Category Archives: CAA

JMU inks four during Fall Signing period

FROM PRESS RELEASE
HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 29, 2007 – James Madison University baseball head coach Joe “Spanky” McFarland announced the signing of three high school athletes and a junior college player who will join the Dukes for the 2008-09 school year.

“We’ve had two highly-ranked recruiting classes in a row,” commented McFarland, who is entering his 11th season with the Dukes. “This class is small, but we’re trying to fill in some key holes from what’s left of the last two classes. We needed to add a catcher, and of course you need pitching every year. Plus there’s always a chance we lose a few guys in the draft and we have to prepare for that. As far as hitting, the catcher is a left-handed hitter and the outfielder is a switch hitter so that helps us out. Basically, we’re just trying to fill in the pieces to the puzzle to add to the last two classes.” Continue reading

Perfect Game names Top 20 Prospects in VL

FROM VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE
Baseball website PGcrosschecker.com recently compiled its list of the top 20 players in the Valley Baseball League. The list was compiled by Allan Simpson with input from the league’s managers and scouts.

Similar to the recently released Baseball America list, PG Crosschecker identified Winchester’s Luke Greinke as the league’s top prospect. He was also the league MVP. He was followed by Covington outfielder Jason Kipnis, but then six of the next seven players listed were pitchers.

Simpson noted that league officials felt that the 2007 season saw a jump in overall talent around the league, in particular in the pitching department. The numbers appear to support that assertion. In 2007, league pitchers as a whole had a 3.70 earned run average while hitters had a .247 batting average as a league. In 2006, hitters posted a .258 average while pitchers compiled a 3.88 ERA, and the year before saw a .257 batting average and 3.97 ERA as a league.

While Waynesboro finished first in the regular season and won the Jim Lineweaver Cup as league champions, the Generals placed just three players in the top 20 and none higher than #11. In fact, many of the top prospects come from the lower half of the standings. Simpson noted that was a sign of the league’s improved depth.

PGCrosschecker.com Valley League Top 20 Prospects

1. Luke Greinke, UT, Winchester (Auburn)

2. Jason Kipnis, OF, Covington (Arizona State)

3. Zac Blakney, RHP, Fauquier (Montevallo)

4. Shayne Moody, SS, Woodstock (Charlotte)

5. Ashur Tolliver, LHP, Harrisonburg (Arkansas-Little Rock)

6. Donald Jordat, RHP, Luray (Miami-Dade C.C.)

7. Rob Gilliam, RHP, Luray (UNC Greensboro)

8. Tim Sexton, RHP, Staunton (Miami-Dade C.C.)

9. Josh Judy, RHP, Haymarket (Indiana Tech)

10. Tyler Kuhn, SS/2B, Luray (West Virginia)

11. Pat Irvine, C/OF, Waynesboro (Elon)

12. Garrett Parker, RHP, Harrisonburg (Oklahoma City)

13. Bobby Hernandez, RHP, Staunton (Barry)

14. Josh Eidell, RHP, Woodstock (Villanova)

15. Elih Villanueva, RHP, Luray (Florida State)

16. Jeremy Cruz, 1B, Luray (Stetson)

17. Chris Masters, LHP, New Market (Western Carolina)

18. Brandon Sizemore, 2B, Waynesboro (Charleston)

19. Kurt Davidson, C/1B, Waynesboro (Akron)

20. Dustin Umberger, RHP, Luray (Liberty)

Full scouting reports from the summer on each player are available here. A subscription is required to view the insider-level reports.

Other ACC Games

Virginia Tech 4
Virginia Commonwealth 9

The VCU Rams got seven runs in the first two innings to cruise to a 9-4 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Virginia Tech Recap
VCU Recap

Temple 4
Duke 7

The Duke Blue Devils have continued their strong start to the season with a 7-4 victory over the Temple Owls. They used a squeeze play in the bottom of the sixth by Jonathan Foreman which got Alexander Hassan home to get the 5-4 lead and they tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to get to the final score.

Duke Recap
Temple Recap

NC State 8
UNC-Greensboro 10

The UNC-Greensboro Spartans used a seven run fifth inning to cruise to a 10-8 victory over the NC State Wolfpack. Korey Judd picked up the win for the Spartans while Nate Karns picked up the loss.

NC State Recap

UNCG Recap

St. Bonaventure 5
Miami (FL) 2

Eddie Williams was able to scatter six hits and seven walks to only allow two runs in his 6.2 innings of work to pick up the huge victory for the Bonnies. It is only their second victory on the season. Miami was led on offense by Mark Sobolewski who went 4-4 in the losing effort.

Miami Recap
St. Bonaventure Recap

Virginia 6
James Madison 5

Brandon Marsh picked up his second straight game-winning RBI as he drove in Greg Miclat with the winning run in the ninth inning. Jake Rule picked up his first victory in a Cavs uniform while Casey Lambert picked up his third save of the young season. Allie Swanson picked up his third loss of the season for the Dukes. All-American Kellen Kulbacki went 1-4 in the losing effort for the Dukes.

UVA Recap
James Madison Recap

NU adds Glavine

Northeastern has added Mike Glavine to their coaching staff for the upcoming season Head Coach Neil McPhee announced. Glavine was recently inducted into the Northeastern Sports Hall of Fame in October. Mike will be in charge of the infielders and hitters. He is a resident of Billerica like his more famous brother Tom Glavine of the New York Mets. The full release available here and the his baseball facility can be checked out here.

Sebaseball free previews


SEBaseball checks in with some previews which I have missed in the recent weeks. They posted a very nice previews which are linked below.
Houston
Louisiana Tech
James Madison
Louisville

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.

Northeastern annouces 2007 schedule


The Northeastern Huskies have announced their 2007 baseball schedule. There is a weird series with Winthrop on April 13-15th but the rest of the schedule is expected. They open the season up with a exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox and stay in Florida to play some games at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. NU had a very solid season in their inaugural season in the CAA and should be in the middle of the pack this season because they have lost their number 1 pitcher in Adam Ottavino.

Full schedule available here.

Super Regionals Matchups Set!!


The Regionals are over and now we can focus on the 16 teams fighting for the 8 spots in Omaha.

Friday through Sunday Super-Regionals

Oral Roberts at Clemson

College of Charleston at Georgia Tech

Missouri at Cal St. Fullerton

North Carolina at Alabama

Saturday through Monday Super-Regionals

Oklahoma at Rice

South Carolina at Georgia

Miami of Florida at Ole Miss

Stanford at Oregon State

A Full preview will be coming for each series in the coming days. So please come back.