Category Archives: 2009 Season Preview

Unveiling the new Alex Box

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Tigers to open new Box against Villanova tonight

For the LSU baseball program, the first day of a highly anticipated future arrives today with the debut of a state-of-the-art stadium.

At the same time, the Tigers bring proud echoes from the past with them into the 2009 season, the residual impact of a memorable finish to last season that LSU rode all the way to its home away from home for the first time in four years.

The Tigers’ new home, the sparkling, new Alex Box Stadium, will be officially unveiled today when LSU entertains Villanova to start a three-game season-opening series. Continue reading Unveiling the new Alex Box

Pac-10 Roundup: Arizona State reloads, Gerrit Cole to debut for Bruins

Arizona State is selected to win the Pac-10 this year, but as Head Coach Pat Murphy points out, “We might have the least experience of any team in college baseball.” (East Valley Tribune) Also, here’s a preview of this weekend’s tilt against University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (Pitchfork Nation) Continue reading Pac-10 Roundup: Arizona State reloads, Gerrit Cole to debut for Bruins

2009 WAC Preview

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The 2008 National Champions came from the most unlikely of teams in the most unlikely of conferences. The Fresno State Bulldogs’ run through the College World Series put WAC baseball back on the map after the conference had lost some of it’s luster after the many realignments caused by their football brethren. The Bulldogs’ magical run resulted in the school’s first National Championship, unprecedented publicity for the school and the conference and earned them ESPY nominations and’s Sportsman of the Year award. But that was 2008. This is 2009. Can the league built off the shot in the arm it received from Fresno State’s run? Will Fresno State win their fourth WAC title in a row or will they succumb to the bulls-eye that will be on their backs from opening day?

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Baylor Bears: 2009 Baseball Season Outlook

Kendall Volz
Kendall Volz

Fifth century Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote in Prometheus Bound, “Time, as he grows old, teaches many lessons.”

Baylor’s baseball team grew a year older and learned many lessons during the 2008 season. Now, the Bears hope to turn those lessons into success in 2009.
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Conference USA notebook

Conference USA will open its 14th season of baseball this Friday. UCF is set to begin the Terry Rooney era with its series against Virginia Commonwealth. Armed with its No. 3 national ranking, Rice heads west to face Cal Poly. East Carolina, Southern Miss and Tulane are also ranked in at least one poll and that trio will host Monmouth, Lehigh and LeMoyne, respectively, in three-game series this weekend. Continue reading Conference USA notebook

Texas State baseball prepares for 2009 season

Texas State baseball opens the 2009 season Feb. 20-22 at the UT Arlington/Hilton Invitational.
Texas State baseball opens the 2009 season Feb. 20-22 at the UT Arlington/Hilton Invitational.


SAN MARCOS – Most coaches are jaded by the loss of instrumental players entering a brand-new season and most coaches do not welcome the change. However, Texas State baseball head coach Ty Harrington is not like most coaches. As he embarks on his tenth year with the program, Harrington welcomes the change and says his strengths do not lay with a few standout players, they rest in an entire team and the chemistry they can build.
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2009 TCU Season Preview: Hitters

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FORT WORTH, Texas- The TCU Horned Frogs are two days away from kicking off the 2009 campaign at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton. takes an in depth look at the team heading into their sixth season under head coach Jim Schlossnagle. In this edition, we will break down the offensive side of the game.

Middle Infield

For the first time in three years, the Frogs have a hole to fill at shortstop with the departure of Bryan Kervin. Despite the loss of Kervin, TCU returns one of top second basemen in the country in Ben Carruthers. Continue reading 2009 TCU Season Preview: Hitters

2009 Vanderbilt Season Preview: Infield


Brian Harris
Brian Harris


No area on the field was hit harder by graduation and the draft than the infield. With the losses of Alvarez, Feinberg, Flaherty and Robin, Vanderbilt will be looking for new starters at every position besides first base, where junior Andrew Giobbi returns.

In addition to Giobbi, junior Brian Harris (2B) will add a veteran presence to an infield that has three underclassmen in sophomore Curt Casali (1B/C) and true freshmen Jason Esposito (SS) and Joe Loftus (3B). Continue reading 2009 Vanderbilt Season Preview: Infield

2009 Cincinnati Season Preview: Corner IF’s

This is the third in a five-part installment previewing the 2009 University of Cincinnati baseball season. UC opens its 2009 campaign on Friday, Feb. 20, at the inaugural BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge. The Bearcats play Purdue University at 1 p.m. at the Raymond A. Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg, Fla.


While the catchers and middle infielders are filled with new faces, the corners will be held down by veterans of the Bearcats program. Junior Kevin Johnson and senior Mike Spina enter their second season as starters at first base and third base, respectively. Continue reading 2009 Cincinnati Season Preview: Corner IF’s