College Baseball News and Notes 09/09

Senior first baseman Brian Hangbers
Senior first baseman Brian Hangbers

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

Bowling Green opens Fall Practice

Though February and the start of the college baseball season is still months away, the Bowling Green State University baseball team and head coach Danny Schmitz began the preparations for defending the Mid-American Conference Regular-Season title on Monday when they opened up fall workouts. Coach Schmitz, now entering his 19th season at the helm of the Brown and Orange, welcomed 33 players to camp, including 23 players that saw playing time in 2008, two redshirts, two walk-ons and six newcomers.

The team will begin full-team practices immediately and will hold an intra-squad game this Saturday at Warren E. Steller Field. They will then conclude the fall with their annual Fall World Series in early October.

The anticipation and expectations for the 2009 season are sure to be high for the Falcons after a 32-20 season in 2008 that saw BG go 16-8 in Mid-American Conference play. That record tied them with Kent State for a share of both the MAC Regular-Season title and the MAC East Division title, as their .633 overall winning percentage was tops in the conference. FULL STORY

OU Baseball Practice Facility Update

The construction on the OU baseball team’s new practice facility continues to make progress at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The base of the indoor hitting facility has been established and 8,000 square feet of bermuda grass was installed and laser-graded last week for the practice infield, wihch is adjacent to the Sooners’ bullpen. FULL STORY

Irish Baseball Opened Fall Practice Monday

The University of Notre Dame baseball team officially began its preparation for the 2009 season with its first fall practice on Monday at Frank Eck Stadium and the adjacent indoor hitting facility.

“As a coach, obviously you are always energized anytime you start a new season,” said Irish head coach Dave Schrage. “We are excited about the amount of experienced returning players and also eager to see the eight newcomers in action.” Full Story

Diamond Hogs return to the field

The crack of the bat and the smell of leather surround Baum Stadium once again as the Arkansas baseball team began fall practice on Sunday afternoon.

NCAA rules allow the Razorbacks to practice at any time over the next 45 days as the Arkansas coaching staff takes a look at returning players as well as the newcomers in an evaluation process that will go well into February. FULL STORY