This is the second part of our two part 2012 Sun Belt Preview. You can check out the first part by clicking here.
Louisiana- Lafayette: 31-27; 18-12
After finishing third in the conference last season, the Ragin’ Cajuns are ready for another strong year, although may have trouble due to the loss of key players Taylor Hubbell, T. J. Geith and Joey Satriano. Continue reading
Last season was all about Texas State. The Bobcats went in with the top pitcher, and found out quickly they also had the top hitter in the Southland. RHP Carson Smith is gone, but 1B Casey Kalenkosky, an NJCAA All-American turned NCAA All-American, is back for another round. Coach Ty Harrington only lost a few starters on the field, and returned a strong nucleus of hitters to go along with a pitching staff that was more than capable of getting the team to the NCAA postseason. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our series of Conference Previews today with the Sun Belt Conference. Here is the first part of the two part preview. Continue reading
Here is Part Two of our Pac-12 Preview. You can check out the first part of the preview by clicking here.
UCLA (35-24 overall, 18-9 Pac-12)
Key Returning Players: RHP Zack Weiss, RHP Adam Plutko, OF Beau Ameral
Key Losses Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Trevor Bauer, 1st overall pick Gerrit Cole, C Steve Rodriguez Continue reading
The Pac-10 saw six teams head to regionals in the 2011 season, with Cal advancing to the College World Series. This year, those same six teams (UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State and Stanford) have all of the tools to stay towards the front of the pack in the race for the inaugural Pac-12 championship. However, in a conference as strong as the Pac-12, every team has the talent to compete and ultimately vie for the title of conference champions. With strong recruiting classes across the board, the addition of Utah to the conference and some of the top players in the country returning, the Pac-12 will host elite competition week after week, re-establishing itself as a premier conference in college baseball.
By: Aaron Kirby
2011 Season Review:
- Tournament Champion: Georgia Southern
- Regular Season Champion: Elon
- Conference RPI: #15
- Conference ISR: #16
In 2010 the Southern Conference had a conference record 3 teams (Citadel, CofC and Elon) get in a regional. However, in 2011 only the tournament champion Georgia Southern (36-26 overall and 18-12 SOCON) received a NCAA bid. Regular season champion Elon (36-21 overall and 23-7 SOCON) along with CofC (39-22 overall and 18-12 SOCON), and Samford (37-23 overall and 18-12 SOCON) came up just short of a regional. UNCG who won just 7 conference games in 2010 finished just one game behind Elon in regular season at 22-8 in conference and 34-20 overall. +14 games overall and an amazing +15 in conference. Continue reading
The story of the year in the ACC was how much more dominant the ACC Coastal Division was with four teams winning 19 or more games on the year. Virginia ended up tying Georgia Tech for the overall conference and Coastal Division titles with identical 22-8 records. North Carolina finished in third place in the division with a 20-10 record while Miami (FL) went 19-10 for fourth place. Virginia Tech started the conference season with one win in their first nine games but ended up going 10-11 the rest of the year to finish the season with an 11-19 record. Duke finished in last place with a 7-23 mark. Continue reading
In June of 2011, perennial baseball power Dallas Baptist University was granted a provisional season with the Missouri Valley Conference. In essence a year-long test run, the MVC was then planning to vote on DBU’s membership after the duration of the season in May of 2012. While the movement to bring DBU—who made it all the way to the Super-Regionals last season before falling to Cal—was seen as an effort to boost the MVC’s power ranking, it was also met by skepticism from some MVC teams citing travel time and costs as concerns. As a result, the Patriots were offered the provisional membership rather than acceptance in to the conference. Continue reading
In 2012, the Big 12 will be without a former power, while saying farewell to a pair of teams and preparing to welcome another. With Nebraska officially gone to the Big Ten, the conference will take on a new shape with only nine members. Conference favorite, Texas A&M, is preparing to compete in their final Big 12 season before jumping ship to the powerful SEC with Missouri in tow. With all the departures, the conference decided to extend an invitation to recent powerhouse TCU, increasing the competition level. Continue reading