CARY, N.C. — Tanner Houck (Missouri) fired a summer-long 5.2 innings and Ryan Howard (Missouri) drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, lifting the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a 3-2 win over Chinese Taipei in seven innings, on Friday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Continue reading USA Baseball sweeps Chinese Taipei in Doubleheader
South Carolina’s Spurs & Feathers executive editor Brian Hand recently sat down with head baseball coach Chad Holbrook to discuss the tough season that the squad went through. Continue reading Q and A with South Carolina’s Chad Holbrook
RENO, Nev. — University of Nevada Director of Athletics Doug Knuth announced Friday that T.J. Bruce has been named the head baseball coach at Nevada. Bruce spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach to Nevada alum John Savage at UCLA, where he helped the Bruins win the 2013 College World Series. Continue reading Nevada set to hire T.J. Bruce
DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continued its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 18th year with its 2015 weekly surveys. This season’s polls have been circulated from Feb. 16-June 25 following the 69th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., as Virginia captured the 2015 NCAA championship and top spot in the survey.
In a rematch of the 2014 title series in Omaha, Virginia outdueled Vanderbilt 2-1 in games and won its first NCAA baseball crown. It also was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first NCAA diamond championship since Wake Forest in 1955. Both finals’ opponents were not among the Top Eight seeds in ’15 brackets. However, UVa and Vandy were Nos. 1-2 in the preseason NCBWA poll. Continue reading VIRGINIA TOPS FINAL 2015 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL
OMAHA, Neb. – Virginia was crowned the 2015 NCAA National Champions after defeating Vanderbilt, 4-2, in game three of the College World Series Finals on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
In a rematch of last year’s CWS Finals series that Vanderbilt won, it was Virginia that took round two of the best-of-three series, 2-1. Vanderbilt won game one, 5-1, and Virginia took game two, 3-0, before the decisive third game went in the Cavaliers’ favor. Continue reading Virginia wins 2015 College World Series with 4-2 win over Vanderbilt
CARY, N.C. — Seth Romero (Houston) fanned six in four shutout innings and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) belted his second home run of the summer, leading the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a 7-0 win over the Coastal Plains League Select team, on a steamy Wednesday afternoon at USA Baseball’s National Training Complex.
Team USA (2-3) jumped out to an early lead with two-run frames in the first, fourth and fifth innings, adding a run in the second frame. Continue reading TEAM USA OFFENSE EXPLODES IN 7-0 WIN OVER CPL SELECT
OMAHA, Neb. – The Virginia baseball team evened the College World Series Finals at a game apiece by blanking Vanderbilt, 3-0, Tuesday night in front of 24,645 fans at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The Cavaliers (43-24) forced a deciding Game 3 at 8 p.m. Wednesday to determine the national champion. UVa is seeking its first national championship.
Adam Haseley (Fr., Windermere, Fla.) and Josh Sborz (Jr., McLean, Va.) combined on a seven-hit shutout, while the bottom of UVa’s batting order, Ernie Clement (Fr., Rochester, N.Y.) and Thomas Woodruff (Sr., Clifton, Va.), recorded six of UVa’s 10 hits while driving in all three runs. Continue reading Virginia Defeats Vanderbilt, 3-0, to Force Game 3 in CWS Finals
CARY, N.C. — Nick Banks (Texas A&M) and Ryan Howard (Missouri) each collected multi-hit games but Chinese Taipei erupted for a six-run inning in the seventh inning to post a 9-2 win over the USA Collegiate National Team, on Tuesday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Team USA (1-3) suffered its second loss to Chinese Taipei, the first two games of a seven-game series. Chinese Taipei jumped out to a two-run lead early, with Team USA answering with a run in the top of the fifth. Chinese Taipei then plated a run in the sixth and exploded for six runs in the seventh. Team USA got a run back in the ninth, getting three consecutive singles to open the frame, for the final margin. Continue reading CHINESE TAIPEI USES SIX-RUN SEVENTH IN 9-2 WIN OVER TEAM USA
LOS ANGELES — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the selection of Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi as the recipient of the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. In the prestigious award’s 38th year recognizing the top amateur baseball player in the country, it was presented live on ESPN’s SportsCenter by 1989 Golden Spikes Award winner and current college baseball analyst, Ben McDonald.
The other three finalists for this year’s award also hailed from the Southeastern Conference, including shortstop Alex Bregman of Louisiana State, right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer of Vanderbilt, and shortstop Dansby Swanson of Vanderbilt. All four finalists were chosen within the top eight selections of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Benintendi was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Boston Red Sox, while Bregman was selected No. 2 by the Houston Astros, Fulmer was drafted No. 8 by the Chicago White Sox, and Swanson was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Continue reading ARKANSAS’ ANDREW BENINTENDI WINS 2015 USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD
With the Cape Cod Baseball League running just 10 weeks, each and every game is important for players to make their mark. The Hyannis Harbor Hawks’ Devin Smeltzer (Florida Gulf Coast) has capitalized on it, pitching a no-hitter against Harwich that put him on the radar and earned him Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week honors. Smeltzer is 2-0 with a 1.22 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings.
A native of Voorhees, N.J., Smeltzer pitches for Florida Gulf Coast University. He is entering his junior year with solid stats following the 2015 season, racking up 41 strikeouts in 52 innings of work. Continue reading Cape Cod Baseball League Players of the Week (June 23rd)