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Texas sweeps #9Texas A&M

Texas went into this series with A&M looking to improve its RPI standing and it overall record. If you would have told me 4 weeks ago or even 2 weeks ago that Texas will come out of this series sweeping all 3 games I would have told you there is no chance at all. Texas got a great outing from Chance Ruffin on Friday night, then the pitching staff received the biggest boost when Austin Wood threw his first career complete game on Saturday night. Texas A&M went into this series just needing 1 win to clinch the BIG 12 regular season title outright, but standing in their way was 6’10″ Kenn Kasparek. Kenn was coming off a stretch where in his last three outing was beginning to look like Kenn of old. With the 14 day lay off between his last outing and today he was showing signs of rust. Kenn had just enough to keep the Aggie hitters off balance only allowing 5 hits and 3 runs.

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BIG 12 Recap 05/17

The Big 12 race is coming down to the last day. A&M is sitting on top with a league record 19-7 while OSU is in 2nd with a 18-8 record and Nebraska is in 3rd with a 17-8 record. All A&M has to do is to win 1 Game but standing in their way is their arch rival Texas. Texas has come out and took the first two games by identical score of 5-2. Texas has gotten timely hitting to go along with great defense and pitching. in Yesterdays game Austin Wood pitched his first career complete game.  Texas has shown that they are getting their pieces of the puzzle together just in time for tournament time.

Oklahoma State has taken the first two games from OU and is sitting in 2nd place needing a lost by A&M and to win on Sunday. OSU has the tie breaker over A&M and will be the #1 seed come Tournament time.

Nebraska went to the weekend series needing A&M to lose 2 games and to take care of Business against the Tigers of Missouri. Missouri came out swinging in game 1 and in game 2 to the score of 8-1 and 22-9.

The 4th and 5th place have been determine with Missouri the 4th seed and Texas the 5th seed. The top 3 and the bottom half of the conference will be worked out today.

The BIG 12 tournament will start on Wednesday from the Bricktown in Oklahoma City.

Texas Recap

Texas A&M Recap

Texas Tech Recap

Baylor Recap

Missouri Recap

Nebraska Recap

Oklahoma Recap

Oklahoma State Recap

Kansas Recap

Kansas State Recap

Pac-10 Weekend Preview 5/16

Brett Wallace

With just two weeks of conference play remaining and no conference tournament, the Pac-10 championship is still within reach of several teams. Arizona State is currently in first place with a one game lead over Stanford, while Washington is another one game back in third place. Cal and Oregon State are tied for fourth place, however they both have only three conference games remaining while all other teams will still play six more.

This weekends most intriguing match up happens in Tempe, as Washington brings it’s league best 3.57 ERA to face the conference’s most offensive team Arizona State (.333 team batting average). Brett Wallace and Ike Davis (who is rumored to be returning to the starting line-up after missing the last ten games due to a rib injury) are the only two player in the league with batting averages over .400, while Jorden Merry is scheduled to head to the mound on Friday night for the Huskies with his 2.31 ERA and perfect 8-0 record on the line. Then on Sunday the leagues best strike out pitcher Nick Haughian will look to add to his 99 K’s while facing the nations second most disciplined team at the plate as ASU has 320 walks for the season.

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CBB Column: Missouri Scouting Report

The CBB recently had an opportunity to take in the Missouri-Kansas series over this past weekend. We focused on the strong Missouri team which includes one of the top pitchers in the country for 2008 in Aaron Crow and one of the top 2009 pitching prospects in Kyle Gibson. We also checked in on some of the other top players on the squad who might make an impact in the coming future.

Aaron Crow JR 6’3, 195 RHP
Crow is one of the top players in the country and I believe him to be the best pitcher in the country (Brian Matusz of San Diego gets a close 2nd). Crow has 2 very strong pitches he relies on. His fastball and his slider. His fastball is in the lower to mid 90′s with good late movement. He has great command of it and throws it on both sides of the plate and will use it up in the zone. His control is extremely good. Having control and command of a mid 90′s moving fastball is a sick thing to have as a pitcher. He couldn’t do it all with just a fastball however. His second pitch is a slider in the mid 80′s. Continue reading

Patriot League Semifinals Preview

The Patriot League Conference Tournament starts up this weekend with Holy Cross heading to Navy and Army hosting Bucknell in best two out of three series to decide which team will advance to the conference championship series next weekend. Navy ended up taking three out of four games this season against Holy Cross while Army lost three out of four games against Bucknell. We previewed the Patriot League in our preseason season previews which can be read here. Continue reading

WAC Baseball Weekend Preview May 2nd – 4th 2008

WAC LogoSamuel Wasson is the Co-Founder and Editor of and covers New Mexico State University athletics. He comes to the CBB as our expert on the WAC.


Why It’s Important: Hawai`i and Sacramento State are separated by just a half a game in the WAC standings, with UH three games behind Fresno State for first place and Sacramento State 3.5 games back. Continue reading

ACC Weekend Preview for May 2nd-May 5th

Florida State at Clemson

The Florida State Seminoles head to Clemson SC for a Saturday-Monday series against the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles enter with a 37-7 overall record while being 19-5 in the ACC. The Seminoles have been one of the better hitting teams in the country with a team batting average of .346. All-American catcher candidate Buster Posey is the top hitter on the team with a .470 average and a team leading 13 homers on the year. Matt Fairel has been the ace of the staff with an 8-1 record with a 2.81 ERA. Continue reading

NAIA Top 25 and Recap for April 30

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 30, 2008. Comments below.

Rank Apr. 23 School (Region) Record Total
1 1 Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI) 45-2 499
2 2 Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I) 44-4 480
3 3 Lee (TN) (XIII) 53-7 488
4 4 Oklahoma City University (VI) 48-7 440
5 5 Azusa Pacific (CA) (II) 40-8 429
6 7 U. of the Cumberlands (KY) (XI) 43-11 374
7 8 Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV) 38-13 369
8 6 University of Mobile (AB) (XIII) 40-12 358
9 T9 Spring Arbor University (MI) (VIII) 29-5 348
10 12 Fresno Pacific University (CA) (II) 34-11 299
11 T9 Tennessee Wesleyan College (XII) 37-15 289
12 11 Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI) 41-12 288
13 13 University of St. Francis (IL) (VII) 40-8 274
14 15 Bellevue (NE) (IV) 41-11 255
15 14 Union College (KY) (XII) 37-12 218
16 18 Auburn-Montgomery (AL) (XIII) 41-19 191
17 16 Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI) 33-12 180
18 19 Texas Wesleyan (VI) 37-12 137
19 17 Biola University (CA) (II) 33-16 117
20 21 LSU-Shreveport (XIII) 41-14 115
21 22 Avila (MO) (V) 32-11 112
22 20 Malone College (OH) (IX) 33-11 77
23 23 Warner Southern (FL) (XIV) 33-22 71
24 25 Madonna (MI) (VIII) 32-12 43
25 24 Southern Polytechnic (GA) (XIII) 38-15 20

First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 19. Lewis-Clark State 1

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Brett Wallace – Top Prospect

.Junior/3B/1B/Arizona State

Brett Wallace can hit – fastballs, curveballs, changeups, oranges, grapefruit, pinatas…you get the idea.
So, the obvious question is: why don’t most of the projection lists have him as a top 10 talent? I wondered the same thing – more specifically, why is there a feeling that Smoak, Hosmer, and Alonso are better 1B prospects? Continue reading