FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending April 24, today. Oakland senior first baseman Ryan Heath was named National Hitter of the Week, while St. John's sophomore left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Heath was 9-25 (.360) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI for the week. In Saturday's doubleheader against Western Illinois, he hit a combined 5-7 at the plate with four home runs-including three grand slams-a double, 14 RBI and five runs scored. The Ostrander, Ohio, native was 3-3 with two grand slams, a double, a career high nine RBI and three runs scored in game one. He followed that by going 2-4 with a grand slam, a solo home run, a walk, five RBI and two runs scored in the nightcap. Prior to that day, Heath had not hit a home run this season and had never hit a grand slam. His 14 RBI more than doubled the 12 runs he'd driven home in the 30 games leading up to his career day and his nine RBI in the first game surpassed his previous best of four which he had done twice last year.
Barnes threw the first no-hitter in St. John's Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer's 12-year tenure at the school as he blanked Georgetown, 16-0, and finished with 14 strikeouts, tying his career high. He was three walks from a perfect game and threw 130 pitches in the complete-game shutout. Barnes became the first St. John's pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Gerry McKiernan did it in 1976. The Chicopee, Mass., native punched out the final batter he faced with his 130th pitch of the night on Friday, completing his no-hit bid and earning the Red Storm's second-straight shutout. He worked five 1-2-3 innings, struck out the side three times and helped his own cause by saving a hit in the Georgetown sixth.
With this week's honor, Barnes automatically are named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
Fort Worth-based Pro-Line Athletic supplies the official cap to more than 100 Division I college teams and official uniforms and team wear to six Division 1 college teams. This is the third season Pro-Line has sponsored the NCBWA's Players of the Week. The sponsorship provides for plaques to be awarded to each of the weekly winners and other promotional consideration. For more information about Pro-Line, visit their Website at: www.prolineathletic.com.
After posting its first-ever three-game sweep at Tulane, the Houston Cougars are back in the national rankings. Houston appeared at No. 28 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, becoming the fifth different Conference USA school to be ranked this season. The Cougars sit alone in second place in the conference standings, trailing cross-town rival Rice. The Owls, who were 4-0 last week, including a win over No. 6 Texas, have moved up to No. 3 in the national polls. The entire notebook can be viewed here.
Mike Martin is looking at the starting rotation and might be mixing things up this weekend when the Seminoles visit Miami. Florida State has one of the top pitchers in the country in Bryan Henry but Michael Hyde has started to struggle with two consecutive losses and a no-decision in his last start against North Carolina in which he only lasted 3.1 innings. Ryan Strauss also struggled mightly against North Carolina on Sunday by giving up five runs in 3.2 innings. The Tallahassee Democrat discusses the topic here.
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has recently posted an article about the Big East conference, Houston Cougars, and the Minnesota Gophers. The full article is available here.
Aaron also did a chat about the new Top 25 that Baseball America released Monday. He discusses many different teams and issues in college baseball. The full chat can be read here.
The Boston College Eagles (16-21-1) will head to Fenway Park this Wednesday to take on the Northeastern Huskies in the Beanpot Final. BC is coming off a weekend sweep over Wake Forest in which they had walk-off wins on Friday and Saturday, On Sunday, the Eagles offense came together and put an 18 hit attack to blow out the Demon Deacons 11-5. The Eagles will probably send Ted Ratliff to the mound who has been a very solid mid-week starter. He enters with a 4-1 record and a 4.69 ERA.
Northeastern enters Wednesday game with a solid 19-10 record and took two out of three games with Georgia State this past weekend. The Huskies have been getting solid pitching throughout the season with a Team ERA of 4.80. The Huskies are led on offense by Mike Tamsin (.364 BA) and Dan Milano (.351 BA, 8 HR). The Huskies are expected to start Dan Zehr who is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
I would like to see a great crowd at Fenway on Wednesday supporting college baseball in New England. The weather is suppose to be fine and enjoy a day of baseball at Fenway Park. It is not too often that you can get box seats at Fenway for five bucks.
