For a small school in southwest Florida, it doesn’t get much better than beating the Gators in Gainesville. That’s exactly why Florida Gulf Coast is riding high this week, fresh off a sweep of one of the big boys in the Sunshine State.
“Any time you can get an ACC or SEC type win, it’s huge for us,” Dave Tollett, head coach of the Eagles, said. “But we have to stay grounded and we have to stay grinding.” Continue reading
The South Carolina streak came to an end last season as the Arizona Wildcats overpowered Ray Tanner’s squad en route to a national championship, booting the SEC from the spotlight of college baseball. The East is stacked again this year though, with Vanderbilt, Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida all in the top 15. Continue reading
The SEC’s reign atop college baseball came to an end in 2012, as South Carolina fell to the Arizona Wildcats in the championship series in Omaha. Still, though, the conference scored a big victory with the addition of Texas A&M, who provides immediate strength to the conference.
Last year we saw Arkansas rise to national contention as well as push the Gamecocks to the brink of College World Series elimination. We saw Mississippi State conquer the conference to win a NCAA berth by virtue of winning it all in Hoover. Continue reading
Stepping into coach Joe Jordano’s office, you can see that the Pitt Panthers are at a crossroads as a program. On top of his file cabinet stands a plaque that reads “Big East Championship Runner-Up,” a memento from the 2005 season. If you turn to the wall on the far side of the office from the door, you see a picture of Cost Field, Pitt baseball’s brand new facility that sits atop what many familiar with Oakland would call “Cardiac Hill.” Continue reading
Georgia coach David Perno’s squad saw their ups and downs last season, concluding with a 31-26 record and an 8-seed in the SEC baseball tournament after finishing fifth-best in the East division. The Bulldogs, who entered last season making two regionals in three seasons, missed out on postseason baseball after a combination of inconsistent play and some injuries. But Perno’s squad has added what the coach thinks could be one of the best classes in school history, and the future looks bright in Athens. Continue reading
The Rebels have been knocking on the door for a trip to Omaha for a decade, but their inability to kick the door in has been consistent. That’s what makes last season’s 37-26 campaign almost ordinary in Oxford, Miss., in that the Rebs were sent home by the TCU Horned Frogs in the Texas A&M NCAA regional last season. Ole Miss had the early advantage in the regional, forcing the Horned Frogs to drop a game and entering the regional championship unbeaten. Two consecutive losses to the Horned Frogs sent the Rebels home for the year, and left Ole Miss yet another near-miss in their recent string of “warning track shot” seasons. Continue reading
The Auburn Tigers returned to the SEC tournament for the third straight season last year, but were quickly bounced after dropping two of their three games in Hoover to the Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks. There’s certainly no shame in losing to two of the more successful programs in the country in recent history, but Auburn has set higher goals for themselves after their fourth consecutive winning season under coach John Pawlowski. Continue reading
The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into the 2013 season in an unfamiliar role. By virtue of taking the 2012 SEC Championship in Hoover, Ala. last season, their first SEC title since 2005, MSU is now the hunted, not the hunter. But even as one of the favorites for this year’s SEC crown, they have unfinished business left over from last year that needs to be taken care of. Continue reading
It’s hard to fathom being disappointed with a season that yielded 47 victories, a regular season SEC title and a SEC West championship, but that’s exactly the case for last year in Baton Rouge. The LSU Tigers were bounced in a home Super Regional by the upstart Stony Brook Sea Wolves, leaving Coach Paul Mainieri’s team just one game away from a trip to Omaha. Continue reading
Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson addresses his team after a practice on Monday, Sept. 24. He signed a three-year extension today to remain a Tiger through the 2015 season.
The winningest active coach in the SEC will be staying put in Columbia, Mo. through 2015, as Missouri signed head coach Tim Jamieson to an extension as the program transitions to life in the SEC. Continue reading