Category Archives: CBD Column

CBB Top 50 Countdown: Number 16 Blake Smith (Cal)

The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We had to take a brief hiatus due to a heavy ice storm that hit New England that left me without power for over 70 hours over the weekend. We will continue to name one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1. We continue our list today with junior outfielder Blake Smith from California. Continue reading

CBB Interview with Dan McDonnell (Louisville)

Dan McDonnell hopes to lead Louisville back to Omaha
Dan McDonnell hopes to lead Louisville back to Omaha (Photo Courtesy of Louisvile Media Relations)

The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with Louisville’s Dan McDonnell. He is entering his third season in charge of the Cardinals program. He led the team to the College World Series in 2007 and last year the team received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out in the Athens Regional.

1. Louisville is coming off a 41-21 overall record and a 16-11 record in the Big East conference. This season you return seven out of your top eight hitters from the 2008 Big East Tournament Championship squad. Who do you think has improved the most during your fall workouts in 2008? Continue reading

CBB Interview with Scott Stricklin (Kent State)

Stricklin talks about 2009 team
Stricklin talks about 2009 team

The College Baseball Blog is committed to bringing our readers some insight from coaches from around the coaches. We start our series of interviews with Kent State’s Scott Stricklin. He is entering his fifth season in charge of the program. He made the MAC Championship game in 2008 while making the NCAA Tourney in 2007.

1. Kent State is coming off a 36-21 campaign while going 16-8 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes made the championship game of the MAC but ended up losing to Eastern Michigan. This season you return Greg Rohan who was named as the 2008 MAC Player of the Year and Ben Klafczynski who was named to many Freshman All-American teams. After fall workouts, Who else has made the biggest improvement during fall workouts? Continue reading

Random Thoughts on Dec. 9th

Courtesy of Western Michigan Media Relations
Courtesy of Western Michigan Media Relations

I will check in throughout the year with some thoughts on issues or stories that have caught my attention over the last few days. We discuss the beautiful new facility that Western Michigan is building, Rivals checking in on the Andrew Oliver situation, and Bryant University’s chances to succeed in Division 1. Continue reading

CBB Top 50 Countdown: Number 20 Ben Paulsen (Clemson)

The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1.

We continue our list with junior first baseman Ben Paulsen of Clemson. The Acworth Georgia native got onto the national stage at Kell High School. He was rated as the 135th best prospect in the nation while being rated the fifth best in the state of Georgia. He was also named 2006 All-State team in high school. Continue reading

CBB Top 50 Countdown: Number 21 Mike Leake (Arizona State)

The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1.

We continue our list with junior pitcher/utility player Mike Leake of Arizona State. The Fallbrook, California native jumped into the national spotlight during his days at Fallbrook High School where he led the team to three league championships in his four years. He was one of the most decorated players in the San Diego area. He hit .431 with 10 homers and 31 RBI with a 9-3 record and an ERA of 1.87 as a junior. During his senior season, he finished the season with a .342 average with eight homers while going 11-1 with a 1.87 on the mound. Continue reading