Mark Etheridge of SEBaseball has an article posted by CSTV on the struggles of the mid-majors in college baseball. Most of the bids have gone to teams in the Big 5 conferences which are the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac 10, and C-USA. Since the year 2000, the amount of teams coming from outside of these conferences has dwindled from 42 to 34 last season. Considering that 25 of those bids are automatic bids, you can see how difficult it is to make the tournament for the mid-major schools like College of Charleston who ended up winning a regional last season. The full article is available here and can be discussed in my comment section.
The Tallahassee Democrat checks in with an article about newcomer Brandon Reichert. He is entering the season as a senior and this will be the first season he suits up for the hometown team. He signed with Mercer University but was not given his release by Head Coach Craig Gibson. The full article about Mr. Reichert is available here.
GoJackets.com checks in with a preview on the Virginia Cavaliers. They are led by 4th year Head Coach Brian O’Connor and All-American two-way player Sean Doolittle. They need to replace starting pitcher Mike Ballard, closer Shooter Hunt, and DH/first baseman Tom Hagan but should be able to continue to compete for the ACC championship this year with the quality of recruits coming to Charlottesville. The full article is available here.
Scout.com checks in with an article about the new draft rules which go into effect this season. The rules now state that all players beside college seniors must be signed before August 15th. The article has some quotes from some people who write for the Scout.com network and the comments can be read here.
A very nice article came across my desk today on one of my favorite College Baseball players in Kellen Kulbacki who plays for James Madison University and played for Cotuit this summer. He led the nation in homeruns, slugging percentage, and OPS in 2006. He will try to stay at the top in the nation without the protection of his former teammates Nate Schill and Micheal Cowgill. The full article about the All-American is available here.
Perfect Game CrossChecker are posting a series of previews about the top 100 teams in the nation. The top team has been released with University of South Carolina ranked Number 1 but from 2-49 have not been released but will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. The listing of teams from 51-100 are available here.
Cstv.com has started posting a series of articles previewing the 2007 NCAA Baseball season. The first article posted was a vote taken by CSTV on the Pre-season player of the year. The projected player of the year is Wes Roemer of Cal-State Fullerton. The full list is available here.
The second article is about players who are solid in the pitching and hitting departments like Virginia’s Sean Doolittle and GT’s Matt Wieters. The article is written by CSTV writer Glenn Tanner and can be read here.
Mike Anderson of Nebraska is preparing for the upcoming season with his Husker baseball program. The Lincoln Journal Star checked in on them and talk about how the reduction in scholarships in the college baseball world has led to student-athletes who get partial scholarships. The Husker program spread the scholarship money between about 30 players which comes out to each scholarship athlete having .40 of a scholarship. The full article is available here.
Chad Kreuter and the USC Athletic Department announced some renovations today to Dedeaux Field. They will be replacing the old fence with a new one for the upcoming season. After the season they will also be replacing the batting cages on the third base side of the field. There also is a fund raiser currently going on to upgrade the scoreboard and the lights. The full release is available here.
Harvard University has posted the 2007 Pre-Season prospectus. The Crimson made the Ivy League Championship last season losing to Princeton in the final. They are expected to again compete for the Ivy League title behind the leadership of Brendan Byrne. The prospectus is available in PDF format here.