College Baseball News & Notes 09/04

Aaron Backer and Coach Galloway

Aaron Backer and Coach Galloway

The University of Oklahoma baseball team reported for the first team practice of the fall semester on Thursday, Sept. 4.

The Sooners return seven position starters and 18 letterwinners overall from the 2008 team that advanced to the Tempe Regional Finals before falling to then-No. 4 Arizona State. Among those starters are Aaron Baker, Matt Harughty, Bryant Hernandez, Casey Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Tyson Seng and J.T. Wise.

OU also returns the core of its pitching staff with Chase Anderson, C.J. Blue, Andrew Doyle, Ryan Duke, Jeremy Erben, Antwonie Hubbard, Stephen Porlier, Garrett Richards, Michael Rocha and Tyson Seng. FULL STORY

Six More Faces Join the JSU Baseball Team

Jackson State head baseball coach Omar Johnson announced that he will be adding six new faces to the 208 recruitment class, totaling 13 new players for the new season.

In addition to the first class for the Tigers which included: two pitchers, two infielders and three outfielders, this class will include: two pitchers, three infielders and one outfielder. FULL STORY

Auburn Lands Four On Baseball America’s Summer League Top Prospects List

Four current Auburn baseball players were recognized for their play in summer leagues across the country as Baseball America released its list of Summer League Top Prospects on Thursday afternoon. Tony Caldwell (Florida Collegiate League), Hunter Morris (Team USA), Kevin Patterson (Cape Cod) and Scott Shuman (FCL) and were all deemed top prospects.

Caldwell was the MVP of his Winter Park Diamond Dawgs and was a league All-Star. Hitting .283 in 99 plate appearances, he had 11 extra-base hits (8 doubles, 2 triples and 1 home run) and drove in 16, finishing with a .434 slugging percentage while also displaying some speed in swiping seven bases in eight attempts. FULL STORY

Pair of Stanford Pitchers Earn Summer Top Prospect Honors

Stanford right-handed pitchers Jeffrey Inman and Alex Pracher have been named to the top prospect list for their respective summer leagues, Baseball America announced today. Inman was tabbed as the ninth-best prospect in the prestigious Cape Cod League, while Pracher was deemed No. 5 in the Atlantic Collegiate League.

Inman, who pitched for the Yarmouth-Dennis (Mass.) Red Sox, went 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in six starts. The Bakersfield, Calif. native tallied 34 strikeouts against 10 walks in 31.1 innings, while he fanned 13 against eventual champion Harwich in his final start of the summer. He recorded the second-most wins on Stanford’s staff as a sophomore in 2008, going 7-2 with a 4.27 ERA in 16 games (13 starts). In his final start, he limited Georgia to just two runs over 5.1 innings in the College World Series. Full Story