The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have released their 2007 Baseball Schedule. They are hosting the Coca-Cola Classic with Louisville, Southern Illinois, and Northwestern State competing in Hattiesburg. They do play eight NCAA Tournament teams from last season on the schedule which includes Alabama, Houston, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Rice, South Alabama, Troy and Tulane. They are expected to be a prominent player in the Southeast this year and make the NCAA Tournament. The full schedule is available here.
Southern Miss also has started building a new press box with 12 new luxury boxes for the 2007 season. This should bring their stadium up to the standards in the South. You can read more about the renovation at this link.
There is some rumors on the internet that there will be a change in the format of the ACC Baseball Tournament for the 2007 season. They will split the field into two divisions and each team will be guaranteed to play 3 games in a round robin format. One division would include the 1, 4, 5, and 8 seeds while the other one will include the 2, 3, 6, and 7 seeds. This will limit the amount of games each team will have to play to get to the Championship games. In the 2006 tournament, Clemson and NC State played in the Championship game and used two pitchers who rarely pitched during the regular season. This format gives the teams a maximum of 4 games to play thus making it easier on the pitchers and coaches.
The 2007 Baseball schedule is out for the University of South Carolina. There are no major OOC games scheduled for this season with the basic home and home series with Clemson. They play in the UNC Wilmington and the Citadel Tournaments respectively this year. The Brown Bears make a weekend trip March 9th-11th to visit the Gamecocks. You can read the full schedule in PDF format here.
Andrew Brackman has decided to focus on Baseball during his senior season and give up his basketball career for the time being according to reports from SeBaseball and ESPN. Andy Katz also of ESPN believed that Andrew had some talent to become a serviceable player in the NBA. He was likely going to be a late 1st round pick in the 2007 NBA draft but now will be a top 5 pick in the MLB draft with his 7 foot frame.
Sorry for the lack of updates on the site recently but there really hasn’t been too much news to report. Feel free to send questions or comments to me.
The Minnesota Gophers have released their 2007 baseball schedule. It contains a challenging season in the Big Ten and a great early season tournament in the Dairy Queen Classic. The Classic will contain perennial powers Arkansas and Mississippi with the Citadel rounding out the field. The Gophers also make the long trek to Pepperdine before opening the season against Penn State. It should be an interesting year for the Gophers and good luck to them.
Full schedule available here.
Thanks to Big Ten Hardball for the tip.
Wake Forest has released their 2007 schedule and it is a typical ACC schedule with very little challenging out of conference games before the heart of the ACC season. Wake missed the NCAA’s last year by the skin of their teeth and should be in the hunt for the last spot in the ACC Tourney this year. Wake Forest has visits this season from Virginia, NC State, Clemson, Duke and Miami. Yes, they have a loaded home schedule and they head to Florida State, North Carolina, Maryland, Boston College and Virginia Tech. They have loaded road schedule too but the ACC is always loaded with some great teams.
Full article can be read here.
The University of Virginia have released their 2007 schedule. There is no major surprises on the schedule with the regular 30 games in the ACC in addition to some OOC games. They will participate in the Coastal Carolina Tournament to start the year with Elon, North Florida and of course Coastal Carolina. They have a big visit from ACC powers Miami and GT this year. They will be visiting Chestnut Hill to end the season and the College Baseball Blog will be taking a few days off from work to make sure he sees the Thursday-Saturday series in May.
Ryan Hastings of Illinois went 2 for 3 on Monday in an intrasquad scrimmage to take a 2 games to 1 lead on the Orange Team. Hastings started the game off with a bunt single then stole second and scored on another base hit to bring him around. Coach Dan Hartleb had the following to say about Hastings “He brought some great energy to the Blue team today. They did a good job of coming out very focused and jumping on the Orange team early.” Hastings will try to lead the Illini in their goal of winning the Big 10 conference in 2007.
Full release on the Intrasquad scrimmage available here.
Senior Longhorn Carson Kainer is recovering from a kidney transplant from his father. He had the surgery a few weeks ago and is expected to recover to play in his senior season this spring. Kainer was a 14 round pick of the Cincinnati Reds this past draft and was planning on signing but started to have complications with his kidney which had to be taken care of with the transplant. Kainer has suffered from chronic renal failure since the age of 2. This transplant did not come as a surprise as Kainer’s family knew that this day would come sooner then later. The College Baseball Blog staff hopes that Carson and Ron Kainer a quick recovery and hope to see them soon on a baseball field. Full story available here.
The defending Ivy League Champs Princeton Tigers have released their 2007 schedule. They will visit the Houston, UNC Greensboro, Elon, Davidson, and Longwood in their OOC series. They will also play a full slate in the Ivy League conference where they will face Yale, Brown, Cornell, and Columbia all in Princeton NJ. The Tigers will visit Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, and Cornell in their home and home series this year. Princeton returns a very good team which almost won both games they played in the NCAA tourney this year and will look to win a few games this year in the tournament.