The Big East Conference released the Pre-Season poll in which St. John’s was given 7 out of the possible 11 first place votes. The University of Notre Dame received four votes with the Cardinals of Louisville getting the other vote. Notre Dame sophomore Kyle Wieland was picked as the Pre-Season Pitcher of the year and Rutgers junior Todd Frazier was the Pre-Season Player of the year. The full release is available here.
I think you should not sleep on USF and Duke transfer Danny Otero as they are my team to watch in the Big East.
SEBaseball checks in with some previews which I have missed in the recent weeks. They posted a very nice previews which are linked below.
I have been slacking off lately but with the recent holidays and great football games on TV (see Boise State vs Oklahoma), I have not had too much time to be blogging. You can expect me to be blogging more in the near future and especially with the season starting up at the end of the month.
Louisville has released the 2007 schedule. They will be appearing in my neck of the woods April 13th-15th at Uconn. The full schedule is available in PDF format.
St. Mary’s and Head Coach Jedd Soto have released the 2007 schedule. They play a very challenging schedule including visiting my favorite coach in Paul Mainieri at LSU. The full schedule is available here.
LSU also have released new artist renderings of the New alex Box Stadium which is due to open in 2008. The drawings are available here.
St. Louis and Head Coach Bob Hughes have announced the signing of five student athletes for the 2008 season. They are continuing to build a good program in the A-10. Full release here.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have released their 2007 schedule. They will start the season in Winston Salem to play Cleveland State for a three game set at Ernie Shore Field. They will then return to the Carolinas the next two weekends to take part in the Baseball at the Beach and the Coastal Carolina tournaments. They will then return to Morgantown to start the home schedule with a doubleheader against Niagara. They will continue their homestand for another 16 games before heading on the road to start the road portion of the Big East schedule. The full schedule is available here and The College Baseball Blog likely will see these guys when they visit the Huskies late in the season.
There have been some recent releases on some more recruits for the 2007-2008 school year.
New Notre Dame Head Coach Dave Schrage has released the 2007 baseball schedule. They will continue their tradition of opening the season in San Antonio with one game against Prairie View A & M and two games with Texas State. They were scheduled to play Northwestern in a 3 game set but Northwestern had to back out at the last minute. The Irish will also participate in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament at Coastal Carolina with UNC-Wilmington and TCU joining them. They also head down to Stetson to participate in that tournament with perennial power Nebraska joining Stetson and Iowa in the tourney. There is no major surprises in their schedule with no trip to Uconn this year the College Baseball Blog Staff will not see the Irish. I hope Head Coach Dave Schrage good luck on the season and hope they make it back to Omaha and continue the tradition of Paul Mainieri.
Full Schedule available in PDF format and HTML.
Notre Dame released the signings for the 2007-2008 season recently and that article can be found here.
There is a very good article from Boyd’s World on the programs that have been cut over the years including my old Favorite team in Providence College. He talks about how back in the 50’s it was not that difficult to make it to Omaha as each region had their own qualification standards back in those days thus the reason why Boston College and Holy Cross both made appearances in the CWS. Hopefully a Northeast team can make it back there sooner rather then later.
The article is available here.
University of South Florida picked up four recruits for the 2007-2008 season. The four recruits are Kevin Quackenbush, Jonathan Koscso, Chris Jones and Todd Brazeal. Each of these prospective student-athletes were recruited heavy by some of the power players in the South. Quackenbush was recruited by FSU, Florida, Miami, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. Jonathan Kosco has the Wahoos of Virginia, Army, Navy and Davidson giving him some looks. Chris Jones, a lefty from Gaither’s had offers from Florida, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. Todd Brazeal was getting looked at LSU, Clemson, and South Carolina but chose the Bulls over them.
These are four big recruits for new head coach Lelo Prado who is grabbing recruits away from the Big schools in the South like FSU and Miami. This should bode well for the USF Bulls chances of winning the Big East and getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament also.
USF also released their schedule for the 2007 season. Click here for the schedule.
Dave Schrage has taken over the Notre Dame program effective immediately. He comes from University of Evansville where he brought the team to the Regional Final this past season. He compiled a 130-108 record in four seasons and has been the head coach previously at Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa. Full Press Release is available here.
Reports out of Baton Rouge have Paul Mainieri taking over the LSU program. The official annoucement will be Wednesday.