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.

Pac-10 Weekend Preview (April 1st-3rd)

#26 Oregon at #5 Arizona State

Oregon has turned their season around, minus a couple one run losses in a 4-game set with Wichita State last weekend.  The overall sense of worry on the Duck program has dissipated after they reeled off eight straight wins, but have their first real test in a while as they fly to Tempe to take on Arizona State.   Continue reading Pac-10 Weekend Preview (April 1st-3rd)

CBD Column: Six Teams at the Crossroads

After watching Arizona State dismantle Cal State Fullerton 10-1 on Wednesday afternoon, something became abundantly clear; the Titans need to grow up and fast.  The game got out of hand early with Colin O’Connell throwing 52 pitches in the first two innings as he seemed to be mechanically off, and the Titans gave up two unearned runs in the 4th inning to make the game 8-1 after consecutive errors by Nick Ramirez and Austin Kingsolver.  Both players were pulled in the bottom half of the 4th, and was an obvious sign that Coach Serrano wasn’t happy that the players’ heads weren’t in the game.  Couple that with the fact that eight of their players will be kept home while the team travels to Hawaii due to suspension, including DH Carlos Lopez, SS Richy Pedroza and 3B Joe Terry, the team will have a chance to see new leaders emerge at the plate and defensively.  Their pitching staff is littered with miniscule ERA’s and  is the main reason they’re 12-8.  The Titans were 9-9 to start last  season only to just barely miss going to Omaha, but this team has only shown flashes of what Serrano calls “Titan Baseball” and needs to gel in a hurry to defend their Big West crown.  Along with Fullerton, there’s another team with an elite pitching staff that is carrying the ballclub, but not getting much help offensively.

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2011 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections (March 23rd)

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 (March 23rd)

Fullerton’s Dave Serrano catches up with CBD

I was able to catch up with Cal State Fullerton Head Coach Dave Serrano after the Titans snapped a four-game skid by defeating Washington 11-3. His squad was swept last weekend at LSU and dropped a midweek contest at Texas A&M. Serrano spoke with me about the importance of getting back to playing winning baseball and what lies ahead for his ballclub. I also had a chance to catch up with RHP Noe Ramirez and Michael Lorenzen for audio interviews.
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Top Storylines this Weekend March 11th-13th

Here are some of our top series for this weekend.

Dodgertown Classic

#11 UCLA has dropped consecutive weekend series’ to San Jose State and Nebraska, and hopes to turn it around this weekend.  St. Mary’s (CA) and Georgia travel to Los Angeles to participate in the series.  It would have been great to see UCLA and St. Mary’s face off on Friday, as we would have seen Gerrit Cole go head to head with Mark Anderson, who has had consecutive stellar outings against Oregon and UC-Irvine, throwing a complete game shutout against the previously unbeaten Anteaters. Continue reading Top Storylines this Weekend March 11th-13th

USD Tournament Scouting Report and Review

I was able to attend four games this weekend at the USD Tournament, held at Tony Gwynn Stadium at San Diego State.  I got to see Oklahoma, Cal, UCONN, and San Diego State all in action twice.  Here’s some news and notes on some key players from each team, including George Springer, Matt Barnes, Garrett Buechele, Tony Renda, Brandon Meredith, Brad Haynal, and more, with video included. Continue reading USD Tournament Scouting Report and Review

CBD Interview with Donnie Marbut (Washington State)

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Washington State head coach Donnie Marbut who is in the middle of his seventh season as the head coach of the Cougars. They currently have a 4-1 record after taking two out of three games at Cal State Bakersfield on the opening weekend and sweeping a doubleheader from UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday. The full audio interview with Coach Marbut discussing his team’s early season success and the Pac-10 is available below.  Continue reading CBD Interview with Donnie Marbut (Washington State)

West Coast Weekend Preview…Let it Snow?

The Bay Area is scheduled for some nasty weather this weekend, and there’s even snow possibly in the forecast in San Francisco for the first time since the 1970’s.  The USF Dons (0-4) look to turn around its season after a rough opening stretch against UCLA as they play UC Davis in a home/away/home series this weekend.  Weather will probably get in the way Friday with a double dip sometime either Saturday or Sunday.  I spoke with USF Head Coach Nino Giarratano this week about his teams efforts to rebound over the weekend.

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Talking College Baseball with The Pulse on Campus

I got to talk a little college baseball with Ty Pyburn of The Pulse on Campus on ThePulseNetwork.com today.  We solely went over our National Seeds that we currently have in place in the regional projections that Brian released today.  This was my first real interview talking about the sport after heading into my 4th season of coverage, and I can definitely build on it.  Only made one real egregious error that I know of, saying that Josh Elander hit the blast off Mike McGee in Omaha last year when it was really Matt Curry, but can’t sue me for that, right?  I’m sure you’ll all let me know in the comments section if I flubbed elsewhere.  Had an audio issue where I could hear myself talking as I talked about halfway through, but we’ll have that figured out for next time as we’ll probably use Skype.  Keep watching when my part is over, as Katie Dowd of The Daily Cal and contributor to the site talks about the situation over at Cal.  Video after the jump.

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