CollegeBaseballToday’s Eric Sorenson starts his new weekly segment called “From the Cave” where he previews the 2010 season. As usual, Sorenson does an excellent job talking about the entire country and you can check out the video below.
2009 marked the first conference championship for the Texas State, while Sam Houston State picked up the SLC Tournament Title and joined the Bobcats in the NCAA Tournament. This season, Texas State is looking for a return to the postseason, while the rest of the conference is taking aim at booking their ticket to a regional by way of the postseason tournament in Corpus Christi. The conference may not be major, but the returning talent definitely is. Led by Team USA OF Michael Choice, the league will feature more than six players who garnered some sort of All-American status last season.
The Big 12 belonged to the Texas Longhorns in 2009. After capturing both the regular season and conference tournament titles, the Longhorns slugged their way to the championship series in Omaha against eventual champion LSU. 2009 also saw the emergence of Kansas and Kansas State as contenders, while Oklahoma State and Nebraska fell from contenders to the cellar. Texas Tech returned to the conference tournament while Texas A&M began the year in the driver’s seat. Oklahoma made a push at Texas, but their future outlook was shattered by nine players moving on to the next level. Missouri stumbled at the beginning of the year as their offense went into hibernation, only to wake up in time to keep them above the Cowboys and Cornhuskers. Like Oklahoma, Baylor lost most of their draft eligible starters after a down year for their pitching staff. Unfortunately, 2010 looks like it will be a cakewalk for the Longhorns, while the rest of the conference battles to see who can join Texas in the NCAA Tournament.
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of conference previews today with the Big East Conference. Louisville won the conference regular season and postseason titles in 2009 with a 47-18 overall record while going 19-7 in Big East play. The Cardinals were the only team selected to play in the 2009 NCAA Tourney out of the Big East where they won the Louisville Regional before losing to Cal-State Fullerton. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of conference previews today with the SEC Western Division. LSU and Ole Miss tied for the Division Title with identical 20-10 records. Alabama finished in third place at 18-11. Arkansas finished at 14-15 to come in fourth place while Auburn (11-19) and Mississippi State (9-20) finished in fifth and sixth place respectively. You can check out our SEC Eastern Division preview by clicking here. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of Conference Previews today with the SEC’s Eastern Division. Florida won the division last year with a 19-11 record while South Carolina finished in second place with a 17-13 record. Georgia finished in third place with a 15-15 record while Vanderbilt finished 12-17 to grab the final spot in the SEC Tournament. Both Kentucky and Tennessee missed the SEC Tournament in 2009 after finishing with 12-18 and 11-19 records. We will be previewing the other division of the SEC in the coming days. Continue reading
Cal-State Fullerton Media Relations recently sat down with head coach Dave Serrano to preview the 2010 season. The Titans last year finished with a 47-16 record and a 17-7 record in Big West Conference play. The Titans won the Fullerton Regional by going a perfect 3-0 before sweeping Louisville in the Super Regional round to make it to the College World Series. In Omaha, Fullerton had two disappointing games losing to Arkansas 10-6 and Virginia 7-5 which ended the season. You can check out the the full video interview below.
The College Baseball Blog continues our 2010 Season Previews with the ACC Atlantic Division. The Florida State Seminoles won the division last year with a 19-9 record while Clemson finished in second place with a 19-11 record. Boston College finished in third place with a 13-15 record while Maryland and NC State tied for fourth place with 10-20 records. Wake Forest finished in last place with a 6-24 record. You can check out our Coastal Division preview which was posted yesterday by clicking here.
The College Baseball Blog kicks off our 2010 Season Previews with the ACC Coastal Division. The North Carolina Tar Heels won the division title in the 2009 season by going 19-10 while Georgia Tech finished in second place with a 17-10-1 record. Miami (FL) came in third with a 18-12 record while Virginia finished in fourth at 16-11-1. Duke finished in fifth place at 15-15 while Virginia Tech finished in last place with a 12-17 record.
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The pre-season pick as National Player of The Year is RHP Anthony Ranaudo of Louisiana St. The 6-foot-7, 231-pounder is expected to be a high first round pick in next June’s Free Agent Draft after striking out 159 batters in 124 1/3 innings last season with only 50 walks as he posted a 12-3 record and a 3.04 ERA.