenter (Oklahoma), Brandon Soat (IPFW), Tyler Wells (Ohio), Korbin Williams (Evansville) and Matt Rose (Georgia State).
AT THE PLATE:
Trent Higginbothem of North Florida turned in an impressive performance over the weekend by going 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. Higginbothem also added a double and home run and didn’t strike out at all on the weekend.
The University of South Carolina’s Alex Destino went 3-for-4 verse Northeastern over the weekend. Destino collected three RBI and plated one time while going ya-ya once in the Gamecocks three game sweep of Northeastern.
Stanford Cardinal freshman Jesse Kuet was among one of the more impressive performances over the weekend with his 4-for-5 series against Cal State Fullerton. Kuet recorded four hits, two RBI and two runs scored while hitting one home run and stealing one base in the series win (2-1).
Brandon Soat of IPFW had a weekend that anyone can tip their cap to. He went 4-for-6 with two bombs, eight RBI and six runs scored while walking once and striking out once.
Kent Rollins of Georgia Southern was 3-for-4 with six RBI and two runs scored over the weekend. Rollins is a catalyst in a dangerous Georgia Southern baseball team.
Other Notable Performances:
Josh Estill, Cal State Fullerton: 4-4, 3 R, 3 RBI
Kevin Dupree, Middle Tennessee State: 3-3, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB
Ernie Clement, Virginia: 4-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
John Clay Reeves, Rice: 5-6, 3 RBI, 1 K
RJ Ybarra, Arizona State: 3-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
J.C. Wilhite, Alabama: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI,
Tyler Wells, Ohio: 3-3, 2 R, 5 RBI
Kent Rollins, Georgia Southern: 3-4, 2 R, 6 RBI,
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Big Ten faculty, administrators and student-athlete representatives met this week to further discuss the importance of keeping education central to the mission of intercollegiate athletics.
The conference unanimously decided it would be important at this juncture to reach out to a diverse group of thought leaders in an effort to obtain as much feedback as possible to a number of important areas impacting academics on campus. Those areas include the potential establishment of a year of readiness for all sports—or select sports; student-athlete time demands; playing seasons; initial eligibility requirements; and other areas impacting academics on college campuses across the country. Knowing that matters of such impact would never be adopted unilaterally by a single conference or institution, it is important to the conference to devise a strategy and timeline that would encourage, and allow the conference to obtain, input from all. Continue reading Big Ten studying Enhancing Academics in College Sports
DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 18th year with its 2015 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 16-June 25 (weekly through June 10) following the 69th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park. Continue reading NCBWA Top 30 Poll (Feb. 23rd)
No. 2 Florida hosted the no. 13 Miami Hurricanes and took two out three from the Canes. No. 3 Texas Christian University traveled to no. 16 Arizona State and defeated the Sun Devils at home to take the series 2 games to 1. No. 4 LSU hosted Boston College and completed the 3 game sweep of the Eagles. Continue reading College Baseball Daily Top 25 (2/23)
Series of the Weekend
We will start in Orlando, Florida where the no. 7 UCLA Bruins and the no. 17 North Carolina Tar Heels traveled to play a three game series after inclement weather cancelled the series in Chapel Hill. Luckily the kind folks in Orlando took these two teams in with open arms, ahh you gotta love good ol’ college baseball! Continue reading Around The Horn (2/20-2/22)
Charlotte lost two-of-three to Akron over the weekend. In their 1-0 win J.D. Prochaska went 6 innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out five. In a 2-1 loss Sean Geoghegan tossed 6 innings, allowing just 6 hits and 1 walk, while striking out five. In a 5-4 loss Derek Gallello was 2-5 with a run scored. Continue reading CUSA Weekend Recap Feb. 20-22
The Zips took two-out-of-three in what was supposed to be a four game series that was cut short because of weather. They won the first game 2-1 thanks to a 2-4, 2 RBI performance by Dom Iero. John Valek III gave up 1 ER over 7 innings, while striking out six. They fell 1-0 in the second game, which was cut short to just seven innings. J.T. Brubaker gave up 1 run over 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits. They won game three 5-4. Daulton Mosbarger was 1-3 with 2 runs scored, while Iero collected two more RBI. Continue reading MAC Baseball Weekend Recap (Feb. 20th-22nd)