There is some rumors on the internet that there will be a change in the format of the ACC Baseball Tournament for the 2007 season. They will split the field into two divisions and each team will be guaranteed to play 3 games in a round robin format. One division would include the 1, 4, 5, and 8 seeds while the other one will include the 2, 3, 6, and 7 seeds. This will limit the amount of games each team will have to play to get to the Championship games. In the 2006 tournament, Clemson and NC State played in the Championship game and used two pitchers who rarely pitched during the regular season. This format gives the teams a maximum of 4 games to play thus making it easier on the pitchers and coaches.
Andrew Brackman has decided to focus on Baseball during his senior season and give up his basketball career for the time being according to reports from SeBaseball and ESPN. Andy Katz also of ESPN believed that Andrew had some talent to become a serviceable player in the NBA. He was likely going to be a late 1st round pick in the 2007 NBA draft but now will be a top 5 pick in the MLB draft with his 7 foot frame.
Sorry for the lack of updates on the site recently but there really hasn’t been too much news to report. Feel free to send questions or comments to me.
Wake Forest has released their 2007 schedule and it is a typical ACC schedule with very little challenging out of conference games before the heart of the ACC season. Wake missed the NCAA’s last year by the skin of their teeth and should be in the hunt for the last spot in the ACC Tourney this year. Wake Forest has visits this season from Virginia, NC State, Clemson, Duke and Miami. Yes, they have a loaded home schedule and they head to Florida State, North Carolina, Maryland, Boston College and Virginia Tech. They have loaded road schedule too but the ACC is always loaded with some great teams.
Full article can be read here.
The University of Virginia have released their 2007 schedule. There is no major surprises on the schedule with the regular 30 games in the ACC in addition to some OOC games. They will participate in the Coastal Carolina Tournament to start the year with Elon, North Florida and of course Coastal Carolina. They have a big visit from ACC powers Miami and GT this year. They will be visiting Chestnut Hill to end the season and the College Baseball Blog will be taking a few days off from work to make sure he sees the Thursday-Saturday series in May.
The UNC TarHeels and Head Coach Mike Fox have released their baseball schedule for the 2007 season. They have a pretty easy Non-Conference schedule with Seton Hall and Penn State each coming in for 3 game sets. My Boston College Eagles will host Carolina on April 5, April 7, and April 8th. The College Baseball Blog will be making every effort to attend those games to see the NCAA Finalist in action up close. Florida State host Carolina on April 20-22 for their ACC clash and Miami comes in March 9th-March 11th.
The full schedule can be read here.
Mikio Aoki, the new head coach of baseball at Boston College has changed the recruiting strategy of the Eagles. He just signed St. John’s (Shrewsbury MA) shortstop Garrett Smith who will join the Eagles in the fall of 2007. Smith was recruited by the University of Maryland and Notre Dame but decided to join the Eagles because they are a local school. Full article linked here.
Mikio who is a resident of Plymouth Mass has become very active in the local recruiting scene by picking up a bunch of players in the area. There was a story this summer of him signing a player from Framingham Legion in July. The strategy of the Eagles is starting to look like they are going to sign all the good talent in the northeast and show those Southern schools that Boston kids can play some hardball.
The Virginia Cavaliers won an exhibition game on Sunday against the Ontario Blue Jays on Sunday 20-0 in 13 innings. The Cavs used every 13 pitchers in the game each going one inning. This was an impressive performance with Sean DooLittle pitching a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts and going 2 for 6 at the plate with 3 RBI’s. Full article can be read here.
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.