Harvard will not be participating in the consolation game because of a scheduling conflict with Yale. According to the UMass Athletics site, They will take on Holy Cross at 12pm.
The Southern Conference has announced Alex Garabedian of College of Charleston was named the player of the week for the week ending on April 23rd. He hit .522 (12 for 23) with two homers while scoring five runs and driving six runs in.
The Citadel Bulldogs will welcome Coastal Carolina who is ranked 20th in the nation by the NCBWA. The Bulldogs are coming off a series with Davidson over the weekend in which they took two out of three games from Davidson. Matt Reifsnider will get the mid-week start with a 2-1 record and an ERA of 4.39. Coastal Carolina swept VMI in a weekend series and enter with an overall record of 33-8 and also an impressive 11-1 in the Big South. The Chanticleers will send Nick McCully to the hill sporting a 2-2 record and a 3.60 ERA.
Danny Payne of Georgia Tech was named the ACC Player of the Week after hitting .545 over four games last week. The Yellow Jackets won all four games of the week with a victory over Georgia on Wednesday and sweeping NC State in a three game ACC series this past weekend.
David Duncan also of Georgia Tech and Bryan Henry of FSU were named Co-Pitchers of the Week for the ACC. Duncan pitched 8.2 innings on Friday against NC State in which he only allowed one run on two hits while striking out eleven batters. The Jackets ended up scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 2-1 victory. Bryan Henry also started on Friday and held the North Carolina Tar Heels to one run on four hits in eight innings. He upped his record to 10-0 on the season.
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week’s poll has representation by 13 different conferences (ties for highest representation in a 2007 weekly polls by various leagues) among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the ’07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 circuits have had teams in the polls in ’07. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt Southeastern 35-8 1
2 Florida State Atlantic Coast 37-6 3
3 Rice Conference USA 33-11 6
4 South Carolina SEC 31-10 4
5 Texas Big 12 33-12 5
6 North Carolina ACC 33-9 2
7 Virginia ACC 34-9 8
8 Arkansas SEC 32-11 7
9 Oregon State Pacific-10 31-8 9
10 Arizona State Pac-10 32-10 11
11 Wichita State Missouri Valley 34-9 14
12 Oklahoma State Big 12 31-10 15
13 Arizona Pac-10 31-9 10
14 Cal State Fullerton Big West 26-12 17
15 Pepperdine West Coast 30-13 12
16 Texas A&M Big 12 32-10 16
17 Clemson ACC 26-13 13
18 Mississippi SEC 27-15 19
19 Mississippi State SEC 25-10 18
20 Coastal Carolina Big South 33-8 21
21 San Diego West Coast 32-14 22
22 Charlotte Atlantic 10 32-7 23
23 UC Irvine Big West 28-11-1 t27
24 NC State ACC 27-14 20
t25 College of Charleston Southern 31-10 NR
t25 East Carolina C-USA 28-12 NR
27 Oklahoma Big 12 27-15 26
28 Long Beach State Big West 23-14 29
29 Michigan Big Ten 26-8 NR
30 Stetson Atlantic Sun 32-11 30
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Creighton (27-11), Georgia Tech(26-14), Kentucky (27-12-1), Louisiana State (23-18-1), Louisiana-Lafayette (29-12), Louisville (28-11), Miami (Fla.) (25-17), Minnesota (26-7), Missouri (28-12), Nebraska (23-17), New Orleans (27-13), Ohio State (23-10), St. John’s (25-12), TCU (30-10), Tulane (28-14), UC Riverside (23-16), Western Carolina(27-12).
Dropped Out: Tulane (24), Louisiana-Lafayette (25), Kentucky (t27)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 5, Southeastern 5, Big 12 4, Big West 3, Pacific-10 3, Conference USA 2, West Coast 2, Atlantic 10 1, Atlantic Sun 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Missouri Valley 1, Southern 1.
The city of Houston broke out the brooms this weekend, as Rice and Houston both swept Conference USA series. The two schools are now 1-2 in the C-USA standings. Marshall also broke into the league win column in convincing fashion over the weekend.