All posts by Mark Rafferty

Mark Rafferty is a 2007 Arizona State graduate where he majored in Justice Studies. During his collegiate days, he founded PitchForkNation.com which covers all Sun Devils sports. He joined College Baseball Daily during the 2007 postseason when he covered the Cal-State Fullerton Regional. He has covered multiple NCAA Regionals and the College World Series. You may contact Mark by email at Mark at collegebaseballdaily.com and follow him on Twitter @MarkRaff.

ASU’s Brandon Magee ruptures Achilles Tendon in Football practice

Updated: August 15th at 1:30pm
Quick note from ASU football practice Saturday as senior linebacker  Brandon Magee ruptured an achilles tendon. Magee has appeared in 27 games with 3 starts as a DH and outfielder for Arizona State baseball over the past 3 seasons.  The Dodges ended up selecting him in the 27th round of this year’s draft but Magee decided to return to school to complete his football career and eventually get drafted into the NFL. Continue reading ASU’s Brandon Magee ruptures Achilles Tendon in Football practice

CBS 5 catches up with USF’s Nino Giarratano After Kidney Donation

If you hadn’t heard the news, University of San Francisco Head Coach Nino Giarratano donated a kidney to his ailing father on July 11th. Coach G’s 80-year old father Mickey’s kidneys failed after having gallbladder surgery last fall, and Nino decided to donate a kidney to help him survive and live a more comfortable life. CBS5 San Francisco caught up with the reigning West Coast Conference Coach of the year to discuss the process.

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CBD Article: Thoughts on New TD Ameritrade Park

TD Ameritrade Park hosted its first College World Series after Rosenblatt Stadium hosted it for the last 61 seasons over the last two weeks with the South Carolina Gamecocks winning the 2011 College World Series title over Florida.  Overall, I came away pretty impressed by the overall atmosphere of the new digs.  Here are some thoughts on the new ballpark.

There’s really not much to complain about the stadium, but my main beef is the actual visibility from the concourse level, particularly in the outfield.  Walking around the concourse and park during the Texas/Florida 6 PM matchup, I noticed a few things I didn’t like about the park. First of all, looking in from the outfield concourses all around the outfield was near impossible for a good half hour due to the sunset. At Rosenblatt, this was less of a problem do to the concourse being closer to the actual fence. Also with the concourse, it’s pretty hard to see over the seats on the corners, which could have been easily avoidable. Continue reading CBD Article: Thoughts on New TD Ameritrade Park

2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections (May 4th)

College Baseball Daily continues our weekly countdown to the release of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Brackets. The brackets are done as if the NCAA Tournament was set to begin today. The projections are done through games played on Tuesday. You can check out the full bracket below which is our best estimate if the tournament started today. Continue reading 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections (May 4th)

2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections (April 27th)

College Baseball Daily continues our weekly countdown to the release of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Brackets. The brackets are done as if the NCAA Tournament was set to begin today. The projections are done through games played on Tuesday. You can check out the full bracket below which is our best estimate if the tournament started today. Continue reading 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections (April 27th)

Stanford’s Mark Marquess Talks with College Baseball Daily

Stanford is back on the winning track in the Pac-10 by knocking off UCLA and Gerrit Cole 7-4 Thursday night. Mark Appel threw seven strong innings, striking out six, giving up nine hits and three earned runs and walking three.  He was aided by three homeruns, including back to back shots in the 7th by Tyler Gaffney and Steven Piscotty.  Stanford is now 4-6 in the Pac-10 and and 18-12 overall.  After being swept last week by the red-hot Oregon State, the Cardinal look to be back on the winning track and look to hit their stride heading into the postseason.  CollegeBaseballToday.com’s Eric Sorenson and myself caught up with Stanford Head Coach Mark Marquess after the game, and you can check out the interview below. Continue reading Stanford’s Mark Marquess Talks with College Baseball Daily

2011 Regional Projections (April 20th)

College Baseball Daily continues our weekly countdown to the release of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Brackets. The brackets are done as if the NCAA Tournament was set to begin today. The projections are done through games played on Tuesday. You can check out the full bracket below which is our best estimate if the tournament started today. Continue reading 2011 Regional Projections (April 20th)

UGA’s Johnathan Taylor Injury Update

Georgia’s Johnathan Taylor fractured his C5 and C6 vertebrae in a collision in the outfield against Florida State back on March 6th.  An update was given on his condition on Thuesday, in which he remains paralyzed below the waist.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution checked in states there are positives to the story.  Like the fact that his medical expenses are going to be covered for the next 30 years, and the fact that he has progressed well enough over the last five weeks to be able to move his shoulders and arms as well as manually use a motorized wheelchair.  Another positive part of the story, the Bulldogs have rallied and gone 15-8 since the injury, as well as the Jonathan Taylor Fund being established.

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2011 Regional Projections (April 6th)

College Baseball Daily continues our weekly countdown to the release of the 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Brackets. The brackets are done as if the NCAA Tournament was set to begin today. The projections are done through games played on Tuesday. You can check out the full bracket below which is our best estimate if the tournament started today. Continue reading 2011 Regional Projections (April 6th)