The potential top team in the country in 2007 will start Fall Practice tomorrow September 14th. They return one of the best two-way players in the country in Sean DooLittle and Second team ACC players in Jacob Thompson and Brandon Marsh. They will play an exhibition game on Sunday against the Ontario Blue Jays. They will continue practicing until the annual Orange-Blue Series on October 12-14 which wraps up the fall season for them.
Full release here.
Boston College has officially announced that they will be building a new baseball facility in the near future on the Brighton campus. This is a huge move for the Boston College Baseball program as they continue to improve and become a force in the ACC in the near future. I am looking forward to the days when I go to games at BC and see 4,000 people cheering on the Eagles.
New Baseball Stadium included in Master Campus Plan
Daniel Bard has officially signed with the Boston Red Sox. He took some time to decide on whether to come to the Sox or go back to school but was persuaded to join the Red Sox. He is a very good pitcher who is very lanky and has a 95 MPH fastball. He should be up in the majors within 3 years.
Full article from the Red Sox available here.
SeBaseball has posted a very good article about Robert Woodard taking the spotlight now for the UNC Baseball program. He has to replace the two cornerstones of the UNC rotation in Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller. Robert has to be a stud for UNC to have a chance of making it back to Omaha this season because the rest of the rotation is not up to the level of Bard or Miller. The full article from SeBaseball can be seen here.
Andrew Miller has been called up by the Detroit Tigers after pitching a total of five innings in professional baseball. In those five innings, Miller struck out nine batters. It was debatable if Miller was going to be a September call-up for the Tigers but he is now on the roster before the September. This is a huge accomplishment for College Baseball and should give the College Baseball World some more notoriety.
Full article from the AP can be seen here.
The 2007 baseball schedule for Florida State is out and is available. The University of Tennessee is making an appearance on Feb. 2nd-Feb. 4th in the only marquee Out of Conference match up for the Seminoles. My Boston College Eagles will be visiting from March 23rd to March 25th. Full Schedule is available here.
Jack Leggett recently signed a new five year deal at Clemson to continue his run as the Tigers Head Coach. Leggett brought the Clemson Tigers to a 53-16 record last season and has won 608 games in his career. This is a great move for Clemson to lock up Jack as he is one of the class acts in College Baseball.
Charlotte Observer Article
Kevin Boggan and Terry Doyle (both of Boston College) came through in the clutch to win games 2 and 3 for the Yarmouth Dennis Red Sox which clinched the CCBL championship for the second time in the last three seasons. Boggan pitched 7.1 innings giving up only one earned run including striking out six batters. By winning this game, He forced a deciding third game on Sunday which was started by his YD and Boston College teammate Terry Doyle who was masterful on Sunday. He pitched six innings of two-hit baseball and only gave up a homerun to Bradley Suttle (Texas).
Cape Cod Baseball Release
Cape Cod Times Article
Cape Cod Times Article about the Team Chemistry of YD
The Standard Times gives us an Article about Wareham
This should bode well for the Boston College pitching staff next season. They return the Co-Pitcher in the Cape Cod League in Terry Doyle, a former Draft pick in Adam Crabtree (15th round in 2004 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Dan Houston who pitched extremely well in the NECBL with a 1.90 ERA, and Kevin Boggan will be back in a closer or even a starter role for the Eagles under new head coach Mikio Aoki.
The USA National Team swept a doubleheader from Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic. The United States won the morning game against Puerto Rico by a score of 15-0. Nick Schmidt pitched 5 shutout innings giving up only two hits. Sean Doolittle pitched two perfect innings to end the mercy ruled game. J.P. Arencibia led the offense by driving in five runs and getting three hits.
The late afternoon game was against the Czech Republic. The Czechs were overmatched from the great pitching of Jake Arrieta in the 16-0 victory. Jake gave up the only hit of the game in the fifth inning which was his last inning of work. Tim Federowicz finished the game which was ended early because of the mercy rule again. Brandon Crawford led the USA offense with a 3-3 performance with 4 RBI and four runs scored.
The USA team will play Mexico on Thursday night at 8:45 pm.
Puerto Rico Press Release
Czech Republic Press Release
The USA National Team knocked of the Virgin Islands today by a score of 4-0. David Price (Vanderbilt) threw 4 shutout innings while only giving up two hits. He also walked none. Cole St. Clair (Rice) pitched two innings and only let up one hit while striking out four. The next pitcher was Casey Weathers (Vandy) who gave up three hits while striking out five in his two innings of work. Daniel Moskos closed the door in the ninth inning by giving up a hit and had a strikeout. The USA offense struggled mightily as they had not played in a week. They only had two hits in the game but scored four runs (three earned) while taking advantage of the six walks they received from Virgin Islands starter Deshaun Brooks. The USA team will play a Doubleheader on August 9th with Puerto Rico at 10 AM and Czech Republic at 4 PM. Hopefully they can win these two games to head to 3-0 in the tournament.