Heading into the 2011 season, the real talk around the UConn program was the fact they had two absolute studs in George Springer and Matt Barnes. Both of these young men went in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox respectively. The rest of the Huskies squad was extremely talented including outfielder John Andreoli. He ended up finishing the year with a .317 average with 31 RBI as he started all 66 games for the Huskies. In the 2011 MLB Draft, the Cubs selected him in the 17th round. Continue reading
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SECAUCUS, N.J. — USA Baseball announced Friday the selection of UCLA’s Trevor Bauer as the recipient of the 2011 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). The prestigious award, now in its 34th year of recognizing the nation’s top amateur baseball player, was presented on live television for the first time on MLB Network. Continue reading
Oregon catcher/outfielder Stefan Sabol will be transferring to a junior college according to a report from Baseball America. Sabol appeared in 39 games last season with the Ducks hitting .254 with a homer and 15 RBI during his freshman campaign. He has been spending this summer with the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He has appeared in 22 games with a .300 average with five RBI. Continue reading
WEEI.com writer Alex Speier reports that South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is preparing to return to Columbia for the 2012 campaign. The Boston Red Sox selected him with the 40th overall selection after having surgery for torn tendons in his left wrist. He returned for the 2011 College World Series where he helped lead the Gamecocks to their second straight national championship. Coming into the 2011 season, CBD rated him as the 5th best player in the country. Continue reading
I was recently asked by the Capital One Cup to write up a recap on the 2011 College Baseball Season. We were able to discuss how the results were affected the final 2011 standings which the Florida Gators won with 93 points. The top five is rounded out by second placed Virginia (82 pts), third place Auburn (70 pts) and Texas A&M (70 pts), while Stanford (69 pts) finished in fifth place. Continue reading
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Columbia, SC – As many coaches will tell you, winning a championship for the first time is a great thing. Winning it again, in back-to-back seasons, is really the true test for a champion. So many things can go wrong the second time around. The expectations are higher and the team becomes a target for all opponents. Continue reading
The 2011 College World Series television ratings improved over last season with a major improvement in the championship series between SEC rivals Florida and South Carolina according to a press release from ESPN. The full press release is available below. Continue reading
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WICHITA, Kan., June 30, 2011 – James Madison junior catcher Jake Lowery (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John’s Pizza on Thursday night at a banquet hosted by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.
The award is handed out annually to the top catcher in all of college baseball and is named in honor of former Major League All-Star, MVP, World Series champion and Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, who was on hand to present the award. Continue reading
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
OMAHA, Neb. – The South Carolina Gamecocks became only the ninth team in College World Series history to win back-to-back national championships, recording a 5-2 win over the Florida Gators in game two of the College World Series championship finals Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
With the win, South Carolina (55-14) surpassed Texas (1983-84) for the most consecutive wins in the NCAA postseason. The Gamecocks end 2011 with 16-straight NCAA tournament victories and 11-consecutive CWS wins, also an NCAA record. Continue reading